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Kidderpore is located in Kolkata
Location in Kolkata
Coordinates: 22°32′34″N 88°19′09″E / 22.5427°N 88.3192°E / 22.5427; 88.3192Coordinates: 22°32′34″N 88°19′09″E / 22.5427°N 88.3192°E / 22.5427; 88.3192
Country  India
State West Bengal
District South 24 Parganas
City Kolkata
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
 • Official Bengali, English, Hindi, Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Khidirpur or Kidderpore is a neighborhood of metropolitan Kolkata (Calcutta). Located in the central-west part of the city, it is bounded by the Alipore in the east, Mominpur in the south, Hastings, in the north, Garden Reach and Metiabruz in the south-west and the Hooghly River in the west.


The gateway of Kidderpore is at the crossing of Diamond Harbour Road and Gangadhar Banerjee Lane. At that place a roadside restaurant dating from the British era remains, named "Panchubabu's Shop" or "Panchubabur Dokan", one of the landmarks of Kidderpore. The area is also home to quite a few dargahs of Sufi saints like Syed Baba and Shah Warsi Baba, to name a few.

A number of soldiers killed during the 2nd World War were buried at the Solana Muslim burial ground.

Even in the field of Indian literature, this part of Kolkata produced three jewel poets. They were Rongolal Bandhopadhyay, Hemchandra Bandopadhyay and Michael Madhushudan Dutta.


One of the oldest parts of the city, Kidderpore has a legend with respect to its name. It is said that some British could not converse in Bengali. Whenever they passed by, their asking in broken Hindi for the directions to the port where their ships used to dock sounded somewhat like 'kidder-port'. More plausibly, the name is a corruption of Khidrpur or Khizarpur, Khizr/Khidr being the guardian saint of the seas and the delta for the fishing communities in Bengal. This is one of the versions behind the nomenclature of the place. In fact, the port got its name from Lord Kyde, a 19th-century engineer who designed and supervised the building of the lock gate that connects the port to the Hoogly River. Because of his work, the tidal difference of the Hoogly River water level is isolated from the water level of the port. The port took his name and is called Kyderpore or Khidirpur.

The Diamond Harbour Road at Kidderpore.


Kidderpore is located at 22°32′N 88°19′E / 22.53°N 88.32°E / 22.53; 88.32.[1] It has an average elevation of 9 m (30 ft).


Kidderpore Bridge is one of the few bridges in Kolkata that has trams plying across it. The Kidderpore Tram Depot connects famous locations like Kalighat, Tollygunge and Ballygunge, etc. The main Kidderpore intersection is connected with North, South and Central Kolkata by various private and state bus services. Shared autos which ply from nearby distances and is a cheap and affordable option. Kidderpore can also be accessed by the Kolkata Circular Railway which has a station in the locality.

Medical facilities[edit]

I - Major hospitals:

  • Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Alipore
  • BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Alipore
  • Kothari Medical Research Center, Alipore
  • SSKM Hospital (Government Hospital)nearby approx 1 km
  • Bangur Institute of Neurology, nearby approx 1 km
  • Shambhunath Pandit Hospital, nearby approx 1.5 km
  • Ramrik Haralalka Hospital, Bhowanipore, nearby approx 1 km

II - Major nursing homes:

  • Labbaik Medical Center
  • Ekbalpore Nursing Home
  • Netaji Nursing Home
  • Port View Nursing Home
  • Bellona Nursing Home

Educational institutions[edit]

  1. St Thomas School, Kolkata Diamond Harbour Road is the oldest one in West Bengal,
  2. Jawahar Lal Nehru Vidyapith
  3. Moulana Azad Urdu School, Driver's Quarter
  4. The Kidderpore Academy
  5. Sharat Chandra Paul Girls High School
  6. Jnan Chandra Ghosh College of Polytechnique
  7. Adarsh Hindi High School
  8. Kidderpore College
  9. St. Thomas College of Engg And Technology, Diamond Harbour Road
  10. St. Paul's School Kidderpore, Diamond Harbour Road
  11. St. Teresa Secondary School, Diamond Harbour Road
  12. Lajpat Hindi High School
  13. Loyola High School
  14. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Command Hospital
  15. Sarat Chandra Paul Girls High School
  16. Sir Syed High School (Urdu)
  17. Kidderpore Urdu Girls Primary School
  18. Kidderpore Oriya High School
  19. Kidderpore Balika Vidyatan
  20. Bankim Ghosh Smriti Uchha Balika Vidyalaya
  21. Jnan Bhaskar Vidyalaya
  22. Thomas Day High School
  23. Jnan Bhaskar Vidyalay
  24. St Barnabas High School
  25. Grace International School - Mominpore
  26. Evergreen high school .Ibrahim road.
  27. Labbaik coaching center.M.M Ali road
  28. Kidder Pore Muslim High Secondary School.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Kidderpore Hanging bridge
  • Kidderpore Drawbridge at Port area
  • Syed Peer Baba Mazar - Hastings
  • Bhukailash Twin Temple, wherein the largest "Shiblingo" in India exists (Reference: The Bengali Movie "Harmonium" by Tapan Sinha)
  • Bhukailash ground Mela (annually)
  • Raja's old Rajbari
  • Solana Mosque (Muslim burial ground)
  • Shahani Begam Masjid Diamond Harbor Road (Oldest Masjid in area)
  • Gausiya Masjid (Kanta Pokhar Lane)
  • Hussain Shah Baba Mazar (Hussainshah Road)
  • Lord Shiva's Temple at Bhukoilash and the adjacent Bhukoilash Rajbati
  • Hastings House, Warren Hasting's residence
  • The Kidderpore Fancy Market, famous for latest foreign goods
  • The Twin Shiv Temple at Bhukailash, it considered to be the biggest ShivLinga in India
  • Kolkata Port Trust
  • Kidderpore Tram Depot
  • Manasa Mandir besides 3 no. Bus Terminus, now abolished. This is the oldest one of this area and the Purohits are from Shantipur, Dist: Nadia
  • Panchananda Mandir at Panchanantala (Watgunge Crossing)
  • Mahalakshmi Mandir situated opposite Alipore Body Guard Lines
  • Kidderpore Puddapukur the only Swimming Club in Kidderpore
  • Hanging Place of Maharaja Nandakumar at Hastings
  • The oldest Church in Kidderpore situated inside St. Thomas School
  • The Engineering College inside St. Thomas School Campus
  • Syed Ameer Ali Library
  • Kidderpore Akra Kali Mondir, More than 100 years old, near to Jubok Sangha club
  • Kidderpore Shitala Temple at Pitambar Sarkar Lane (The goddess is very much awakened to the people)
  • Kidderpore Shitala Temple at Nazir Lane (The goddess is also very much awakened to the people)
  • India Restaurant---Famous restaurant near market
  • Jamhuri Masjid.
  • Nazir Lane Sri Sri Sitala Matar Mandir.
  • Shadman palace---renowned Marriage Hall
  • Nawab Ali Park
  • Hussaini Masjid (Oldest Masjid of the area)
  • Mezban hall—renowned Marriage Hall
  • National Library
  • Five star market famous for garment
  • Brazil Business Center oldest showroom in West Bengal since 1980 now famous for guanine Mobile Phones, Accessories and Laptop Computer
  • Babu bazar market
  • Guhi Khan Masjid
  • Ismail Masjid
  • Hanging Place of Maharaja Nandakumar at Hastings
  • Badi Masjid(Watjung)


External links[edit]

Kolkata/South travel guide from Wikivoyage