Daman earlier called 'Damao', is situated
on the west coast of India, bordered by the Arabian Sea. It is surrounded
by the Kolak River on the north, Gujarat on the east, Kalai River
on the south and Gulf of Cambay on the west. The clean and picturesque
beached of Daman are very inviting to all the tourists especially
the ever tensed and tired urbanites. The amusement park on the Devka
beach and Nani Daman rejuvenates and recreates the tourists. The
illumination on festive days is a treat to the eyes. The Jampore
beach offers a very silent and serene atmosphere, an ideal place
for 'solitude-hunters'. Other tourist places in Daman are Nani Daman
Jetty Garden, old churches, forts, lighthouse and a summerhouse.
Climate : (deg C)- Summer- Max 36, Min 20; Winter- Max 26,
Best Season: October to May.
Fort, Moti Daman,Fort, Nani Daman; Light House (in Moti Daman Fort),
Bom Jesus Church and Our Lady of Rosary Chapel (inside fort, Moti
Daman fort) Our lady of Sea Church (inside Nani Daman fort), Hilsa
Aquarium, Kachigam Water Tank, Nani Daman; Hathi Park, Moti Daman;
Bridge Side Garden, Nani/Moti Daman; Municipal Children Park, Nani
Devika Beach- 4 km, Near Devka Colony, Nani Daman, Jampore Beach-6
km, Near Jampore Village, Moti Daman.
To Go There:-
By Air: Nearest airport is Bombay 193 kms.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Vapi 12kms.
By Road: Bombay- 93 kms, Ahmedabad- 67 kms, Diu- 763 kms,
Panaji via Bombay- 87 kms.
during their fourteen years of exile are believed to have passed
a few days at a place known as Mani Nagar (DIU) which was under
the Yadavas led by Krishna Vasudeva during Mahabharata period. According
to mythology, Diu was ruled by the great king Jallandhar who was
a daitya (Demon) and was killed by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan
Chakra. The temple of Jallandhar still exists in Diu.
A palm-fringed, largely deserted and secluded beach, Nagoa is undoubtedly
one of the most beautiful beaches in India. The unique shoe-shape
of the beach makes it all the more beautiful.
The island of Diu, an erstwhile Portuguese colony, is situated off
the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat bordering Junagadh district. The
other equally beautiful beaches are Ahmedpur, Mandvi,Chakratirath,
Jallandhar, and Gomtimata all having their own charm and thrill.The
word 'Diu' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Dweep'. During the
period from the 14th to 16th century Diu was one of the best Sea
Ports and a Naval base.
Beach: If you are not keen on sightseeing, take a 20-minute
refreshing drive through open arid land to dense coconut groves
to reach the semi-circular Nagoa Beach in Bucharwada village. An
exceptionally beautiful and quiet beach, . it has various facilities
for water sports. It is also safe for swimming. Plenty of Palm Hoka
trees whisper and sway here in the intoxicating sea breeze all day
long. The virginity of the beach and serenity of the surroundings
give you peace and pleasure beyond expression.
Shrine: Jallandhar Shrine is located on a hillock close to the
beach. This small shrine crowned with a dome and contains a niche
wherein a stone carved face of Jallandhar is seen. Nearby there
is also a temple of Goddess Chandrika. The beach is at a distance
of 1 km from Diu Town.
Paul's Church: is dedicated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
Begun in 1601, the church was completed in 1610. The main facade
of the church, perhaps the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches
in India, is adorned with curiously treated volutes and shell-like
motifs, and immediately attracts visitors. The facade has been illuminated
by floodlights adding to the evening city glow.
Museum: The old St. Thomas Church has been converted into a
museum which houses the antique statues, various stone inscriptions
of the earlier rulers, wooden carvings, idols, shadow-clocks and
other important artifacts have been collected from various sites
Fort: Among the places of tourist interest, the Fort of
Diu occupies a prominent position. It is an expansive and imposing
structure, situated on the coast of the island. ...
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of Panikota: The Fortress of Panikota is a magnificent stone
structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. It
can be reached only by a canoe or a motor launch. Approximately
one nautical mile from the Diu jetty, it also has a lighthouse and
a small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea. Located in the
middle of the sea, the fortress makes for a beautiful view whether
seen from the jetty, from the Fort, from the village of Ghoghla
or from Diu proper.
The Ghoghla Beach is among the six beautiful beaches in Diu
District. A tourist complex built here provides all basic amenities
Beach: Chakratirath Beach is centrally located and contiguous
to the town at Diu. This beach is a popularr haunt for locals and
domestic and international touristsas well. The hill and the surrounding
areas and landscape has been beautifully illuminated by artificial
lighting. An open air auditorium on the sea side of the hillock
Temple: This is situated 3 km away from Diu in Fudam village.
A Shivlinga, known as Gangeshwar, is in the midst of the rocks on
the seashore, and is washed by the tidal waves of the sea.
Girnar Hill, Junagadh-185 kms, Palitana-195 kms, Somnath Temple-
72 kms, Sasangir-128 kms, Tulsi Shyam- 45 kms, , Chorwad- 97 kms,
Ahmedpur Mandvi-130 kms.
Diu sports a colourful culture. As in Daman, there is a magnificent
mix of Gujaratis and Portuguese here which reflects on lifestyle
and culture. The friendly fun-loving people of Diu keep alive their
priceless heritage of folk arts by singing and dancing.
Garba festival: is a popular folk dance of Gujarat and especially
of Diu. It is normally performed by women dressed in colourful costumes
with typical ornaments, accompanied by singing of song in praise
of Goddess Amba. This is the most popular festival of the region.
The colourful costumes, the mesmerising music and the graceful steps
cast an enchanting spell on the viewers.
Dance festival: The typical Portuguese regional folk dances of the
territory include the Mando Dance, Vira Dance, the Verdigao in which
happiness and the whole life style of the people of Diu is depicted.
In these dances the clean roads, the delicious food and the traditions
of Diu are described. Drink, eat, sing and be merry, that is the
mote of the song and dance. The traditional dances are in slow motion
with the elderly participating in them, but the young are carrying
on the traditions of the old.
Area: 38.8 Sq. Kms.
Population: 39,485 (1991 Census figure)
Climate: Cool and dry
Rainfall: 70 cm
Altitude: 29 metres from MSL
Tourist Season September to May
Clothing Required Cotton in Summer, Light woolen in Winter
Languages Spoken Gujarati, English, Hindi, Portuguese
Telephone facilities with STD are abundantly available in Diu.
Diu has excellent, all weather road links with Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar,
Rajkot and Baroda. Luxury buses ply between Mumbai and Diu. It is
also air linked with Mumbai.
Gujarat Airways is operating a daily flight between Mumbai and Diu
Rail: Nearest rail-head is Veraval, about 50 kms. From Diu train
service is available from Veraval to Rajkot and Ahmedabad.
By Road: Una- 30 kms, Ahmedabad- 495 kms, Bhavnagar- 225
kms, Bombay- 930 kms, Daman- 763 kms, Sasangir-128 kms, Rajkot-
261 kms, Somnath- 87 kms, Veraval- 77 kms.
Bus: Regular bus services are in operation from Diu, Ghoghla
and Una to various cities in Gujarat.