Diglipur is like a cosmopolitan town where people from all over India live. It would be a strange feeling to have a conversation with locals from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and even Bihar at the same time and the same place. There is diversity in unity as well because of the underlying shared beliefs that unite all of them in harmony. Such an offbeat destination should be on every nature enthusiast’s travel bucket list because once you reach there, the rewards would be beyond your imagination.
Andaman Island is so much more than only sea and sand. If you want to witness impressive natural attractions, then you should spend time in Diglipur. The surrounding sights are amazingly beautiful as well. The best time to visit Diglipur is from October to March. The temperature is comparatively cool during this time.
How to reach Diglipur?
Diglipur is located far up in the North Andaman, and is nearly 290 kilometers by road and 180 kilometers by sea from the capital city, Port Blair. You can choose to reach there by road, sea or air.
By air- The fastest and the most exciting option for travel, helicopters are definitely the best choice. During the journey, you can have a look at the breathtaking aerial views of the emerald islands. This is totally worth the extra cost! But since the seats are limited that get full often, you should book at least one day in advance. You can check about the timings and fare at A&N Tourism Information Centre. There is also a baggage limitation.
By sea- This is the most common travel option. Direct ships are available three-four times every week from Phoenix Bay to Aerial Bay. From here, it is nearly nine kilometers to Diglipur and nine kilometers to Kalipur in the opposite direction. The complete journey tales nearly a total of ten hours and maybe longer sometimes but more comfortable overnight sails are also available. You can book your tickets at the Phoenix Bay office or at the administration block by ‘the Dolphin roundabout’ in Diglipur.
By road- Crossing three creeks on the way and the Jarawa tribe area, you can travel up north also by Andaman Trunk Road. However, the journey is quite tiring as it can take up to twelve long hours. There are various early morning buses plying daily from Port Blair to Diglipur. You need to buy tickets at least one day prior to the journey date. You can also choose to commute via private AC buses that offer more comfort but are pricier.
Where to stay in Diglipur?
There are four-five guesthouses in Diglipur nearby the main market and stadium. They have all the basic necessities only. If you are looking for high-end resorts, then you can stay in Kalipur, which is twenty kilometers away from Diglipur. Cheap bamboo huts are also offered by them. The properties get crowded during peak season. So you should make sure to get your stay pre-booked from a local tour operator. Andaman Island Travels is a reliable name when it comes to making all the bookings anywhere in Andamans. Its experienced operators will take care of all your reservations exactly as per your requirements.
Some of the best places to stay in Diglipur are as follows:
- Turtle Resort
- Pristine Beach Resort
- Saddle Peak View Resort
- Titlee Guest House
- APWD Guest House
Where to eat in Diglipur?
As the place is not a tourist hub, restaurants are not in abundance here. But bakeries are surplus here. Some of the best restaurants and food outlets in Diglipur are mentioned below:
- Anu Bar & Restaurant
- Hira Restaurant
- Dolphin Restaurant
- The Hangout Restro
What to see in Diglipur?
Have a look at what you can explore in and around Diglipur:
Shyamnagar village in Diglipur beholds something very rare. Trekking through its dense forests will make you witness a unique scientific phenomenon called the mud volcanoes, which are locally known as Jal Tikry. These are active for years and some of them have been dormant for quite some time. Considered as one of the rarest occurrences across the whole world, you should include this place in your travel bucket list for sure.
The gorgeous Lamiya Bay Beach is at the foothills of the highest peak on the island- Saddle Peak. The beach is visited mostly by either honeymooners or nature lovers as it is a highly photographic beach with shrubs and trees displaying contrast. To savor the beauty of sun, sand and shade on a sunny and bright day, there are beautiful eco-friendly huts and watchtowers on the shoreline for the tourists.
Diglipur is home to more than 41 unexplored caves. Alfred Caves were one of them, named after the scientist who discovered them. These are unique and thus, difficult to reach. A trek to these caves is not meant for someone who is faint-hearted as one has to do strenuous trekking for about an hour through narrow jungle trails. October to April is the best time to visit the caves. Avoid the rainy season completely as the paths are slippery and extremely unsafe.Ram Nagar Beach is a long stretch of palm trees fringed by mangrove forests on both sides. The place is not good for snorkeling owing to the murky waters but is a perfect spot for swimming. It is considered to be the best around the town. The beach is a nesting ground for Olive Ridley turtles. Therefore, the beach closes at 5 pm and no one is allowed to walk on the sand afterward. You can also see an artificial hatchery set up there. The turtle nesting season is between December and March, and you can see eggs being laid by sea turtles and released into the water. The beach is being developed into an eco-friendly picnic place for visitors by the forest department.