Located to the south-west of Calcutta, Digha is West Bengal’s premier beach resort and vacation destination. Calcutta is 187 kilometres from this popular tourist destination, which has been called the “Brighton of the East.” The beach in Digha is 7 kilometres long, has a shallow water depth, and is washed by mild waves.
About a mile from the beginning of the beach is where the water begins in Digha. These natural surroundings are really appealing. Casuarina groves line the shore, adding to the natural beauty of the beach. These trees not only add aesthetic value to the dunes, but they also help to protect them from erosion. The Digha sea beach is a great place to watch the sun rise or set. The sunrises and sunsets reflected in the Bay of Bengal’s saline seas are works of art. Digha’s sea is shallow and safe for swimming for about a mile out from the shore. Digha Warren Hastings found the area, then called Beerkul, in the late 18th century. It was called the “Brighton of the East” in one of Warren Hastings’ letters to his wife in the year 1780. Digha sea beach is a great place to watch the sun rise or set. The sunrises and sunsets mirrored in the Bay of Bengal’s saline seas are works of art. Digha’s sea is shallow and quiet for about a mile out from the shore, making it an ideal swimming destination. John Frank Smith, an English traveller, was captivated by Digha’s beauty in 1923 and decided to stay. In time, his writings about Digha helped bring it to the public’s attention. After India’s independence, he persuaded Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the chief minister of West Bengal, to turn Digha into a tourist destination.