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Diu Daman :: City Information

Best Travel Duration

October to June

History of Diu

Diu is a beautiful blend of sun, sand and sea. A sea port and naval base of considerable strategic importance from the 14th to 16th centuries, today it remains so insulated from the influence of the outside world that the entire district seems to be in a time warp. The region is among the oldest bastions of Portuguese power and has a long, colourful history.

The main attraction of the area washed by the Arabian Sea is the timelessness which embodies each day. The innocence of Diu is reflected in the fact that the maximum security prison within the fort is always empty except for petty offenders or drunken brawlers.

Places to Visit at Diuu

Diu Fort

Description: Diu Fort

The for is a fascinating place to wander around - a partly overgrown jumble of more or less derelict buildings. In most cases it's impossible to guess at the buildings' original functions and no information was available on site. This building, near to the southern sea wall appeared to have been used as some kind of storeroom.

Diu Museum

Description: diu museum

The old St. Thomas Church has been converted into a museum which houses the antique statues, various stone inscriptions of the earlier rulers, wooden carvings, idols, shadow-clocks and other important artifacts have been collected from various sites and displayed.

Fortress of Panikota

 

The Fortress of Panikota is a magnificent stone structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. It can be reached only by a canoe or a motor launch. Approx. one nautical mile from the Diu jetty, it also has a light house and a small chapel dedicated to our Lady of the sea. Located in the middle of the sea, the fortress makes for a beautiful view whether seen from the jetty, from the fort, from the village of Ghoghala or from Diu proper.

Nagoa Beach

Description: nagoa beach

It is located in the Nagoa hamlet of the village of Bucharwada. The beach is exceptionally beautiful and quiet. In the exceptionally beautiful horse-shoe (semi-circular) shaped beach, various water sports facilities are available. It is safe for swimming. Plenty of branching Palm Hoka trees whisper and sway in the intoxicating sea breeze all day long. The virginity of the beach and serenity of the surroundings give you peace and pleasure beyond expression.

Jallandhar Shrine

Description: jallandhar shrine

It is located on a hillock close to the beach. This small shrine crowned with a dome, contains a niche wherein a stone carved face of Jallandhar is seen. Near by there is also a temple of Goddess Chandrika. The beach is at a distance of 1 km from Diu Town.

ST. Paul's Church

 

St. Paul\'s Church is dedicated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The construction of the church was started in 1601 and was completed in the year 1610. The main facade of the church, perhaps the most elaborates of all Portuguese churches in India, is adorned with curiously treated volutes and shell-like motifs, and immediately attracts visitors. The facade has been illuminated by flood lights adding to the evening city glow.

Gangeshwar Temple

 

A Shivlinga, known as Gangeshwar, is situated 3 km from Diu, in Fudam village. It is in the midst of the rocks on the seashore, and is washed by the tidal waves of the sea.

How To Get To Diu

By Air:

 

There are regular air services of Gujarat State Airlines that fly to Mumbai.

By Rail:

 

The nearest railhead is Delwada, 8 km from Diu. It is located between Una and Ghoghla.

By Road:

 

For road services, Una is the access point and there are direct buses from Bhavnagar (180 km), Veraval (90 km), and Talaja. There is a ferry service from Vanakbara to Kotla village, from where one can get buses to Kodinar.