Tourist Places in Daman and Diu | Tourism

Daman and Diu, one of the Union Territories of India was under the rule of Portuguese for more than 450 years. Today, it has developed into a prominent tourist attraction of the country and attracts a huge crowd of travelers across the globe. The Portuguese influence still lingers around this union territory and the presence of several historical monuments and buildings that displays Portuguese Architecture. It is perhaps the second smallest Union Territory, located on the west coast of India and was once part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman, and Diu was incorporated into the Republic of India on 19 December 1961 by military conquest. After Goa attained statehood, Daman and Diu was declared as a separate Union Territory with Daman and Diu as the two separate districts having a distance of about 198 km from each other. Daman is close to the town of Vapi in southern Gujarat, while Diu is near Junagarh in the Saurashtra Peninsula of Gujarat. 
 
The forts, cathedrals and the untouched natural beauty attract travelers across the globe. There are several places in this amazingly beautiful Union Territory of India that are worth visiting. Some of these are listed below:
 
Devaka Beach, Daman

One of the most popular tourist places in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu is Devaka Beach. It is quite popular among the tourists owing to its tranquil atmosphere. Untouched by commercialization, the pristine beauty of the beach makes it a favorite attraction. This beach is located around 5 km away from the main taxi stand at Nani Daman. There is an amusement park in the beach, which has several colorful fountains and the park is illuminated during all festivals. It remains crowed by both local and tourists, especially on weekends and the pony rides at attract children. Devka Beach also has several seafood joints and beach resorts. It is not an ideal place for swimming owing to the rough rocks underwater.

St. Paul Church, Diu

Dedicated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception, St. Paul Church is an ancient church in the region, which was built in the year 1610. The main facade of the church is perhaps the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches in India. The facade has been illuminated by flood lights. The church adorned with curiously treated volutes and shell - like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India. It has its resemblance with Bom Jesus Church of Goa and attracts an enormous crowd of tourists. It is considered to be one of the best churches in the entire Union Territory.

Moti Daman Fort, Daman

Moti Daman Fort, located in Daman is a historical monument and forms a major attraction among the tourists. It was built in the year 1559 AD by the Portuguese by demolishing the citadel built by the Muslims, who ruled over the region. It is one of the oldest places in Daman that features 10 bastions and 2 gateways. Sprawling over an area of about 30,000 sq. km, the fort houses a 17th century Iberian Church, named St. Cathedral Church, at this fort, which features a gold-painted wooden altar. Recently, a aquariam has been constructed, named Hilsa Aquarium within this Moti Daman Fort, which is popular for the submarine boat ride and exotic fish. This fort is a major attraction among the history buffs and heritage lovers.

The Sao Jeronimo fort, Daman

Another popular attraction in the Union Territory is the Sao Jeronimo fort, which is located in Nani Daman. It is a massive structure, named after Don Jeronimo, who was the viceroy of Portuguese India during the 20th century. The fort houses a church dedicated to ‘Our Lady of Sea’. Displaying Portuguese style of architecture, this fort is visited by tourists from near and far. The major monumental gateway and a minor gate landward is amazing and complex work of military architecture that deserves a special notice. There are various inscriptions describing and elaborating the history of this fort with three bastions having triangular profile.

Gangeshwar Temple, Diu

A must visit place while on a trip to the Union Territory of Daman and Diu is the Gangeshwar Temple, which is located about 3 km from the main Diu in a small old Fudam village. This is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses 5 Shivalingas that are believed to have been founded by the Panadavas during the time of exile. These Shivalingas are situated amidst rocks that are washed by the Arabian Sea continuously. This temple is one of the most revered places in the region among the Hindus. The temple seems like its carved out of a cave like formation and the breeze from the sea gives an intoxicating feel when you enter the temple. The place is not only a place for worship but is an essential part of the Indian culture and is of prime mythological significance.

Nagoa Beach, Diu

A secluded beach, famous for its tranquil environment, Nagoa Beach is about 20 minutes from the main town of Diu. It is located in an old fishing village of Nagoa and is renowned for its unique shoe-shape, which stretches over 2 km. The beach is less crowded and is quite popular among nature lovers as well as peace lovers. The sandy beach with crystal clear water, it is an ideal destination in the region for water sports that are sure to send chills to your spines. It is perfect for swimming and the palm fringed beach makes it an ideal destination for beach lovers. Apart from swimming, this beach is also suitable for water sports and camel or pony riding.

Jampore Beach, Daman

Jampore Beach is a popular tourist place in Daman, which lures the beach lovers across the globe with its pristine and unsoiled natural beauty. It is one of the most enchanting and charming beaches located at the south of moti Daman. The beach is ideal for casual swimmers as its famous for its calm waters and during low tide one can easily go further into the sea. The environment of the beach is relatively quaint and is usually not crowded. The beach is perfect for a peaceful picnic with your family or friends as the Casuarinas plantation near the shores provide ample amount of shade from the sun. If you’re a shutterbug then this beach can offer some enchanting photographs especially during the sunset.

St. Francis of Assisi, Diu

St. Francis of Assisi in Diu is one of the popular tourist places in the region and is one of the oldest churches in the district. It was built in the year 1593 and was the friary of the Franciscans. It is located close to the Arabian Sea, boasting of an impressive structure overlooking the very striking Arabian Sea. This famous church has now been transformed into a hospital but it is a massive crowd puller in the region.
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