When you need a quick break from your hectic work weeks, take a quick road trip from Kolkata to Digha. Situated about 185km from Kolkata, Digha is among the most popular beach resorts on the Bay of Bengal. The well maintained roads make this a breezy trip.
The best time to visit Digha is in the winter months. Starting from October to February, the temperatures are pleasant. You can also witness the wonderful celebrations around Durga Puja in this season. Most of your time would be spent at the beach, but there are also many aquariums and gardens that you should pay a visit to. Make sure your reservations in advance, as Digha experiences a large inflow of tourists in these months.
Summers aren’t the best time to take the road trip, given the punishing humidity. Monsoons may just washout your plans to have a good time at the beach or at an amusement park.
Digha is crammed with restaurants and other eateries. It is a foodie’s delight and is a haven of Bengali cuisine. Some of the restaurants that you must try include:
Purbasha: This restaurant in old Digha is ideal for families. They provide thalis at a very reasonable price, and you can get a second serving on almost everything included.
The Bite: The restaurant is a part of Hotel Dolphin located in old Digha. The spicy crab curry here is a delight. You should also try Pomfret fry and Ilish Bhapa here.
Wow Momo: A wide variety of both steamed and fired momos with a side of your favourite beverage.
The various beach food joints: As you enjoy the cool breeze at any of the local beaches, you will find many stalls offering a variety of fried fish and prawns. You can also buy fresh fishes from the fisherfolk and take it a stall to get it cooked for you. The on-demand cooks are a speciality of Digha.
Route: Chowringee > Vidyasagar setu > Kolaghat > Nimtouri > Bajkul> Kanthi > Diigha
The road trip from Kolkata to Digha would take about four hours. It is best to start early in the morning or around noon to avoid getting stuck behind tourist buses on single lane roads. The route has excellent roads, but once you cross Nandkumar, you will be in a rural area with a single lane carriageway. If you are travelling in Monsoons, be prepared for less than ideal roads from Nandkumar to Digha.
Since it is a short journey, you may not need any stopovers. That said, the route has petrol pumps every 50kms or so, and these are the best places to use the restrooms. The best plan would be to have breakfast at Sher-e-Punjab, Kolaghat at around 7:30 am and drive down to Digha without any major stopovers.
Marine aquarium, Zoological Survey of India: The largest in-built aquarium in India is housed in Digha. You would get to see species of conservative importance here. They also have many “local and curious” species on display alongside freshwater species.
New Digha Beach: This man-made beach located about 2km from the old Digha beach is better connected and better maintained than the old one.
Udaipur Beach: If you want a quiet beach with no crowds, Udaipur beach is the place for you. You can take a walk on deserted seashore and take a dip when you like. You can also rent a bike to drive around the beach.
Shankarpur Beach: Located at about 15km from Digha, this is a relatively unknown beach. Get a lovely view of the ocean, surrounded by the local fish boats and rows of trees. Also, pay a visit to the temple of Shankarpur nearby.
Talsari Beach: If you love seafood, you cannot give Talsari beach a miss. The beach is lined with coconut and palm trees giving it a unique look.
Temples of Chandaneswar: Located at about 7 kms from Digha, Chandaneswar Shiva temple plays a key role in Oriya folklore. The temple hosts a fair every year on the occasion of Oriya New Year.
Make sure that you are carrying a spare tyre whenever you go on a long trip. At least one of the travel companions must be proficient enough to make minor fixes to the vehicle in case of a breakdown. Being able to make some basic repairs can come in handy if you get stuck on the road. Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged, and that you are carrying a portable charger to ensure that you can reach out for help in case of an emergency. Always pack bottles of water and a first aid kit when going on a road trip. In case your two wheeler insurance or car insurance is due for expiry, get it renewed from Bharti AXA GI.
You would find diesel/petrol pumps at least every 50kms on the route from Kolkata to Digha. These are also a good place to getting freshened up, if required. Most of the petrol pumps also have a mechanic.
This trip takes under five hours, and you will not need an overnight halt.
The 184km trip from Kolkata to Digha has almost no altitude change. The roads are well-maintained and the trip would take anywhere between 4 to 5 hours.
While you may not find any super luxurious places here, you will find great places to stay right by the beach. Sea Hawk Hotel offers beachside cottages overlooking the lovely sea. If you have a pet, you may check out Hotel Coral Digha near the new Digha beach. Hotel Le Roi Digha is another good option at about a 7 minute walk from new Digha beach.
Mobile connectivity for all service providers is good at Digha. You may experience pockets of little connectivity on your trip, especially after Nandkumar, but these are very small and shouldn’t impact your experience in any significant manner.
Locating an ATM in Digha will not be a challenge as you will find many around the beaches. State Bank of India, ICICI, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, HDFC, Axis and all other major banks have at least one ATM in the vicinity of the old and new Digha beach.
You will find quite a few local mechanics on the highway route from Kolkata to Digha. Almost all petrol pumps have a mechanic as well.
A district hospital located near Old Digha provides extensive medical services.
Most hotels have a power backup and you may not be impacted by power fluctuations.
Your tool kit for any long distance road trip should contain screwdrivers, wrench, socket set, adjustable pliers, wire dykes, pocket knife, hammer, baling wire and zip ties, silicon sealant, duct tape, and tire plugs.
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Article Author: Luv Kumar
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