Daman and Diu, a union territory in west India, consists of 2 separate areas divided by the Arabian Sea. The Daman Ganga River flows through the coastal town of Daman. Diu is a small island and mainland village. The Fort of Moti Daman, Diu Fort and 16th-century churches reflect the territory’s past as a Portuguese colony. In the town of Moti Daman, the Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is known for its gilt altarpiece.
Best time to visit:
Daman has fairly even weathered through the year, though the best time to visit Daman is between October to March. Winters (November to February) the temperatures range from 10 degrees to 26 degrees Celsius, making it perfect for outdoor activities.
Ways to reach:
- By air - The nearest domestic airport is located in the Nani Daman area, which has regular flights to Mumbai and Baroda. Mumbai International Airport is the nearest international airport, located at a distance of around 170 km from Daman.
- By train - Located around 12 km away from Daman, Vapi is the nearest railway station, connecting the city to other major Indian cities. From outside the station, you can hire a taxi or opt for local buses, to reach any part of the town.
- By Bus - Many state, as well as private-owned buses, run to and from Daman, thereby connecting it to neighbouring towns of Mumbai and Surat which are located around 180 and 110 kilometres away respectively.
- By Road - Daman can be reached via the Mumbai- Ahmedabad Highway. It is around 170 km from Mumbai and 360 km from Ahmedabad.
Places to stay:
Some famous high-end resorts and spas to have a lavish stay are-
- Silver Sands Beach
- The Deltin
- Le Pension, Daman
- The Gold Beach Resort
- Radhika Beach Resort
The prices range from 5000-10000 per night and depend upon the type of suite that you book. All of them have amazing rooms with sea views, independent suites, swimming pools, and gorgeous spas.
Some cheap stays are-
- Hotel Samrat
- Hotel Jazira
- Cidade de Daman
- Hotel Princess Park
- Hotel Palms
- Hotel Sovereign
Places to visit:
- Tithal Beach- Famous for its black sand, this sand is the perfect place for spending a tranquillizing, lazy afternoon. You can have a family picnic here or just unwind in the evening after sightseeing all day around. The sunrises and sunsets are photograph worthy so make sure to bring your cameras along.
- Zampa Gateway- A major landmark in Diu, this red, the colossal monument is carved with angels, lions and priests. There is an artificial waterfall to attract the crowd.
- Diu Fort- Another historic building, the Diu Fort is also called Praca de Diu and is a fort built by the Portuguese. It is 2.5 km from Zampa Gateway and has 3 lighthouses and a church. The greenery and the enchanting view of the entire bay are just mesmerizing.
- Other Beaches- There are ample other beaches that are worth visiting. Some of them are Jampore Beach, Chakratirth Beach, Jallandhar Beach, Nagoa Beach and Ghoghla Beach.
Being in Gujarat, the most celebrated festival is the Navratri. The Dandia and Garba nights are full of zeal and fervour. The colourful decorations, blasting music and people dancing till dawn are a must watch celebrations. Other festivals are the Food Festival which is in May, Nariyal Poornima in August and Daman Liberation Day in December.
Must eat foods in Daman and Diu:
Both local Gujarati nourishment and customary Portuguese sustenance are normal. Being a waterfront district, the networks are principally reliant on ocean depths. Typically, Rotli and tea are taken for breakfast, Rotla and droop for lunch and chokha alongside list and curry are taken for supper. A portion of the dishes arranged on merry events incorporates puri, lapsee, potaya, dudh-plag, dhakanu.
Some famous eateries are-
- Bawarchi Multi Cuisine Restaurant- A good family hang out spot with good food and good music, this restaurant is your go-to place for all your meals. Roasted chicken and bawarchi egg are a must eat.
- Jetty Roll-This is a fast food centre famous among teens. The egg rolls here are just delicious.
- The Cat Eye Restaurant- This contemporary styled restaurant will surely catch your eye with its chic interiors. It specialises in Indian and Asian cuisines. This restaurant has veg, vegan as well as non-veg options. So there’s something for everyone. Seafood, egg pie and prawns are a must eat.
- Spice Galleon- This restaurant surely should be on your go-to list. Its urban interiors are just surreal and the food is mouth-watering. This seafront restaurant is just a ten-minute walk from the Devka Beach. They have both international and indigenous dishes but specialize in seafood and kebabs.
Shopping and local markets:
Daman and Diu are abode to indigenous handicrafts and ornaments made out of seashells and pearls. Some of the most famous places for window shopping are-
- Oyster Artifacts- It’s opposite to the Police Station on Nani Daman.
- Bamboo Items- It’s on Marwad and has some amazing items to make your house’s living room even more enchanting.
- Seashell Jewellery- This is the perfect place if you like seashell necklaces or just want some souvenirs to take back home.
Festival Calendar of Damananddiu
|May||1.National Tribal art & Food Festival|
|Oct||1.Garba Festival, 2.Folk Dance Festival|
|Nov||1.Garba Festival, 2.Folk Dance Festival|
|Dec||1.Daman and Diu Liberation Day|