Kalipur beach lies behind the tranquil village of Kalipur, and can easily reach by taking a local bus from the main Diglipur bazaar. Primarily known for turtle nesting, it is one of the few beaches in the world, where four species of sea turtles, Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles come to nest their eggs.
For this purpose, the government has built a hatchery there. If lucky you can witness both turtles laying their eggs late at night or baby turtles being set free into the sea in the early morning.
What to see
The beach has volcanic grey colored sand and crystal clear water that makes it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Unfortunately, there are sand flies therefore sunbathing is not advisable. During low tide, the beach looks sullen with dead corals breaking the surface and some mangrove trees embracing the shore. Rumors of saltwater crocodiles wandering around the area have heard but none have been spotted for a while. Jellyfish can be found in abundance.
Another popular spot for tourists staying at the nearby resorts is visiting the tiny Craggy Island located just a 20 minute swim away from Kalipur beach. One can have a great time simply sunbathing or snorkeling in its crystal clear waters. The reefs adjacent to the beach about 200m north of Kalipur Beach and particularly the reefs at Craggy Island are still lively, with plenty of colorful fish and sea creatures. It is a beautiful sight of the rich underwater world for nature lovers. Please note that snorkeling here without an expert on proper equipment can be dangerous. One must also thoroughly know the tide timings before they plan a visit.
How to reach
The Veer Savarkar Airport, an International Airport located in the capital town of Port Blair, is the gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, and New Delhi by air. Many airlines operate regular flights. From Port Blair, Regular Bus services of government and private busses are available for Diglipur via Andaman Trunk Road (ATR).