Gangasagar is a charming tourist destination, which attracts both pilgrims and adventure lovers. Located on an island in the Sunderbans, Gangasagar offers the charms of an un-spoilt beach on the estuary of the river Ganges. Also known as Sagardwip, Gangasagar is still unexplored and therefore unexploited. The island of Gangasagar is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage centres in India. At Gangasagar one can visit the famous Kapil Muni Temple which has an ancient lineage. The present temple however, was built in 1973, as storms and the sea have washed three previous temples away. Other holy places to visit in Sagardwip are Bharat Sevashram Sangha temple, the Ramakrishna Mission and the Onkarnath temple.
A visit to Ganga Sagar involves surface journey and boat ride. You have to leave after an early breakfast and drive to Kakdwip (Lot No. 08) which is approximately 105kms / 3 hrs from Kolkata. The surface journey ends here and from here you have to board the local ferry which will take you on the other side of the river called Kochuberia. After a sail of 30 – 40mins you reach Kochuberia. You cannot take your vehicle on the other side hence you have to hire the local transports available like Ambassador, Indica or Sumo but all non air-conditioned. A drive of another 40mins will take you to Ganga Sagar. While coming back you have to follow the reverse routing.