Diglipur is an appealing blend of fresh natural beauty and small-town life, with many attractions for tourists. At approximately 300 kms. from Port Blair, it is quite a distance from the other tourist hubs of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, there are so many places to visit in Diglipur and admire, that the journey is worth the destination. Swiftlets nesting in limestone caves, mangrove-fringed creeks with saltwater crocodiles, stunning beaches and national parks rich in bio-diversity, are some of the attractions waiting to dazzle the visitor to Diglipur.
The most famous of Diglipur tourist places, these are twin islands connected by a narrow sand bar, which many consider the most picture-perfect beach in the Andamans. You need permission from a Forest Range Officer at Aerial Bay jetty to enter these islands.
This is the highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Evergreen rainforests cover the entire mountain right up to its peak, rich with exotic birds and insects, rare blooms and wild fruit. A trek up this mountain is steep and long, but adventurous tourists stock up on trekking gear and make the climb with enthusiasm, as Saddle Peak offers an unmatched bird’s eye-view of the islands. Besides, the only river in the islands, Kalpong river, flows through the forest covering Saddle Peak, a charming sight and also a source of fresh spring water.
Take a local bus from the Diglipur Bazaar and visit Kalipur Beach. With unusual volcanic grey sand and crystal clear water, this beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Though you should watch out for jellyfish which are found in abundance here. Kalipur is special because it is one of the few beaches in the world where four species of sea turtles - Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill and Green turtles - come to nest their eggs. A hatchery has been constructed on the beach for the turtles, so if you’re lucky, you may even see the endearing sight of baby turtles making their way into the sea.
A 20 minute swim away from Kalipur beach is tiny Craggy Island, with vibrant coral reefs that are home to a range of colourful fish and sea creatures. However, you should take note of the tide timings before you go snorkelling in the fascinating underwater world around the Island.
This mysterious complex of 41 limestone caves is nature’s gift to Diglipur. Located near the Ramnagar beach, these caves are reputed to undergo a chemical reaction and change their shape during the monsoons. Do wear comfortable shoes and carry water, as it takes a trek through a mangrove forest before you reach the Alfred Caves.