Digha is a stunning beach paradise with a luscious fringe of casuarina groves, golden sunrises, dreamy sunsets, and a burnished coastline. Honeymooners, particularly from Kolkata, make a beeline for this place and book themselves at hotels in Digha. Weekenders too find great solace in this piece of heaven that some of them even opt for fun activities such as banana boat rides on its many beaches. The place has parks and nature walks too, and a handful of restaurants dishing out succulent deep sea fare. But in all this are you aware of some lesser-known, yet quirky, facts about this beach getaway?
1. Digha’s Marine Aquarium is India’s largest inbuilt aquarium
Whatever your reason to visit Digha, you cannot afford to miss a trip to this place which is maintained by the Zoological Survey of India. The sheer variety of marine life that thrives in the grey-blue waters of Digha will hold you in thrall. Classified in three categories, one for endangered species that need conservation, the freshwater species and the endemic ones, this marine museum opens up an array of sea anemones, sharks, lobsters, sea snakes manta rays, horseshoe crabs and butterfly fish. Explore it for all it is worth, and discover for yourself why it is the country’s largest inbuilt aquarium.
2. Digha’s Udaipur Beach is famous for its banana boat rides
Ensconced between the New Digha beach and Talasari beach, the Udaipur beach gets scores of happy revelers who throng it, especially for its amusement options. While photographers love to capture its sweeping panoramic views beginning for the languishing fishermen boats, the delicate yellow sand, a frothy sea mirroring the open sky, an entire lot of visitors come here to ride the choppy waters in a banana boat, enjoy a refreshing swim, or take a bike ride in the area and feel the boisterous wind in their faces. And when they feel completely spent, they wind up at one of the local restaurants for some grilled lobsters, crabs and prawns.
3. Digha was once known as the ‘Brighton of the East
The first governor of Bengal, Warren Hastings in his letters called this little expanse of sand skirting the Bay of Bengal, the ‘Brighton of the East’. The old church, the cashew and casuarina plantations, the breathtaking sunsets and the moody coastline reminded him fondly of Brighton, and he wanted this place to come up as a beach resort.
4. Digha’s Old Beach is no more in use
The New Digha Beach is where the action is. Large parts of the Old Beach is now rocky as the soil has eroded and remains inaccessible. Instead, you can head to the New Digha Beach and enjoy a gorgeous sunset, swim if you like, or take a long stroll as the gentle waves splash against your feet. The setting is idyllic and a favourite of honeymooners.
5. Digha is home to Dr Dipak Mitra’s Snake Farm
After Kolkata, Dr Dipak Mitra’s Snake Farm has arrived in Digha where you can see a cross-section of venomous and non-venomous snakes in gigantic enclosures. Snakes are also bred here. Walkabout and discover some truly stunning varieties of this sinister beast. Herpetologists can’t stop coming to this site.
To Get There,
The nearest city to this beach is Kolkata from where it takes 4h 15m to reach by bus. The cheapest way to reach Digha is by Hwh Dgha Duront train and the fastest is to take a taxi which takes approximately 3h 43m.