North Andaman | Diglipur (A & N Islands)

Diglipur Tourist Map

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North Andaman :
Total Area: 1375.99 km2
Administrative Capital : Diglipur
Population : ~45000
Total households : ~9500

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 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.

North Andaman houses lush green tropical forests, world class beaches (Smith Island, Ramanagar) and rare attractions like the Mud Volcanoes (Shyam Nagar, Hathi Level).

Diglipur is the name of a Tehsil. It is the local administrative and economic centre of North Andaman.



Tourists : The tourist season in North Andaman [Diglipur] is between the months of November and March in a year. The present tourist inflow in a season is an estimated 1000 only of which ~90% are domestic tourists and the rest foreign nationals. This translates to a low average of 6 tourists per day in season. The average stay period of a foreign tourist is put at 10 days to a fortnight and the same drops to 1-3 days in case of a domestic tourist.

The entry into Diglipur is only from Port Blair. So, tourists have go to enter Andaman through Port Blair and travel to Diglipur by road or sea. By sea, tourists can directly sail to Diglipur. There are direct ship services to Diglipur. Alternatively, tourists can travel up to Diglipur by road, crossing two creeks on the way.

How to Reach: Diglipur Township is 330 km by Andaman Trunk Road and 185 km by sea route.
                    Private (Anand/Geetanjali etc.) and Government operated bus services (STS -State Transport Service) are available for Diglipur from Port Blair. The bus journey of 330 km takes a total of around 10 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 'Kalighat' in North Andaman.

Where to stay : Turtle Resort (Kalipur, Govt. owned), Pristine beach resort (Kalipur, Alex Raj), Drua lodge, Bepari lodge.


Attractions :

Mud Volcano at Diglipur : The mud volcanoes at North Andaman are described by locals as better than that found in Baratang Islands. The mud volcanoes at North Andaman are located at a place locally known as "Jal Tikry' near 'Hathi level' around 25 kilometers from Diglipur Bazaar (direction towards Laxmipur). Till now local administration has made no efforts of accessibility of tourists to this place.


Ross Island (Note : The Ross Island near Port Blair is different) offers a virgin beach bordered by tropical forest. Ross island is a 20 minutes boat ride from Aerial Bay jetty is an ideal spot for Beach tourism, Adventure (trekking through tropical forest), Research / Education (like scuba diving, snorkeling, turtle nesting). The sand bar joining this island with the adjoining Smith island is an added attraction.

Smith Island offers a similar experience like Ross island. This island also houses a small village of about 60 families. Eco rest houses are available for overnight stay. Smith Island beach is notified for Turtle nesting during seasons

Kalipur Beach , at a distance of 18 km from Diglipur, offers a combination of sand and rock shores with fishing village nearby. Lamiya Bay is quite near the Kalipur beach.

Kalipur North Andaman   

Kalipur Adventure Sports Complex, near Kalipur Beach offers water adventure sports such as speed boats, water scooters etc. The complex however suffers administrative apathy and requires facelift.

Lamiya Bay Beach (or locally Lemiyar Bay) borders the Saddle Peak National Park | National Parks |. This beautiful beach has a stretch of shore covered with shells. At the end of this walk is a refreshing fresh water stream 'Thambu Nali' in the foothills of National Park.

Saddle Peak National Park
Saddle Peak - Diglipur
Saddle Peak National Park is a dense tropical forest housing a rich bank of exquisite trees, (including sandal), rare flora and wild fruits and offering trekking opportunities including climbing up natural steps formed by the roofs of old trees. Tourists need to take permission from Forest Department to trek through this Park.
A 740 feet climb leads to Saddle Peak, the highest point in A&N islands which offers an aerial view of A&N, the second peak "ice degree peak" is the coldest point while the third peak provides a fantastic view spanning Diglipur to Mayabunder.

RamNagar Beach, beyond Kalighat is another popular beach destination. But this beach needs a facelift.

Kalighat Creek, on the way from Diglipur to Mayabunder offers a breathtaking view of the mangroves / equatorial forest

The Kalpong hydopower plant Dam
The KHEP Dam - Diglipur

Power supply to this island is from the 5.5 MW hydro electric project of NHPC. The present power supply situation is satisfactory with occasional power cuts due to stabilisation problems in the plant. The present capacity is said to be sufficient to meet the power requirements of Diglipur, Mayabunder and Rangat islands. The Kalpong River project has a 34- metre high concrete dam on the left fork of the river Kalpong which is seen in this photograph here, a 25-metre high rock-fill dam on the right fork, 257-metre-long in-take approach channel, and a 133-metre long in-take tunnel.The Kalpong river traverses in the northward direction for a length of about 35 kilometres before it joins the Aerial Bay Creek on the east coast near Diglipur

Water supply is from the perennial Kalpong river, the only river in the whole of A&N islands. The water supply situation is satisfactory till date. However, construction of dam for hydro electric project has raised concerns on sustainability of maintaining the present water supply levels.

