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General Information about Daman & Diu

Daman :

The cool beaches, greenery, scenic natural beauty and most of all, its easy availability of cheap liquor makes Daman a popular destination among youths and even as a getaway for those in Gujrat.

A surprisingly unexplored coastal beauty, Daman is a city in the small union territory of Daman & Diu, sandwiched between the states of Gujarat & Maharashtra. Once ruled by the Portuguese, Daman, besides having the charms of Indian culture, is also a mute witness to the days of Portuguese rule, with scores of forts and churches styled in the Portuguese way. Beaches of the area let it stand out as a centre of natural beauty together with hints of fun. What adds on to the tourist experience here is the shopping scene which ranges from leather products, exquisite brands of liquor to handcrafted items.

This city is divided by Daman Ganga river into two parts, Nani Daman [meaning the small one] and the Moti Daman [meaning the big one]. Moti Daman is the old city inhabited, while Nani Daman is the modern tourist hotspot. So next time, if you're looking for a bold adventure in an unexplored beauty, do mark Daman on the top of your itinerary.

Air conditioning is a must during summers as the weather gets too humid and muggy. Most hotels are equipped with basic amenities. But be sure to book your room in advance during holiday season and weekends.

Ideal for people looking for a touch of culture and history. Suitable for backpackers touring nearby sites like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, etc. Also for people who are looking for a beach getaway from the nearby states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.


Connectivity :

By Rail : Vapi is the nearest railhead located in the Konkan line. It is located around 12 kilometers away from Daman. Taxis ply between Vapi and Daman to cover this distance.

By Air : Daman has a domestic airport, which offers regular flights to Baroda and Mumbai. Mumbai International Airport is the nearest airport and is located at a distance

By Road : The National Highway number 8 connects Mumbai to Daman. The journey via road will approximately take 2 hours and 40 minutes. Luxury bus services ply between Daman and Mumbai.

Daman is equally enjoyable for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations and offers countless options. While subtle hints of Gujrati and Parsee food can be sensed in the menu here, the seafood is splendid and the island also has quite a street food culture.

An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1 - Reach Daman, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, where you can buy some souvenirs, especially handicrafts like leather products, bamboo mats, baskets etc. for your personal collection. The alcoholics can strike gold here, for foreign liquor sells like hot cakes.
Day 2 - You should begin ideally with the Fort of St. Jerome, which is one of the most popular destinations in Daman. Within the premise, itself are a Catholic Church of the Portuguese era and a Jain Temple for the cultural devotees.
Day 3 - You can start the day with the historical church of Bom Jesus, or proceed to the beautiful Mirasol Lake Garden. You can end your day with a visit to the beautiful Devka beach, which is another rare beach in India that is untouched, and pristine.
Few Places of Interest :

Devka Beach
Devka beach is a sight of pure beauty. Like so many other beaches of Daman, this too is a massive, picturesque and quite unspoilt.

The place has clean blue waters, well maintained shores and enough beauty for everybody. Also, there is a special Amusement Park here which houses huge fountains and play area for kids.

Mirasol Lake Garden
Mirasol Lake Garden is a man-made marvel which serves as one of a popular tourist attraction in the area.

Surrounded by a beautiful lake and two island connected by a bridge, the place is very calm and peaceful. Boat rides and fountains add to the beauty of this charming garden. The garden also has facilities for other activities like computer games and toy train etc. which makes its a favourite hotspot for picnickers. With a water park located just next it, this amazing lake garden also serves as a located for many film shootings.

Jampore Beach
Jampore beach is one major attraction of Daman. It is situated remotely 5 kilometers away from the Moti Daman Jetty. The beach is famous for its blackish mud-colored water. It is soothing just to have a look at the sea and is a perfect place for the ones seeking some peace and solitude. The beach is away from the hustle of the city and is, therefore, a great place to relax. The beach is covered with trees all over which makes the place breezy and gives it an ecstatic look.

There are tons of activities one can undertake at the beach. One can walk by the sea and enjoy the sunset. Sports such as paragliding, motor boat riding, buggy riding and parasailing are available for the adventurous visitors. Camel riding, as well as horse riding, can be enjoyed by the kids. The beach has a fascinating collection of sea shells. Visitors can even go shell hunting or build castles on the sand. One can also go for a picnic under the shade of the trees and relax in the warmth of the sun.

The Lighthouse is sure to leave an imprint on your mind. Every tourist who visits Daman and Diu loves this site.

Standing tall, the Lighthouse offers a magnificent view of the sunset. It is a major landmark of the town and is situated inside a fort. An excellent view of the sea traffic can also be seen from here.


St Jerome Fort
This huge fort is also known as the Nani Daman Fort. The most conspicuous part of this place is its magnanimous gateway that faces the river.

There is a large statue of St. Jerome, one of the most eminent fathers of the Catholic Church, inside the fort premises. The complex contains other attractions namely the church of Our Lady of the Sea and a Jain temple. The fort on the whole offers a beautiful view of the fish market below and the hustle-bustle that comes along with it. The scenery is beautiful and this is one of the most pretty and popular tourist attractions


Diu :

At a distance of approximately 440 kms from ahmedabad, Diu takes up most prevalence given the abundant number of shorelines along Gujarat’s southern drift, for example, the Nagoa beach, yet has significantly more to offer as well. The Diu Fort is an essential imprint of the Portuguese on the range’s legacy and design makes up a prevalent vacation destination. Located near the port of Veraval, Diu is a small island which was earlier a Portuguese colony, and is now guarded by beaches all around. Its like a Mini Goa.

