Have you ever travelled to Digha? If yes, then I will tell you which tourist spots you miss near Old Digha and New Digha sea beach yet. Digha beaches are the most famous places in West Bengal. Follow this travel guide and enhance your Digha tour.
Table of Contents
New and Old Digha tourist spots in West Bengal
- History of Digha
- My story: I fall in love with Digha
- Our Holiday story – Digha tour plan for 2 days
- Saturday – Sunday Digha tour cost for two people
- How to reach Digha from Kolkata – The First option
- How to reach Digha from Kolkata – The Second option
- Return from Digha
- How to reach digha from Kolkata – The 3rd option
- Where to stay in Digha
- Digha sea Beach West Bengal India Details
- Travelling route
- Digha food
- Shopping at Digha
- Water sports in Digha
Top 21 Old and New Digha tourist spots details
- 1. Amaravati Park Digha
- 2. Wonderland Kajal Dighi
- 3. Marine aquarium Digha
- 4. Digha Science Centre
- 5. Kaju Garden
- 6. Digha Mohana Fish Market
- 7. Chandaneswar Temple
- 8. Baba Bhusandeshwar Mandir
- 9. Iskcon Mandir Digha
- 10. Bichitrapur island and Mangrove forest
- 11. Radha Govinda Mandir Near Talasari
- 12. Snake Park – The closed Digha tourism place
- Top Sea beach near Digha
- 13. Udaypur sea beach
- 14. Talsari sea beach
- 15. Mandarmani sea beach
- 16. Tajpur sea beach West Bengal
- 17. Bankiput
- 18. Shankarpur Sea Beach
- 19. Junput sea beach
- 20. Chandpur Beach near Digha
- 21. Baguran Jalpai beach
- Best time to visit the Digha beach
New and Old Digha tourist spots in West Bengal
Digha is the oldest tourist spot, low budget, and famous economic destination. Whoever resides in West Bengal visit this place at least once in a lifetime. Digha is the closest sea beach destination near Kolkata city. Sea is not as rough, or the waves are not as strong as you get on southern beaches like Puri beach, Chennai, Vizag etc.
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 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 tourist spot is too much crowded.
You can enjoy bathing here with families. It’s 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. The hotel accommodations are also pocket-friendly. As a woman, I could say it is safe to travel with your girl’s group.
The Digha tourist spots and the beaches are full of lights in the evening, a well-maintained sitting area to enjoy the breeze, and the view with coconut water and fried fish.
They improve the sanitization system, which is good news for women. At the present day, the ‘Sulav Souchaloy’ developed beside the beach, so we do not have to run here for the washroom in an emergency. But now the ‘Souchalay’ condition is very poor. Even there is no door in bathrooms.
My story: I fall in love with Digha
It’s my second trip after the Shimla Manali tour from Kolkata. We have done a suddenly planned weekend tour with my husband. The 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 enjoyed the Cheerful weather, hilarious sea breeze, the pine forests on the beach. Local Peoples are excellent & friendly.
Digha Beaches are the places where you sit and admire the natural sceneries. Today the beachside 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 saltwater on your face and energize yourself. This Digha tour is trendy among all Kolkata people. It was probably my 10th trip when I wrote the article about Digha tourist spots and Sea Beaches in West Bengal.
Our Holiday story – Digha tour plan for 2 days
On the first day, we started the trip from Howrah station by Tamralipta Express. We boarded the train morning at 6:50 am. It takes 3.30 hours to reach Digha from Howrah station (around 10:10 am). There is a good amount of auto, rickshaws, Toto standing outside the station. We take a rickshaw to reach our hotel.
After coming to the hotel and taking a 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 kept shoes and mobile there.
We spent an hour on the sea beach. While we were 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 images to my hotel address.
In the evening, we were visiting again to the sea beach and enjoyed the high tide view. It is beautiful to see from the beachside. But be careful, do not bathe at this time. It can be dangerous for you.
The second day we wake up in the early morning and reach the sea beach to see the sunrise and see many red crabs roaming into the entire coast.