Healthcare: Almost all the healthcare delivery is done by Government centers :
Community Health Centre : 1 (at Diglipur)
Primary Health Centres (PHC) : 3 (Kalighat, KishoriNagar and Radhanagar | One PHC is proposed in Kalipur)
Health Sub Centre : 14
Dispensary 1

Education:
Primary School : 39 | Middle School : 6 | Secondary School : 8 | Senior Secondary School : 3

                    North Andaman island is 185 km (~100 nautical miles) by sea from Port Blair and shipping services are available from Aerial Bay jetty. The travel time is about 12-16 hours.

Local travel in North Andaman : For local travel STS buses (Govt.) and private buses are available. The public transport services are available between 04:30 hrs. and 19:30 hours. There are also about 45 autos and few  jeeps/Omni Vans as an alternative of public transport on the island. Fishermen doongis (locally called donghy, dinghy/machine donghy) are available for inter-island travel. Charges for these doongis have to be negotiated. Doongis may not be to everyone's liking as they are uncomfortable and makes a loud monotonous noise. They are usually open-top and without any life rafts or jackets and therefore unsafe for sea travel as well.

Villages in North Andaman :
Sl.No Village Name Village Type
01 Shyam Nagar Revenue Village
02 Radha Nagar Revenue Village
03 Swarajgram Revenue Village
04 Milangram Revenue Village
05 Laxmipur Revenue Village
06 Madhupur Revenue Village
07 Krishnapuri Revenue Village
08 Deshbandhugram Revenue Village
09 Subashgram Revenue Village
10 Rabindrapalli Revenue Village
11 Diglipur Revenue Village
12 Ramakrishnagram Revenue Village
13 Vidhyasagarpalli Revenue Village
14 Sitanagar Revenue Village
15 Keralapuram Revenue Village
16 Aerial Bay Revenue Village
17 Durgapur Revenue Village
18 Nabagram Revenue Village
19 Parangara Revenue Village
20 Kishorinagar Revenue Village
21 Shibpur Revenue Village
22 Kalipur Revenue Village
23 Khudirampur Revenue Village
24 Madhyamgram Revenue Village
25 Nischintapur Revenue Village
26 Ramnagar Revenue Village
27 Kalighat Revenue Village
28 Jaganath Dera Revenue Village
29 Borang Revenue Village
30 Mohanpur Revenue Village
31 Gandhi Nagar Forest Beat
32 Rahil Forest Dev. Corpn. Area
33 Pilone Nallaha Forest Dev. Corpn. Area
34 Haran Nallaha Encroached Forest Area
35 Paschimsagar Encroached Forest Area
36 Talbagan Encroached Forest Area
37 Lamiya Bay Encroached Forest Area
38 Baskata Nallah Encroached Forest Area
39 Mutha Nallaha Encroached Forest Area
40 Bali Nallaha Encroached Forest Area
41 Bamboo Nallaha Encroached Forest Area
42 Srinagar Encroached Forest Area
43 Gunna Level Encroached Forest Area
44 Naranyan Tikri Encroached Forest Area
45 Nakuldanga Encroached Forest Area
46 Hathi Level Encroached Forest Area
47 Bara Dabla Encroached Forest Area
48 Hoari Bay Encroached Forest Area
49 Ganna Dabla Encroached Forest Area
50 Hara Tikry Encroached Forest Area
51 Austin II Encroached Forest Area
52 Karen Basti Encroached Forest Area
53 Elezebeth Bay Encroached Forest Area
54 Beach Dera Encroached Forest Area
55 Coffee Dera Encroached Forest Area
56 Bandhan Nallaha Encroached Forest Area
57 Haridas Kattai Encroached Forest Area
58 Ganesh Nagar Encroached Forest Area
59 Amber Chad Encroached Forest Area
60 Santi Nagar Encroached Forest Area
61 Burmachad Encroached Forest Area
62 Pemaiahdera Forest Dev. Corpn. Area
63 Aam Tikry Forest Dev. Corpn. Area
64 Austin Creek Forest Plantation Dev. Corpn. Area
65 Austin IX Forest Camp

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