A Perfect Combination of Sun and White Sand
Lying on the western coast of India, Daman & Diu are twin islands surrounded by the Arabian Sea. Daman & Diu lie about 640 km away from each other. 1It is the second smallest union territory of India. Packed with enormous forts & monuments, splendid cathedrals and religious shrines, Daman & Diu have several architectural wonders to display. This small union territory is graciously gifted with natural splendours too. The unexplored beaches, rich marine life, salubrious climate and charming landscapes make Daman & Diu the ideal destination for vacations. Some popular attractions of Daman & Diu are Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary, Fort of Nani Daman, Devka & Nagoa Beach, Zampa Gateway and Gangeshwar Temple.
From 2nd to 13th century, the region of Daman & Diu was a part of the Lata Kingdom. In 13th century, it came under the Chowda Rajputs. Waghalas defeated them and captured the region. Then Muslims overthrew Waghalas in1330. Portuguese established their rule in 1534. For more than 450 years, they ruled over the region. Daman & Diu became a Union Territory in 1987.
Main Tourist Attractions of Daman & Diu
Fort of Nani Daman
Located on the northern bank of Ganga River, Nani Daman Fort is famous for its majestic structure. The high fortress walls, two gateways and three bastions are the main features of the fort. There is a statue of St. Jerome on the gate, facing the river Ganga. Our Lady of the Sea Church lies within the walls of fort.
Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary
Established in the 17th century, Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary stands tall, displaying all its grandeur. It is located in the Moti Daman Fort. Portuguese constructed the chapel in Gothic style. Carved out of rose-petals of different colours, the ceiling stands out among its many gorgeous features
Daman & Diu are perfect for beach lovers. The beaches of the region offer a wonderful combination of sun, sand and surf. Surrounded by palm trees, the beaches of varied shapes provide calm and serene atmosphere to travellers. You will get to enjoy sunbathing, swimming and water sports like para sailing, water skiing and scuba diving. Devka, Jampore and Nagoa are some of the popular beaches in Daman & Diu.
Zampa Gateway is famous for carvings of angels, a priest and lions. Artificial waterfalls and a chapel, constructed in 1702, are the highlights of Zampa Gateway.
Devoted to Lord Shiva, Gangeshwar Temple lies about three km away from Diu. There are five lingas nestled majestically amidst boulders, along the shore. It was believed that the Pandavas set up the lingas.
Other Tourist Attractions
Other popular attractions of Daman & Diu include Gomptimata Temple, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul's Church, Diu Fort, Somanath Mahadev Temple and Jama Masjid.
Best Time To Visit
October to May is the best time to visit Daman & Diu.
The cuisine of Daman and Diu has a striking influence of Gujarati cuisine. Papri, Crab and lobsters are popular dishes of the Union Territory.
Tourists can purchase baskets, leather products, handicrafts and bamboo mats. The main shopping centres in Daman & Diu are Maharaja Super Market and Princess Park.
Daman & Diu have several hotels ranging from five stars to non star hotels. There are also several beautiful resorts in the union territory.
How To Reach
Diu is the nearest airport. Mumbai airport is also near to Daman & Diu.
Vapi is the nearest railway station. It is well connected to all the major railway stations of the country.
The national highway no.8 connects Daman & Diu with Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Vadodara.