Diglipur (325 Kms., approx. 12 hrs by road from Port Blair) Situated in North Andaman Island, Diglipur provides a rare experience for eco friendly tourists. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kalpong, the only river of Andaman flows here. The only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on this river. One can feel the innocent beauty of village life everywhere in Diglipur.
How to Reach?
Diglipur is connected by boat from Port Blair & Mayabunder. One who comes by boat from Port Blair will reach Aerial Bay Jetty, which is very near to Kalipur in Diglipur. Port Blair – Diglipur boat services are available twice a week. Further, Kalighat is also well connected by daily two boat services from Mayabunder.
One can also reach Diglipur from Port Blair, by road via ATR.
Sightseeing in Diglipur-
1. Lamiya Bay Beach, Diglipur
The beach lies a few kilometers ahead of Kalipur beach and marks the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
To reach Lamiya Bay, take the road that goes to Kalipur beach from the jetty, and go ahead of the Kalipur beach.
One can have a long and intense moment of solitude at the beach, while sitting on the rocks and hearing the waves crash against the rocks that produces a melodious sound and brings peace and calmness to the mind.
2. Mud Volcano at Shyam Nagar
Located near Hathilevel i.e. at a distance of 20 kms from Diglipur are a chain of Mud volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle of Shyamnagar at Diglipur. One has to trek for 15 minutes in the semi-evergreen forests to reach Mud volcano. At the initial point, bigger and dormant mud volcano can be sighted. On proceeding further for few minutes fresh emerging mud volcano’s could be seen. Seating facilities along with information boards are provided for visitors.
3. Kalipur Beach and Turtle Nesting Ground
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also home to thousands of turtles during their nesting period. During the winter months of Dec/Jan, turtle nesting takes place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Turtle Nesting takes place at Kalipur beach and Ramanagar Beach at Diglipur also. There are facilities provided by Forest Department, for Turtle Nesting at Kalipur Beach.
4. Twin Islands : Ross & Smith Islands
Ross & Smith islands are actually two islands – Ross & Smith joined together by a sand bar to make a single group of islands. Ross & Smith Islands requires forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur. The permission costs Rs 50 for Indian tourists and Rs 500 for foreign tourists and can be obtained on all days (except Sunday) between 6am to 2pm. A fisherman’s boat (‘dinghi’ in hindi) or a speed boat can be hired and the ride would take around 25 mins from the Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur. What makes these islands truly beautiful and sets them apart from the rest of the islands is that these two islands are joined by a natural, sand bar. Water is crystal clear and gem green in color. Sun bathing in Ross & Smith Islands is a wonderful experience. During high tide, the sand bar disappears leaving a trail of water between the two islands and during low tide the sand bar appears again making the islands look majestic! There is a Marine Sanctuary on the island which makes it an ideal place for spotting beautiful coral reefs and colorful species from the underwater. The beach is surrounded by tropical forests and is a preferred place for trekking and trail hiking by many tourists. One can also opt for activities like Scuba Diving & Snorkeling. The clear blue waters add a touch of cleanliness to the whole experience. Ross & Smith islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles which means, being the right place at the right time, one can even witness the turtle nesting!
5. Ramnagar Beach and Pathi Level Beach
Ramnagar Beach is a shrine beautiful beach located at a distance of 70 kms from Mayabunder (take a diversion from Kalara Jn. of ATR) and 35 kms from Diglipur. This beach is suitable for swimming. A nature trail for trekkers is an added attraction.
This beach is well known for turtle nesting. Eco-friendly beach facilities like eco-huts, benches and seating arrangements have been provided.
PATHI LEVEL BEACH
Pathi Level beach in Diglipur is a little isolated and far away from the main city. To reach the beach, you need to walk from Ramnagar beach or take a fiber boat from Kishorinagar..
6. Limestone Caves in Diglipur – Alfred Caves
Alfred Caves lie in the Diglipur sub division near Ramnagar beach. To reach Alfred caves reach Kalara Junction and go to Ramnagar. Or else, board a bus from Diglipur bus stand and get down at Ramnagar. From here, you have to hire a guide or take help of a forest guard to guide you through the way to the caves. If you are planning a visit, start early in the morning so that you are back by evening. A trek through the primary jungle leads to Alfred caves-a cluster of amazing 41 caves. It is a den for swiftlets and fruit eating bats. Best time to visit the caves is from October to March. The caves with a very narrow entrance, open up into chain of small caves inside.
7. Saddle Peak (732 mtrs) is the Highest Peak in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Diglipur provides rare experience for eco-friendly tourists. The place is famous for its oranges, rice, forest wealth and marine life. Saddle Peak (732 Mtrs) is the highest point in the Andaman Islands.
Best Time to Visit?
A popular tourists destination of Andaman, and Nicobar islands, one should go on a holiday to Diglipur between May and October. During this time of the year, the temperature varies between 23°C, and 31°C