Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu are two small enclaves in Western India. Daman is a small city on the mouth of the Daman Ganga river bounded on all sides by the state of Gujarat, while Diu is a small island off the coast of Gujarat.

Climate

Daman is having a pleasant climate all over the year. In summer, Daman is blessed with cool breeze coming from over the Arabian sea.

Maximum Temperature is 39 degree centigrade and minimum is 11 degree centigrade. The average annual rainfall is 1687 mm.

Beginning September & culminating May is the perfect period for exploring and fascination of this wonderland, but planning a holiday in monsoon is no less appealing and will evoke a great deal of exhilaration and mirth.

Diu Fort
With grey and stone-coloured bricks piling on top of one another to form a gigantic structure midst the blue water of the sea, Diu Fort is a mesmerising spot in this small town. Situated at the jetty of Diu, this fort is best seen at night when it brightens up with illuminating lights. As the surrounding region is enveloped in darkness, this structure stands out and proclaims its beauty. Located within this fort are the Lighthouse and the Diu Jail, making the place even more desirable for tourists.Constructed in the 16th century, after the Portuguese signed a treaty with the then ruler of Gujarat, this fort is an important historical sight. With trees and other floras in and around the fort and the swaying blue water on the horizon, a view of the area from the top of the fort cannot be more enchanting. Before you leave this fort, do check out the canons, placed inside the fort in all their glory.
Daman and Diu
Panikotha Fortim Do Mar
The Panikotha Fort is a gigantic structure built in the shape of a ship on 56,736 sq m area, offshore on the Arabian sea. The rulers of Gujarat and Portuguese jointly made this structure to defend Diu against any possible Mughal invasion. Located about one nautical mile from Diu, it houses a small lighthouse and a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea. The fortress has ancient cells and cellars where the prisoners were locked. This ancient stone fort is now a major tourist destination as it provides an absolutely stunning view of the Arabian Sea. The fort was once connected to the land by an underground tunnel, which is however in ruins now.
Panikotha Fortim Do Mar
I N S Khukhri
This war memorial was built in the memory of the army officers and sailors who chose to go down with the warship INS Khukri when  it was hit by three torpedoes fired by PNS Hangor, a Pakistani Submarine on 9 December 1971, during the Indo-Pak war. It was inaugurated on 15th December 1999. You can pay your tributes to the legendary Indian army and the brave souls who have kept the fire of our democracy burning and soak in the aura of the quiet history that surrounds this place.
I N S Khukhri
St Thomas Church
One of the major relics of the colonial past of India, this Gothic styled church is an imposing structure that dots the beautiful town of Diu. The pristine white walls of the church are enough to draw tourists from all over the country to Diu. This gigantic church, originally built in 1598, has now been acquired by the government authorities and has been converted into a museum, doubling up as a repository of archaeological findings. Today, known as the Diu Museum, it houses a lot of important antique statues, inscriptions on the stone by ancient rulers, magnificent wooden carvings, idols, shadow-clocks and various other important artifacts, all of which give us a peek into the history of Diu and its past, when it was colonised by the Portuguese. If all this is making you want to try and explore more, do have a look at enchanting collection of the statues of Catholic saints. Besides these, there are some parts of a ruined Jaina temple, which will give you an insight of the Jaina form of architecture, a truly unique blend of different cultures.
St Thomas Church
Chakratirth Beach
The popularity of this place increases with the legend that surrounds it. It is believed that Lord Krishna killed the demon Jalandhar with his renowned weapon, the Sudarshan Chakra. In honour of this legend, the footprints of Lord Krishna are carved out in stone on a hill, located near the beach. Another interesting element adding to the allure of this beach is the fact that you can walk to the hillock of Bhanslo, through the water, during low tide. Located in the South West region of Diu, it is one of the most sought after beaches due to the availability of the changing rooms. The vast open space lined with gently swaying palm trees will sing lullabies to you as you take a leisurely stroll on the beach, with the fine grains of the sand making you relax almost instantly.Chakratirth Beach
Diu Museum
 
A visit to a museum in perhaps one of the best ways to know the history and culture of a particular place. If you want to know more about these aspects of Diu, just take a stroll down the corridors and the rooms of Diu museum and learn all about its rich heritage. This museum was once a beautiful white church, which was known as the St. Thomas Church. Today, known as the Diu museum, it houses a lot of important antique statues, inscriptions on the stone by ancient rulers, magnificent wooden carvings, idols, shadow-clocks and various other important artifacts, all of which give us a peek into the history of Diu and its past, when it was colonised by the Portuguese. If all these is inciting you to try explore more, do have a look at enchanting collection of the statues of Catholic saints. Besides these, there are some parts of a ruined Jaina temple, which will give you an insight of the Jaina form of architecture.
Nagoa Beach
 
Thronged by numerous people, Nagoa beach is the most popular beach in Diu. Beautifully shaped like a horseshoe, in a semi circular way, this beach has the power to charm any tourist, from any part of the world. Travelling to this place will not be a problem as this beach is at a distance of 25 minutes drive from Diu. Located in the Nagoa hamlet of the Bucharwada village, this popular destination is the perfect place to spend an idyllic day, amidst the cool sea breeze, golden sunshine and, of course, the azure crystal water. Hoka trees line the beach and various water sports like para-sailing, water-skiing, jet skiing and wind surfing are available for visitors. Enjoy swimming in the clear crystal blue water and let the water make all your stress and worries vanish!
Nagoa Beach