About Digha

Country: India | State: West Bengal

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Digha: Kolkata (171 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Digha: October to February

Peak Season: November to January

At a distance of 96 km from Haldia, 124 km from Midnapore, 164 km from Howrah, 171 km from Kolkata, 193 km from Barrackpore, 209 km from Hooghly, 228 km from Tatanagar, 289 km from Bhubaneshwar, 345 km from Puri, and 364 km from Ranchi, Digha is a seaside resort town located in Purba Medinipur (East Midnapur) district of West Bengal, India. It is one of the beautiful beach destinations in India and among the must include tourist places in West Bengal Tour Packages.

Situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its untouched beaches, scenic views, religious temples, and museums. Originally known as Beerkul, the town of Digha was discovered in the late 18th century by the British. It is mentioned as the 'Brighton of the East' by Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of British India. However, the town started gaining fame when in 1923, John Frank Smith, an English tourist got so greatly allured by its charm that he started living here and writing about Digha. After the independence of India, he convinced Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, then the Chief Minister of West Bengal to develop this place as a sea beach resort.

For ages, Digha has been a one-stop destination for families looking forward to spending pleasurable holidays or at least a weekend together. Being a seaside resort town, Digha naturally boasts of a number of stunning beaches such as New Digha Beach, Udaipur Beach, Talseri Beach, Chandpur Beach, and Shankarpur Beach. Surrounded by Casuarinas trees, chilling at these beaches, swimming in the clear waters, or simply lying down admiring the view is a blissful experience. The sunrise and sunset reflecting off the misty blue waters of the Bay of Bengal give a fantastic panorama. Apart from the beaches, Amarabati Park, Marine Aquarium, and Chandaneswar Temple are some of the prominent places to visit in Digha.

Durga Pooja is one of the major and important festivals celebrated in Digha with much fanfare during October or November. This five-day festival in Digha is a big fair where inhabitants flock to streets in their newest clothes and the whole place is decorated with lights. Digha Beach Festival is the other major event celebrated here. Held in December every year, it is a seven-day long beach festival organized by Purba Midnapore District Administration and Digha Shankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) to attract both domestic and foreign tourists.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata is the nearest airport which is about 177 km from Digha. It has well-connected flights from Guwahati, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Agartala, Bhubaneswar, Dibrugarh, Goa, Bagdogra, Pune, Patna, Surat, and Jaipur. Digha Railway Station is the nearest railhead that has well-connected trains from Howrah, Asansol, Puri, Vishakapatnam, Malda, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bhubaneshwar, Tirupati, Mangalore, and New Jalpaiguri. Digha is well connected by bus with Kolkata, Howrah, Midnapore, and Balasore.

Being a popular weekend getaway from the capital of the state, Kolkata, Digha is well equipped with hotels and various other tourist facilities. Ranging from budget to luxury, there are several accommodations available in Digha which helps the tourists to stay and explore the nearby places. Many shacks in and around the beaches are known for serving the best of seafood.

Digha is the destination for all seasons and reasons. October to February is the best season to visit Digha when the climate is pleasant and suitable for sightseeing. This is also the time for the biggest celebration in the whole of West Bengal- Durga Puja. Avoid visiting Digha in summer as it experiences a hot and humid climate. Whereas in July the monsoon rains might wash away your plans to enjoy both beaches and amusement parks.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 32208
Languages Spoken: Bengali, Oriya, Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Durga Pooja & Digha Beach Festival

How to Reach Digha

By Air

Nearest Airport: Kolkata - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (177 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Digha Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Digha Bus Station (0.5 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Digha


#1 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 1.5 km from Digha Railway Station, New Digha Beach is a stunning beach located in the coastal town of Digha, West Bengal. Situated near Amarabati Park, it is one of the popular beaches in West Bengal and among the must include places in Digha Tour Packages.

