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A friendly, dusty little town on North Andaman. The main attractions lie not in the town itself, but this is where buses arrive and depart from. Tourist accommodation is located in the nearby village of Kalipur.
Sea Plane: More of a luxurious mode of transport, Sea planes run between Diglipur and Port Blair. Check at A&N Tourism Information Center or tour agents at Port Blair about the timings and fare. Relatively very expensive and preferred by rich vacationers only.
Boats: Ferries to/from Port Blair few times (3-4) in a week and takes around 10 hours. Overnight boat journey is quite a delight for those you want to experience a voyage in open sea. Quit an intriguing journey it is.
Road: Road trip from Port Blair to Diglipur is one of the highly recommended adventures of Andaman Islands. Andaman Truck road runs north from Port Blair to Diglipur with some Islands connected with ferries which drop the vehicle on other shore. Jarawa Tribal reserve which is close to middle strait is the prime attraction of this route and a quicker one for those who don’t want to take the entire distance. Rangat to Diglipur is well connected with no “roll-on” and “roll-off” ferries. It’s majorly a coastal route which sometimes gets into an inexorably thick jungle. Lush green journey of 10 hours through tropical rain forest of Andaman is a favorite among adventure seekers and those interested in plants and rural life of these islands.
Scheduled timings of the STS busses from Diglipur
Port Blair (ATR)
Port Blair (ATR) (From Aerial Bay)
Baratang (Via Mayabunder)
10:00 AM, 05:15 AM
06:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 02:15 PM, 04:30 PM
04:30 AM, 06:30 AM, 07:45 AM, 10:30 AM,01:00 PM, 02:30 PM, 04:45 PM
06:20 AM, 08:15 AM, 11:00 AM, 05:30 PM, 07:00 PM
Sitanagar (will be operate on school working days only)
08:00 AM, 05:10 AM
Krishnapur (Will be operate on school working days only)
07:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 02:50 PM
04:45 AM, 06:30 AM, 07:45 AM,10:30 AM, 12:00, 03:00 PM, 04:20 PM, 07:00 PM
06:45 AM, 02:00 PM, 05:45 PM
08:15 AM, 07:00 PM
05:45 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 03:00 PM
Ferries come from Port Blair a few times per week and take around 10 hours. You can book ferry tickets at the administration block. It's by the Dolphin roundabout, and the ferry ticket windows are on the outside of the left hand side of the building. Ferries leave from Aerial Bay jetty, a 10 Rs shared jeep or bus journey outside of town - about 1/2 hour.
It's 30 minutes by bus from Diglipur to the Aerial Bay jetty (where ferries dock) and then another 30 minutes to Kalipur, where the "best" accommodation is called Pristine Beach resort.You can go by sea plane also from port blair to diglipur,it is going to be start very soon in April 2011.You have a daily trip from portblair to diglipur and diglipur to port blair
The Craggy Island across Kalipur beach is a little island known for fishes and corals.
Ross and Smith Islands are twin Islands bridged by pristine white sandy beach that has a swimming pool lagoon on one side and a snorkelling paradise on the other.
Mud Volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle of Shyamnagar and Diglipur.
A trek through primary jungle leads to Alfred Caves- a cluster of amazing 41 caves. It is a den for swiflets and fruit eating bats.
Turtles nesting could be seen in the beaches of Kalipur and Ramnagar during December- May.
The small island across from the beach near Pristine Beach Resort is called Craegy Island, and the snorkelling there is fantastic! The reefs adjacent to this beach (about 200 meters north of Kalipur Beach) and particularly the reefs at Craegy Island are mostly unbleached coral, and support a huge variety and volume of colourful fish and sea creatures. Craegy Island is about a 20-minute swim from the beach near Pristine Beach Resort (if you use fins). The tiny little sand flies can be annoying, but a local product, neem oil, is very effective in keeping them from biting, and walking on the wet part of the beach will keep them away.
You can buy your 250Rs permit from the forestry department office at the trailhead which is open from 6am to 2pm - there's no need to buy it in advance.
You can get a guide from Pristine Beach Resort (100Rs) or go by yourself. To get there follow the road through Kalipur as it turns into a track, then a small path. At the very end of the path (about 1/2 hour) you will find the forestry department hut where you should buy your permit. After that, follow the trees with the red0and-yellow painted bands. The path follows the beach, so if you lose it just go down to the beach and you'll soon see then again. To cross the streams you can either wade or go down onto the beach where the outflow will be leapable. When the beach curves round to the left look for the sign on your right and then follow the red bands painted on the trees. It's difficult to get lost - there's only one path.
A Tasty good food in Pristine Beach Resort in Kalipur. In Diglipur there's the usual Indian fare.
There are a few friendly bars in Diglipur and in Kalipur.
At port blair