Daman & Diu – An underrated Portuguese hub

Daman & Diu is a union Territory of India, both are located far from each other divided by Arabian Sea and bordered with state of Gujarat. Daman is located near Vapi whereas Diu Island is located in the south coast of Gujarat. Daman and Diu, both are easily accessible by road thanks to good infrastructure. They are famously known for the beaches and Portuguese colonies as it was ruled by Portuguese till 1961. There are many places to see, like the forts and the churches and the beaches
 
We have visited both the islands at different times especially Daman as it is near to Mumbai. Let me sum up the experience of both the island here and describe the best thing of both to see if you happened to visit.
 
DAMAN
 
Reach:
To reach Daman, visitors have to travel Vapi in Gujarat well connected on the western railway to the rest of country from Vapi station, Daman is a 20-minute taxi ride away. The nearest airport is Mumbai. By road it’s always the best
 
st-jerome-fort
 
Stay:
This place has lots of resorts for tourists and will meet most budget requirements. I would recommend staying in a place with a pool for sure, that would be the best way to kill the afternoon heat in summers.
 
Explore:
Daman is divided into two areas– Moti Daman (Big Daman) and Nain Daman (Little Daman). , I would recommend a boat ride into the sea between the Nanidaman and Motidaman. It’s a simple ride, but during sunset it transforms into something magical.
 
  • The Church of Bom Jesus is huge, gorgeous and one of the main attractions in the town. Old houses on the sides and tree lined roads, the walk to the Church from the jetty is awesome.
  • Statue of Saint Jerome the smaller fort of Nani Daman. The only building of importance that survives inside the fort today is the Church of Our Lady of the Sea.
  • Mirasol Water Park within the Kadaiya Lake Garden features a battery of rides and games.
  • Jampore Beach, one of the main beaches in Daman. It’s quite and few tourists make it perfect to spend your evening.  It is safe for swimming too.
  • There are beaches too like Devka beach which sees a lot of weekend action

 

 
 
DIU
 
Reach:
Drivng to Diu is the ideal travel option, thanks to the excellent highways leading here from Gujarat. The beach road, deliciously close to the sea at some points, is a fine welcome.
 
DIU FORT
DIU FORT
 
Stay:
This goes same as Daman with lots of resorts for tourists and will meet most budget requirements. I would recommend staying in a place with a pool for sure, that would be the best way to kill the afternoon heat in summers.
 
Explore:
 
  • The Fort of Diu has a spectacular, 180-degree view of the Arabian Sea. Admire the huge lighthouse, majestic stonework and grim-mouthed cannons.
  • Pani Kotha, A tourist boat will take you to Pani Kotha
  • Nagoa Beach is one of the top beaches here. A perfect place for swimming, water sports and just chilling out. Look for the lush Hoka trees, a type of branching palm species native to Mozambique, introduced into Diu by its former Portuguese rulers. Beach dhabas serve Gujarati thalis and snacks
  • Seashell Museum. It houses some fascinating exhibits if sea creatures.
  • Ghogla Beach, quite simply, is divine. The soft sandy shore and ocean is just magical. The skyline is interrupted only by Diu’s fort and white church steeples.
  • Explore the local town which is free from traffic and chaos.
Nagoa Beach
Nagoa Beach
The unexplored attractions and loads of natural charm make this Union Territory one of the best getaways. Size doesn’t matter, as you’ll agree after exploring their hidden treasures.

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