On India’s west coast sits Daman and Diu featuring their natural beaches, Portuguese monuments, unpolluted water, pretty villages, and loving natives. Religious sites, majestic cathedrals, and a serene ambiance dominating the destinations make your stay incredible. Pack your bag, get your guide, and set the retreat mode.
Best Time to Visit Daman and Diu: It’s October to April
Daman and Diu are two districts of the Union Territory of Daman and Diu. Undeniably, pristine beaches lying in these destinations are immovable tourist attractions. From jet skiing, swimming, motorboat riding, sand biking, parasailing, surfing, to sunbathing, Daman and Diu seashore encompasses all these activities.
Jampore Beach, about 5-6 km away from the Moti Daman Jetty; Vanakbara Beach, about 11km away from Diu Fort; Devka Beach, about 4 km from Nani Daman; Ghoghla Beach, about 15 km away from the heart of Diu; Jalandhar Beach, about 2 km away from Diu Fort; Udvada Beach, about 15 km away from Devka Beach, Nagoa Beach, about 8 km from Diu bus stand are some choicest beach sites here.
Scared sites nestling in different parts of the Union Territory draw tourist attention, namely – Gangeshwar Temple, Samudra Narayan Temple, St. Paul’s Church, Our Lady of the Sea, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Jalandhar Shrine, Somnath Mahadev Temple, Dominican Monastery. You might need local guidance to approach the sites. Or you may consider a tour operator for a compact religious trip here.
Exploring heritage sites is a must when you set up a trip to Daman and Diu, comprising – Nani Daman Fort, Lighthouse, INS Khukri Memorial, Zampa Gateway, Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary, Nagarseth Haveli, and Moti Daman Fort. Each destination holds its individual eminence. So, visiting such sites is worth it.
Settled on the west coast of India at the mouth of the Daman Ganga River, the Daman district gets bounded by the Valsad district of Gujarat. On the other side, Diu, a small island, lies in the west of Daman on Gujarat’s Kathiawar peninsula. The regions occupy an area of about 112 sq. km.
Being an evergreen tourist destination, the regions welcome promising visitor arrivals. Three modes of transpositions are get-at-able for Daman and Diu – air, road, and rail. Mumbai airport is the nearest airport to Daman and Diu. Vadodara airport also operates daily flights to the airport to Nani Daman.
Regarding roadways, National Highway 8 helps connect Daman with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Vadodara. You can choose any route of transport that seems suitable. In addition to accommodations, book hotels/resorts/ based on your attractions in Daman and Diu. Picking prime locations keeps you from hassles. Tour guides arrange all-inclusive trips from transportation to accommodation.
Almost every tourist loves shopping. Get your shopping spree sites like ACE Shopping Mall, Mangal Market, Jyoti Stores, Kids Corner Daman, Milano, City Centre, DMC Market. Bamboo items, seashell jewelry, oyster arts and crafts, leather slippers, gift articles are more to buy here.
Traditional foods of Daman and Diu offer Fish koliawada, Ubadiyu, Dhansak, Chicken xacuti, Cozido, Fish stew, Shrimp soup, Pasta with squid, Moong dal halwa, Laddus, Gajar ka halwa, Chole Bhature, Lassi, and further.
Regarding fairs and festivals, these regions celebrate Nariyal Poornima, Gangaji Fair, Christmas, Folk Dance Festival, Garba Festival, et al. Since the regions are home to various communities, there’re celebrations like Diwali, Holi, Id-ul-Fitr, Mahashivratri. Explore your attractions to the utmost. Happy tripping!