Sightseeing and Adventure Sports at Digha

India, situated in South Asia, is counted as the seventh-largest country by area in the world. Referred to as the land of saints, this country serves as a home to four important religions, namely Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. These religions and a large number of native languages form the diverse culture of this country. There are numerous man-made and natural wonders that are categorised as UNESCO World Heritage sites at this destination. Lofty mountains, dense forests, lush meadows and sporadic water bodies making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. During India holidays, tourists can witness the natural beauty of this nation and also can get an insight into its rich cultural heritage.

Among the most prominent attractions of this country are its beautiful beaches. With more than 50 such destinations, this country is a paradise for those who want to spend their vacations resting on the seaside or indulge in water sports. Some of the famous seashore destinations in the country, include Juhu Beach in Mumbai, Calangute and Candolim in Goa, Marari in Kerala, Digha in West Bengal and Marina in Chennai.

Digha Beach

Digha is a beautiful city in the state of West Bengal that is located at a distance of 183 km from Kolkata. Found at the end of 18th century, this destination was originally named as Beerkul, which was later changed to Digha. In one of the letters written by Warren Hastings, this place was given the sobriquet –  Brighton of the East. It was not famous until the time a tourist named John Frank visited this place and described its beauty in his writings.

This city, situated in the east Midnapore district, is widely acknowledged for  the expansive sandy stretches. During beach holidays in India, do not forget a visit to this pristine attraction, which is counted among the widest of its kind in the world. Travellers can indulge in sun-basking or enjoying a walk on the sands here. The plantations of casuarinas along the coast adds to the overall beauty. The sea at this place is calm, and travellers coming here can also indulge in swimming and other fun activities. Local people visit this place to enjoy a morning walk and spend peaceful evenings. A view of the sunrise and sunset from here is sure to spellbound visitors. With the growing prominence, this place now has a large number of hotels to accommodate visitors. There are various sea view hotels, where tourists can stay and enjoy a sensational view of the sea.

Other than this exquisite natural attraction, travellers can also visit the famous Science Centre, which is established by the National Council of Science Museums. Other nearby attractions such as Marine Aquarium and Research Centre, Lord Shiva Temple at Chandaneswar and Shankarpur are also worth exploring. Reaching this place is not a hassle as it is well-connected to the major cities through road and railways. Tourists can take a bus from the Dharmatala Bus Stand, Kolkata and arrive at this destination. Also, Tamralipta Express between Howrah to Digha leaves Howrah at 6:40 am and reaches Digha at around 10 am. Public transport and private taxis are easily available at the railway station.


Serene and Unspoilt Kappad and Beypore Beaches of Kozhikode

India has a vast stretch of coastline along its western and eastern borders. A variety of uncluttered seashores can be witnessed in the state of Gujarat and in the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal. As people move down towards the states adjoining Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, these coasts get more serene. One such state that comprises some of the finest and well-maintained beaches of India is Kerala. The state is adjoined by the Western Ghats in the east and Arabian Sea in the west and comprises several beautiful seashores. This southern region of the country is renowned for its seaside vistas, drawing tourists from all over the world to behold the beauty of its pristine shores. The long coastline of this place is dotted with verdant forests and vegetation, which mainly includes tall coconut and palm trees. Frequent travelers suggest that vacationers planning holidays on the beach should visit this place and explore its majesty.

Kappad Beach

Legends suggest that Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese navigator, put his first steps on Kappad coast almost 500 years ago. The rich assortment of spices in this Malabar region was the foremost reason due to which many European merchants set up their ventures at the place and started trading for the same. Located near Kozhikode, this rock-studded stretch along the Arabian Sea is flocked by tourists from all over the world who come here to spend their leisure time and admire the picturesque view of the surroundings.

The British colonial rule in the region might be a thing of the past, but this shore has maintained its legacy of being one of the prime attractions of the state of Kerala. It is also called Kappadavu by locals and is considered as one of the most calm seashores of the state. The region still seems unexplored by tourists and quietude resides in its every corner. People can also experience divinity by visiting a temple near this site that is perched on top of a rock and is believed to be 800 years old.

Beypore Beach

Another such attraction to explore in Kozhikode is the town of Beypore, which is famous for its port (the oldest in Kerala). Its beach is considered to be an ideal place to take a stroll under the dimming lights during sunset, and ardent photographers have several opportunities to capture its panoramic view. Another highlight of the region is Pulimuttu – a rocky pier that is made by locally assembling stones and stretches over a km. Other attractions in the nearby places include boat ride experiences on the backwaters of Elathur and Kallai rivers. This location can be easily reached by availing a bus or private taxi. The best time to visit this place is between the months of October to March.

Holidaymakers planning a beach vacation can visit Kerala and explore these mesmerizing sites. Strolling on the smooth sands and looking at the pellucid water of the sea is a great experience. The rise and fall of huge waves are is a sight to behold that invokes a sense of playfulness in the heart of onlookers.