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The Seaside Town of Digha

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 7 months ago

Digha, a popular sea side resort, offers tourists from Kolkata the attractions of a balmy climate, a beach that’s absolutely safe for swimming and sea food aplenty. At a distance of 187 km from Kolkata, it is an ideal weekend getaway...

Digha has been popular as a beach resort since the time of the British Raj in West Bengal. The place was earlier known as Beerkul and was often referred to as ‘the Brighton of the East’ by homesick Britons.

What to See and Do in Digha

Digha has much to offer when it comes to natural beauty as the sea is placid at Digha and its 7 km long beach is safe for swimming and all other water sports. The colourful sunrises and sunsets, sparkling waters and tranquillity in this sleepy seaside town make it an ideal spot for a weekend break from Kolkata.

Tourists can often be spotted playing volleyball on Digha beach and ardent birdwatchers can spot many marine species of birds at Digha. The weekends witness many picnickers from Kolkata and Kharagpur as they come and enliven this small town with their friends and family members. Digha has been the location for a number of film shoots as the swaying palms, causarina groves, fishing boats and alluring sunsets provide a picturesque background for romantic numbers.

The main attraction in Digha is undoubtedly its beach. Stretching over 7 km, the mile wide beach offers plenty of opportunities for walking, sunbathing or playing. If you feel that Digha beach is crowded, the beaches of Shankarpur, Mandarmani and Junput, located within an hour’s drive offer unspoilt locales for the discerning traveller, so you can unwind here.

New Digha is a township near the beach and has a Science Center, Science Park, a Marine Aquarium and a Snake Park. This town also houses a small lake called the Amravati Lake. Chandaneshwar, at a distance of 8 km, has an ancient Shiva temple. Tourists also flock to see the point where the Subarnarekha River drains into the Bay of Bengal when on their holiday in West Bengal.

Getting to Digha and Staying There

Digha lies at a distance of 187 km to the southwest of Kolkata. State transport buses run regularly between Kolkata and Digha and the distance by road from Kolkata to Digha can be covered in five hours.

There are a number of hotels in Digha that cater to the needs of tourists and there are a number of sea-facing hotels that are ideal for travellers who are on a budget. Hotel Gitanjali, Hotel Rajmahal, Hotel Sea Coast and Sea Hawk provide modest and comfortable accommodation. Most hotels here charge extra for sea-facing rooms, and the restaurants provide Bengali cuisine, with an added emphasis on sea food.

The next time you think of taking a weekend or holiday trip in North East India rom Kolkata, Digha is the place where you need to definitely head. 

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