South 24 Parganas

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South 24 Parganas (Pron: pɔrɡɔnɔs) (abv. 24 PGS (S)) or sometimes South Twenty Four Parganas or Dakshin 24 Parganas is a district in the Indian state of West Bengal, headquartered in Alipore. It is the largest district of West Bengal by area and second largest by population. It is the sixth most populous district in India (out of 640). The largest municipality in the district is Sonarpur. On one side of the district there is the urban fringe of Kolkata and on the other, the remote riverine villages in the Sundarbans.