[New Digha] tourist spots travel guide | Sea Beaches in west bengal
New digha tourist spots in West Bengal
Have you ever traveled to Digha? If yes, then I will tell you which prime places you miss in Digha yet. New digha tourist spots and the beach is the most famous places for tourism in West Bengal. Every Bengali comes here once in a lifetime. It’s the oldest tourist post, low budget and popular economical destination. Digha is the closest sea beach destination near Kolkata. Sea is not as rough or the waves not as strong as you get in southern beaches like Puri beach, Chennai, Vizag.
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The place is called ‘Brighton of the East’. The sea has gentle waves and a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
The town of Digha is gradually spreading to cope with the tourist demands, located on the borders of Orissa. It is an ideal spot to spend a weekend.
History of Digha
The beauty was discovered in the late 18th century by the British as early as the days of Warren Hastings, before known as ‘Beercool‘. It was reborn at the hands of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. But, today the old Digha lack the glamour and too much crowded.
West Bengal Tourism Digha
You can enjoy bathing here with families. This is one of the best destinations for tourists to spend weekends with family and friends. A wide variety of food is available here at a reasonable price. Hotels accommodation is also pocket-friendly. As a woman I could say, it is safe to travel with your girl’s group. The beaches are full of lights in the evening, well-maintained sitting area to enjoy the breeze and the view with coconut water and fried fish.
They improve sanitization system, is the good news for women. At the present day the ‘Sulav Souchaloy’ developed beside the beach, so we do not have to run here for washroom on an emergency. But now the ‘Souchalay’ condition is very poor. Even there is no door in bathrooms.
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My story: I fall in love with Digha
This is my second trip after Shimla Manali tour from Kolkata. We have done a sudden planned weekend tour with my husband. First view of the beach is mesmerizing. I saw some were busy in having sea-bath, some were shopping and rest are just enjoying the breeze of the seashore. We enjoy the Cheerful weather, hilarious sea breeze, the pine forests on the beach. The Local Peoples are good & friendly in nature.
The Beaches are the places where you go and sit and admire the natural sceneries. Today the beach side has been renovated and one can sit there for hours looking at the endless sea. Here the waves crash on the boulders below your feet and you feel the fresh spray of salt water on your face and energize yourself. Probably it was my 10th trip when I write the article about Sea Beaches in west bengal .
Our Holiday story – The Digha trip
We started the tour from Howrah station by Tamralipta Express. We boarded the train morning at 6:35 am. It takes 3.30 hours to reach Digha station from Howrah (around 10:10 am). There is a good amount of auto, rickshaws, Toto, standing outside the station. We take a riksha to reach our hotel.
After reaching the hotel and take some rest we have gone to the beach. It is low crowded and clean (not on Saturday/Sunday). There are many coconut sellers on sea beaches. We bought some coconut from one of them and keep shoes and mobile there. We spent an hour on the sea beach. While we enjoying the sea bath the local Photographer took a couple of pictures of us. After that, we returned to the hotel and finished lunch. That time the Photographer delivered the pictures to my hotel address.
At the evening visiting again to the sea beach and enjoying the high tide view. It is very attractive to see from the beach side. But be careful do not try to bath in this time. It can be dangerous for you.
Next day early morning reach the sea beach to see the sunrise and saw full of red crabs are roaming into the entire beach.
How to reach digha from Kolkata – The Second option
Another option to reach Digha instantly is take the train from Santragachi station. This local train called “Santragachi-Mecheda local” run every day. It departs from Santragachi 6:10 am and reaches Mecheda at 07:50 am. After, the train name change to “Mecheda-Digha local”. It reaches Digha at 10:55 am. The fare is 40 rupees only.
Morning 6:45 am Digha-Panskura local. After reaching Panskura, frequent Panskura local train available for Howrah.
Another option is 11:15 am Digha- Mecheda local.
But keep in mind, as it is a local train, there is no toilet.
Regular Bus service available(Public/private) from Esplanade and other govt bus Depo.
Where to stay in Digha
Today Digha have plenty number of hotels, holiday home and resort etc. you can easily reach your desired destination and get a room in your budget. Rooms are available starting from 200 rs to 5000 rupees. Old Digha’s room rent is lower than new Digha and old Digha is also crowed compare to new digha. In my personal experiences sea facing room is not needed in Digha because the sea is little distance from any hotels, on the other hand, try to stay near the sea beach it will help you to save your time, money, and can easily reach sea beach whenever you want. Please note a huge amount of people coming to Digha from Kolkata every weekend. Spot booking is not recommended because the hotel owner or staff demands more than normal rates. So book your room in advance specially in Saturday and Sunday.
Digha Beach West Bengal India Details
There is two sea beach, called old Digha and new Digha. New Digha sea beach is still a low crowd and clean. The distance between both beaches is one kilometre. The Govt. of West Bengal made he beach beautifully and decorated with parks and lights. The beach is highly crowded in the evening. You could watch waves with a cool sea breeze.
