12 Places That Are Must-visits In Daman
Daman and Diu, comprising of two separate regions, form a single Union Territory of India and it happens to be one of the most tranquil beaches in the country. While most tourists prefer to go to Goa or other beach destinations of South India, those who truly want tranquility and peace during the vacation, head for Daman. The region boasts of stunning architecture, most of them Portuguese inspired and it a pleasure to explore this lovely beach island. Here are some tourist places in Daman that you must visit.
Top 12 Places to visit Daman
- Diu Fort
- Gomtimata Beach
- St. Paul’s Church
- Naida Caves
- Seashell Museum
- Kadaiya Lake
- Devka Beach
- Moti Daman Fort
- Jampore Beach
- Nagoa Beach
- Ghoghla Beach
- Sao Jeronimo Fort
1. Diu Fort
Constructed in around 1535, the Diu Fort was built by the Portuguese as a line of defense and the solid architecture still stands today, regaling the visitors. The fort stands by the Arabian Sea in all its glory and the sunrise and sunset are seen from the fort is heavenly, to say the least. There is a huge lighthouse right by the fort which was constructed later but gives a stunning view of the surrounding panorama. The design and architecture of the fort leave no doubt that the engineers from Portugal had given a lot of thought to the construction of the fort. Water was used for strengthening the base of the fort and one simply has to visit the fort for its historical significance and stunning scenery around it.
2. Gomtimata Beach
If it is peace and solace you are looking for, then you have to visit the Gomtimata Beach. It is the perfect place to gather one’s thought and retrospect. The beach is the perfect getaway from the chaos of the city and one can witness the beauty of the sea in full glory. The beach is pristine and strewn with colorful shells of all kinds. There are crabs, some quite rare, to be spotted and one can also see some of the flora and fauna at specific places in the sea bed because of the clear water. The sunset is one of the most beautiful in the beach.
3. St. Paul’s Church
The trip to Daman and Diu cannot be complete without visiting this wonderful church which is a stunning example of Baroque architecture. It is named after St. Paul’s, the apostle of Jesus and right since its inception in 1601 AD, the church has been continuously functioning and is an important site of pilgrimage for the Christians as well. It is dedicated to the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the overall structure is very similar to the Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa.
4. Naida Caves
Although mad made, these caves and rocks are a predominant tourist attraction in the region. It is said that when the Portuguese wanted huge chunks of rocks to build the Diu fort, they left this gaping caverns behind. The caves look broken down but are quite the spot if anyone wants to go for an adventure. One of the best things is how the first rays of the sun enter the caves and it creates surreal surroundings. Photographers love to capture the play of lights on the walls of the caves and even walking around the region is sure to be a very thrilling experience.
5. Seashell Museum
Established by Merchant Navy Captain Devjibhai Vira Fulbaria, this museum has an astounding collection of a large number of seashells. It is located in the Nagao Road in Diu. The museum gives a magnifying glass of different focal lengths to the visitors so that they can see the intricacies of the shells. Most of the shells have come from the captain’s own collection. There are also documents and books on a number of shells and their origins and formation.
6. Kadaiya Lake
A very famous picnic spot in Daman, the Kadaiya Lake Garden or the Mirasol garden, as it is locally known is a very popular place of get together. The main thing to see here is the beautiful bridge that connects two islands and also the bridge is artificial, the entire surrounding is indeed very calm and quiet. Moreover, the place is very economical, and so no matter what your budget is, you are sure to spend some quality time here with your family.
7. Devka Beach
This is clearly the top most beach and the most popular spot for sightseeing in Daman. Even those who do not consider themselves sea lovers are sure to fall in love with the sea here because of the lovely blue- green waters that stretch for miles. The beach has a number of shacks that sell mouthwatering sea food and other delicacies. Sit on the beach after a relaxing swim, sun bathe all you want while drinking coconut water and you will not want to leave the beach.
8. Moti Daman Fort
The Moti Daman Fort was built during 1559 AD and boasts of 10 huge bastions which are considered awe- inspiring till date. There are two gateways to the fort and an Iberian church is also located close by. It is a great location for exploration and well as for gathering knowledge about the history of the region. One will acquire a clear understanding of the entrenchment of the Portuguese at the shore. It is definitely a spot in Daman you cannot miss.
9. Jampore Beach
The Jampore Beach is quite easy to reach because it is located next to the Nani Daman taxi stand and this beach is quite unique because the color of the beach is kind of a mud black. It is one of the best places to laze around and liquor is also available here quite easily. There are also plenty of opportunities to indulge in street food and you can relax on the beach all day without any worries, for as long as you want.
10. Nagoa Beach
This beach, although small, is one of the more popular haunts and tourists have been coming here for a long time now. The beach is shaped like a horse shoe and it is surrounded by the pleasant shades of palm trees on all sides. The beach is one of the most relaxing and you are sure to have a good time here.
11. Ghoghla Beach
This beach is known for its safe waters, which is why it is used very frequently for swimming. There are also a number of adventure water sports to be enjoyed here like parasailing on the waters and on the beach, water skiing, snorkeling and the like. The beach is not only beautiful but also happens to be very clean. And, during times of the years, dolphins can also be seen in the waters here. The beach has warm, golden sand and the restaurants by the beach serve all kinds of delicacies and beverages.
12. Sao Jeronimo Fort
This fort is located in Nani Daman, on the banks of the Daman Ganga and was named after Sao Jeronimo. The fort had been constructed in 1627 and tourists mostly come here to admire the architecture of the fort. There is a church named the Lady of the Sea, there is also a chapel nearby and there is a cemetery as well. Bribing was condemned during the time the fort was constructed and a message to that effect can be seen on the gates. There are hornworks in the bastions of the fort so that even in the event that it was captured, the enemies would not be able to use the walls where the flanks were weak to capture the city.
Where to Stay
There are a number of places to stay in Daman now considering that the number of tourists here is increasing with every year. The hotels with sea facing views are of course the most in demand. The hotels can be booked easily through the Oyo app, based on one’s budget and preferences. One can also arrange for transportation from the port or from the airport and the hotel arranges for them very easily.
What to Eat
Since Daman and Diu is located off the shores of Gujarat, a lot of Gujrati fare can be got here. However, the most popular eatables here are of course the fresh sea food, prepared from the fresh catch of the sea. There are also delicacies made from coconuts and a number of exotic drinks are available here which are made from various seasonal fruits. There are both vegetarian and non- vegetarian food items that are available here.
What to Shop
Daman and Diu have quite a few local bazaars and shacks that sell handmade goods made from choir, bamboo and most importantly sea shells. You can pick up colorful rugs and carpets, wall hangings and knickknacks from the kitchens from here. Most of the items available here are sustainable and they are made from scratch from hand. The items are not very expensive but you might have to put your bargaining skills to use because the prices are up during peak seasons. Do not fail to try out the bags, shoes, stoles and junk jewelry made from sea shells which will help you create a very relaxed and boho- chic look.
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