Best Places to Live in Kolkata – the city of joy

Kolkata – the city of joy ha s a lot to offer. If you are coming to Kolkata, It would take a couple of weeks for you to get settled in, but after that you are going to love the city. I can tell you that from my personal experience. The moment you think of Kolkata you think of Howrah Bridge, Tram, Misti-doi, Rossogulla and the famous Kathi roll.

Kolkata is a wonderful city and there is something in it for everybody. So if you are planning to relocate to Kolkata then I am sure you are going to love the city once you settled in here. Kolkata is situated on the banks of Hooghly River and this river divides Kolkata from Howrah. More than 4.5 million people live here in Kolkata and its developing every day in all respect.

best places to live in Kolkata

You would like to know these things about Kolkata

  • It is basically summer dominated city because winter here comes for just for three months. According to many people the best time of the city is September-October. This is when many festivals go on here like Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, Kali Puja etc.
  • People here share strong relationship with neighbors. People spend time with their friends by informal talk here which they call as “adda”.
  • Every locality has a number of club both big and small and they carry lots of social works.
  • People here love Literature, Art, Drama, Theatre and most importantly food.
  • Daily shopping is done in the morning and you can find a market in every locality where people buy vegetables, fish and other thing they need on day to day basis.
  • And most importantly people of Kolkata can stand for a cause.
  • Famous street foods includes rolls, chowmin, fish fries, Jhaal muri etc

Best places to live in Kolkata

Most of the localities in Kolkata are well connected with taxi, buses, tram, local train and metro trains. The only thing I would like to add is Auto rickshaw in Kolkata is not widely available to book. But for the route where it’s available, it’s much cheaper than the normal man pulled rickshaw. There is no meter system in auto rickshaw here and that’s why you can’t book it, rather you can use it on shared basis and it’s very cheap.

Also, Kolkata is developing and developing very fast. Lots of residential flats, shopping malls, restaurants are coming up in Kolkata. Depending on your workplace, you may like to consider some of these best places to live in Kolkata. Here’s a detailed post we published about Kolkata that you may like check here.

Salt lake

Salt lake probably is one of the best place to live in Kolkata and most popular among young IT professionals. Salt lake is also the IT hub of Kolkata and that’s one of the reasons why IT professionals prefer Salt Lake as a place to live. Salt lake is very well connected with the rest of the city by bus, auto rickshaw etc. Metro work is also going on and once the metro is functional, it’s going to be even better. Salt lake is well planned, neat and clean and most happening place with swimming pool, parks, play ground etc. Nicco Park the one and only amusement park in Kolkata is also in Salt Lake and there are malls, shopping complexes, stadium etc. City center is one of the most happening place , probably the first mall of Kolkata. But if your office is in Kolkata then you should think well before choosing Salt Lake as a place to live in. Because commuting from Salt lake to the other end of Kolkata may be a little difficult. There are a number of schools, hospitals, pubs, restaurants etc out there in the locality.


Tollygunge in South Kolkata is probably the second best place to live in Kolkata. Because of its connectivity through metro, bus, local trains, commuting from Tollygunge to rest of Kolkata will be much easier. So if your office is in Park Street, Camac Steer, LL Nehru road, then you can commute through metro much economically and efficiently. Tollygunge in Kolkata is famous for film studio, golf club, metro train etc. One of the best shopping mall, south city is very close to Kolkata and that’s a happening place. There are various academic institutions like ITI Tollygunge, B.D memorial institute, the future foundation School, South academy high school etc.


Ballygunge is again is in south Kolkata and you may consider it among the best places to live in. It is well connected with rest of the city by all modes of communications like taxi, bus, local trains etc except metro rail. It is closed to Park Circus, Kasba, Dhakuria and the Lake gardens, Bhowanipore and Lansdowne. There are many educational institutions like Army public School, southpoint school, south city college etc. Apart from that it is famous for Birla temple, Haldirams food plaza, Mukti world, Astral Apt and Atria shopping plaza.


It is also situated in south region of Kolkata. It is known for its residential area. Jadavpur has good connectivity through local trains, taxi, bus, auto etc. Nearby localities includes Tollygunge, Garia, Santoshpur, Dhakuria etc. If you are planning to stay in south Kolkata then Jadavpur is certainly a good choice to look for.

Dum Dum

Dum Dum is in north Kolkata and well connected through both local and metro train. So even if your work place is in salt lake or somewhere in central Kolkata like Park Street, camac street, burrabazar etc you can easily commute from Dum Dum through local trains or by metro or bus. The one and only Airport of Kolkata is also located in Dum Dum. Dum Dum is approx 10 kms away from the central Kolkata e.g. esplanade or Dharmotallah as we call it in Bangla.


Behala is in south west Kolkata and it is one of the oldest residential localities in Kolkata. It was not a preferred destination for some someone coming from other cities, but things have changed now for better. Metro work is going on in full swing and once the metro connectivity is available, it’s going to be one of the best place to stay in Kolkata. Currently you can avail bus to commute anywhere in Kolkata from Behala, but please consider the travel time if you are in IT field and your office is not in South/Central Kolkata. Behala had many industries and hence if your work place is in Behala, Taratala, Bata Nagar etc then you may consider it as a place to live in. Nearby localities that you may consider closer to Behala are Parnasree, Taratala, Behala Chowrasta, Sakherbazaar, Silpara, Kadamtala and Thakurpukur.

New Alipore

This is another good residential area. You can enjoy some best educational institution here likes of Bidya Bharati School, Welfare society for blind, marine engineering and research centre etc. Apart from that you can spend time in New Alipore Children Park. Beside all of this, it has fair number of hospitals here. Considering all this factors, huge mass have started to reside here.

Over to you

Apart from the above mentioned places, Ruby, Kasba, Lake town, VIP, Baguihati, Garia etc are other best places you may like to consider to live in. One of the best things about Kolkata is that you are going to find same kind of people and culture across any locality. Except a few big housing societies where people have adopted metropolitan culture, you will find same kind of vibes all around. Kolkata is happening, just move in.

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