8 Off-beat Weekend Getaways from Kolkata

Kolkata is surrounded by numerous interesting places that can give you a refreshing break from busy day-to-day life. Whether you want to relax in the lap of nature or wish to spend quality time experiencing culture and heritage, there are options.
We have curated a list of 8 handpicked Homestays near Kolkata that are ideal for a weekend trip. Each homestay has a character of its own. In these homestays you can expect the best standard of hygiene, warm hospitality and a culinary delight. 

House Of Mayurbhanj – Odisha

Live like royalty surrounded by art and culture at the house of Mayurbhanj located just at around 4 hrs drive from Kolkata. Once a princely state, Mayurbhanj is Odisha’s largest district which is renowned for its art and architecture. The Bhanjas are known to be the longest reigning clan who ruled Mayurbhanj for more than 1000 years. You will be hosted by the royal residents including the queen mother Bharati Rajya Laxmi who is the daughter of King Tribhuwan Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal, her son Praveen Chandra Bhanj Deo who is the 47th ruler of the Bhanja dynasty and his wife Rashmi Rajya Laxmi of Mayurbhanj who belongs to the royal family of Jaisalmer and princesses Mrinalika and Akshita. During your stay, expect to hear multiple stories about the palace from the royal family in residence.

Distance from Kolkata: 248 km
Tariff: Starting from 7080/- for a double occupancy room including breakfast.
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Jhargram Heritage Homestay

Stay in a palace that is more than 400 years old and experience the royal lifestyle that was once the tradition of the Jhargram kings. Just about 3 hours drive from Kolkata, Jhargram is a melting pot of culture, tradition, rich heritage and natural beauty. It lies between the Subarnarekha river and Belpahari valley and is a part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau region beyond the Gangetic plains close to the western borders of West Bengal. The region is a paradise for nature lovers with forests of Sal, Mahua, wild elephants, deer and birds. You will find some of the oldest tribes of this land co-existing here and still keeping their individual identity intact. You will be a guest of the Malla Dev and family who are descendants of the imperial clan from Rajasthan and ruled here since the 16th century. 

Distance from Kolkata: 174 km
Tariff: Starting from 4000/- for a double occupancy room including all meals
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Abanpolly Homestay – Shantiniketan

Located in the serene surroundings near Santiniketan University Campus, this homestay is tastefully done by an artist himself. All the major points of  attractions are at walking distance from the homestay. Just chill in the quaint verandah overlooking the lush front yard or relax on the rooftop with a cup of tea soaking in the peace and quiet of the surroundings. 

Distance from Kolkata: 161 km
Tariff: 5900/- for the entire house 
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Singhi Homestay – Bardhaman

This beautifully maintained house is located in Singi, a quaint little village located in Burdwan district. It is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata as it’s just 2.5 hrs drive. The village is blanketed with greenery and is heaven for nature and bird lovers. Along with its natural beauty, it also has a strong historical & cultural background attracting people with different mythological temples and handicrafts. It is known to be the birthplace of the famous poet Kashiram Das, who translated the epic Mahabharata in Bengali. Sit on the roof and enjoy the evenings with Muri Alur Chop and Cha; Samrat and his wife Sudeshna Banerjee will host you. With the detailed knowledge of the local areas, fruits and vegetables, they can be a perfect local guide for you. 

Distance from Kolkata: 138 km
Tariff: 1100/- for a double occupancy room
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Nature’s Trail Homestay – Midnapore

Set deep inside rural Bengal, this farm stay is located in a small picturesque village in Paschim Midnapore district. It has an orchard that has more than 30 varieties of fruit bearing plants. There is a pond at the center with a walkway around. With lush green fields, clean fresh air and the splendid beauty of the natural surroundings, it is an ideal place to enjoy a holiday with your family in a rural setting. It is just 1.5 km from Naya village which is home to around 250 patuas, a unique community of folk artistes who are painters, lyricists, singers and performers all rolled into one. These traditional artists specialize in the ancient folk art of pata chitra, a type of narrative scroll painting.

Distance from Kolkata: 119 km
Tariff: 2100/- for a double occupancy room including breakfast
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Painter’s Paradise – Belari

Just about 2 hrs drive from Kolkata, this stand alone bungalow is located on the banks of the Hooghly river in Belari, a small picturesque village on the river banks near Uluberia around 40 kms from Howrah and 58 kms from Kolkata. From the terrace of the homestay, you can see the large expanse of river water as the large commercial sea going ships go in and out of Port of Kolkata. Tiny boats of the villagers move around all the time. Villagers may provide dingy rides for the guests on request. The interiors of the house are thoughtfully done by the owner himself who is a retired Merchant Navy Captain with eye soothing lights that match the quiet surroundings & serene atmosphere. 

Distance from Kolkata: 58 km
Tariff: Starting from 3000/- for a double occupancy room including all meals
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Minto Park Homestay

And if you just want a break from the daily routine and can’t drive to some other destination, this house with a history is where you should head out to. Legendary actor Uttam Kumar lived here from about 1963 until his death in 1980. Rajesh Khanna was a huge fan of his and always met him here whenever he visited Kolkata. Located in a posh locality, the homestay is reminiscent of old aristocratic sensibilities ideal for a perfect break with family. It’s near to everything – The Forum Mall & Multiplex is 10-15 mnt walk and Park Street Area is at 15-20 minute walk. Enjoy a peaceful morning and evening walk at Minto Park. Almost all the popular attractions like Victoria Memorial, Birla Planetarium, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Kalighat Kali Temple are within 2 km radius.

Location: Minto Park
Tariff: 3600/- for the double room including Breakfast
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Legacy Heritage Homestay

Stuck in a time capsule, this hundred years old bungalow belongs to an era lost in sepia prints. Living here is an experience in itself. For anyone who loves heritage and history, this is surely a place to be. Built in 1900, it’s the residence of eminent Siddhartha Shankar Ray, former Chief Minister of West Bengal. Ray’s famous library is full of law books along with hundreds of novels; some of the records in the library date back to 16th-century England and are priceless. The law chamber has autographed frames of Indira Gandhi, Mujibur Rahman, Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama and many more. 
The old world charm of the place will inspire you to pick up that incomplete book and enjoy your sojourn in complete tranquility. Theater Halls like Kala Mandir, Nandan, Academy of Fine Arts, Ravindra Sadan and ICCR are within 3 km distance. Hindustan Club, Bengal Rowing Club, Cosmo Club, Calcutta club are all round the corner and conveniently accessible. 

Location: 3 km from Victoria Memorial
Tariff: 3500/- for the double room including breakfast
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