Daman and Diu
, the second smallest union territory of India are actually two different land bodies, enclosed between sea on one side and Gujarat on the other. Daman is situated near Surat whereas Diu is located near Junagadh. Till 1987, Goa, Daman and Diu were administered as a single Union Territory. Both of them are beautiful holiday destinations and have many resorts and hotels to cater to the lodging needs of tourists.
Daman was formerly called Damao. It is situated on the west coast of India and is bordered by the Arabian Sea. Tourists are attracted to Daman by the clean and picturesque beaches it offers. The famous beaches of Daman are Devka Beach and Jampore Beach . The lighting on festive days is spectacular. Except the beaches, the other places of interest in Daman include Moti Daman Fort, Nani Daman Fort, Light House in Moti Daman Fort , Bom Jesus Church, Our Lady of Rosary Chapel, Our lady of Sea Church, Hilsa Aquarium, Kachigam Water Tank, Hathi Park and Bridge Side Garden. The Somanath Mahadev Temple is an important place of worship in Daman.
The word 'Diu' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Dweep'. Diu was one of the best Sea Ports and a Naval base from 14th to 16th century. It is famous for its Nagoa Beach. This palm-fringed, largely deserted and secluded beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in India. The unique shoe-shape of the beach makes it all the more stunning. Other places of interest in Diu are Diu Fort, Forte Do Mar, Gupta Prayag , Gangeshwar Temple and Shaking Tower.
Last Updated on : 5/09/2013