Behala is a developed suburb situated at the south western part of Kolkata. It was earlier under South Suburban Municipality but later on January, 1984 it came under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). The locality is linked to other parts of the city via Diamond Harbour Road.
It is one of the oldest residential areas in Kolkata. Prominent cricketer, Sourav Ganguly and Sovan Chatterjee, present mayor of Kolkata are some of its residents. The name Behala is assumed to have been taken from Behula, the female protagonist of Manasamangalkavya. There are also stories of it being taken from a local word, Bahulapur which means "land of many rivers" or "dark city". It is also said that Behala had many small villages under it whose names had suffix of Behala which could have one reason for its current name.
Behala is spread across Ward 118 and Ward 132 of the city municipal corporation. It is divided into Behala Paschim and Behala Purba Assembly constituencies.