You can also hire a bike towards Orisha Mohona, you could see a river joining to the sea.
Digha is well-connected both by railway & roadways. It is easily accessible from Kolkata. It is 183 k.m distances from Kolkata. Every day Trains left from Howrah station. You can take Volvo Bus/normal bus from Dharmatala or Esplanade, Garia, Ultadanga and other places and reached Old Digha Bus Stop within 4-5 hours. However, the road is not so good and will get jerks frequent. After reaching to drop point, you need to take a rickshaw to your hotel.
Train fare (Howrah): 80-140 (depends upon trains and reservations).
Bus fare (Esplanade): 145 (recommend to travel by govt. bus, 100% on time).
There is a huge number of option for food. If you want to enjoy fresh plates of seafood and local sweet water fish, you have to visit Nehru market otherwise go to Mohana or Udaypur. Nehru market is the best option to get fish/crab on low price. Now the question comes ‘how to eat them’? No worries, many hotels are frying those fish and making tasty curries of them on a nominal price. Also, there are stalls of various fish, which they will cook and serve you on demand.
Also, there’s Wow Momo, Domino’s Pizza, Barista Cafe near the beach. And there are other readymade fish fry and snack stalls on the beach.
You can enjoy some street food. However, fried fish is very popular among the tourist. You also have multiple other restaurants and roadside food stall which offer good food at a reasonable price and even roadside stalls also are of very nice & tidy quality. But the hygiene of the place made me a little sad.
Shopping at Digha
The beachside market is a must visit place for small trinkets or show pieces made out of seashells. You could get beautiful conch-shell jewellery, sankha, kids -toys from the beach side vendors. All the shops are displaying jewelry, toys, home decor and many more. Some sea stone related articles are really looking gorgeous and attractive.
Shopping at the beach side market is really memorable for me. I bought some locally designed mat, bag, slipper etc. and also buy some food item like Pee nut, sweet coconut etc.
Water sports in Digha
Do you love adventures? Then try water sports. The best part is, going deep in the water by boat and is perfectly safe here. If you know how to swim, do some boating, waves were calm and steady here. But is the monsoon season the activity’s stops due to high tide.
Top 10 Digha tourist spots details
If you search what to see in Digha? There are few of tourist places for Digha sightseeing like Talsari, Mohona, Amaravati park etc. and we also visited several interesting places here. Such as nearby Orissa border, Vishnu temple, Snake temple, Aquatic museum, Amusement Parks, Kaju Garden, etc.
Amaravati Park Digha
We had visited Digha Amarabati Park during our sightseeing in Digha. The park is located at a walking distance from our hotel and it is hardly 10 mins from the Digha Railway station.
The ticket price for Amarabati park is only 5 rupee per person. The park is well maintained with lots of trees, some flowers and lots of seating arrangements are available in the throughout the park. The prime attraction is paddle boating and rope way ride.
You can do paddle boating in the lake. The boating timing is 25 minutes. Amaravati park boating fee is, for 2 people 50 rupees, 4 people 60 rupees, and 6 person is 80 rupees.
The ropeway carries tourists over the lake from one side to another side. Ropeway ticket price for adults is 47 rupees and for a child, it is 30 rupees.
In the park area, kids can enjoy slide, swing etc. you can stay here one to two hours
The park is located just beside the road so the transport facilities are good. auto, toto, buses are easily available from here.
The park timings are from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Wonderland Kajal Dighi
The place is just beside of Amarabati park. Its an amusement park. Toy train and boat riding is the specialty here. Entry fee is 25 rupees and open for 8:00am to 8:00 pm.
Marine aquarium Digha
The largest Marine Aquarium in Asia has been inaugurated on Feb 4, 2003 midway between old and new Digha opposite to the hospital. Maritime animals and plants in 23 large enclose are displayed here. It is open from 11:00 am to 15.00 pm
Digha Science Centre
Another attraction is the science city developed by the National Council of Science Museum. Various models are demonstrated to make the scientific education interesting. You can enjoy the cycle racing, watching planetarium sitting in an Igloo type room and much other fun here.
A Jurassic Park has also been developed in the same premises. Except for Kali puja and holidays, it is open from 8.00 am to 18.00 pm on all 365 days.
A snake park has been constructed at Kajladighi of Amaravati by a snake-Expert Shri Dipak Mitra. The collection of snakes is inadequate. It is an added attraction. But this snake park is close now.
It is a very nice side seeing the place in Digha, there’s lots of information about Kaju trees and nuts. Good for kids know those facts. Cashew nuts grow in summer. Best time to visit is April May month. Keep in mind nothing else to see apart from the garden. It’s like a botanical garden but it is a rare opportunity to see a cashew garden in West Bengal. It is a well-maintained garden on the Roadside near Digha Science Center. It’s a Government operated Cashew Farm. They don’t sell cashews there and here cashew nuts have just been kept to see.
