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.
North Andaman houses green tropical forests, world class beaches and turtle nesting sites (Smith & Ross Island, Elizabeth Bay, RamNagar), Highest Peak of the islands - Saddle Peak, and rare attractions like the Mud Volcanoes (at Shyam Nagar, Hathi Level) and Swiflet Cave (at Pathilevel). Diglipur is the name of a Tehsil. It is the local administrative and economic centre of North Andaman.
How to reach Diglipur:
The entry into Diglipur is primarily from Port Blair. Diglipur Township is 325 km from Port Blair by Andaman Trunk Road and 100 nautical miles (~185 km) by sea route. Tourists can directly sail to Diglipur by ship and alternatively can travel to Diglipur by road, crossing two creeks on the way connecting Baratang Island and Middle Andaman Island. Helicopter services are also available from Port Blair.
Private (Anand/Geetanjali etc.) and Government operated bus services (STS -State Transport Service) are available for Diglipur from Port Blair. The road journey of 330 km takes a total of around 11 hours! In 2002 a 0.5 km long bridge Austin Bridge was inaugurated connecting the creek between Mayabunder (end of Middle Andaman) and North Andaman Island which has reduced the traveling time (else it was 15 hours in past from Port Blair). In past when there was no bridge a 2 hour slow ferry operated between Mayabunder jetty and a small creek named Kalighat in North Andaman.
Latitude : 13.266929119313682 |
Longitude : 93.00803085937503
: Boat Rides, Turtle Nesting, Sun Basking, Wildlife Research, Bird Watching
What to wear
: Cotton outfits, Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion
Mode of Transportation
: Bus, Car, Ship, Helicopter
Departure / Return Location
Port Blair, Rangat, Mayabunder
In 1792 after two years (1792) the settlement at Chatham Island was shifted to North Andaman and named as Port Cornwallis (Near Current Day Aerial Bay in North Andaman). Soon the North Andaman settlement at Port Cornwallis was abandoned in 1796 due to health issues of the settlement population. Port Cornwaliis kept a low profile with few naval ships visiting seldom, till the british re-settlement in 1858. Post Indian independence, the refugees from mainland India were settled in 1953 under colonisation schemes of Govt. of India
North Andaman is spread across 65 villages and 13 Gram Panchayats. Many of the villages have extended beyond their demarcated areas due to illegal encroachment.
Population : During 1956, 263 Bengali-Malyali settler families arrived at North Andaman families from erstwhile East Pakistan
(now Bangladesh) and Kerala. Subsequently few more Tamil, Bengali, Telugu and families from Bihar arrived in 1959, 1960 and 1961.
| More about settlers | Cultivation and Fisheries are the two primary occupations of people in this island.