Daman and Diu offers all that a tourist seeks within a small span of land. The place offers a serene getaway with its sleepy villages, opulent greenery, calm beaches and bustling charms of the Mediterranean. The place is frequently visited by beachcombers, shoppers, sightseers, historians and monument lovers.
The Casuarina-lined Devka beach, 5 kilometers to north of Daman offers the perfect holiday evening with its serene ambience, beachside amusement park, blackish sands that give the perfect tan, restaurants, bars and fancy hotels. However, the Devka beach is not recommended for swimming due to its rocky surface. The beaches at Daman and Diu are ideal for enjoy a honeymoon holiday as well.
If the intentions are to go into the waters one should head towards the Jampore Beach, Daman located 4 kilometres from the city centre. The Jampore Beach is safe with beautiful and calm atmosphere around it. Horse riding facilities are available near the Jampore Beach to give the tourist a perfect holiday experience.
When in Diu, it is the Nagoa Beach that comes first in all tourist itineraries. This palm-fringed, shoe-shaped and secluded beach is one of the most beautiful in India. Along with the beach other places of interest in Diu are Forte Do Mar, Diu Fort, Gangeshwar Temple, Gupta Prayag and Shaking Tower.
Strolling through the streets of Daman or Diu lets you experience the old fashioned architecture of Portuguese colonialism. The Governor's Palace with its chandeliers, carved gateways and the Cathedral of Bom Jesu, with its golden altar present a preserved beauty from the yonder. There is also a Lighthouse on the North West end of Fort Moti Daman offering the finest views of the sea.
Best time to visit
Best time to take up holiday tours of Daman and Diu is between October and May due to pleasant climatic conditions and various festivals organised during that time of the year.
What to do
Once at Daman and Diu the tourists can engage themselves in various water sports, horse riding at sea beaches or simple nature walks. There are ample opportunities for shopping and tasting several regional as well as Mediterranean delicacies. Tourists can participate in two of the most famous festivals in Daman and Diu – Nariyal Poornima and Diu Festival.
Towards the end of the monsoon, around September, the Nariyal Poornima festival is celebrated marking the commencement of fishing season. Large numbers of
people from all over the Konkan come here to offer coconut to gods. The festival proceeds with boat races, swimming competitions, water sports and cultural shows.
Diu is visited by more than 5000 tourists per month and hence the Diu Department of Tourism organises every year, the Diu Festival that celebrates the tradition and modernity of Diu.
How to get There
Daman and Diu can be reached by Rail. The nearest railhead is Vapi, which is 10kms away. Daman and Diu are also connected to the rest of the country by NH8 and is at a distance of 193km from Mumbai, 300km from Vadodra and 367km from Ahmedabad.