Tourism in Daman and Diu
Situated on the west coast of India, this tiny union territory is surrounded by Gujarat on the east, Arabian Sea on the west, Kolak River on the north and Kalai river on the south. Daman & Diu is known for its massive forts, monuments, magnificent churches, water parks, gardens and enchanting beaches that attract tourists from all over the country. The sandy beaches flanked with coconut and palm trees are inviting and presents huge prospects for water sports. Many old cathedrals built by Portuguese have now become pilgrimage centre for both pilgrims and tourist alike. The ancient monuments and forts found in Damn and Diu districts are reminiscent of old colonial era. Its pristine surrounding and natural scenic beauty draws scores of tourists from all parts of the world. The festivals celebrated in Daman and Diu are Gangaji fair, Holi, Dushera, Diwali,Id and Xmas. Following are some of interesting tourist destinations in Daman & Diu.
Best Places to Visit in Daman and Diu
Fort of Moti Daman
Located in Daman district, this massive Fort was built in 1559 AD. This fort has 10 bastions and two entrance passages.
Fort of St. Jerome
Situated at Nani Daman on the north of Damanganga river, St.Jerome Fort was built by Dom Jeronimo de Azevado, 12th Portuguese Viceroy of India, in 1614 AD.
Gandhi Park is located near St.Jerome Fort in Nani Daman. The temple of Shri Satya Narayan attracts many tourists.
Located just 3 km away from Nani Daman, Devka Beach has serene surrounding and provides excellent recreation to the backpackers. There is amusement park near Devika beach with toy trains, garden, merry go round and fountains.
Jampore Beach is located just 3 kms away from Moti Daman. This sandy beach is safe for swimming.
Bom Jesus Church
Bom Jesus Church in Daman was built during Portuguese rule. This church attracts many pilgrims and tourists.
Pergola Garden is one of the major tourist attractions. This garden was built in memory of Portuguese soldiers who laid their lives. There are shopping centers nearby this garden where one can pick baskets, handmade items, leather products and bamboo mats.
Church of Lady of Rosary
Church of Lady of Rosary in Moti Daman was built during 17th-century in ancient Gothic style. This old cathedral has exquisite Portuguese carvings on the walls and makes great visual treat for tourists.
Daman Ganga Tourist Complex
About 5 kms away from Vapi railway station, this complex houses cottages, cafeteria, Amphi theatre, conference hall, health club, gardens, fountains and water parks under one roof.
Located at Nani Daman, Jain temple is a major tourist attraction in Daman district.
Fort of Nani Daman
Fort of Nani Daman was built with an area of 12,250 sq. meters with high stone walls, three bastions and two gateways. The Church of Our Lady of the Sea is located inside the fort.
Kadaiya Lake Garden
Located at Nani Daman, Kadaiya Lake Garden is famous for film shooting and an attractive tourist spot.
Mirasal Water Park
Mirasol Water Park is located inside Kadaiya Lake Garden, Nani Daman. There are lots of recreation facilities in this park such as jumper boat, go-carting and other thrilling rides.
Jetty Garden, Nani Daman
Jetty Garden is situated on the banks of river Damanganga. It is a beautifully designed riverside garden with lush green lawns, fountain and fun rides for children.
St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul’s Church is located at Diu district. The church is name after St. Paul. St. Paul’s Church is one among the three churches built by the Portuguese in Diu. It was built in 1601 AD in baroque architectural style and was dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
Diu Fort was built by Portuguese in 1535 after forming alliance with the Sultan of Gujarat Bahadur Shah; the Fort was primarily built as a part of defensive mechanism against approaching Mughals’ armies. Today Diu Fort is an important tourist spot in Diu district.
Fortress of Panikota, also known by the name Fortim do Mar, is located near the Diu Fort. This Fortress has a small chapel and a lighthouse. Fortress of Panikota offers panoramic view of Diu Island.
Daman & Diu is truly a tourist paradise. Enchanting beaches on the long coastline and water parks make perfect destination for nature lovers. Daman & Diu is also a confluence of diverse culture and ethnic background. Majority of population comprise of Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The culture of Daman & Diu is a blend of Kathiawadi or Saurashtra culture and Portuguese legacy. The languages spoken in this Union territory are Gujarati, Hindi, English and Portuguese.