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Diglipur Island, also known as Diglipore, is North Andaman Island’s largest town. Based in the Andaman Archipelago, the small town resides beside the only river in the Andaman Islands, the Kalpong River. Diglipur, while not an immensely popular tourist spot, has much to offer. You will be endlessly delighted by the vast variety of enchanting flora and fauna here. The town also provides magical experiences in the correct season, like witnessing turtles nesting and hatching. The Alfred Caves and the Chalis Ek Caves, famous for being nesting grounds for the Edible Nest Swiftlets, birds whose nests are a delicacy of the bird’s nest soup, are located barely 20 km from the town. For the avid traveller in you, who would like to go beyond the usual tourist hubs, here are places to visit Diglipur Island for an amazing, unique trip.

Places To Visit In Diglipur Island For A Fabulous Trip

From the Turtle Nest Resort to the Alfred caves, here are the top 5 Best Places to Visit on Diglipur Island that will make your vacation unforgettable.

1. Ross And Smith Islands

A view of the beach on the Ross and Smith Islands

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Ross and Smith Islands are two magnificent twin islands connected by a sandbar, which is about 50 metres wide. These rank as one of the best places to visit in Diglipur Island, due to the wide range of water activities you can do here, like snorkelling among the corals and the fishes, trekking, scuba diving, and witnessing Olive Ridley turtle nesting. The islands have sprawling virgin beaches, with water of arresting shades of blue, which leaves you enraptured. Ross Island in particular is covered in dense tropical forest. The sandbar connecting the two islands disappears under the sea and resurfaces following the tides. The islands have multiple facilities to stay. There is a marine sanctuary on the island, which makes it possible for you to see colourful corals and many species of aquatic life easily.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March.
  • Time Required: 1 day. (It is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; check for public holidays.)
  • How to Reach: Visiting requires forest permits from the Forest Office at Diglipur. They are reachable via waterways in about 25 minutes, either by a local fisherman’s boat (Dinghy) or a Jetty from Ariel Bay Jetty.

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2. Saddle Peak National Park

Alt text- A trail in the Saddle Peak National Park near Diglipur Island

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The highest point of the Andaman Islands, Saddle Peak stands at about 732 metres. The Saddle Peak National Park is home to some of the Island’s rarest flora, including extremely old trees from species of Sandal, and plant species that are round only on the islands and not in mainland India. The National Park also hosts different animal species in their natural habitat, like the Andaman Hill Mynas, Water Monitors, Andaman Wild Pigs, Dolphins, Saltwater Crocodiles and many more. Established in 1979, it has immensely boosted the Diglipur—North Andaman Island tourism. The park sprawls across 85 square kilometres and is uninhabited by human civilisation. You can trek to the top of the peak for a gorgeous view of the beach on the other side of the Park. Many researchers are interested in the area due to its marine life and biodiversity.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March.
  • Time Required: 1 day. (It is Open from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check for public holidays.)
  • How to Reach: It’s about 5 km from Diglipur Andaman and accessible via bus.

3. Pristine Beach Resort And Turtle Nest Resort

A spectacular view of Pristine Beach resort

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The Pristine Beach Resort is one the finest Diglipur island resorts. A beachfront property gives you the experience of a tranquil, luxurious and relaxing stay. It’s extremely close to good spots offering snorkelling. You can see a turtle nesting from the resort, a speciality of the Diglipur – North Andaman island. It’s located near Kalipur beach, where you can enjoy water activities. With good rooms, it has eco-friendly facilities. The Turtle Nest Resort is near the Ross and Smith Islands, the Kalipur Beach, Craggy Island and the Saddle Peak National Park. It’s one of the Diglipur island resorts under the Andaman and Nicobar government. It’s one of the cheaper spots, perfect for budget travellers, and offers great services. It’s an ideal spot on your to-do list of Diglipur island tourism.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to March.
  • Time Required: 2-3 days.
  • How to Reach: Both locations are easily accessible by road and marked on Google Maps.

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4. Mud Volcano

 A mesmerising view of Mud Volcano at Diglipur Island

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Located amongst the jungles of Shyamnagar, near Hathi Level, this chain of mud volcanoes is a dormant star of Diglipur island tourism. They are visible after a 15-minute trek through a semi-evergreen forest. The local inhabitants named these volcanoes Jal Tikry. The volcanoes are created by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter. More than 40 active craters give this rare natural phenomenon at Diglipur Andaman a unique status. In addition to the Volcanoes, you can visit the surrounding forests.

  • Best Time to Visit: Early morning, from November to February.
  • Time Required: 2 to 3 hours .
  • How to Reach: By road, about 20 km from Diglipur.

5. Alfred Caves

A view of the Alfred Caves

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A cluster of fabulous 41 caves, the Alfred caves near Ramnagar beach are a fascinating set of limestone caves in Diglipur. Named after the person who discovered them, these caves are a natural wonder to observe and explore. These caves require a bit of a trek, which may be challenging for a few individuals. You can see the famed edible nests of the swiftlet birds nest in these caves. Their nests are an expensive and in-demand delicacy in Chinese cuisine. The nests are made out of bird saliva and have restorative properties that benefit one’s health. While the caves are free of cost, you should hire a guide, as they can be maze-like and quite tricky to navigate.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to April
  • Time Required: 1 day
  • How to Reach: You can reach the city by road from Diglipur Island. Bus services are available, and you can also take your private vehicle or a taxi.

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Now that you have a list of the best places in Diglipur Island, make sure you plan your trip to Andaman to visit these fabulous spots for the experience of a lifetime. Don’t miss out on these opportunities; book your tickets now!


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Frequently Asked Questions About Diglipur Island

What is the distance between Diglipur and Port Blair, and how to reach it?

The distance between Diglipur and Port Blair by road is around 298 km, and it can be reached in about 8 to 12 hours. The Veer Savarkar International Airport is the nearest airport to Diglipur Island. A ferry from Phoenix Jetty in Port Blair is also available, and it takes around 8 to 9 hours to reach.

What to wear in Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

The weather is very hot and humid throughout and worsens in summers. It’s recommended to wear light, airy cotton clothes that will protect you from the Sun. Due to the multiple water activities, carry swimwear and other clothes that dry easily.

What are some tourist attractions in Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Coral Reefs, Cellular Jails, Elephant Reefs, the Naval Marine Museum Samudrika, Marina Park, and Baratang are some of the great places to visit around the islands.

What is the Climate in Andaman and Nicobar Islands like?

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a tropical, moderate climate throughout the year. Temperatures fluctuate between 23 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius, but they are generally hot and humid.

How many days are sufficient to cover the Andaman Islands?

Simply put, the Andaman Islands can be covered within a week.

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