Known for their beaches and exotic liquors, these twin islands are a tourist's haven for escaping the cacophony of mundane life. Be it the rich historic past or the faint songs of the anglers, everything in Daman and Diu assist in creating a paradise for one in search of tranquility.
The forts and churches of the past, and the pubs of today, combine to engender a strange ambience of nostalgia and experience.
Daman and Diu, union territory of India, comprising two widely separated districts on the country’s western coast. Daman is an enclave on the state of Gujarat’s southern coast, situated 100 miles (160 km) north of Mumbai (Bombay). Diu encompasses an island off the southern coast of Gujarat’s Kathiawar Peninsula, 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Veraval, as well as a small area on the mainland. The town of Daman, in the Daman district, is the capital of the territory. Area 43 square miles (112 square km). Pop. (2011) 242,911.
Boasting of a moderate climate throughout the year, Daman can be visited any time. Here’s a monthly breakup of Daman’s climatic conditions so you can plan your visit accordingly :October to February: These months constitute the winter season of Daman and the temperature ranges between 32 degree Celsius and 10 degree Celsius . Winters are slightly cooler as compared to other season as the average temperature is 23 degree Celsius. This season is also the peak time to visit Daman as sightseeing is more comfortable during the day time. You can also enjoy water sports and other tourist activities during this time.March to May:These months constitute the summer season in Daman. While March can be somewhat pleasant during evenings (owing to the Arabian Sea) which is ideal for beach walks and other water sports, April and May can be very hot and dry. You would often see fewer crowds during this time. But this is a good time to enjoy water sports like swimming, snorkelling, water skiing, speedboat and other activities in Daman.June to September:The monsoon season arrives in Daman during these months. Rainfall can be quite heavy in the month of July but if you like rains, you would enjoy the wet coastal surroundings. This also happens to be the time when the main festival of Daman- Nariyal Purnima is celebrated. Though sightseeing might not be a good option during this season, but since it’s the off-season, many hotels offer attractive deals and packages making Daman an ideal getaway for a budget holiday.
Daman and Diu is an Indian union territory which has a domestic airport connected to Mumbai. It is also connected to major cities in Gujarat and other parts of India by road. Here is how to reach Daman and Diu:BY AIRFlights are available daily to reach Daman from Mumbai (170 km) and Vadodara (300 km). The local airport is in Nani Daman. The nearest international airport is at Mumbai.BY TRAINVapi is the nearest railway station, 12 km away from Daman. Vapi railway station lies between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. All major trains travelling between Mumbai to Delhi and Ahmedabad stop at Vapi. Taxis, local buses or tangas (horse carts) are available to reach Daman.BY ROADDaman and Diu is well connected with major towns and cities in western India. Daman is 110 km from Surat, 193 km from Mumbai, 300 km from Baroda and about 360 km away from Ahmedabad.
The Portuguese ruled over Daman until 1961, which closed the last Chapter of European domination in India. Daman then became a part of the Union Territory of Daman & Diu. Inevitably, the Portuguese left their mark, just like they did in Goa. With pristine beaches covered in golden sand, heritage forts, lush green palms, waterfalls, and welcoming churches, Daman is often referred to as the Goa of Gujarat. Daman has something for everyone. It is an ideal location for backpackers for a weekend trip to explore the uncharted territories and also for families to ease off and luxuriate by the pool in a hotel. While alcohol is banned throughout Gujarat, Daman being a union territory also enjoys the privilege of hosting bibulous weekenders. You can't wrap up your trip without stocking your shopping bags full of mementoes and souvenirs. While not a patent place to shop, Daman has a lot to offer to people of all ages and choices when it comes to shopping.
Adorning the western coast of India, the mesmerizing city of Daman is a perfect blend of history, adventure, serenity, and culture. Boasting of flawless palm-lined beaches, historical buildings, religious sites, adventure activities, and an amalgamated European, and Indian culture, the union territory of Daman and Diu has emerged as a popular tourist destination in India where one can find some of the best places to visit, and most exciting things to do.So, if you are planning a honeymoon, a family trip, or an all friends trip, here are some of the best things to do in Daman which will make you fall in love with this charming city.