Daman & Diu Situated in the West coast of India and surrounded by the Arabian Sea, the tiny islands Daman and Diu jointly form this beautiful Union Territory of India. Boedered by water in four sides, Diu finds the land of Gujarat in its North. On the other hand, Daman is guarded by Gujarat in the East and sea water touches its West coast. Rich with the colonial heritage of Portuguese era and picturesque sea beaches, Daman and Diu are the ultimate destination for the tourists who crave for sun, sand and sea.
The exquisite Portuguese architecture of the Bom Jesus Church or Our Lady of Sea Church is the added attraction of these bewitching islands. Did you know a walk or a bonfire in the palm fringed golden beaches can be so enjoyable until you came to Daman? The virgin beaches free from commercial exploitations unlike other destinations make your tour even more enjoyable in Daman and Diu. So enjoy the pristine nature here while exploring the Portuguese heritage at the same time.
Earlier known as ‘Damao’, Daman is surrounded by the Kolak River on the North, Kalai River on the South and Gulf of Cam-bay on the West. God bestowed the tiny land of Daman with some lustrous palm fringed golden beaches which seem to never lose its mystery. If you think its only natural beauty that dominates the landscape of Daman, then you need to take a look at the majestic forts and excellent churches whose heritage date back to even 2000 years. The collage of tribal, Indian and Portuguese culture emphasizes another identity of Daman which is unparalleled.
The tiny island Diu finds its mention even in the great epic Mahabharata. As legend goes, Pandavas had stayed a few days at Mani Nagar during their exile, which was under the Yadavas led by Krishna Vasudeva. According to mythology, Diu used to be ruled by the great king Jallandhar who was a demon and was killed by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan Chakra. The temple of Jallandhar still bears the testimony of this historical incident. The sprawling Diu Fort and Fortino do Mer command the panorama with the flourishing heritage of the Portuguese. Alluring and serene beaches create more magic and charm to Diu.
Be it scorching summer or chilling winter, you can’t ignore the invitation of the lustrous beaches of Daman and Diu at any time of the year. The unspoiled beauty of the nature flourishes with the silvery sand and scattered palm trees wetting with each stroke of the azure wave. Exotic Devika beach at Nani Daman, shady Jampore beach at Moti Daman and bewitching Nagao Beach at Diu are some destinations which tourists die to be in once they are in Daman and Diu.
Portuguese reign in Daman and Diu for four centuries and a half have left the territory with glorious impression of Portuguese era in every corner of life. Extravagant Gothic and Catholic churches flaunting the exquisite Portuguese architecture at the backdrop of serene deep blue ocean seem to take you to another world. Bom Jesus Church, Our Lady of Rosary Chapel (inside Moti Daman Fort) and Our Lady of Sea Church (inside Nani Daman Fort) are some of the best preserved Portuguese architecture in Asia sill fascinating the world.
How to Get Reach
Nearest airports are Mumbai (193 km from Daman) and Ahmedabad (495 km from Diu). Diu is connected by Vayudoot services with Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Nearest rail head to Daman is Vapi (14 kms) on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad line of western railway whereas the nearest railhead to Diu is Delwada (9 km) connected via Veraval by metre gauge line. However Veraval (85 km) is the convenient railhead connected to Mumbai via Ahmedabad.
Vapi, which lies on Mumbai-Ahmedabad NH no.8 connects Daman by road to Mumbai-193 km, Ahmedabad- 367 km, Diu-763 km & Panajim via Mumbai -787 km. Regular S.T.Bus services are available from Vapi, Bhilad and Valsad. Diu is well connected by road via Una (30 km) to Ahmedabad- 495 km, Bhavnagar-225 km, Mumbai-930 km, Daman- 763 km, Sasangir- 128 km, Rajkot- 261 km, Somnath- 87 km and Veraval- 77 km.