Digha is West Bengal's most popular sea resort and tourist spot. It is located 187 KM south west of Kolkata. Digha has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach extending upto 7KM in length and has gentle rolling waves. The scenic beauty of this place is charming and alluring. The beach is girdled with Casuarina plantations along the coast enhancing its beauty. These trees apart from beautifying also aid in reducing erosion of the dunes. One can view both sunrise and sunset at the Digha sea beach. The sunset and sunrise reflecting the salty waters of the Bay of Bengal is something straight off an artist's canvas.
The sea at Digha is calm and shallow for about a mile from the beach making it quite safe for swimming. Digha, originally known as Beerkul during Warren Hasting's time was discovered in the late 18th century by the British. It is mentioned as the ‘Brighton of the East' in one of Hastings' letters (1780AD) to his wife.
In 1923, an English tourist named John Frank Smith was charmed by the beauty of Digha and started living there. His writings about Digha slowly gave exposure to this place. After independence, he convinced Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was the erstwhile chief minister of West Bengal to develop Digha as a beach resort.
How to Reach Digha
Digha is accessible from Kolkata by road and by train.
There is frequent bus service to Digha from Dharmatala bus stand of Kolkata and many other parts of West Bengal. It is almost a 5 hour journey from Kolkata. Bus service is also available from towns across West Bengal such as Midnapore, Bankura, Asansol, Bardhaman, Howrah, and, also from Orissa via Balasore (Baleswar).
Train services for Digha started in 2004. There is one DMU service from Santragachhi railway station and there are three new trains from Howrah Station too. Howrah - Digha Superfast Tamralipta Express (12857 UP) departs from Howrah at 06:40 hrs and arrives at Digha station at 10:05 hrs. Return train (12858 DN) Digha station at 10:25 hrs to arrive Howrah at 13:50 hrs. Local Transport: Un-metered taxis, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are easily available for transport.
Digha is a perfect weekend beach of Bay of Bengal. Cheap Hotels and Budget Hotels are available in Digha. Digha Holiday home rates are below Digha hotels and Tourist Lodge of wide range are avalible in Digha. Luxury hotels in Digha start from Rs 2000/- to Rs 3500/-. Some of the hotels in Digha are – The Palm Resort, Hotel Sea Coast, Hotel Sea Hawk, Rajmahal Hotel and Resorts, Hotel Blue view, Hotel Sea Green, Hotel Dolphin, Hotel Host, Hotel Sea Weed, Larica Holiday Inn, Hotel Belanibas, Hotel Sea Wind, Hotel Omega, The Retreat, Hotel Nandan, Vivekanand Nibas, Hotel Sea Bird, Hotel Cozy, Hotel Sathi, Hotel Ashirbad, Hotel Samudra Samrat, Annapurna Resorts & Lodge, Hotel Satabdi, Saikatsree Lodge and Hotel Gitanjali.
The Digha market is open at low tide.
Curios made of sea-shell, Shell jewellery, moderate varieties of reputed Madur of Midnapore (hand-woven mat made of weeds) in colourful designs, Cottage crafts of Digha and Midnapur are available at the beach and at other outlets in town.
NSC Bose International Airport (Kolkata) is the nearest airport with connections to all parts of the worlds
Local Transport ::
Un-metered taxis, auto-rickshaws, and rickshaws are easily available for local transport.
the principal attraction of Digha is the flat hard beach, which stretches for miles. It is one of the widest beaches in the world.
Shankarpur Beach, Amarabati park, Junput Beach, Mandarmani Beach, Chandaneswar Temple, the Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC), Amravati Lake and Subarnarekha River.