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Monsoon Holidays: Daman & Diu - Where Solitude Beckons

 
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Daman & Diu : Monsoon Getaways
| Places to see | Places to stay | How to reach | Fast Facts |

The tiny picturesque islands of Daman & Diu located on the southern tip of the Saurashtra, Gujarat makes for an interesting monsoon gateway with their beautiful blend of sun, sand and sea. The swaying trees, the gentle intoxicating breeze coupled with the soft murmur of the waves adds up to an out of the world experience. The scenery is even more bewitching during the rains when the waves from the Arabian Sea, gently rocked by the winds crashes on the rocks off the sea coast.

Daman

And, what makes this moment far more memorable is the fact that it will be just you and your solitude, for both Diu and Daman are quiet and secluded beach islands on the Western coast. So, be assured that the sea (and the town) with all its monsoon magic will be yours.

These former Portuguese enclaves connected to the mainland of Gujarat by a causeway present a colorful mosaic of cultural diversity with its unique blend of Portuguese and Kathiawadi culture. This along with its temples, churches, forts and beaches make it an ideal tourist destination.

Places to see in Daman
Fort of Moti Daman

Take a crash course in Portuguese architecture as you march your way through the Fort of Moti Daman- a colossal polygonal structure with 10 bastions and two gateways protected by a moat on one side and the river on the other; the Fort of Nani Daman conspicuous by a giant gateway facing the river with a large statue of St. Jerome and the church of Our Lady of the Sea;  Go for a fun filled picnic at the Devka Beach characterised by a long shoreline or walk on the soft wet sand of the Jampore Beach at the border of the Gujarat coast and relive your childhood once again at the Mirasol Water Park, the Kadaiya Lake Garden and the Jetty Garden.


How to Reach Daman

By Air: The nearest airport is at Mumbai.

By Rail: Nearest railhead is at Vapi (12 km away) located on the main railway line between Delhi and Mumbai. Another rail head is at Valsad Junction (35 Km away) Taxi Service is available between Daman & Vapi.

By Road: Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway No. 8 connects Daman via Vapi. While Mumbai is 193 km, Diu is 763 km while Panaji via Mumbai is 787 km.


About Daman: Daman Information & Fact File
Altitude Sea level
Temp
Summer 35 (Max) & 21(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 24 (Max) & 12 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go September – May
Monsoon June – August
Summer April – May
Winter December - February
Clothes Cottons all year round except in December when light woolens are required
Nearest Airport Mumbai, 160 km
Nearest Railway Station Vapi, 12 km (On the Delhi-Mumbai rail-line)
Bus Station Daman (NH8 connects Daman with Ahmedabad and Mumbai via Vapi)
Hospital & Doctor

Daman (NH8 connects Daman with Ahmedabad and Mumbai via Vapi)

Places to see Moti Daman Fort, Nani Daman Fort, Devka Beach, Jampore Beach

Places to see in Diu
Parasailing in Ghoghla Beach

For peace, solitude and a walk in the setting sun head to the calm and serene beach of Nagao, a semi circle beach off the village of Bucharwada; the Ghoghla beach for some Parasailing, Water Scooter Riding, Boat Sailing or to just simply lie down under the palm trees; Jallandhar Beach for some fun filled moments or just lolling around the soft sand shores. When at the Jallandhar Beach, do pay your respect at a small shrine of Jallandhar a mythological demon and king who was killed by Lord Krishna.

Fort in Diu

Drive a few kms to Fudam village to see the unique cave temple of Gangeshwar whose five Shiva lingams located in the midst of the rocks on the seashore are repeatedly paid obeisance by the sea waves. Visit the St. Paul Church for its elaborate facade and beautiful wood paneling; the archaeological treasure trove St. Thomas Church & Museum for antique statues, various stone inscriptions of the earlier rulers, wooden carvings and idols. Remember the brave soldiers of the 1971 Indo- Pak war at INS Khukri Memorial and take a boat ride to the Fortress of Panikotha or the Fortim do Mar, a magnificent fort located in the middle of the sea along with a light house and a small chapel; also visit the expansive and imposing Fort of Diu skirted by the sea on the three sides and offering some breathtaking views and the world's first Sea Shell Museum for an amazing collection of 2500 to 3000 sea shells.


How to Reach Diu

By Air: The nearest airport is at Nagoa.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Veraval which is directly connected to Rajkot, Ahmedabad and other major cities by train.

By Road: A good network of roads connect Diu to Veraval (90 km), Dwarka (340 km), Palitana (175 km), Rajkot ( 295 km), Sasangir (120 km), Ahmedabad (495 km), and Mumbai (980 km).


Places to stay in Daman and Diu

There are a number of hotels in both Daman and Diu that provide fine accommodation facilities for travellers. Hotels in Daman and Diu include various budget hotels, luxury hotels and mid-price hotels. . Check out hotels in Diu and Daman.


About Diu: Diu Information and Fact File
Altitude Sea level
Temp
Summer 35 (Max) & 16(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 20 (Max) & 10 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go July – March
Monsoon May-June
Summer April-May
Winter December - February
Clothes Cottons all year round except in December when light woolens are required
Nearest Airport Ahmedabad, 340 km
Nearest Railway Station Veraval, 85 km
Bus Station Diu (Direct buses from Veraval, Dwarka, Rajkot)
Hospital & Doctor

Rural Health Centres in and near Diu are equipped to handle emergencies. Better medical aid can be accessed in Ahmadabad (340 km)

Places to see Nagao Beach, Ghoghla Beach, Jallandhar Beach and Shrine, Gangeshwar Temple, St. Paul Church, Diu Fort
   
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