After, we went for the side seeing. Last, we took the train from Digha around 6:30 pm and reached Howrah around 10 pm.
Saturday – Sunday Digha tour cost for two people
|Howrah to Digha Train up and down||400 Rupees|
|Side seeing||1000 Rupees|
|Total for 2 person||3100 Rupees|
|1 Person||1550 Rupees|
How to reach Digha from Kolkata – The First option
Take the Tamralipta Express (12857) from Howrah in the morning and reach Digha.
How to reach Digha from Kolkata – The Second option
Another option to reach Digha instantly is to take the
from Santragachi station. This local train called “Santragachi-Mecheda local” run every day. It departs from Santragachi at 6:10 am and reaches Mecheda station at 07:50 am. After, the train name changed to “Mecheda-Digha local“. It comes Digha at 10:55 am. The fare is 40 rupees only.
Return from Digha
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 buses Depo.
How to reach digha from Kolkata – The 3rd option
Helicopter service is available from Behala Flying Club Kolkata to Digha every Saturday. Fair 2334 rupees (One side).
How to reach Digha from Kolkata – The 4th option
Government and private buses regularly visit Digha from Esplanade, Garia, Ultadanga, etc. esplanade/ Dharmatala is the hub where you can get a bus within 1-hour intervals for Digha.
Where to stay in Digha
Today Digha has plenty of hotels, holiday homes, resorts, etc. you can easily reach your desired destination and get a room within your budget. Rooms are available, starting from 200 RS to 5000 rupees.
Old Digha’s room rent is lower than new Digha’s, and old Digha is also crowded compared to new Digha. In my personal experience, a sea-facing room is not needed in Digha because the sea is a little distance from any hotels trying to stay near the sea beach it will help you save your time, money, and quickly reach the sea beach whenever you want.
Please note a vast amount of people come to Digha from Kolkata every weekend. I do not recommend spot booking because the hotel owner or staff demands more than average rates. So book your room in advance, especially on Saturday and Sunday.
Digha sea 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 the beach beautiful and decorated it 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, and you could see a river joining the sea.
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Digha is well-connected both by railway & roadways. It is easily accessible from Kolkata, and the distance is 183 km. Every day Trains left from Howrah station.
You can take Volvo Bus/ordinary 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 frequently. After arriving at 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 travelling by Govt. bus, 100% on time).
There are a vast number of options for food. If you want to enjoy fresh seafood and local sweet water fish, visit Nehru market; otherwise, go to Mohana or Udaypur. Nehru market is the best option to get fish/crab at a low price.
Now the question comes ‘how to eat them’? No worries, many hotels are frying those fish and making tasty curries of them at 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 trendy among tourists. You also have multiple other restaurants, and roadside food stalls that offer excellent food at a reasonable price, and even roadside stalls also are of very excellent & tidy quality. But the hygiene of the place made me a little sad.
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Shopping at Digha
A beachside market is a must-visit place for small trinkets or showpieces made of seashells. You could get beautiful conch-shell jewellery, sankha, kids -toys from the beachside vendors.
All the shops are displaying jewellery, toys, home decor and many more. Some sea stone related articles are looking gorgeous.
Shopping at the beachside market is memorable for me. I bought some locally designed mats, bags, slippers, etc., and also buy some food items like Peanut, sweet coconut, etc.
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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. It’s the best thing to do in Digha. If you know how to swim, do some boating, the waves were calm and steady here. But in the monsoon season, the activity stops due to high tide.
Top 21 Old and New Digha tourist spots details
If you search what to see in Digha? There are many tourist places in Digha sightseeing
- Amaravati Park Digha
- Wonderland Kajal Dighi
- Marine aquarium Digha
- Digha Science Centre
- Kaju Garden
- Digha Mohana Fish Market
- Chandaneswar Temple
- Baba Bhusandeshwar Mandir
- Iskcon Mandir Digha
- Bichitrapur island and Mangrove forest
- Radha Govinda Mandir Near Talasari
- Snake Park – The closed Digha tourism place
- Udaypur sea beach
- Talsari sea beach
- Mandarmani sea beach
- Tajpur sea beach West Bengal
- Shankarpur Sea Beach
- Junput sea beach
- Chandpur Beach near Digha
- Baguran Jalpai beach
1. Amaravati Park Digha
Do you know what the unique attraction is in Amaravati Park? It’s my first place to visit in Digha.
