Diglipur (325 Kms., approx. 12 hrs by road from Port Blair) Situated in North Andaman Island, Diglipur provides a rare experience for eco friendly tourists. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kalpong, the only river of Andaman flows here. The only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on this river. One can feel the innocent beauty of village life everywhere in Diglipur.
Diglipur is connected by boat from Port Blair & Mayabunder. One who comes by boat from Port Blair will reach Aerial Bay Jetty, which is very near to Kalipur in Diglipur. Port Blair - Diglipur boat services are available twice a week. Further, Kalighat is also well connected by daily two boat services from Mayabunder. One can also reach Diglipur from Port Blair, by road via ATR.
The beach lies a few kilometers ahead of Kalipur beach and marks the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. To reach Lamiya Bay, take the road that goes to Kalipur beach from the jetty, and go ahead of the Kalipur beach. One can have a long and intense moment of solitude at the beach, while sitting on the rocks and hearing the waves crash against the rocks that produces a melodious sound and brings peace and calmness to the mind.
Located near Hathilevel i.e. at a distance of 20 kms from Diglipur are a chain of Mud volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle of Shyamnagar at Diglipur. One has to trek for 15 minutes in the semi-evergreen forests to reach Mud volcano. At the initial point, bigger and dormant mud volcano can be sighted. On proceeding further for few minutes fresh emerging mud volcano’s could be seen. Seating facilities along with information boards are provided for visitors.
Kalipur Beach is situated at a distance of 18 km from Diglipur and can easily reach by taking a local bus from the main Diglipur bazaar. This is one of the most loved tourist’s spots in Andaman and Nicobar Island. Kalipur beach is a turtle nesting ground and blessed with four rare species of sea turtles including Olive Ridley, Green turtles, Hawks Bill, Leather Black. There are facilities provided by Forest department, for turtle nesting at Kalipur beach.
Ross & Smith islands are actually two islands – Ross & Smith joined together by a sand bar to make a single group of islands. Ross & Smith Islands requires forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur. A fisherman's boat ('dinghi' in hindi) or 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. Ross & Smith islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles and there is a Marine Sanctuary on the island.
The grand Saddle Peak, located in , rises from lush evergreen forest and overlooks the beautiful Andaman coast of North and Middle Andaman. At 732metres, 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 8kms long. On a sunny day it could be a challenge for some of the most experienced trekkers too! 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.
Pathi Level beach is the lesser known and isolated beach in Andaman Island, it is known for its rich and unspoilt beauty.This stunning beach is located 21Km away from the Diglipur township. To reach the beach, you need to walk from Ram Nagar beach or take a dunghi from Kishore Nagar. Pathi Level beach is the nearest inhabited place to the Chalis Ek Caves and the Alfred Caves. For all visitors who wish to explore this attraction is essential to understand that this is a completely wild and non-touristic sight, so luxury travel and other facilities must not be expected. This caves, are a major nesting ground for the edible swiftlet, whose nests are exported to China for bird’s nest soup. The beach is less crowded which makes it peaceful and calm when compared to other beaches. There is not much to do on this island except for exploring and enjoying its sync beauty.Visitors can do swimming in azure water and sunbathe under the blue sky are the leading ones, which are not to miss.
Alfred Caves lie in the Diglipur sub division near Ramnagar beach. To reach Alfred caves reach Kalara Junction and go to Ramnagar. Or else, board a bus from Diglipur bus stand and get down at Ramnagar. From here, you have to hire a guide or take help of a forest guard to guide you through the way to the caves. If you are planning a visit, start early in the morning so that you are back by evening. A trek through the primary jungle leads to Alfred caves-a cluster of amazing 41 caves. It is a den for swiftlets and fruit eating bats. Best time to visit the caves is from October to March. The caves with a very narrow entrance, open up into chain of small caves inside.
Ramnagar is a very nice location in Diglipur Island, this destination lies 20 Km south of Diglipur Island.
This destination is visited by travelers who wish to see the turtles or just for a day trip to enjoy this scenic destination. Some open tree houses are present here where you can spend some time enjoying the vast open sea. This beach is suitable for swimming. A nature trail for trekkers is an added attraction. If you are arriving somewhere around November to April, you can witness how the turtles eggs are stored and proper conditions are created for the turtles to hatch. Once hatched, these turtles are left to the sea with a hope to see them back again.