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State of India - Daman & Diu
 
QUICK FACTS Climate (Degree C.): Summer - Max: 41, Min: 20. Winter - Max: 32, Min: 13 | Best Season: October - february | Languages Spoken: Telugu and Urdu | Capital: Hyderabad

Overview:
A former Portuguese enclave, and now a Union Territory, Daman and Diu are destinations of breeze and beauty. An exquisitely beautiful getaway with golden sand beaches, dense palm-groves and historical monuments sans commercial exploitation and environmental degradation they make for a perfect and fun filled holiday to India.

Daman is a tiny little area sandwiched between the State of Maharashtra, Gujarat and the Arabian Sea. It is blessed with the very best natural resources and beauty that God can possess. Daman prides itself on its rich and varied historical heritage covering more than 2 millenniums. Daman is filled with history and every stone encloses within itself, silent and mute a glorious tale, be it from a fort or a monument or a ruin. Blessed with an affable climate and people Daman is an ideal place for tourists without any climatic restrictions. There is a popular amusement park on the beach, which is illuminated on festive days. At Moti Daman, the massive fort, the stately Light house, gardens, historic monuments and ancient Gothic style churches, are the key places of interest. At Nani Daman, the Nani Daman Fort and the church inside, and the fishing jetty where boats are anchored, are worth paying a visit. The Jampore beach is a favourite with swimming - enthusiasts.

Diu is situated off the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat bordering Junagadh district. It was a seaport and naval base of considerable strategic importance from the 14th to 16th Centuries. It was also a vital trade link with the rest of India for traders overseas. Diu stands out, in marked contrast to other places, as a tiny island, where people have an excellent civic sense. With the magnificent serenity of its ambience, it is perhaps one of India’s last undiscovered jewels. The coast has limestone cliffs, rocky caves and sandy beaches, the best of which are at Nagoa which could well be one of the best beaches of the world. The other equally beautiful beaches are Ahmedpur, Mandvi, Chakratirath, Jallandhar, and Gomtimata all having their own charm and thrill. The administration has provided water-sports facilities as well for the adventure lovers. Diu can boast of several historical monuments which are imposing in architecture and design. The Church and the Museum surrounded by gardens, parks and fountains have been created around the monuments to beautify them.

How to Reach Daman:

By Air: Flights are easily available for Daman from the nearby cities of Mumbai (170km) and Baroda (300 km).

By Train: The nearest railhead is at Vapi, located around 12 km away. It lies on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route of the Western railway and is about 170 km from Mumbai and 90 km from Surat. Major Delhi-Mumbai and Mumbai-Ahmedabad bound trains halt at this station.

By Road: Vapi is at a distance of 12 km, lies on the Bombay-Ahmedabad National Highway No. 8 and is easily connected to Daman by road. Vapi is 170 km from Mumbai, 360 km from Ahmedabad, 768 km from Diu, 110 km from Surat and 300 km from Baroda.


How to Reach Diu:

By Air: Diu has direct daily flight to Mumbai which is connected to major cities of India and abroad/

By Train: The nearest railway station is Veraval (90 kms). Veraval is directly connected to Rajkot and Ahmedabad by Train.

By Road: Diu is only 90 kms from Veraval and 495 kms from Ahmedabad. It is connected to some major tourist cities of Gujarat like Palitana (175kms), Rajkot (295 kms), Sasangir(120kms) and Bhavnagar (215kms).