DAMAN and DIU

Daman and Diu are actually two parts that were part of Goa until 1987. Daman and Diu is the second smallest union territory of India liberated from Portuguese rule in 1961. Daman in the Gulf of Cambay is situated near Surat while a creek joins Diu, near Junagadh. Geographically, Daman and Diu are the seaside beauties.

Daman

Daman is situated on the coast of Gujarat. As per the legend the Shivalinga emerged here on the request of a true devotee of Shiva. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Somnath Mahadev Temple is an important place of worship in Daman. The local devotees constructed a small temple at the same site. Now Ganga Ji Fair is organized here every year, and the temple was given new look in 1973.
Daman has its own range of beautiful places like Devka Beach, Jampore Beach, Lake in Kachigam, Nani Danan jetty garden and Hilsa fish Aquarium.

Diu

According to mythology, the great king named Jallandhar once ruled Diu. He was a daitya (Demon) and was killed by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan Chakra. The temple of Jallandhar still exists in Diu. The legendary Pandavas during their fourteen years of exile are believed to have passed a few days at a place known as Mani Nagar (DIU), which was under the Yadavas led by Krishna Vasudeva during Mahabharata period. The Shivlingas washed by sea is a unique sight at Gangeshwar Temple at Jallandhar beach. The other two revered sites are St. Paul's Church and St. Francis Church. The festivals celebrated here are Gangaji Fair, Holi, Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas, carnival, and Eid.

Diu witnessed the rule of Chowda Rajputs (8th-13th century), Waghalas, Muslims (Bahadur Shah and Emperor Humayun) and the Portuguese who ruled almost 450 years, starting with Albuquerque.

An imposing structure in its Fort with a number of old cannons and shells make Diu a very popular and important tourist resort The fort commands a magnificent view of the sea and its surrounding areas. A little distance from the Diu Fort is Panikotha fortress approachable by boat. It mesmerizes watching when lit up in the evening. Dom Joan de Castro reconstructed the fortress of Diu after the siege of 1545. There are other forts also. Gogola Fort which was destroyed in 1896; the Passo Seco Fort predates the Portuguese conquest; Barra Fort now converted into a lighthouse; the Nagoa Fort built in 1773; Tad Fort; Old Fort; and a palace.

The island of Diu, an erstwhile Portuguese colony, is situated off the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat bordering Junagadh district. Famous for lush greenery and beaches, the horseshoe shaped Nagoa Beach is one of the best in India. The other equally beautiful beaches are Ahmedpur, Mandvi, Chakratirath, Jallandhar, and Gomtimata all having their own charm and thrill.

Areas : 38.5 sq.km
Altitude: 29 meters

Climate (deg C) :

Summer : Min 20, Max 38.
Winter : Min 20, Max 25.
Rainfall : 70cms
Best Season : October to May.


Attractions in DAMAN and DIU

Excursions

Girnar Hill, Junagadh-185 kms, Palitana-195 kms, Somnath Temple- 72 kms, Sasangir-128 kms, Tulsi Shyam- 45 kms, Chorwad- 97 kms, Ahmedpur Mandvi-130 kms.

How To Reach

By Air : Well connected to Bombay and Ahmedabad.
By Rail : Nearest railhead is Delwada-9 kms.
By Road :
Una- 30 kms
Ahmedabad- 495 kms
Bhavnagar- 225 kms
Bombay- 930 kms
Daman- 763 kms
Sasangir-128 kms
Rajkot- 261 kms
Somnath- 87 kms
Veraval- 77 kms.



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