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Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
KMC Wards 88, 89, 94, 95, 97, 98,
Metro Station Mahanayak Uttam Kumar
Parliamentary constituency Jadavpur
Assembly constituency Tollyganj
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700033, 700040, 700092, 700047
Area code(s) +91 33

Tollygunge is a locality of South Kolkata. It is famed as the centre of the Bengali film industry, known as Tollywood. It is flanked by the Eastern Railway south suburban line to the north, Lake Gardens and Golf Green in the east, the Pashchim and Purba Putiaries in the south, and Behala in the west. The neighbourhood is served by Mahanayak Uttam Kumar metro station of Kolkata Metro.


The area called Tollygunge is named after Major William Tolly, who in 1775-76 started a project to excavate and dredge the Adi Ganga as a passage for the people of East Bengal and Assam to Calcutta. He was also granted a license to collect tolls from the passing boats and permitted by the British East India Company to open a gunj or market on the eastern bank of the nullah which acquired the name Tolly's Nullah. The waterway was opened to navigation in 1777.

The area is the centre of the Bengali film industry, which is known by the nickname Tollywood, and is the location of Indrapuri Studio and Technician Studio, a favourite hub for the late director Rituparno Ghosh ( who happens to be an alumnus of Jadavpur University, located in neighbouring Jadavpur). There is also the old NH1 studio and now several other new ones have cropped up. Tollygunge happens to be a Vidhan Sabha in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, and several neighbourhoods in this area like Golf Green, Bijoygar, Bikramgar, Azadgar,etc served as refugee colonies post the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Hence, Tollygunge has a very vast and versatile political and socio-economic history.


Tollygunge serves as terminal points of several transport services including the tram, city buses of the Calcutta Tramways company and the metro station.

Tollygunge Railway Station is located on the Budgebudge section of the Kolkata Suburban Railway. The Mahanayak Uttam Kumar metro station (formerly Tollygunge) had been a terminal station of the Kolkata Metro from 1984-2009. From 2009, the overground extension of the Metro Railway extended the Metro's range to beyond Tollygunge up to Garia.

The Calcutta Tramways Company depot in Tollyguge serves as a terminal point for the tram service (which links it to Ballygunge and B.B.D. Bagh) and city buses operated by the same company. Bus services connect to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (established in 2009) and the line connecting Kudghat and Unitech passes through it.

CSTC Buslines
CTC Buslines

Private Buslines
SD Series
Mini Bus Routes
WBSTC Bus Routes


Neighborhoods in the city include Kudghat, Ranikuthi and Naktala.

Educational Institutions[edit]

  • South Academy High School (Near Bansdroni bazar )
  • Maharishi Vidyamandir (Near Bansdroni Fire Brigade)
  • G.D.Birla Centre For Education
  • Calcutta Institute of Engineering and Management
  • Sir Nripendranath Institution
  • Gangapuri Siksha Sadan
  • Paschim Putiary Sukharanjan Vidyamandir High School
  • Naktala High School
  • Swami Pranabananda Vidyapith
  • Shri Ritam Vidyapith
  • The Assembly of God Church School
  • Miranda High School, Boral
  • B.D. Memorial Institute
  • Narmada High School
  • Brajamohan Tewary Institution
  • Mansur Habibullah Memorial School (Formerly: South End School), Kudghat beside Netaji metro station
  • Ashok Nagar Boys High School(
  • Milan Garh Girls High School
  • The Future Foundation School
  • ITI Tollygunge
  • Kalidhan Institution (Near Rashbehari Avenue)
  • Gandhi Colony Madhyamik Vidhyalaya (Boys & Girls)

Places of interest[edit]

Notable residents[edit]


External links[edit]

Kolkata/Southern fringes travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 22°30′N 88°21′E / 22.500°N 88.350°E / 22.500; 88.350