Located in the heart of North Andaman Island, Diglipur is an ideal getaway to explore pristine beaches, caves and peaks.
Diglipur - Diglipur, located 290 km north of Port Blair, is the second largest town in the Andamans. Due to its remoteness from the Port Blair not many tourists come to this place, but the few who come here are rewarded with some unforgettable experiences. The place itself has nothing much to offer to tourists but acts a gateway to some mind blowing attractions located in close vicinity.
Things to Do In Diglipur
Located a few nautical miles from Diglipur Jetty, are the twin islands of Ross and Smith; don’t confuse this Ross Island with the one located near Port Blair. The exotic natural beauty of these two islands can make even most avid of beach travelers go weak on knees. The two islands are joined by a natural sand bar and one can freely move between the two islands through this bar. The islands have crystal clear water with gem green color. Sun bathing at Ross and Smith islands is an out-of-the-world experience.
Beach lovers are spoilt for choice at Diglipur. The place has three main beaches: Lamiya Beach, Kalipur Beach and Ramnagar Beach. Each beach has its own unique character. Lamiya Beach is a wide, sandy beach located at the foothill of Saddle Peak. The beach has brown sand and is known for its wide assortment of dead corals. Kalipur and Ramnagar beach have volcanic sands and both the beaches are popular turtle nesting sites. The nesting usually takes place from December to February. Kalipur Beach has the unique distinction of being the only beach in the world that witnesses nesting by four types of sea turtles i.e., Leatherback turtle, Olive Ridley, Green Turtles and HawksBill.
Alfred caves are another natural wonder that you can’t afford to miss. This cluster of 41 limestone caves is a habitat of swiflets birds and fruit eating bats.
Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andamans, is located close to Diglipur and a climb to the peak will offer you breathtaking views of scenery all around. But you need to take permit from the forest department before entering the Saddle Peak area.
Diglipur is an adventure lover’s paradise. It offers some great snorkeling opportunities between Kalipur Beach and the small Craggy Island, and at the Ross and Smith Islands.
How to Reach Diglipur
Diglipur can be reached by air, sea and road from Port Blair. The road and sea distance of Diglipur from Port Blair is 290 km and 180 km respectively.
By Air: Regular helicopter service runs between Port Blair and Diglipur. It’s the fastest and most convenient way to reach Diglipur.
By Sea: Ferries run 3-4 times a week between Port Blair and Diglipur. The journey time is around 10 hours.
By Road: Regular bus service for Diglipur is available from Port Blair. The road journey takes 10-12 hours.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Diglipur is between the months of October and March.