Digha Sea Beachis 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 the place is charming and luring. The beach is girdled with casuarinas 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 dunes.
The Marine Aquarium & Research Centre (MARC)was established in the year 1989 during the 7th Five Year Plan. The major objective of the Centre is to display the marine biodiversity of the region and impart its values to the common people and to carry out the research activities. MARC has the largest in-built marine aquarium in the country and is equipped with sea water circulation system and advanced filtration unit. The aquarium has 24 big sized (15x10x10′) marine tanks and 8 fresh water (3x2x2′) tanks which are equipped with compressed air supply, light and regulated supply of inflow & outflow of water. Hundreds of visitors make it a point to view the Aquarium every day. The aquarium is opened to public on all working days from 9.3 0 A.M. to 6 P. M.
Science Centreis one of the chief attractions at Digha and it established by the National Council of Science Museums. This is a very good attempt to give some knowledge of science to children. A skeleton company during bicycle racing, a planetarium resembling an Eskimo's Igloo is among the amusing mechanisms of the Science Centre. There are fun glasses which measure height, Jurassic Age Park is also an attraction of this centre (Jurassic park story on light & sound), and more fun scopes. The Science Center is opened to public on all working days from 9 A.M. to 7 P. M.
Amarabati Parkis a very beautiful park near to New Digha. It is a very relaxing and entertaining spot. There is boating facility at the lake. Amarabati Park can be reached by walking approximately 5 min from new digha Sea beach.
Mohana Fish Marketa big whole sale and retailer fish market at the mohana of Digha and it is 4km from Old Digha. Early in the morning the boisterous, noisy Fish Market becomes the best place for whole sale buyers and sea food lovers. Whole sale purchase of fishes from this market forms a strong commercial link between Kolkata-Digha. Many tourists love to experiment with new varieties of fish. Tourists can easily get them cooked at their lodges, any restaurant or by the fish selling vendors. The Mohona Fish Market located at upper end of Old Digha beach holds the true essence of Digha for fish lovers.
Chandaneswar Templeis famous Shiva temple in Chandaneswar, Baleswar, Orissa and it is 8km from Digha. Large number of pilgrims and devotees gather here all round the year and mostly during the Chaitra Month, that is the last month of Bengali calendar.
Bhusandeswar Templeis one of the largest Shiva Lingams in Asia is in Bhogarai village of Balasore district, Odisha. The 12 feet long and 14 feet width lingam is carved out on a black granite and only half of the lingam is visible. The other half has remained buried for years. The diameter of the lingam is 12 feet and has three parts. The middle portion of the lingam is octagonal in shape, about 12 feet in diameter and nearly four feet in height. The Lingam slightly leans towards the right side and it's only 30km far away from old digha.
Mandarmani Beachis a beach resort in Purba Medinipur district of South Bengal, which is roughly the southern district of West Bengal. It is almost 180km from Kolkata Airport in Kolkata, West Bengal and just 14km from Chaulkhola. With sun and surf, pristine sea beach and untrammeled silt colored sand; this destination is slowly becoming popular among the tourists. Mandarmani boasts of a 13 km long motorable beach, probably the longest motorable beach road in India. Mandarmani can be best reached by road. The nearest railway station is Contai and the nearest airport is Kolkata.
Shankarpur Beachis a Virgin Beach of Eastern India, and not far in distance from Digha (approx. 14 kms). Shankarpur Fishing Harbor Project is a great attraction for visitors. It also has highly developed beach resorts. Buses go to Shankarpur from Dharamtala/ Esplanade bus stand in Kolkata. Shankarpur is near Digha and can be reached by taking any bus going to Digha. You need to get off the bus at Choddomile or Chaulkhola (14 miles in Bengali) between Contai (Kanthi) and Digha and just before Ramnagar. The sea beach is a 15 minutes ride by car from Choddomile. You need to book a car to pick you up from Choddomile.
Tajpur Beachis the latest addition in the tourist map of Bengal. The prime attraction of Tajpur is its pristine sea beach fringed with a dense forest of tamarisk trees. The beach is infested with infinite number of red crabs which play hide and seek in the sand. Their presence makes the beach look crimson. There are fishermen's villages in the vicinity, where one can observe the mundane life of fisherman. Just 1 km away is a lagoon with pleasant surroundings. Tajpur is 170 km from Kolkata. Located along the Digha-Kanthi road, Tajpur is situated 17km away from Digha. Tajpur offers a pristine virgin beach between Mandarmani and Shankarpur.
Talsaria small delta on Bay of Bengal, only 6 km away from Digha, located on Bengal-Orissa border. It is a quiet place close to both sea and Subarnarekha River. Talsari is an unexploited beach with a backdrop of a series of palm trees. There's a concrete structure on the beach that serves as a fish market in the morning. The catch from the sea is piled on the floor before being sorted and auctioned. The fishermen return in the evening and sit on the beach mending their nets. From Digha (Rail Station) to Talsari it will take max 30 min by car.
Udaipur Beachis a spectacular beach, almost virgin, 2 km west of Digha, in West Bengal Orissa Border. One part of this clandestine beach is in West Bengal and the other in Orissa. One enters this beach just walking or driving along Bengal-Orissa border. This beach has not been explored so far. The beach has some USPs which has to be experienced to be believed. The vegetation, typical of slopes in Eastern Ghats and the great Casuarina atmosphere, makes this beach, a one of a kind experience. The nearby delta, where the mighty Subarnarekha merges into the Bay of Bengal, is an additional attraction.
Bichitrapur Mangrove Forest is developed by Odisha Forest Sector Development Programme in regeneration, conservation and protection of mangrove forests. Bichitrapur is a small hamlet in Balasore District of Odisha and around 15KM from Digha in West Bengal. Bichitrapur is in the border of the Baleshwar District and Medinipur East District. Two types of boat with 6 and 8 person seating capacity are available. The river Suvarnarekha was in full flow, an eager lover hurrying to meet her beloved sea. On both sides, the mangrove was aflutter with nameless beautiful birds perching on the tall mangrove forest. The water lapping around the beach strewn with dead mangrove trees. A closer look at the sand revealed hectic activities by red crabs running to their hiding places. Endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles build their nests and lay eggs during their breeding season. You can walk towards the desolate beach which is so quiet and serene.