While you are in Digha, you might search for some side seen. The famous places are Amaravati Park, Marine Aquarium, Science Museum, etc. We also visited several interesting places like the nearby Orissa border, Vishnu temple, Snake temple, Kaju Garden, Talsari, Mohona, etc.
Amaravati park is 10 minutes away from the Digha railway station. The ticket price is 5 rupees per person. The park is well maintained with trees, flowers, and lots of seating arrangements throughout the park. The prime attraction is paddle boating and ropeway ride.
The boating fee is two people 50 rupees, four people 60 rupees, and six people 80 rupees; a single ride time is 25 minutes. The ropeway carries tourists over the lake from one side to another. The ticket price is 47rupees for adults and 30 rupees for a child. Kids can enjoy the slide, swing, etc. you can spend one to two hours easily in the park.
The park is located just beside the road, so the transport facilities are good. Auto, Toto, buses are readily available from here.
The Amaravati park opening time is 7:30 am and closed at 7:30 pm. Every day.
2. Wonderland Kajal Dighi
The place is beside Amaravati park. It’s an amusement park. Toy train and boat riding is the speciality here. The entry fee is 25 rupees and is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
3. Marine aquarium Digha
The largest Marine Aquarium in Asia has been inaugurated on Feb 4, 2003, midway between old and new Digha opposite the hospital. Maritime animals and plants in 23 large enclose are displayed here. It is open from 11:00 am to 3.00 pm. It’s one of my favourite tourist spots in Digha.
4. Digha Science Centre
Another Digha tourism place and attraction is the science city developed by the National Council of Science Museum. It’s a unique place to visit in Digha. Various models are demonstrated to make science education enjoyable. You can enjoy cycle racing, watching the planetarium sitting in an Igloo type room and much other fun here.
They have also developed a Jurassic Park on the same premises. Except for Kali puja and holidays, it is open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm on all 365 days.
5. Kaju Garden
It is a nice side seeing place in Digha, and there’s lots of information about Kaju trees and nuts. Good for kids to know those facts. Cashew nuts grow in summer. The best time to visit is April, May month. Keep in mind nothing else to see apart from the garden.
It’s like another 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.
6. Digha Mohana Fish Market
Do you love to fish? Walk towards the Mohana and then buy fish from the local fisherman. Many food stalls are prepared with fish items in front of you. If you give them your raw fish, they will cook your fish at a nominal price.
There are two Mohona in Digha. One is besides old Digha (primary market here), and another one is beside Udaypur beach. You can hire a bike easily for Udaipur sightseeing.
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7. Chandaneswar Temple
Tourists of Digha can easily visit Orissa Chandaneswar Shiva Temple. The God here is 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 visit Chandaneswar temple from Digha- rickshaws, van, bus, toto car are available.
The Howrah – Chandaneswar, Howrah — Balasore and Digha, Baripada buses go via Digha to Chandaneswar. From Chandaneswar you can avail of buses, going to different directions of Orissa.
So it’s not tough to go to Chandaneswar and then move on to Chandipur. The Nearest railway station is at Jaleswar, a distance of 40km.
8. Baba Bhusandeshwar Mandir
If you pay a bit more, then hire a bike from the sea beach and go for the Baba Bhusandeshwar Mandir on the Orissa border. The Mandir is having the largest Shiva Linga in Asia. You should add this on your Digha tour.
9. Iskcon Mandir Digha
It’s under construction, but surely it will be another prime Digha tourism place in the future. The area is on the bypass road. Phone: 087688 65769
10. Bichitrapur island and Mangrove forest
Bichitapur is 25 km from Udaipur Beach. It is facing the Subarnarekha River and is well-known for its mangrove forest. The steamer journey is a memorable thing. Please keep some time extra to visit this place. This Digha tourist spot is now becoming very popular.
