Situated in the northern end of Bay of Bengal is Digha, a seaside resort town in West Bengal. It is located at a distance of 183km from Kolkata via Kharagpur. Kharagpur is an important multi-cultural cosmopolitan city. Digha with its shallow sand beach has become a favored tourist spot of West Bengal. Formally known as Beerkul, Old Digha or Digha was founded during 18th century by British. In Warren Hastings’ letter (1780) the place was mentioned as the ‘Brighton of East’. He was the first Governor of the Presidency of Fort William (Bengal). During 1923 a British tourist John Frank Snaith was also charmed by the scenic beauty of Digha and wrote a letter to the Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy of West Bengal. He convinced C.M. to develop Beerkul as a seaside resort town. Till date the Digha has retained its charm and there are many structures like an old church which holds the essence of colonial era. Surrounded with Casuarinas trees Digha is famous for buying accessories made from seashells and other hand crafted goods. The sandy beach and sound of soaring waves have mesmerized many travelers, captivating their minds with the surreal beauty of Digha.
Located at a distance of 2km from Old Digha, New Digha is a man-made beach. Being a well planned beach, New Digha is much bigger and well maintained than the original Digha beach. The flat and wide beach of New Digha is not crowded with shacks and congested locality making it an ideal spot for taking a leisurely walk or relishing sports like beach volleyball, and horse riding.
It is a virgin and twin beach of Digha. Surrounded with Casuarinas tree Shankarpur is located nearly at a distance of 14 km from Digha through Contai road. It is comparatively less crowed than Digha. Shankarpur Fishing Harbor Project is the prime attraction of Shankarpur Beach.
Located at a distance of 10km from Digha it is one of the least explored beaches in West Bengal. Famous for its red crabs, Talasari Beach of Odisha is free from the maddening ruckus of hawkers and tourist rush which is mostly crowding Digha. Surrounded with palm trees and vast stretch of green paddy fields, at a distance visitor can see the estuary of River Subarnarekha from Talasari Beach. The serene ambiance and unspoiled charm of Talasari Beach has made it a paradise of travelers who are looking for place to find solitude.
It is a park located near New Digha. In Amravati Park there is serene lake where visitors can avail boating. The snake farm located in Amravati Park is another favored tourist attraction.
Also known as Madar Mani or Mandarboni, Mandarmani is a seaside resort beach village of West Bengal. It is located at a distance of 30km from Digha. The beach of Mandarmani is wider and less crowded than New Digha. Visitors can buy handcrafted jewelry and show pieces made from seashells while taking a stroll in Mandarmani. It is also famous for its long beach road.
November to March is considered the best time to visit Digha as the weather is blissful and winds are cool during these times.