Lying on the coast of Bay of Bengal, New Digha Beach is a new beach in Digha that has been developed about 2 km from the old Digha beach. This new beach is bigger, cleaner, well-maintained, and less crowded than the old Digha beach. The old Digha Beach is badly affected by soil-erosion and cannot be used. The sea here starts at about a mile away from the beach area. Lined with casuarina trees, the soft sands of the New Digha beach is a quaint place to spend time in the tranquil lap of nature.

A day spent at the beautiful New Digha Beach will surely last in your memories for a long time. The beach has shallow waters that are safe for swimming. Tourists are often found spending time on the beaches, basking .....

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#2 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 3 km from Udaipur Beach, and 8 km from Digha Railway Station, Talsari Beach is a serene beach located in the Baleswar district of Odisha. It is one of the renowned beaches on the north-eastern coast of India and among the best places to visit in Digha.

Situated near the Orissa-Bengal border, the Talsari Beach is pristine, serene and has been bestowed with a spectacular panorama. This virgin beach has soft sand, calmer waves, and is an ideal spot to spend some private time with your loved ones or even yourself. The shoreline is dotted with several palm trees, coconut trees hence the name Talsari where Tala, meaning Palm and Sari, meaning a row. The interesting thing about Talsari is that is not just a sea beach, it also forms the banks of River Subornorekha which merges into the Bay of Bengal.

Known to be the last beach in Odisha to the north, the Talasari beach is one of the less explored beaches in Odisha. The waters of the sea at Talsari beach are not turbulent .....

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#3 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 16 km from Digha Railway Station, Shankarpur Beach is another beautiful beach located in Digha, West Bengal. Situated between New Digha Beach and Tajpur Beach, it is one of the less commercialized beaches in Digha and among the best places to visit in Digha.

The Shankarpur Beach is a virgin beach with a lovely view of the beach surrounded by local fishing boats and rows of casuarina trees giving visitors the perfect Kodak moment. This recently developed beach has been still untouched by the crowd giving a feel of a private beach. Known for its scenic beauty, the morning sun reflecting on the sea waves in the east, and the local fishing boats on the coast, offer excellent photographic opportunities.

This is a good place for those who don't like the crowd and want to rest on an isolated beach. As the tides are a bit higher as compared to Mandarmani, it is not suitable for bathing and swimming. The picturesque queue of trees against the blue sea is a truly surreal .....

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#4 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 1 km from Digha Railway Station, Amarabati Park is a beautiful park located in Digha, West Bengal. Situated on the way to New Digha Beach, it is one of the best places to visit in Digha with family & friends.

Amarabati Park is one of the major tourist attractions in Digha with neatly paved walkways, a multitude of seating areas, and pristine lawns with a variety of seasonal flowers. The park has a lake in the center with boating facilities. The park offers swings and slides for children. It is a great place for those looking to find some peace while admiring the lush greenery of a well-maintained park. There is also a ropeway inside the park that offers panoramic views of this seaside town.

Timings: 7.30 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Rs. 5 per Person, Rs. 60 for Boating, Rs. 50 for Adults & Rs. 30 for Children for Ropeway

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#5 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 1 km from Digha Railway Station, Marine Aquarium & Regional Centre (MARC) is a research center located in Digha. Situated near old Digha Beach, it is one of the 16th regional centers of the Zoological Survey of India and among the must-visit places in Digha.

Marine Aquarium & Regional Centre or MARC is established in the year 1989 by the National Council of Science Museums. The major aim of the research center is to show the marine biodiversity of the region and communicate its standards to the common people and to carry out the research works. The place is known for its research activities, as well as it is equipped with high-end filtration and seawater circulation system.

The research center has the largest Marine aquarium in India. The aquarium has a total of 32 tanks out of which 24 are big and 8 are small freshwater tanks that are equipped with compressed air supply, light, and regulated supply of water. One can spot species like sea anemones, rays, lobsters, .....

