Digha was discovered as a sea beach resort in late eighteen century, when this place was known as Beerkul. Once, Warren Hastings, the first Governor General of British India, mention it as "Brighton of the East" in a letter to his wife for describing the beauty of Digha sea beach. A British businessman John Frank Snaith was lived here for many years since 1923 and exposes this place to the world in his writing. After the independence of India, he encourages Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, then the Chief Minister of West Bengal to develop this place as a sea beach resort.
The main attraction in Digha is the wide and hard coastal sea beach resort on the Bay of Bengal. It is also one of the widest sea beaches in the world. The scenic beauty of this place is charming and luring. The sea at Digha is calm and shallow for about a mile from the beach making it quite safe for any tourist activities – swimming, scuba diving, jet ski-ing and surfing. One can view both sunrise and sunset at the Digha sea beach. The sunset and sunrise reflecting the salty waters of the Bay of Bengal is something straight off an artist's canvas. This is the only sea resort in west Bengal, where a wide verity of hotels and lodges available with different budgets. Easy to accessibility from the major city of West Bengal, like – Kolkata, Kharagpur, Midnapore and Haldia, boosts its much popularity to the visitors. Digha also get a rapid popularity for its close proximity with several tourist destination.