Digha is among the famous seaside resorts in West Bengal. It is located in the East Midnapore district and can be found at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It is well-known for its beaches which are visited by thousands of people from the adjoining areas, thereby making it a popular weekend destination for most residents of Kolkata.

Digha came to be known as a result of the recommendation by an English tourist named John Frank Smith who began living here in 1923. His writings about the place made it popular and therefore he convinced West Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy to develop the place into a beach tourist destination.  

Travel Tips

Mosquito repellents are a must for all visitors in addition to electric torches or emergency lamps as there are regular power outages in the area. It is definitely not safe for visitors to swim during high tide as the sea is very rough during the period.


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When to visit

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Things to do

Swimming is one of the best things to do here as the beach is flat. One can also find locals selling beer on the new beach in a bid to make a living. Sunbathing for those that do not mind a tan is another great way to spend a part of the day at Digha. One can also play certain games like volleyball, cricket and football. Horse riding is also a fun activity for children and adults alike.

The Digha Boardwalk is a great place to just sit and relax. A van ride in the dark is a great way to explore the place at night. The Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India is also a great place to visit as it is one of the best equipped marine aquariums in India.

Getting Around

Motorcycle rickshaws are the best way to explore the place especially if one wants to travel from Old to New Digha and back.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • Travelling to Digha by road has become easier. The roads are excellent and it usually takes 4 hours to reach Digha as a result by virtue of the NH-6 and NH-41.
  • Tourists are advised to make train reservations way in advance on the weekends and national holidays. There are three trains which run daily from Howrah Railway Station at 06.40 (Tamralipta Express), 11.15 (Duranto Express) and 14.40 (Kandari Express) daily.
  • Digha is around 4-5 hours away from Kolkata. Buses ply frequently to Digha from the Bus Terminus (Route 6) from Garia in Kolkata. Buses usually run from 04:00-08:30. There are buses also available from Dharamtala bus stand in Kolkata to other parts of West Bengal. There are AC buses which also ply to Digha.

Surrounding Attractions


This beach can be found around 2 km west of Digha, in West Bengal Orissa Border. One can enter the beach by just driving along the Bengal-Orissa border. Some of the highlights of the beach includes its vegetation, typical of slopes in Eastern Ghats and the great Casuarina atmosphere.

Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC)

It was built in1989 with the objective to display the marine biodiversity of the region while also conducting research. It has the largest inbuilt marine aquarium with around 24 big sized (15x10x10’) marine tanks and 8 fresh water (3x2x2’) tanks. It is visited by hundreds of people daily.


It is 40 km away from Digha and is famous for fishing. The highlights of the place include a lighthouse and the famous temple Kapalkundala.


Shankarpur is located 14 km east of Digha. It is among the best weekend getaway locations in West Bengal.


Mandarmani is a small virgin beach on Bay of Bengal and one of the fast developing tourist spots in the area.


Chirulia is a small village which houses the ancient temple of Lord Ram, Laxman, Sita and Hanuman.

Important Numbers

Phone: 0612 256 0528