Digha beach is
seven km long and very wide but if a beach holiday is what
you want, carry on south to Puri or Gapalpur-on-Sea.
advisable only during the low tide. One can view both
sunrise and sunset at Digha sea beach. The sea at Digha is
calm and shallow for about a mile from the beach making it
quite safe for swimming.
|The main attraction of
Digha is that the River Hoogly merges into the Bay of
Bengal over here. Digha offers every possible attraction
for a sea-loving travelers: good surf and golden sands.
New Digha is an
extension of Digha. It too has several hotels. There is a
small park with an artificial lake here.
Digha is originally known
as Beerkul and popularly known as the "Brighton of the
East" in one of Warren Hasting's letters (1780 AD) to his
wife. In 1923, an English tourist John Frank Smith was
charmed by the beauty of Digha and started living here.
His writings about Digha slowly gave exposure to this
place. After independence, he convinced West Bengal's
chief minister Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy to develop Digha as
a beach resort.