Not every state in India flaunts the beauty of both beaches and temples. West Bengal is one amongst the few states in India which harbour everything from port towns to seaside resort towns. So, how about planning a trip to these wonderful seaside beauties in West Bengal this season?
Digha is one of the most beautiful seaside beauties in the state which have become immensely popular weekend getaways for every local tourist. From beaches to temples, Digha has a lot of things which will definitely allure you to extend your weekend and get immersed in its vibrant surroundings. Read on to know more about planning a trip from Kolkata to Digha.
Best Time To Visit Digha
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Even though the climate of Digha remains bearable throughout the year, it is still advisable to visit this wonderful seaside town from September until the end of April; during this period, the beauty of Digha is at its summit and the weather is cool and pleasant.
How To Reach Digha From Kolkata
By Air: The nearest airport from Digha is located at Kolkata only at an approximate distance of 185 km.
By Rail: There are no direct trains available between Digha and Kolkata. However, you can catch a train to Ramnagar Bengal railway station, which is located at a distance of around 10 km from Digha. Once you have reached the station, you can hire a cab to Digha.
By Road: Digha is well connected to Kolkata and nearby cities by road. It is located at a distance of around 180 km from Kolkata and is easily accessible by road.
Route 1: Kolkata - Tamluk - Contai - Digha
Route 2: Kolkata - Fatepur - Digha
Route 1 is the fastest as it will take one and half hours lesser in comparison to route 2. Hence, you can reach your destination within 5 hrs through route 1. While on your way, you can also take a break at the following places.
Located on the banks of Rupnarayan river in the Purba Medinipur district at a distance of around 91 km from Kolkata, Tamluk is believed to be an ancient town which has been in existence for centuries. It is also known as Tamralipta amongst several scholars.
Situated amid the beauty of nature with the presence of a river and green surroundings, it is a perfect place to take a break. Apart from visiting its old temples and ancient religious places, you can also go boating and swim in the waters of Rupnarayan river. Other major places to visit include Tamluk Rajbari, Rakhit Bati and Devi Bargabhima Temple.
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Contai is one of the oldest living places in the district of Midnapore East at a distance of 35 km from Digha and hence, hosts several ancient buildings and monuments, ranging from temples to mosques. Today, it is immensely popular amongst locals for its cashew nut and salt industries. The major places which you must not miss visiting if you are in and around Contai include Kapalkundala Temple, Dariapur Light House and Basanti Mandir.
Final Destination – Digha
Digha is famous amongst tourists as the beach town which is frequented by thousands of tourists every year. Due to its serene beaches and less-crowded environment, it remains a permanent weekend destination for every local tourist.
Apart from beaches and seaside beauties, Digha is also home to several old temples and buildings which are visited by several tourists from all over the state. If you are looking to spend your weekend amid pristine sand beaches, then Digha is certainly one of the best options in West Bengal. Following are the major places to visit while in Digha.
New Digha Beach
Due to heavy soil erosion and storm surges, the old Digha Beach has failed to retain its beauty. Therefore, a new Digha Beach has been created at a distance of around 2 km from the old one which is well maintained by the beach staff and hence, is one of the cleanest beaches in the town.
It is also wider in comparison to the old beach. Several locals come here to take a break from their busy lives and get dissolved in the serenity of nature. You must visit the new Digha Beach if you are looking to spend some alone time with nature.
Marine Aquarium And Research Centre
Marine Aquarium and Research Centre was built in 1989 to preserve the beauty of marine diversity and display it to the tourists coming to Digha. It was also formed to carry our several studies on aquatic lives. Today, it has become an important tourist spot in Digha and attracts hundreds of tourists on a regular basis.
Located on the West Bengal-Odisha Border, Chandaneswar Temple is believed to be hundreds of years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated at a distance of around 8 km from the centre of Digha. Over a period of time, it has also become an important pilgrimage destination for Shaivites and hence, this ancient temple witnesses pilgrims and tourists in millions every year. How about getting yourself at Chandaneswar and exploring the beauty of this temple?
Talsari Beach is a must-visit place in Digha on account of its unpolluted atmosphere. The shore of this beautiful beach is dotted with several palm trees. It is an ideal spot to spend your entire day gazing long at the seaside beauties of Digha, ranging from the shore to the waters and the sky to the horizon. So, why not take a stroll on the glittering sand of Talsari Beach?