Floating Market on the Patuli Lake is a tourist attraction in Kolkata, West Bengal. The place is located at a distance of about 7 kms from the Sonarpur railway station.
Like the floating markets of Kashmir and Bangkok, the floating market in Patuli is also an interesting sight to see. It is the first of its kind in Kolkata. It functions as both a beneficiary for the local economy and for generating tourism in the area. The market houses close 114 boats and 280 shops. These shops sell a variety of daily items including vegetables, fruits, groceries, fish and meat. There are four different sections of the floating market where visitors and buyers can purchase their goods from. The shops on the boats can be reached with the help of walkways which are built all over the pond.
The floating market has been developed by a local governing body. It is also eco-friendly as the market also houses two aerators which ensures that the thriving aquatic ecosystem is not harmed. The best time of the year to visit the floating market in Patuli is during the pleasant winter months between October and March. Visitors can expect to spend 1 hour or more going through the shops and buying things or just taking a tour of the place.
The floating market in Patuli is a peculiar market, and a must-see when visiting the city. The best time to visit it is anytime during the day the place is relatively empty or in the evening, when the market is busy and bustling with buyers. The market can be visited during timings 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM. The market is open throughout the week. There are no entry fees required to visit.