The Southern West Bengal is endowed with the most famous beach
on the eastern coast of India – Digha. The beach town of Digha is
famous all over for flat, hard beaches. The beauty of this place was
as early as the days of Warren Hastings. Digha was known as Beercool
at that time. Digha beach is girdled with casuarina plantations along
the coast. The sea is calm and shallow for about a mile from the beach
making it quite safe for swimming.
How to Reach :
Digha is easily accessible by road from Kolkata, Asansol,
Bardhaman, Durgapur, Suri, Bankura and Jamshedpur and partly by
rail (upto Kharagpur). The last part of the trip – between
Kharagpur and Digha (123 km.) has to be done by bus and taxi.
Bus Services :
Frequent bus service, available from morning to evening. Digha
is 187 km. by road from Kolkata.
By Road : Only 4 Hours
by car from Kolkata.
By Train : Direct
train upto Digha (from Shalimar).
By Air : NSC Bose
International Airport (Kolkata) is the nearest airport.
What to buy
Curios made of sea-shell, the reputed Madur
of Midnapore (hand-woven mat made of weeds) in colourful
designs, and cashewnuts may be purchased at Digha.
An old Siva Temple, 8 km. from Digha. Also Lankeswari (14
km.) and Kapal Kundala Temple (45 km.) famous
for an ancient temple associated with Bankimchandra's novel
Kapal Kundala. near Contai may be visited.
Shankarpur, a virgin beach as yet, is a
recent discovery. It is a twin beach of Digha, around 10 km.
from it. It offers nearly all the pleasures of a private beach.
This beach too is cupped with casuarina plantations.
Shankarpur is only 14 km. east of Digha,
along the Digha-Contai Road. It is also a regular fishing
Shankarpur is now developed as a sea resort with hotels,
tourist lodges and other facilities. Other
accommodations such as Guest Houses of Fisheries Department and
lodges under Benfish, small private places for accommodation are
Picnic Resort. 20 kms from Chaulkhola on Kolkata-Digha