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#6 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 6 km from Digha Railway Station, Chandaneswar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Chandipur near Digha, West Bengal. It is one of the renowned places of pilgrimage in Digha and among the must include places in Digha Tour Packages.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Chandaneshwar is one of the famous temples in Digha. Built-in typical Kalinga Architecture style of Old Odisha temples, the beautiful white marble place of worship rings with the stories and sculptural representations of Hindu mythology. The Shiva Linga here is said to be Swayambhu (or self-originated). A black statue of Nandi is also a prime attraction of this holy temple. One can always find a large number of devotees around the shrine.

The temple plays host to a huge annual fair on Maha Vishuva Sankranti day, the first day of the Oriya calendar. The first day mainly falls on April 14 every year according to the Gregorian Calendar. Half a million people gather around the shrine and fast for several .....

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#7 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 3 km from Digha Railway Station, Udaipur Sea Beach is a secluded beach on the coast of Bay of Bengal. Situated on the border of Orissa, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in West Bengal and among the must-visit tourist places in Digha.

Nestled between New Digha and Talsari, Udaipur Beach is considered one of the most pristine and exquisite sea beaches on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The beach is clean, pristine, and dotted with casuarina trees. It is known for its scenic beauty and tranquil environs. The lonely beach, far far away from the crowded and claustrophobic city life, is a perfect place for those who want to spend some relaxed moments at the seashore.

Also, one can choose from several exciting options of activities at the beach like swimming, a long stroll along the seashore, adventure sports such as Speed Boat or Banana Boat, riding bikes, etc. Besides, the local shops at the beach serve lip-smacking traditional delicacies, which primarily comprises .....

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#8 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 20 km from Digha Railway Station, Tajpur Beach is another beautiful beach located near Digha, West Bengal. Situated between Chandpur Beach and Mandarmani Beach, it is one of the less commercialized beaches in Digha and among the best Digha Tourist Places.

Set on the tranquil shore of the Bay of Bengal, Tajpur Beach is one of the most hidden beaches in India. This virgin beach is still untouched by commercialization and tourism. Fringed by dense tamarisk, eucalyptus, and casuarina trees, the crescent shape of the beach here endows photographers an unusual panoramic view of the sea. The highlight of the pristine beach is the hundreds of red crabs that are found on the shores during the morning hours.

With pristine sea beach and tranquil environs make Tajpur a popular weekend getaway for the traveler who wants to laze on a hammock and spend some time in solitude amidst the sun, sea, and sand. The road that takes you to the beach passes through marshy land, large .....

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#9 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 2 km from Shankarpur Beach, 4 km from Tajpur, and 18 km from Digha Railway Station, Chandpur Beach is another beautiful beach located near Digha, West Bengal. Situated between Shankarpur Beach and Tajpur Beach, it is one of the lesser-known beaches near Kolkata and among the secluded places to visit as part of Digha Packages.

Flanked on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chandpur Beach is the newest beach destination as well as the cleanest stretch of beach anywhere near Kolkata. Boasting a beautiful seaside view and clear emerald water, the beach is considered ideal to relax and unwind. The beach, however, is different than the other beaches in the region as its seashore is slightly eroded and there is a recession caused by seawater.

If you want to enjoy the sunrise view over a vast panoramic sea without any obstruction, Chandpur is the perfect place for you. The clear water along with the beach of Chandpur reveals its truest color during the full moon nights .....

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#10 of 11 Places to Visit in Digha

At a distance of 15 km from Tajpur, and 28 km from Digha, Mandarmani is a large and rapidly developing seaside resort village in the East Midnapur district of West Bengal. Situated at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the popular weekend getaways from Kolkata and among the must-visit places during your Digha Tour.

With great scenery, sandy beaches and an amazing aura of luxury, the coastal town of Mandarmani is a great place to relax, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Mandarmoni boasts of a 13 km long motorable beach, perhaps the longest motorable beach road in India. The drive-in beach is the primary attraction as a crazy high-speed ride on the beach at Mandarmani can give you the ultimate thrill. Red crabs crawling around the 13 km long beach is a special attraction of Mandarmani and the sight is incredible as the entire beach looks like it's filled with red crabs.

The beach, one of the cleanest of its kind, has a lot of lodging options available .....

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