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Diglipur

Diglipur is the largest town of Andaman, for a sparsely populated Andaman that not a small feat. It is so large in area that sometimes it looks like a division. There are 42 villages and 13 Gram Panchayats in Diglipur. The fascinating semi-town is located in North Andaman. Aerial Bay, a small gulf, borders it in the north. It is also the home of the only river Andaman - Kalpong River. Diglipur is an ideal place for nature touring. It has everything - peak, beaches, a national park, sisiter islands (Ross and Smith), volcano and a creek. Ross and Smith Islands, Saddle Peak, Mud Volcano, Kalipur Beach, Ram Nagar Beach, Lamiya Beach and Diglipur National Park are some popular tourist sites in Diglipur. The preceding locations are close to each other and well-connected through roadways. Diglipur also has rich tropical forests and the economy of the village is depended on orange farming, rice cultivation and fisheries.

Best Time to Visit Diglipur

The weather in Diglipur is pleasant throughout the year, as there is hardly any fluctuation of temperature between summer and winter seasons. However, the best time to visit Diglipur could be from October to April.

Getting There

Sea Plane

Sea Plane is a luxurious mode of travelling from Port Blair to Diglipur. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

Boats / Ferries

Boats and ferries are available from Port Blair to Diglipur. They run 3-4 times a week and take 10 hours to reach Diglipur.

Roadways

Port Blair is well - connected by road to Diglipur. The total distance is 301 kilometers and time taken is 8-10 hours. But that is just the net travel time. The road passes through the Jarwa reserve where vehicles has to travel in convoy. There are two places where your vehicle has to be ferried on a boat to cross a crick. In effect actual travel time is much longer. At naturebeyond we recommend traveling to Diglipur from Portblair in two days with one night stay at Baratang or Mayabandur. While returning, we try to ensure same day return from Diglipur to Port Blair.

To See

Ross and Smith Island

Ross and Smith Islands are unique sister islands to the northeast coast of Aerial Bay. They are remarkable for their 50 metres narrow sand bar which seems to be connecting them like a child connected to her mother in womb. Both the islands are notable for less-populated beaches and tropical forests. Snorkelling and scuba-diving are a favored water sport in the water’s surrounding these beaches. Ross Island has potential of trekking in the tropical forests while Smith Island is good for rest houses. Wild elephants can also be spotted here.

Ross and Smith Islands are 20 minutes boat ride from Aerial Bay jetty in Kalighat. Permission needs to be obtained from the jetty before advancing to the respective islands.

Saddle Peak and National Park

Saddle Peak is an ideal location for trekking and hiking in Diglipur village. It is 732 meters above the ground and also the highest point in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The trail is surrounded by tropical evergreen forests.

Saddle Peak area has a national park named Diglipur National Park which is rich in tropical forests and wildlife comprising of monitor lizards, wild pigs, saltwater crocodile and other marine life. Trekking expeditions are open in this forest.

Lamiya Bay Beach

Lamiya Bay Beach is an excellent and picturesque beach of Diglipur. This beach has a rocky look because of the presence of dead corals on the sea shore. The sea water seems to be forcing itself through the rocks (dead corals) to the island. A small freshwater stream named ‘Thambu Nali’ seems to be coming from the Saddle Peak area to join the seawater adjoining the beach. Lamiya Bay Beach lies at the foothills of Saddle Peak.

Turtle Nesting In Kalipur Beach

Kalipur Beach is just a few kilometers north of Lamiya Beach. The beach looks dramatic because of the presence of dead corals on the seashore. However, the charm of the beach is accelerated during the months of December and January when the coral beach is transformed into a turtle nestling ground. Mother turtles come to this place to lay their eggs which are then picked up by the forest guards for secure hatching as the coast of Kalipur is frequented by crocodiles. Once the hatching is done, baby turtles are left on the shore to return back to the sea. It’s a magnificent sight to see a group of baby turtles returning back to their marine habitat in their amateurish foot. Kalipur Beach boasts of four species of marine turtle-Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawks Bill and Green Turtles. It’s always better to visit this beach on a low tide.

Kalipur Adventure Sports Complex

The Sports Complex lies close to Kalipur Beach and offers water sports like water scooter ride, speed boats etc.

Craggy Island

Craggy Island is an exqusite island offshore of Kalipur Beach. It is known for its corals, fishes and snorkeling activities.

Ramnagar Beach

Ramanagar Beach is an excellent white sandy beach enclosed by dancing palm and coconut trees on island side and crystal clear water on the seaside. Rich marine life and crystal clear water makes Ramnagar Beach one of the best sites for water sports like scuba-diving and snorkeling. Ramnagar Beach is 15 kilometers from Kalighat. Regular boat services are available from Mayabunder to Ramnagar Beach. Ramnagar Beach is also a turtle nestling ground.

Mud Volcano

41 active volcanoes splitting mud from its crater was discovered in the northern tip of Diglipur Island. The volcanoes are located in the midst of deciduous forests beside Shyam Nagar.Curious visitors and researchers can find it appealing.

Alfred Caves

Alfred Caves are less known yet among the most interesting sites of Diglipur. One can find them a little distance from Ramnagar Beach. A healthy trekking to the forests will land you to the narrowest limestone caves of North Andaman - Alfred Caves. They are 10 in total but only 2 to 3 of them are accessible to man. The caves are beautiful and mysterious from inside. They look like a tent from Harry Potter movie which appears small from outside incredibly large from inside. Visit the caves with experienced guides as one would tend to get lost there. There are bats inside the cave so be prepared. Alfred Caves is distinguished for Swiftlet bird habitat. Nests of those birds can be found randomly inside the walls of the caves. Best time to visit the caves is from October to March.

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