Daman and Diu Tourism
Daman and Diu form a Union Territory of India, which is bordered by the Arabian Sea, situated at the western coast of India. The geographical coordinates of Daman and Diu are 20 ° 25' N latitude and 72 ° 50' 60"E longitude and 20& deg; 41' 60"N latitude & 70 ° 58' 60 °E longitude respectively. Travel to Daman and Diu would give tourists chance to get acquainted with the Portuguese architectures.
Between the 14th and 16th centuries, Diu was an important trading post and naval base. Later the Portuguese had colonized it until 1961, when India recovered it. After Goa gained the statehood in 1987, it was recognized as a Union Territory.
The picturesque land of Daman and Diu is a sensuous blend of sun, sand and sea. You can idle in cafes, cycle around the island or stroll along the cliffs. A laidback lifestyle marks your travel to Daman and Diu.
Simple fun loving people would make your travel to Daman and Diu a memory to cherish forever. Once tried, you would only want to come back. People bear the legacy of Portuguese culture through their jovial folk songs and dances. The quaint mix of Portuguese and Gujrati culture itself is a matter of attraction.
How to Reach Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu is located in the western coast of India bordered by the Arabian Sea. Both the parts of this tiny Union Territory are enclosed by Gujarat. Daman is a small part in the Gulf of Khambhat (Cambay) and Diu is an island joined to the mainland of Gujarat by a creek.
Being conveniently located close to two major Indian states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, how to reach Daman and Diu is not a concern at all. It has well developed communication network with key locations in western India.
We bring you complete information on how to reach Daman and Diu.
Mumbai is the nearest international and domestic airport from Daman and Diu and is about 193 km away from the Union Territory. All major airlines like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Air Deccan, Spice Jet and Kingfisher Airlines operate regular flights to and from Mumbai. Jet Airways and Indian Airlines have flights to Diu from Mumbai and Porbandar. The tourists can also reach Bhavnagar or Porbandar by flights and reach Daman and Diu from there. There is also Diu Airport which is 5 km away from the town at the north of Nagoa Beach. There are regular flights from Mumbai to Diu.
The nearest railway station to Daman is the Vapi railway station and the nearest railway station to Diu is Delwada station. Vapi, the nearest railhead is about 12 km away from where taxi and cab services are easily available. Mumbai and Ahmedabad are two very important railway stations of the Western Railways, which are very close from Daman.
NH No. 8 connects Daman by motorable road with Ahmedabad about 365 km, Mumbai about 193 km, Vadodara about 300 km. etc. The road network also connects Diu. Bus, taxi and cab services are easily available from neighbouring cities and states.
Shopping in Daman and Diu
Although Daman and Diu is not a typical shopping destination, still shopping in Daman and Diu can be a cool experience.
If you are keen on shopping in Daman and Diu, you can look for
Woven of bamboo mats and baskets
You can find Electronic goods, Gift articles, attractive household appliances for shopping in Daman and Diu.
Maharaja Super Market, Princess Park at Devka Beach are renowned shopping areas, which offer good shopping in Daman and Diu.
Regular beach items like goods made of seashell, oysters etc are also available at Devka Beach, Nani Daman.
Places to Visit in Daman and Diu
- Devka Beach
- Moti Daman Fort
- Nani Daman
- Damanganga Tourist Complex
- Fort of Diu
- Jampore Beach
- Church of Bom Jesus
- Nagoa Beach
- Gangeshwar Temple
Hotels of Daman and Diu
The union territory of Daman and Diu has numerous hotels of star and non star category catering to the needs of the tourists visiting the beautiful beaches. Besides it has resorts, restaurants and cafes which cater to the needs of all segments of travellers.
It is one of the rapidly emerging tourist hubs in India. Travellers are coming to this group of islands from all corners of the world. Most honeymoon couples are opting for Daman and Diu as their honeymoon destination due to its secluded and unspoiled beaches. The islands are also home to numerous caves and temples that draw tourist from all corners of the country. In order to cater to the needs of the many tourist that visit the region there are many hotels that dot Daman and Diu. The hotels here range from luxury to budget and cater to the needs and requirements of all tastes and budgets.
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Last Updated on : November 25, 2014