The Digha Sea beach is the most beautiful Sea Beach in West Bengal. It is the nearest sea beach in Kolkata. If you are planning a weekend vacation amidst the untouched scenic seashore beauty Digha Sea Beach is the perfect destination for you. Earlier known as ‘Beerkul” this sea resort town was discovered by the British in the later part of the 18th century. Warren Hastings mentioned it as the ‘Brighton of the East’ for its amazing natural beauty. Lying on the north end of the Bay of Bengal it is the most popular resort town of West Bengal. Located almost 187 km from Kolkata Digha shares well connectivity with the capital. Calm sea with gentle waves and shallow beach of almost 7 km makes it a preferred choice of the tourist as they can enjoy a safe sea bath here. Casuarina plantations of the surroundings offer a charming look to the beach. The view of sunrise and sunset from the Digha Sea Beach in West Bengal is indescribable in words. Considered as the cheapest sea town of West Bengal it is the first preferences of those tourists that are tight on budget but want to gather an amazing holiday experience. Travellers irrespective of their age can enjoy the golden shore of Digha.
How To Reach:
- By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport serves as the nearest airport of this popular beach town of West Bengal. Cabs are available in plenty to help you reach your destination nearly 200 km away from the airport. Tourist buses and trains are also available. Click Here To Book Cheap Flight Ticket
- By Rail: The train is considered as the most convenient route to reach Digha from Kolkata. Digha flag station headed the nearest railway station of Digha. Numerous Trains are available from Howrah station to Digha. It takes around 4 hours to reach. Duronto Express, Tamralipta Express, Kandari Express etc along with many more local trains run between Howrah and Digha every day. To cope up with the popularity of Digha sea beach and serve the tourists at their best in the holidays and tourists seasons some special trains are also arranged. Cycle vans, auto, rickshaws are available outside the station to reach your hotels.
- By Road: Digha shares excellent connectivity by road with all the surrounding major cities. You can get a number of buses from all the major bus stands of Kolkata and around. Frequent and regular bus services from Dharmatala bus stand, Kharagpur bus stand, Kudghat bus stand make it easy for tourists to reach this popular destination. It takes around 5 hours to reach Digha by bus from Kolkata. You can even book a car to reach Digha.
Best Time To Visit :
Being the most popular seaside gateway of West Bengal, Digha is blessed with tourists visiting round the year. October to February is considered the best time to visit the coastal capital of West Bengal. During this time you can enjoy favourable climatic conditions. Temperature is moderate. It is the best time to engage in beach sides sports like scuba diving, skiing etc. Moreover, beach parties are arranged during Christmas and New Year eve. As the spot is overcrowded during the peak season it would be a wise decision to book a hotel room in advance before visiting. Even though from March to June Digha tend to have a high temperature, people from Kolkata keep visiting this coastal town to enjoy the excellent evening breeze. Moreover, if you are tight on budget and want to enjoy a sea bath with your loved one's summer is the ideal time for you. The hotels are cheaper during the summer. Monsoon is the time to enjoy high tides from the beach. To avoid any type of unfortunate incident taking a bath in the sea is strictly restricted or controlled as per the weather condition.
Between October to February, you can add Auli Bugyal or Meadow Tour in your destination list.
What To See :
Marine aquarium, Regional Centre of Digha: It is a major attraction of tourists visit in Digha because of its inbuilt aquariums. It is considered as the largest inbuilt aquarium in the country. You can find three types of creatures in the aquarium that include freshwater species, species of conservative importance and local and curious species. Sea snakes, Sharks, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, butterflyfishes are some of them to name.
Talasari: Talasari is another point of tourist attraction. This is the point where the river Subarnarekha flows to merge into the sea. Almost 10 km away from New Digha, this beach is famous for its panoramic view. Surrounded by greenery that includes coconut trees, palm trees, cashew trees Talasari is considered as the last beach of the north-eastern coast of India. It is the paradise for fish lovers as a variety of sea fishes are available in the fish market.
Chandaneswar Temple: You can visit the temple of Chandaneswar Shiv Temple which has an enriched history. This temple is located in the state of Orissa. On the first day of Odia calendar, this temple hosts a huge fair where numerous visitors pay a visit every year.
Shankarpur: The virgin beach of Shankarpur is another popular destination near Digha Sea Beach in West Bengal. The untouched scenic beauty of the beach surrounded by greenery creates a perfect holiday destination.
Amaravati Park: This is a perfect place for family fun. You can enjoy boating in its lake and ropeway ride to enjoy beautiful surroundings.
Where To Stay :
Hotel Coral: Located in N2 sector of Digha, Hotel Coral is one of the most popular hotels of Digha. Apart from offering spacious and well-furnished rooms, healthy and hygienic food at an affordable price, beach themed swimming pool is the centre of attraction of this hotel.
Hotel Le Roi: This 3-star hotel offers free parking and free Wi-Fi to its visitor. A flat-screen TV, coffee and tea making machine, well-furnished room are some of the amenities guests of their visitors can enjoy.
Hotel Neel Samudra: Situated near New Digha sea beach, this is a preferred choice of tourists who wants to feel the cosiness of home away from home.
Hotel Megh Balika: This budget-friendly hotel is popular for offering delicious food and well maintained and furnished rooms.
Cygnet Lite Digha: Breakfast and parking along with round the day room service make it a popular choice of tourists. Well decorated with mini-fridge, coffee and tea making equipment, flat-screen TV, and free internet service are some of the amenities you can enjoy during your stay in this hotel.
If you are a foreigner and plan to visit Digha sea beach near Kolkata, you need to apply for a tourist visa of India. Applying online is considered as a hassle-free and easy way of getting an Indian tourist visa. You can get the same within 4 days of your application. Keep in mind that you cannot extend the time span of this visa but can get twice a year.