Daman & Diu
Gujarati and Marathi
Christianity major religion, Hinduism, Islam
Time to visit
September - May
Daman: mild and humid climate
Daman and Diu are two districts that form one of the Union Territories
of India. These two districts are 792 kilometres apart.
Close to Mumbai, but still far away from the crazy crowds, 'Daman'
is a Portuguese enclave. A picturesque port town and a popular getaway
for the inhabitants of Mumbai. Located on the west coast, Daman
has been the home away from home for the Portuguese untill it was
liberated in 1961 and became a part of the Indian Union.
Also a Portuguese colony, like Goa. Diu is an island on the western
coast, off the Gulf of Cambay. It is a beautiful and secluded island
about 786 km from Daman. The island has a coastal length of 21 km
and is about 11 km long and 3 km wide. It is connected to the mainland
by two bridges. One is near Tad vilage and the other near Ghoghla
village in Gujarat.
How to get here (Daman)
Most of the Express and Passenger trains from Mumbai Central and
Bandra Terminus to Surat, Baroda, Ahmedabad and Delhi stop at Vapi,
where the traveler to Daman must get off.
Buses from Mumbai to Ashmedabad and Saurashtra pass through Vapi.
How to get here (Diu)
Gujarat Airways is operating a daily flight between Mumbai and Diu.
Nearest rail station is Veraval. From Diu train service is available
from Veraval to Rajkot and Ahmedabad.
Regular busesare operate from Diu, Ghoghla and Una to various cities
Places to visit
.: Diu Town
Diu Town is protected by the fort in the east and a wall in the
west. Fishermen make daily trips from the north coast by wooden
boats. A few churches built by the former European inhabitants are
still in use, although the Christian population is decreasing. The
Church of St. Thomas is now a museum which lies to the north of