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Digha Tourism

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Digha is a popular beach, located in West Bengal. This place is just about 189 kms from Kolkata and an idle place to unwind under the sun. The place where you can count the waves in idyllic surroundings. With the Tampralipta Express (2857) leaving early morning and Kandari Express (8001) leaving in the afternoon, the connection is great. Both the trains travel daily with special trains to clear holiday rush. Digha is usually crowded; however, there are plenty of beaches nearby, within a radius of 5 – 10 kms, which are quite and scenic. It is nice to sit under the makeshift stalls in the beach, with occasional sip from tender coconut and watch how the water raises during high tide. The sun sets in the horizon to make a spectacular sunset. With the Casurina forest at the background and the blue sky makes excellent combination. Do not get misguided by the red color of sand – those are the color of crabs, who take time off to take sun-bath. However, if you want to see those from near, they dig deep in the sand and vanish from sight.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The ideal place for stay is old Digha. There are plenty of budget hotels and lodges around. The main reason for staying in old Digha is the connection. Old Digha is connected with all the nearby places. The transport is state transport buses, cycle van (specially good for people, who wants to reduce the carbon foot-print – those are manually driven) and motor vans (cycle vans with motor fitted). Ask the locals, as they know a lot of beaches nearby, which may be less crowded. One of such beach is Udaypur beach, which is just 5 kms from New Digha. It has miles and miles of wide sand beach. The water recedes about half a kilometer during low tide. The ideal time to sit on the beach is near noon – when the water starts to increase during high tide. One can sit under the makeshift stalls, sipping the tender coconut and can see how the water increases and the tides start caressing the feet within and hour. The beach is bordered by Casurina forest. The red crabs play hide and seek with the sun-bathers.
The food in Digha is awesome for the sea-food lovers. This is a great place to enjoy fish cuisine – for which Bengal is famous for. Try Pomfret, Rohu, Parshe, Bhetki and Tiger Prawns. Beware of road-side stalls, which sell fish-fry. If you are allergic to some fishes, then it might affect your stomach in an undesired way. If you want, you can buy the fish from the fishermen, who are bringing his bountiful harvest from the sea. If you want that way, the Talseri beach or Shankarpur is the right place. Remember to taste the coconut water also. The vendors are quire knowledgeable and they can satisfy all the needs. You can have water from tender coconut, or drink from coconut, where the flesh had started forming. Somebody likes to have water from the coconut, where the flesh is reasonably developed. Each type of coconut water has distinctly different taste.
Digha is also famous for the awesome handicrafts, made from shells. It is unbelievable what the local craftsmen produce. Apart from that there are mats, which are made from thin bamboo sticks. This district (Purba Medinipur) is famous for those crafts.

Activities & things to do: Obviously, taking bath in the sea is the most desired activity and if you want you can spends hours in the sea and in the beach. That probably can keep one busy for a couple of days. But that is not the only activities. Digha has an aquarium, where one can see a good collection of crabs. Kids can enjoy the Toy Train in New Digha and the boat riding in Amaravati Lake in New Digha. Shankarpur is a place to visit for fish-lovers. The same is true for Talseri beach – which is actually in Orissa.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We visited this place on the month of January. We took Tampralipta Express, which has 1 AC Chair Car – which is quite comfortable. It takes 3 hours 20 mins and reaches at 10 AM, which is excellent as you have the remaining day to explore the beach. Other option is Kandari Express, which departs late afternoon. The bus connection is also excellent and there are Volvo coaches from Kolkata. The road travel is also quite good and it will take about 6 hours to reach.
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Dibyendu Pallit
  • Dibyendu Pallit
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Refreshment and relaxation at Digha" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Digha is an idle place for a holiday of two-three days. I prefer New Digha as it is much closer to the beach. Specially, during a full moon night, the sea looks fabulous. I was in Hotel Casurina, opposite to SBSTC Bus stand, 1 minute from....... More
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Abhinav Gupta
  • Abhinav Gupta
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"A very calm and serene place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Old Digha or New Digha? It's New Digha for me! Pros: The place is very calm. The beach is not too crowded. You can enjoy adventure sports. It is near to railway station. Cons: There is literally nothing apart from Hotels....... More
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swastik73
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"A good weekend beach getaway from Kolkata!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Digha experience is always good since you generally travel with group of friends or extended family. The place can accommodate people with all budgets. You can relax and enjoy the swim, currently water sports is also available in New Digha,....... More
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Dipanwita Bosu
  • Dipanwita Bosu
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"Visit this place during full moon"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The first thing that I should say that Digha is an idle place for relaxing. This will be great if you visit this place in the purnima. If you want to stay in good hotels then you should prefer New Digha but if you want a nice and calm beach....... More
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Bulbul Sarwar
  • Bulbul Sarwar
  • 2 Reviews

"Digha was fulmoonlit! Charming!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
On a sudden note, I decided to visit Digha on 15th March 2014. Early morning I rushed for Duronto-Digha express ticket@Howrah. Bad luck, there was only 1-ticket, but I needed. I came back to the hotel and tried for Volvo bus. Again failed and....... More
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Digha Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Digha is located in the East Midnapore District and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Lying 187 km away from Kolkata and at an average elevation of 6 m above sea level, Digha is the most popular sea resort of West Bengal.

Originally known as Beerkul, it was discovered by the British in the late 18th century. Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India, described Digha as ‘Brighton of the east’ in one of his letters to his wife.

The Digha Beach is popular for its views of the Bay of Bengal amidst the many casurina plantations along the seaside. The sea at Digha is mostly calm and shallow upto a mile off the beach, which makes its makes it safe for various marine activities like swimming, scuba diving, jet ski-ing and surfing.

Lately, due to erosion of the beach leading to a receded landspace, as well as for cleanliness reasons, a new Digha Beach has been developed as an extension to the old Digha beach, at a distance of 2 km from it. Visitors can also head to two other nearby spots: the Udaipur Beach and the Shankarpur Beach, which are relatively untouched.

The latest attraction of Digha is the recently built Science Centre. Digha also boasts of the largest aquarium in India, the Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India. Some of the other tourist places in the region include Subarnareskha River, Talsari, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; the Subarnareskha Delta and the Mandarmani Beach.

Digha has its own railway station and is well connected to Howrah and Kharagpur. Direct buses ply from Esplanade (Kolkata) to Digha on a frequent basis. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata is the nearest airport.

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