A drive to Digha

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21st Mar 2010
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One of the most posh beaches in India, Digha awaits with a purposeful getaway itinerary for you. About 187 kms from the city of joy, Digha is connected by a number of means from Kolkata. This seas resort has a low gradient and a shallow sand beach with gentle waves extending upto 7 kms in length. The beach is girdled with casuarina plantations along the coast enhancing its beauty. The sunset and sunrise reflecting off the salty waters of the Bay of Bengal is something straight off an artistic canvas.

In 1923, an English tourist, John Smith was charmed by Digha's radiance and started living there. He brought the place into limelight via his writings. After independence, he convinced Bengal's chief minister to develop Digha as a beach resort. Well, kudos to Smith !

New Digha is the newer section of the town with a charming beach. The latest attraction is the Science Centre established here by the National Council of Science Museums. The seas is calm and shallow for about a mile making it quite safe for swimming. Besides, lodging is never a problem.

Photo of New Digha Sea Beach, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu

Just 6 km to the west of Digha is Chananeshwar, mainly famous for a Shiva temple. You can calmly spend one of your hustle free afternoons there.

Photo of Chandaneshwar, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu

Shankarpur, a virgin beach as yet , is a recent discovery. It is the twin beach of Digha, around !4 km from Digha, along the Digha -Contai Road. It is now being developed as a sea resort. Apart from the long, tree- lined beach, the main attraction is the Shankarpur Fishing Harbour Project.

Photo of Shankarpur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu

The beach here is only exposed when the tide ebbs. The casuarina trees being kissed by the gentle breeze at Junput is a soothing sight. The beach is literally un-spoilt. The Brackish water fish cultivation and research is done here by the State Government Fisheries Dept. Junput is 40 km from Digha and regular bus services are easily available.

Photo of Junput Market, Contai, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu

12 km from Kanthi, this spectacular beach is named after thousands of red crabs that crawl on the sands resembling the 'Mandar' flowe. It is emerging as a very popular destination with every passing year.

Photo of Mandarmani, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu

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