Daman and Diu, ruled by the Portuguese for over 450 years until 1961, are two small enclaves in Western India. The union territory consists of two districts, namely Daman and Diu which are around 198 kilometers from each other. Till 1987, Daman and Diu was a part of Goa. 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. Being a former Portuguese colony, this union territory, houses various buildings and monuments evident with the Portuguese styled architecture and town planning. Here are a list of places that are a must-visit when visiting Daman and Diu.
- Jampore Beach, Daman: One of the most enchanting and alluring beaches of Daman and Diu, Jampore beach is a popular picnic spot and is located at the south of moti Daman.It is a secluded beach and is safe for swimming. If you’re a shutterbug then this beach can offer some enchanting photographs especially during the sunset.
- Devka Beach, Daman: Daman and Diu boast of some amazing beaches that are really popular among the tourists who visit this place. Those who have even a remote interest in sea, sand and surf can check out the Devka Beach in Daman.The main attractions of the beach are the amusement park and the musical fountain which are amazing places to visit. The beach shore boasts of its clean waters and white sand, which is perfect for various activities like taking a stroll and photography.
- Fort Jerome, Daman: Fort Jerome, named after St. Jerome whose statue is placed on top of the main entrance is located at the North side of Damanganga river at Nani Daman in Daman and Diu. The small fort with a giant gateway facing the river with two giant human figures, on either side of the gateway encloses an area of 12250 sq.m.The fort encloses a church of Our Lady of the sea which is a remarkable example of Portuguese style architecture. The view of the small fishing fleet which anchors alongside from the fort is interesting.
- Zampa Gateway, Diu: The Zampa Gateway in Diu reflects the typical Portuguese style. This gateway has immense historical significance and holds an important place among the major sites of tourist attraction. The walls and the gateway have remarkable carvings of lions, priests and angels.Right inside the gate lays a chapel which was built around 1702 Ad and is another beautiful and intricately designed monument. There is also an artificial waterfall at this place which would enthrall you for sure.
- Bom Jesus Church, Daman: Located in Moti Daman, the Bom Jesus Church, was built in 1603. This church has a Portuguese architectural style, along with a carved doorway, decorated interiors and ceiling.Inside the church you will find 6 beautiful statues of the Saints depicting the Roman Church art and architecture.
- Jain Temple, Daman: The Jain temple in Daman is located to the northern region of the very impressive and famous Nani Daman fort.The exquisitely and intricately designed and decorated inner walls, have very elegant glass cover. Most of the paintings belong to 18th century. In these you will see the beyond compare depiction of the life of Mahavira who is a highly venerated Jain saint lived in 50 B.C.
- Lighthouse, Daman: Considered to be one of the major landmarks of the district of Daman in Daman and Diu, the lighthouse at Daman Ganga Bridge is situated in the premises of a Fort which was built during the Portuguese era.The Lighthouse is fully functional and provides guidance to all kinds of outbound and inbound sea traffic. The lighthouse is a serene place to visit, especially during the evening when the fort and the sea provide an amazing landscape, thus enhancing its beauty.
- Gangeshwar Temple, Diu: Located at a distance of around 3 kilometres from Diu, Gangeshwar Temple is a Hindu Shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Five shivlings, are located in the midst of the rocks on the seashore, washed by the tidal waves of the sea.It is believed that the 5 Pandavas during their exile worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple. The temple seems like its carved out of a cave like formation. The place is a revered pilgrimage spot for the Hindus and is a must visit.
- Nagoa Beach, Diu: Nagoa Beach, Diu is quite famous for its serene beauty. The beach is comparatively less crowded and boasts of its blue and crystal clear waters.The thrill of various water sports and swimming can be enjoyed at this beach. Nagoa Beach in Diu has a pastoral charm of an old fishing village.
- Diu Museum: An old St. Thomas Church which was transformed later into a museum to house several artifacts and antique pieces, Diu Museum in Diu takes us back into the historic era when it was under the rule of the Portuguese.A majority of things displayed at the museum have been collected from the excavations from different sites and exhibited for the general public.
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