11. Radha Govinda Mandir Near Talasari
You can add Radha Govinda Mandir trip when you visit Talsari beach.
12. Snake Park – The closed Digha tourism place
A snake park has been constructed at ‘Kajaldighi’ 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.
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13. Udaypur sea beach
The speciality of Udaypur sea beach is you can get fresh fish and beer at a reasonable price. You can get a scooter, bike for rent. Transport facilities are not smooth in Udaypur. You should have a car to go to this place or hire hourly a Toto/Auto. Bargain with them, and they decrease the rent. I could not find any proper place for a night’s stay.
14. Talsari sea beach
Talsari is 4 km from Chandaneswar temple. You can go by rickshaw and enjoy the quiet sea town of Talsari. For those who find loneliness, this place is ideal. The Sunset and sunrise are both renowned in Talsari like Gangasagar. While returning from Talsari towards the border away, another sea beach on the road called Udaypur.
15. Mandarmani sea beach
One of the most costly sea beaches in the area. Those who can avail of luxury travel love this place. You will get many modern facilities in hotels. Coming with the car is the most convenient option. You can enjoy driving beside the sea beach because it’s a long motorable beach.
16. Tajpur sea beach West Bengal
Tajpur is one of my favourite sea beaches near Digha. It is a low crowded place and those who have avail car; they love to come here. The place is clean, and it’s like a private beach. Nobody will disturb you like Digha. Only one or two small beachside shops I found in Tajpur beach. And they charge high. In the morning, enjoy with sunrise, and you will see red crab on the beach.
It is a lonely place. You can spend a vacation with relaxation. Nobody disturbs you. Please note, do not get the expectation to bathe on the sea beach. You can get the seawater only at high tide. We walk for 2 km into the sea in the evening but only get mud.
18. Shankarpur Sea Beach
Another sea beach near Digha. Sea is very close to the beach. The Digha fishing market is very close to here.
19. Junput sea beach
Another sea beach near Digha. It is 40 km from Digha and well connected with Contai road. It is famous for fish processing, like dried fish. Better to stay in Tajpur or Mandarmani.
20. Chandpur Beach near Digha
Chandpur is a new clean beach near Digha. The stoppage is Balisai near Sankarpur. Toto service is available. Sea beach is 20 minutes in toto. You can also visit Balisai rajbari from here.
21. Baguran Jalpai beach
It’s a newly discover beach with less crowd. Very few hotel options there. This beach can easily connect from Contai.
Best time to visit the Digha beach
Visit the place from late Oct to Early Feb or Visit in March to May before Monsoon, as one could enjoy the roaring waves on the beach and have seaside fun.
It is a beautiful place to make a weekend exciting within budget. It’s a very economical weekend destination with various places & activities of enjoyment. Besides 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 about. There are a few more places to visit nearby. You can find a lot of fun and tasty non-veg food along with a long Beach walk which will fill you with immense pleasure and joy. Go Digha for the economical yet delightful trip.
Digha tour precautions
Some rickshawalla will take you to the hotel if you haven’t made 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 the rates.
Why is Digha famous for?
Digha is mainly famous for the sea beach. From Kolkata, every weekend, people enjoy the sea weaves and take a bath. Also, there are many tourist spots. Follow the article.
Is Digha safe for unmarried couples?
Yes, it’s safe for an unmarried couple. Please carry valid id proof for hotel booking.
What is the best time to visit Digha?
Every time is the best time to visit Digha. But you can skip the winter season between November to January.
Which is better for family trips Digha or Darjeeling?
Both places are suitable for a family trip. Darjeeling is the best place to visit in summer, and Digha is ideal for staying with the family anytime throughout the year, as it’s only a 4/5 hour’s journey from Kolkata.
From which all places in Kolkata do you get a bus for Digha?
The buses from Esplanade, Baruipur, Ultadanga, Karunamoyee WBTC (CTC) to Digha daily depart at 5 am.