Daman and Diu, a union territory in west India, consists of 2 separate areas divided by the Arabian Sea. The Daman Ganga River flows through the coastal town of Daman. Diu is a small island and mainland village. The Fort of Moti Daman, Diu Fort and 16th-century churches reflect the territory’s past as a Portuguese colony.It is a coastal union territory in India which was once a part of the Portuguese empire neighbouring Goa.
1. Jampore Beach
This palm-shaded beach is the most enchanting beach in Daman. Here you can spend some moments of peace and quiet in the company of nature. 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.
2. Fort Jerome
The small fort with a giant gateway facing the river with a large statue of St.Jerome and two giant human figures, on either side of the gateway encloses an area of 12250 sq.m., it is must see when you are in Daman. A place of historical importance and remembrance ever since the Portuguese were ruling this place. The fort was constructed in order to keep watch on the activities in the sea.
3. Bom Jesus Church
The construction of the church began in 1559 AD and was completed in 1603 AD. Bom Jesus Church displays its remarkable and brilliant roman styled architecture. Inside the church you will find 6 beautiful statues of the Saints. The altar of the church are carved from wood and is a fine specimen of the Portuguese artisans.
4. Diu fort
It is a calm and quiet place. The fort was built in 1535 subsequent to a defense alliance forged by Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. A large light house is also located at one end of the fort. Even now the ruins of the walls, gateways, arches, ramps, bastions of the fort provide an impressive view.
5. Gangeshwar Temple
Here you can find 5 shivlings that lie amidst the rocks and are lulled by the tidal waves of the sea during high tides. It is believed that the Pandavas during their exile worshipped Lord Shiva here. Enjoy the beauty of nature while unraveling the history of the past.
6. Zampa Gateway
The gateway marks the entrance to the District of Diu. The construction of Zampa Gateway was done somewhere in the medieval era which is pretty evident by its unique architecture.
7. Nagoa Beach
It is located near Bucharwada village. This beach is one of the most happening and nice beaches of the Union Territory of Diu. It offers ample opportunities for water-sport enthusiasts like parasailing, water scooter, etc. It’s clean & popular with the locals. It gets crowded in the evening on weekends and public holidays.
8. Light House
Located at Daman Ganga Bridge, the lighthouse is situated in the premises of a Fort which was built during the Portuguese era and is considered to be one of the major landmarks of Daman.
9. Vaibhav Water World
The Park is famous for clean & clear water, beautiful landscaping, technologically safe and a good base for making your visits historic. An array of 36 thrilling rides in Vaibhav Waterpark surrounded by farms of mangoes, coconut and chikoos on tha Kanta Vapi road, about 7 km from Daman is another place for fun and adventure. Timing 11:00 to 18:00 hrs.
10. Mirasol Lake Garden
It is also known as Kadaiya Lake Garden. They have garden, boat rides and other similar forms of entertainment. It is a calm and peaceful place, a place to shun tiredness and regenerate lost energies.