43 km downriver, was the site of a Dutch factory. The British retreat here in 1756 when Kolkata was captured by Siraj-ud-daula.
It was also from here that Clive recaptured Kolkata. Just below Falta the Damodar River joins the Hooghly.
The Rupnarain River also joins the Hooghly close to and a little up this river is Tamluk, which was an important Buddhist centre over 1000 years ago.
The James & Mary Shoal, the most hazardous on the Hooghly, is just over the point where the Rupnarain River enters.
It takes its name from a ship which was ruined here in 1694.