Digha is situated in the district of Purba Medinipur in the Indian state of West Bengal. Originally known as Beerkul, Digha was referred to as the ‘Brighton of the East’ by Warren Hastings. Lying 187 km from Kolkata, this popular week end getaway spot for the people of West Bengal is famous for its hard, flat beaches, which allow long drives and walks during low tides. Unfortunately, this beach has been damaged by severe soil erosion, leading to the creation of New Digha, an extension of Digha, 2 km away. Here the sea is calm and shallow for about a mile, making it safe for swimming. The causarina plantations bordering the beach make it very green and serene.
Between old Digha and the New Digha stands one of Asia’s largest marine aquariums, a Science museum and also a park. From Digha one can visit Talasari beach located 3 km away or Shankarpur, 14 km away, which is still unpolluted and pleasant. Shankarpur is an important fishing harbour that is being developed as a beach resort. 40 km from Digha is Junput beach, popular for fishing and sun bathing. The State Government Fisheries Department conducts research and fish cultivation here. Digha beach is one of the most famous beaches on the eastern coast of India and should form a part of one’s travel plans.