|District||South 24 Parganas|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Diamond Harbour|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Diamond Harbour|
Diamond Harbour (Bengali: ডায়মন্ড হারবার) is in the southern suburbs of Kolkata, on the eastern banks of the Hooghly River quite near where the river meets the Bay of Bengal. This small town is a popular weekend tourist spot located in South 24 Parganas district.
Earlier known as Hajipur, this charming place was named Diamond Harbour by the British although currently there are no piers or jetties at this location, except for the ruins of a fort. It used to be considered a safe resting spot for ocean going ships and offered a spectacular view of the river. After the Rupnarayan River joins the Hughli, the river bends south and widens out to a form a huge expanse of water. A little further down, the Haldi river joins it.
In earlier days Diamond Harbour used to be a stronghold of Portuguese pirates. The ruins of the fort of Chingrikhali (locally known as Purano Kella) can still be seen. It is believed to be linked with the Portuguese but some opine that the East India Company built it before they could establish themselves in Kolkata. There is an old lighthouse nearby.
Diamond Harbour is well connected with Kolkata by road and rail. It has a number of private hotels. As Diamond Harbour is within easy reach of Kolkata, just around 50 km, it is generally a day out picnic spot for city dwellers.
November to January is the best time to visit Diamond Harbour. In these time temperature of the city in between 12 to 27 degrees, it is pleasant weather which is comfortable for enjoying tourism places
Local Dances: Rava Dance, Baishar Bidhan, Larsi Lunji and Noila Broto Dance
Handicrafts: Stoned-carved artifacts, clay dolls, pottery and shell crafts, College: Fakir Chand College,
As of 2001[update] India census, Diamond Harbour had a population of 37,238. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Diamond Harbour has an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77% and, female literacy is 67%. In Diamond Harbour, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
This small town with a picturesque setting is the gateway to the south-western part of the district leading to such places as Gangasagar, Kakdwip, Namkhana and Bakkhali. Gangasagar is a popular pilgrimage centre where people go to have bath to wash their sins. Bakkhali is gaining in popularity as a beach resort. There is a five star hotel with a magnificent panoramic view of the river at Raichak. Jetties at Diamond Harbour, Raichak and Mirpur provide steamer service to the other bank of the wide river estuary.
The area being in the proximity of the Bay of Bengal, there is scope for development of ports and shipping activity. The special economic zone at Falta is one of the eight such zones of the Government of India. It has container-handling jetty. The Government of West Bengal proposes to construct a minor port at Kulpi with facilities for handling containers.
As large ocean going ships with full load of goods cannot enter the river ports at Kolkata and Haldia, the need for a seaport in the area has been felt for a long time. Such a future port would obviously be located south of Diamond Harbour but would enhance the importance of the place as a base for the port. Raichak is also pretty near by.
- Chingrikhali Fort (Purano Kella)
- South Bengal Museum at Noongola nearby Diamond Harbour Girls' High School.
- Famous Fish Market ( Nagendra Bazar)
- Naval Camp.
- Swiss Gate.
- River side near hotel Sagarika..
- River side near Diamond Harbour Post Office and Telephone Exchange(BSNL)
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- The Statesman 1 October 2006
Diamond Harbour travel guide from Wikivoyage