To be in Diglipur is to be floating, snorkelling, diving, swimming and quite frequently, trekking. Do you intend to go somewhere exotic and distinctive? Do you yearn to explore the seas, laze under the shades of palm trees, play around in the sand and have the best time of your life? Then, Diglipur is where you need to be. Adorning North Andamans, Diglipur is the largest town in this province of the Andaman archipelago. How to Reach Diglipur Island from Port Blair? The island sprawls over an area of approximately 900 square kilometres and is a prominent destination for ecotourism lying 298 kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles (180 kilometres) via sea from Port Blair. Whether you want to lay back and get a tan or ride the waves, Diglipur caters to all. Grab your gear and head to this unparalleled tropical paradise.
The beauty of Diglipur is bound to paralyse your senses and make you overlook that stunning beaches are just a short ride away. This region located in the northern province of Andamans is a world in itself. You can hike to the highest peak of the Bay of Bengal, traverse a cluster of forty-one limestone caves, go island hopping, witness turtle nesting in all its glory, walk around tiny mud volcanoes or amuse yourself at the sight of twin islands. The experience of places to visit in Diglipur Island is rare, incredible and worth the time and effort required of travellers. Seriously, you have a multitude of options in Diglipur. What you choose will depend a lot on how many days you can spare in this region on your vacation.
Famous for: Popular Beach Tourism, Nature.
Tickets: Entry fee must.
Opening Timings: Open 24 hours.
Duration: Half day (Mainly depends on the visitor).
Ross & Smith Islands, also known as Twin Islands, are connected with a 50 meters narrow sand bar and its seashore is bordered with thick tropical forest. The sparkling blue water makes it a heaven for leisure, sun-bathing, swimming and adventure activities like Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Ross & Smith Islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles and just near the beach is the turtle nesting point and marine sanctuary, which means, being the right place at the right time, one can even witness the turtle nesting. Ross & Smith Islands are actually two islands joined together by a sand bar to make a single group of islands. To reach these islands, a speed boat can be hired and the ride would take around 25 mins from the Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur. What makes these islands truly beautiful and sets them apart from the rest of the islands is that these two islands are joined by a natural, sand bar. Water is crystal clear and gem green in color. Sun bathing in Ross & Smith Islands is a wonderful experience. During high tide, the sand bar disappears leaving a trail of water between the two islands and during low tide the sand bar appears again making the islands look majestic.Ross & Smith Islands has a Marine Sanctuary which makes it an ideal place for spotting beautiful coral reefs and colorful species from the underwater. The beach is surrounded by tropical forests and is a preferred place for trekking and trail hiking by many tourists. The clear blue waters add a touch of cleanliness to the whole experience.
Famous for: Wildlife, Vegetation, Trekking.
Tickets: Entry persmission required from Forest Department.
Opening Timings: Open till sunset.
Duration: 5-6 hours to trek.
The grand Saddle Peak, located in Diglipur, rises from lush evergreen forest and overlooks the beautiful Andaman coast of North and Middle Andaman. At 732 metres, it is the highest point of the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. The surroundings are a bio-diverse nature paradise as the thick jungle offers home to over 13 indigenous birds species, 36 indigenous species of insects and 6 species of indigenous trees. Due to the richness of the forest territory it is now made into a National Park. Saddle Peak is popular for trekking and perfect for adventure seekers. The climb is steep and about 8 kms long. On a sunny day it could be a challenge for some of the most experienced trekkers too. Kalpong, the only river of Andamans flows through the forest and offers a refreshing fresh water stream where water is still drinkable. The path follows the beach and then cuts through different types of jungle up to the top. There are three viewpoints and the middle one is the best to get a birds eye view of the islands nearby. Saddle Peak provides a rare experience for eco-friendly tourists.