Diu, a beautiful little island city sits proudly on the shores of the mighty Arabian ocean. Ruled by many over the years, Portuguese being the most prominent & last rulers of this place -major Portuguese influence can still be seen in the way this place functions. Diu is known as the Isle of Calm and there are no two ways about it.
If you are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, pack your bags to enjoy one of the country’s best!
Ideal time to visit: Anytime during the year, however, great during the months of October – May.
How to reach Diu?
By air– Diu has an airport in Nagoa. From here, Jet Airways offer daily flights to and from Mumbai.
By rail: The nearest railway station is located Veraval that is connected to Ahmedabad, Rajkot and other major cities in western India
By road: Diu is well linked via roads connecting the National Highways of the country. These roads are well maintained and link Diu to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Vadodara, Palitana, Daman, and other major places of the western India.
The grandeur of the old Portuguese architecture will leave you awe-inspired!
Any architecture & heritage lover will fall in love with this place. This place is a confluence of Portuguese architecture & Indian ways of living. Many old architectural wonders still stand on this land like St. John’s Church – a 400 year old , beautiful white church which is a delight to the eyes.
There are many places that are reminiscent of Diu’s rich heritage like the Diu Fortress built in portuguese style, you will fall in love with it amidst the sound of waves hitting it’s old fortress walls.
Fortim-do-Mar aka Fortress of Panikoti can be seen from the fortress, surrounded by water from all sides – it was a jail used by Portuguese to house prisoners. You need to visit this place via boat which in itself is a thrilling experience.
Places of Interest: The Diu Fortress, St. John Church, Chapel of Our Lady Rosary, St. Thomas Church, Fortim-Do-Mar, Diu Museum
Best Road trips with the best experiences are assured!
It shares it borders with the state of Gujarat & is connected by a passage to it. Located approximately 65 km away from the great Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary famous for its Asiatic Lions – one of its kind in India. It is connected to Diu with great roads and is a must visit for wildlife lovers. The sight of the majestic lion will leave you mesmerized!
A wide choice of cuisines to experiment with!
The Portuguese influence can also be seen in the food here – a must have, along with that a wide variety of sea food is available here – must try prawn curry & prawn biryani. Also, Diu is not a dry state unlike it’s neighbour Gujarat; hence, you can enjoy a few drinks along with your meal. Due to it’s close proximity to Gujarat, Gujarati cuisine is also be available at many places.
Beaches to calm your senses!
There are a few beaches here to choose from, Ghoghla beach being one of the best – a magnificent golden sand beach, with very few people – it’s a safe & fun place to relax & have some great time with friends & family and of the best beaches that you will absolutely love!
There are other beaches as well like Jallandhar beach, Chakratirth beach & Nagoa Beach. Nagao beach being the most crowded one & a little rocky as well. You can soak in great view with the road running parallel to it.
Several Unique tourist attractions in Diu
One of the places you must visit in Diu is the Gangeshwar temple – the sight of five shiv lings situated under a rock, ocean waves rushing over it & devotees praying, is absolutely unique & incredible.
Another unique & mysterious place to see is the Naida Caves, do not miss these! A few other places you must visit are the INS Khukri Memorial, Sea Shell Museum & the Sunset point at Jalandhar beach during the evening.
The beauty of the beaches, the simple people, old enticing architecture, amazing roads & the calmness of this place immersed in cultural & natural beauty are totally worth a visit!