Digha is West Bengal's most popular
sea resort and tourist spot located
south west of Calcutta. It is 187 km
from Calcutta and Described as the
'Brighton of the East best for a holiday.
Digha has a low gradient with a shallow
sand beach with gentle waves extends
7 kms in length
In Digha sea starts about a mile away
from the start of the beach. The scenic
beauty of this place is charming and
luring. The beach is girdled with casuarina
plantations along the coast enhancing
the beauty of this place. These trees
apart from beautifying the sands also
aid in reducing the erosion on the
One can view both sunrise and sunset
at Digha sea beach. The sunsets and
sunrises reflecting off the salty waters
of the Bay of Bengal are something
straight off an artist's easel. The
sea at Digha is calm and shallow for
about a mile from the beach making
it quite safe for swimming.
Digha originally known as Beerkul
during Warren Hastings time was discovered
in the late 18th century by the British.
It is mentioned as the "Brighton
of the East" in one of Warren
Hastings's letters (1780 AD) to his
Also In 1923, an English tourist John
Frank Smith was charmed by the beauty
of Digha and started living here. His
writings about Digha slowly gave exposure
to this place. After independence,
he convinced West Bengal's chief minister
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy to develop Digha
as a beach resort.
to Reach :
By Air: Nearest
airport to Digha is Netaji
Subhas Chandra Bose International
Airport, Kolkata. Digha is
connected by road and rail
network with Kolkata.
Train : Nearest railhead
is Digha railway station. There
trains (Local or Express) available
from Howrah station to Digha.
Road : Digha is well
connected by excellent road with
can take a bus from Esplanade,
Howrah, Belgharia etc. or can
go by car/cab
through NH-6 till Kolaghat and
then on NH-41 to reach Digha.