Diglipur

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Diglipur (Hindi: दिगलीपुर; sometimes spelled Diglipore) is the largest town of North Andaman Island, in the Andaman Archipelago, India.

The city is located on the southern side of Aerial Bay, at 43 metres above sea level, 290 km north of Port Blair. It is crossed by the Kalpong River, the only river of the Andaman islands. Saddle Peak, the highest point in the archipelago,[1] lies about 10 km to the south.

Diglipur is also a county (tehsil) of the North and Middle Andaman District of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory. Its area is 884 km2, and its population was 42,877 people as of 2001|.[1] Its postal (PIN) code is 744202.

Resources[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

As of 2010, Diglipur's chief agricultural products were rice (about 6500 ha), coconuts (3600 ha), rabi pulses (2900 ha), areca nuts (1300 ha) and bananas (650 ha).[1]

Tourism[edit]

The city also profits from tourism to nearby attractions in North Andaman, which include the Ross and Smith islands, the Saddle Peak National Park, the beaches at Ram Nagar, Kalipur and Lamiya bay, and mud volcanoes. Ram Nagar beach (15 km away from Kalighat) is famous for sea turtle nesting from December to February.

The first hydroelectric power station of the islands (5.25 MW) is planned for the Kalpong River.

The Chalis Ek Caves (about 20 km due south of Diglipur, near the village of Pathi Level) and the Alfred Caves are a major nesting ground for the Edible-nest Swiftlet, whose nests are exported to China for bird's nest soup.

Villages[edit]

As of 2001, the townships (gram panchayats) and subortinated villages in Diglipur county were:[1]

  • Diglipur: Khudirampur
  • Gandhi Nagar: Ganesh Nagar, Shanti Nagar
  • Kalighat: Jagannath Dera
  • Keralapuram: Vidyasagar Pally, Aerial Bay , Sagardweep
  • Kishorinagar: Parangara, Mohanpur
  • Laxmipur: Milangram
  • Madhupur: Rabindra Pally, Deshbandugram
  • Nabagram: Nischintapur, Madhyamgram
  • Paschimsagar
  • Radha Nagar: Shyam Nagar, Swarajgram
  • Ramakrishnagram
  • Ramnagar
  • Shibpur: Kalipur, Durgapur
  • Sitanagar: Krishnapuri
  • Subashgram: Diglipur II

The Inter island boat visit to Aerial bay jetty thrice in a week Monday, Wednesday & Saturday from Port Blair Dep 07.00Hrs & Arr 15.15Hrs. Return Tuesday 07.00Hrs, Wed & Sat 21.00Hrs

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Coordinates: 13°16′N 93°00′E / 13.267°N 93.000°E / 13.267; 93.000