Digha Mohana Fish Market
Do you love to fish? Walk towards the Mohana and then buy fish from the local fisherman. There are many food stalls that are prepared many fish item. If you give them to your raw fish, they will cook your fish at a nominal price.There is two mohona in digha. One is beside old digha ( main market here) and another one is beside of Udaypur beach. You can hire bike easily for udaipur sightseeing.
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Tourist of Digha can easily go and visit Orissa Chandaneswar Shiva Temple. The God here formless and is believed to be very potent. People come here from far distances. A gorgeous fair is organized here in the month of “Chaitra”. To go Chandaneswar from Digha- rickshaws, van, bus, toto are available.
There is also the Howrah – Chandaneswar, Howrah — Balasore and Digha, Baripada buses which go via Digha to Chandaneswar. From Chandaneswar you can avail of buses, going to different directions of Orissa. So it would not be very difficult for a tourist in Digha, to go Chandaneswar and then move on to Chandipur. The Nearest railway station is at Jaleswar, a distance of 40km.
Baba Bhusandeshwar Mandir
If you pay a bit more then hire a bike from the sea beach, and go for the Baba Bhusandeshwar Mandir which is on Orissa border. The Mandir having largest Shiva Linga in Asia.
Iskcon Mandir Digha
Its developed on the bypass road. Phone: 087688 65769
Bichitrapur island and Mangrove forest
Bichitapur, located 25 km from Udaipur Beach, It is facing the Subarnarekha River and well-known for its mangrove forest. The steamer journey is a memorable thing. Please keep some time extra to visit this place.
Radha Govinda Mandir Near Talasari
You can add your Radha Govinda Mandir trip when you visit Talsari beach.
Top 7 Sea beach near digha
Digha is popular for the Sea Beaches in west bengal , but its crowded. Here I am furnishing some other beach details which is close to Digha and everybody can enjoy as there budget.
Udaypur sea beach
The speciality in Udaypur is you can get fresh fish and beer at a reasonable price. You can get scooter, bike for rent. The beach is good not like Digha (embankments with boulders). Transport facilities are not good at all in Udaypur. You should have a car to go this place or hire hourly a Toto/Auto. Bargain with them they decrease the rent . I could not find any proper place for night staying.
Talsari sea beach
Talsari is 4 km from Chandaneswar temple. You can go by rickshaw and enjoy the calm, quiet sea town of Talsari. Those who find loneliness for them this place is ideal. The Sunset and sunrise are both renowned in Talsari. While returning from Talsari towards the directions of the border away another sea beach on the road called Udaypur.
Mandarmani sea beach
One of the most costly sea beaches in the area. Those who can avail luxury travel they love this place. You will get all type of modern facilities. The place is running on the generator. Coming with the car is the most convenient option. You can enjoy driving beside the sea beach because it’s a long motorable beach.
Tajpur sea beach West Bengal
One of my favourite sea beaches near Digha. It is low crowded place and those who have avail car, they love to come here. The place is clean, and its like a private beach. Nobody will disturb you like Digha. Only one or two small beach side shops I found in Tajpur beach. And they charge high. In the morning enjoy with sunrise and you will find full of red crab on the beach.
It is a lonely place. You can spend your vacation with relaxation. Nobody will disturb you. Please note do not get expectation to bath on the sea beach. You can get the sea water only on a high tide. We walk for 2 km into the sea in the evening but only get mud.
Shankarpur Sea Beach
Another sea beach near digha. Sea is very close in the beach. And digha fishing market is very close from here.
Junput sea beach
Another sea beach near Digha. It is 40 km from Digha and well conneted with Contai road . It is famous for fish processing like dried fish. Better to stay in Tajpur or Mandarmani.
Chandpur Beach near digha
Chandpur is a new clean beach near digha. The stoppage is Balisai near Sankarpur. Toto service is available. Sea beach 20 minute in toto. You can also visit Balisai rajbari from here.
Best time to visit the Digha beach
Visit the place late Oct to Early Feb or Visit in the month of March to May before the arrival of Monsoon as one could enjoy the roaring waves in beach and have seaside fun.
It is a wonderful place to make a weekend exciting within budget. It’s a very economical weekend destination with various places & activities of enjoyment. Other than enjoying the sea beach you could easily plan a 2-night stay within 3 thousand rupees with family. It is an Ideal place for spending one or two nights. The young crowd could be noisy with their beer bottles but there is nothing much to worry. There are a few more places to visit nearby. You can find a lot of fun and tasty non-veg food along with long Beach walk which will fill you with immense pleasure and joy. Go Digha for the economical yet fully enjoyable trip.
I would really recommend Digha as one of the best weekend beach destinations near Kolkata.
Same rickshaw walla will take you to the Hotel if you haven’t done the booking prior. This way your hotel stay will be costly as the rickshaw walla will ask to broker charge from the hotel. I would recommend, directly go to the hotel and discuss about the rates.
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