Explore Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu
A Melange of History and Nature

Daman and Diu, recently merged with Dadra and Nagar Haveli, is together one union territory situated in western India. It reflects Portuguese colonial rule through some monuments and churches that are excellent proof of majestic Portuguese architecture. This territory is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, lakes and gardens. It is embellished with the scenic Daman Ganga River. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate amidst nature. 


Popular cities/islands: 

  • Daman

  • Silvassa

  • Diu 

Climate
The easternmost parts of Dadra and Nagar Haveli have a typical maritime climate. Whereas, in Daman and Diu the climate is usually subtropical. October to May is the best time to visit this union territory.

  • January — Cool
  • February — Cool
  • March — Dry
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cool
Things to do
History & Heritage
Fort Diu was built by Portuguese during their colonial rule in Daman and Diu. The fort and the lighthouse offer enchanting views of the sea and its lush green surroundings. Located outside the city wall of this fort are the Naida Caves. This group of interlinked caves is one of the most stunning attractions since prehistoric times. It's a perfect spot for history buffs and photographers. Zampa Gateway is one of the important historical places in Diu. The bright red painted gateway is adorned with beautiful carvings and an artificial fountain. The Lighthouse located in Daman provides a golden opportunity to learn about the navigation and lighting system of the city. The enchanting views of the shores, sunset and giant ships passing by from the sea make the visit to this lighthouse even more memorable. Built in the 16th century, the Moti Daman Fort is the testament of Portuguese colonial rule and colonial style architecture. Even St. Jerome Fort offers a glimpse into the colonial history of Daman through its architecture and beautiful sculptures. It's home to Jain Temple, Our Lady of the Sea church and the magnificent statue of St. Jerome who is revered as the esteemed father of the Catholic churches.
Museums
As Dadra and Nagar Haveli is predominantly inhabited by tribal communities their history is interlinked. To know in-depth about the tribes in this region you must visit the Tribal Cultural Museum. It houses several artifacts belonging to the tribes such as fishing and hunting equipment, ornaments, agricultural equipment and handmade musical instruments. Diu Museum houses paintings by the Portuguese, wood carvings, antique statues, stone inscriptions and multi-coloured fountains. The Sea shell Museum is home to unique shells collected by Captain Fulbari. INS Khukri Memorial commemorates the Indian Navy Ship that sank during the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
Gardens
Island Garden is the best place to relax and rejuvenate. The rustic charm about this place makes the visit even more memorable. Thatched huts, aesthetic wooden benches and rich flora make Island Garden extremely beautiful. Hirwa Van Garden is a famous picnic spot owing to the colorful flower beds, well-maintained lawns and cascading waterfalls. Vanganga Garden is another famous picnic spot that is adorned with beautiful fountains, varieties of trees and plants, flowers and a pristine lake. Other beautiful gardens include Dadra Garden, Bal Udyan Park, among others.
Waterfalls, Lakes & Rivers
Daman Ganga River adds indescribable beauty to this union territory. The well-planned Riverfront offers scenic views of the river and other interesting activities such as games, dance, music, fitness programs and cultural events. It's the perfect combination of adventure and leisure. Dudhni Lake, also known as Kashmir of the West, offers not only scenic views but also several water sports such as kayaking, speed boating, rowing boats, Shikara rides, and canoes. Trekking and camping in the dense forest are other adventure activities worth trying. Similar adventurous activities are offered at the prime attraction of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Madhuban Dam. Situated amidst the Island Garden, Vanganga Lake is one of the most beautiful places in Silvassa. Surrounded by flower beds and lush green gardens, boating is the best way to capture this exquisite beauty.
Beaches
Nagoa is one of the most famous beaches in Diu. Adorned by palm trees, Hola trees, white sand and tranquil waters, Nagoa beach is where serenity dwells. One can laze around the beach all day enjoying the cool breeze and natural beauty of the beach. Also, it's famous for adventurous activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, jeep parasailing, scuba diving, paramotoring, windsurfing and much more. Chakratirth Beach is another scenic beach which offers breathtaking sunset views from a hillock located near it. The beautiful landscapes and serene sounds as waves lap away will steal your heart. Jampore beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Daman. Its mud coloured blackish waters makes it unique. Away from bustling city life, this beach offers a perfect escape for solitude seekers. Scuba diving and Kayaking is also famous especially during summers. Other famous beaches include Ghogla Beach, Devka Beach, Simbor Beach, Gomtimata Beach, among others.
Wildlife
Part of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lion Safari Wildlife Park in Silvassa, also known as Vasona Lion Safari, is home to the majestic Asiatic Lion. The forest ambience and spotting the lions is more like an adventure than sightseeing. Satmaliya Deer Park, situated on the Khanvel-Silvassa road, is home to many species of deers, other mammals and birds such as Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, Flameback Woodpecker, Peacocks, among others.
Temples/Places of Worship
Our Lady of Piety Church in Silvassa is a perfect depiction of the excellent architectural skills of Portuguese. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple, located at the banks of Daman Ganga River, is famous for its stunning architecture, artistic domes and intricate artwork. Built in the 17th Century, Chapel of Our Lady Rosary is a quaint church that displays excellent Gothic style architecture. Somnath Mahadev Temple is an architectural wonder and a specimen of grandeur. It offers a spiritual solace to the devotees and tourists alike. This temple is adorned with beautiful sculptures and intricate floral designs. Cathedral of Bom Jesus is a four hundred years old Roman Catholic church adorned with ornamental forms of architecture. Bindrabin Temple, St. Paul Church, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, St. Thomas Church are some of the other famous places of worship in this union territory.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

A major chunk of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu can be covered within a week. Start off at Dadra and Nagar Haveli because Silvassa is home to several prime attractions. You can spend two days in Silvassa exploring the city. As you stroll in Silvassa, you can visit the Tribal Museum, quaint churches, wildlife sanctuary and scenic gardens. You can spend a day or two extra as Dadra and Nagar Haveli has a lot to offer for history buffs and nature lovers alike. From here as you move to Daman and Diu you'll cross vistas of several temples and the Daman Ganga River. You can spend 3 to 4 days exploring the region as it is home to beautiful Portuguese heritage monuments and scenic beaches. 


Cuisine
  • Surrounded by the Arabian sea, Seafood is the speciality of Daman and Diu. Also, Gujarati and Portuguese cuisines are equally in a great demand in this union territory. Dadra and Nagar Haveli cuisine is highly influenced by Gujarati cuisine. Some of the famous dishes such as Penn de Calamari, Caldino de Camarao and Cozido de peixe give a scrumptious flavor of Portuguese cuisine. Other specialities include Jetty Roll, Khaman Dhokla, Ubadiyu, Pav Bhaji, Butter-Garlic Tiger Prawns, Dharafish fry, Chicken Xacuti, among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices can vary, the average cost of food is approximately INR 200 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 8 days

Known For
  • Beaches
  • Lakes
  • Historical Monuments
  • Museums
  • Gardens
  • Waterfalls
  • Churches
Areas to Visit
  • Beaches in Diu such as Nagoa, Chakratirth, Ghogla, Gomtimata and Jalandhar
  • Forts in Daman region such as St. Jerome Fort and Moti Daman Fort
  • Vasona Lion Safari for Asiatic Lions
  • Silvassa for lakes, churches and gardens
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli for Portuguese architecture and tribal culture

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