The Diu Fort, a primary imprint of the Portuguese on the area's heritage and architecture makes up a popular tourist attraction. Another interesting place is the Vanakbara, a small fishing village whose charm has tints of colourful fishing boats and humming of day to day activity. This perfect add-on to a visit to Gujarat will complete your experience with interesting museums such as the Sea Shell Museum, temples and churches. Diu is for everyone who fancies Portuguese culture and architecture. If you are looking for a place to relax and take a break from your monotonous daily routine. The beaches here are a great escape and a great place to chill.

Diu is primarily known for its beautiful beaches, Magnificent forts and exotic liquor. The Beaches in Diu promise a beautiful get away from the monotonous routine lives. There are four beaches in Diu: Goptimata Beach, Nagoa Beach, Jallandhar Beach and Chakratirth Beach.

Diu is a unique and composite blend of Gujarat's and Portuguese cuisine. On one hand you find traditional Gujrati food, its flavors and elements derived from the state nearby and on the other hand you have an influence of the past with Portugeese cuisine only complimented by the sea around and a dominance of exotic sea food. While these are the defining cultures, one can find a few more international cuisines as well as typical Indian food in the restaurants. The island is also popular because of availability of alcohol, givent the adjacent dry state of Gujrat. Unlike rest of Gujarat, alcohol is legal in Diu. Cheap food and accommodation.

Connectivity :

By Rail : The nearest railway station is located at Veraval. One can access Diu by reaching Veraval which in turn is connected to Rajkot, Ahmedabad and the other important cities of western India. Tour to Diu by rail would be fun since the tourist will come across the rural parts of India and will have a good opportunity to witness the beauty of these regions.

By Air : Diu has an airport which is located in Nagoa.

By Road : Diu is well linked via roads that connect the National Highways of the country. These well maintained roads link Diu to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Vadodara, Daman, Palitana and other major places of the western part of India.

Advisable for travel to Diu from October to March since the weather is the most pleasant one during this period.

Diu is a unique and composite blend of Gujarat's and Portuguese cuisine. This blend then, leaves few food domains that are not covered in the island's menu. On one hand you find traditional Gujrati food, its flavors and elements derived from the state nearby and on the other hand you have an influence of the past with Portugeese cuisine only complimented by the sea around and a dominance of exotic sea food.
While these are the defining cultures, one can find a few more international cuisines as well as typical Indian food in the restaurants. The island is also popular because of availability of alcohol, givent the adjacent dry state of Gujrat.

An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1 - Arrive at Diu. Visit the beach and enjoy local food at food joints.
Day 2- Visit St. Paul's Church, The Gangeshwar Temple and the Shell museum.
Day 3- Visit the beach, Diu Fort and then depart.


Few Places of Interest :

Ghogla Beach
One of the most attractive places in Diu is the Ghoghla beach. Located in the north of Diu town with not many people, it catches the attention of the tourists who prefer to stay aloof and not with the crowd. With standard restaurants around the place along with water sports, this beach stands complete. Lesser tourists are the reason for a much cleaner Ghoghla beach compared to the other beaches in the town.

The Ghoghla beach is located on the outskirts of the city and hence not many people know about it. However, it's an opportunity missed for them to discover a splendid new place cut away from the cacophony of the town. Clean and safe it's a great spot for those who want to enjoy privacy and at the same time indulge in some water sports like parasailing, surfing and banana boat. The beach is well maintained and the best choice for a family holiday but sadly it's the least explored place.

Naida Caves
The Naida caves are located on the periphery of the Diu fort. These caves have a big network of tunnels with square hewn steps.

Nagoa Beach
The most beautiful and famous beach of Diu is Nagoa Beach. Famous for its pristine beauty and swaying palm trees, it is an ideal and most recommended place for tourists all over the world. The place is well connected with the resorts, hence it makes it easy for the travellers to relax and explore its beauty at the same time.

The beach is located in the Nagoa hamlet of Bucharwada village and serves an attraction for its Hoka trees which produces a unique kind of fruit. It is very much known for its water sports along with camel or pony riding. Sunbathing can turn out to be the most intoxicating experience. Shops and restaurants act as refreshments which are one of its kind.

If there is one thing Nagoa beach is known for then its the water sports. It's open all days of the week from 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM. For the adventure freaks, there is nothing like it, starting from parasailing, jet skiing, speed boat, rugged bike, and much more all at reasonable prices. For the brave hearts who want to give it a try just go for it and experience it all.

Diu Fort
The Fort of Diu is a colossal structure that occupies a prominent place on the tourist's list. It was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD after a defence alliance, concluded by the Bahadurshah, Sultan of Gujarat, and the Portuguese when Humayun, the Mughal Emperor undertook war to annex this territory. The lighthouse is Diu's highest point, with a beam whose radius reaches 32 km.

The fort is a striking structure on the coast of the Diu island and a jetty constructed on the northwestern side is still being used. There are three main churches located within the fort- Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul's Church, and St. Thomas Church. Apart from the churches, there is also the Shiva temple, also known as Gangeshwar Mahadev which is a very famous tourist attraction. Venetian Gothic style bungalows and Havelis (mansions), which used to belong to upscale colonial Portuguese and Indian merchants are seen in the Makata bylanes, near the Zapata gate of the fort. The fort also provides sea access for trade and commodities with Cambay, Broach and Surat in Gujarat.

St. Paul Church
One of the most famous tourist attractions of Diu, this magnanimous structure is the St. Paul Church dedicated to 'Our Lady of Immaculate Conception'.


Sunset Point
A beautiful hillock located near the Chakritirath beach in Diu, offers its visitors a mesmerizing view of sunset from here. The hillock and the surrounding areas have been beautifully landscaped and illuminated. Chakratirth Beach is centrally located and contiguous to the Diu Town.

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