Daman and Diu

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Introduction

Daman & Diu is located on India’s western coast and is the smallest second union territory. For around 450 years, the Portuguese controlled the twin islands. The islands are well known for the old subtle charm of the colonial era, natural splendor, impressive monuments, cathedrals that are truly magnificent and massive forts. The water sports opportunities are quite inviting; especially attractive are the secluded white sandy beaches. Surroundings are serene and the climate is very favorable. For adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers, Daman & Diu make a perfect getaway during the weekends.

The unrivalled serenity and the untouched natural beauty of Daman & Diu attract thousands of tourists all over the year. Both domestic and international tourists visit this destination time and again. The tourism board of Daman & Diu has taken a number of initiatives for conserving the historical buildings and monuments and developing the infrastructure of the region.

 

Best Time To Visit

All over the year, the climate at Daman & Diu is pleasant. From the Arabian Sea, cool breeze blows during the summer season. The best time to visit this wonderland is from October to May. Since the climate all the year round is temperate, it makes a perfect getaway during all seasons of the year.

 

How to reach

By Road

A motorable road, the national Highway No.5 connects Daman & Diu with Ahmedabad that lies at a distance of 367 km, Vadodara at 300 km and Mumbai at 193 km. Horse carts, local buses, auto rickshaws and unmetered taxis can be availed at reasonable prices in Daman & Diu.

By Rail

Located ten kilometers away, Vapi is the nearest railhead. Close to Daman are two important Western Railway stations namely, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

By Air

Mumbai is the nearest airport to reach Daman & Diu which is at a distance of around 193 kms. Many of the major airlines offer regular flights to Mumbai and back. Also Diu Airport is located at 5 kms from the town area in the northern part of Nagoa Beach.

 

Availability Of Hotels And Restaurants

If you want to experience the era of the Portuguese, then the right place to visit is Daman and Diu. The architecture at most of the hotels here is influenced by Portuguese. Complete rejuvenation and tranquility is offered at the hotels. Swimming pools are crystal clean and equipped with Jacuzzi. Regular amenities are provided along with added facilities like foreign currency exchange, doctor on call, running cold and hot water, satellite television, internal communication facilities, conference hall with centralized air conditioning and theatre style seating capacity and well equipped board rooms. Suites and rooms are spacious and furnished with luxurious amenities.

Rooms are designed exclusively to provide maximum style, comfort and convenience. Depending upon the choice, suite, executive, deluxe and semi deluxe rooms can be chosen. Time and again, pleasure seekers and business travelers alike are sure to enjoy the personal attention, tranquility and privacy provided by many of the Daman and Diu hotels. Private hoteliers and Daman and Diu Tourism run a number of good guesthouses and hotels offering comfortable accommodation facilities and amenities in the town area.

 

Best Places, Locations, Monuments Etc

Complete information on various attractions of the place, travel agents, tours and travels, accommodation, transportation and sightseeing can be availed online. Opposite to Daman & Diu’s main bus stand is located the Paryatan Bhawan of Daman & Diu Tourism Department from where tourist related information can be easily obtained.

Interesting places to visit are the Jama Masjid, Fort of St. Jerome, Gomptimata Temple, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Nagoa beach, Devka Beach, Gangeshwar temple, Zampa Gateway, Jallandhar and Church of St. Francis. The Gandhi Park which is situated at Daman Jetty, the amusement park and the stately Light House are the other noteworthy destinations to visit in Daman & Diu which is India’s important undiscovered gen. Here the sky, sea and sand meet in perfect harmony.

Popular sightseeing attractions of the islands include INS Kukri, Bunder Chowk, St.Paul’s Church and Fort Panikota. For tourists this is a popular destination as the beautiful sandy beaches like the Ghoghla beach, the Jalandhar Beach and Nagoa Beach are located here. All festivals are celebrated by the locals and tourists with joy and color each year. The Diu festival is arranged each year by the Tourism Department to encourage tourism. Modernity and tradition is mixed at its best at Diu city. Beautiful structures, historical monuments and architecture are evident at Daman & Diu in a perfect blend. The people are very hospitable, peaceful, friendly and warm. They are fun loving and enjoy each and every season with greatest zeal. Safe and enjoyable nightlife is offered at Diu.

Daman a tiny picturesque town, located near Mumbai is the Union Territory of India. It sits on the Daman Ganga River’s peppery sands. It is easy to access by rail and road via Vapi along the Ahmedabad National Highway No. 8. The serene Arabian Sea and thriving lush greenery surround it. Tourists looking for a getaway from the mad hurry of the modern world, can get a lot of opportunities to enjoy here.

The Sao Jeronimo Fort which has got its name from Don Jeronimo, the 20th viceroy faces the Damanganga River and stands tall in the heart of Daman. It encompasses a church of the Lady of Sea built with complex and amazing military architecture that is worth a visit. The Moti Daman is a massive fort with 2 main gateways and 10 bastions. A moat protects this fort which also contains the eye catching Pargola Garden which was built in the memory of Portuguese soldiers who gave up their live to liberate Dadra and Nagar Haveli. For tourists, the modern secretariat building located opposite the collectorate is worth visiting. The Devka Beach is truly amazing and visited by people of all age groups for relaxation. Beneath its water level are present creations of rough rock. The ruins of the religious Dominion Monastery which has ornamental carvings in floral stone, makes it an interesting destination in Daman & Diu for tourists.