Visit These Stunning Places In Diu For A Fabulous Vacation

Diu Fort

There are few places in India which are as lovely and calming as Diu. One of the most stunning beaches of India is situated in Diu which happens to be a union territory on the Western coast of India. Once a Portuguese Colony for many centuries, there are also a number of landmarks and relics from those bygone times that make this region so special. However, the thing that draws the tourists in huge numbers, are the stunning locations and beaches. Those who love Portuguese culture, will find many places of interest in this city. You will be in for quite an unforgettable experience if you plan your vacation in Diu and here some of the Diu tourist places which you must visit:

Top 15 Places to Visit in Diu:

  1. Ghoghla Beach
  2. Nagoa Beach
  3. Jalandhar Beach
  4. Gomtimata Beach
  5. Saint Paul’s Church
  6. Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple
  7. Diu Fort
  8. Panikota Fort
  9. Naida Caves
  10. Sunset Point
  11. Zampa Gateway
  12. INS Khukri Memorial
  13. Shell Museum
  14. Diu Museum
  15. Hoka Trees

1. Ghoghla Beach

This beach is renowned for being one of the cleanest beaches in Diu. The beaches here are pristine and you will enjoy most calming and relaxing ambience here. The beach is just 20 minutes away from the main city. For those who want some privacy and would like to spend some time away from the din of tourists, will find this to be an ideal location. Not many people know about this beach, which is why it is relatively calm. It is also a very safe beach and because of this many college students come here as well. If you want to enjoy some water sports and activities then you can have the time of your life with parasailing, surfing, and banana boating. You can also enjoy a swim here. A large number of tourists come during the summers.

Distance from Diu city centre: 3 kilometres

2. Nagoa Beach

Nagoa Beach

This beach is located on the Diu Islands and is also a very pristine beach. You will love the Palm trees lining the beach and the lovely shade they create. If you want to lie down in the sun and just watch the waves crashing, then this is the place for you. The accommodation facilities of this beach are also wonderful because there are a number of resorts nearby. This is an ideal location to spend a vacation if you do not want to spend a lot of money. It is known for its clean, white sands, and the aesthetic beauty only adds to it. Apart from the various kinds of water sports that you can enjoy here, you must not miss the horse riding and the camel riding, something which the children especially love.

Distance from Diu city centre: 5 kilometres

3. Jalandhar Beach

Jalandhar beach is not only beautiful, but also has a very interesting backstory. It is said that this beach is named after the demon King Jalandhar, who had killed most of his enemies on this very beach. There is also a carving of the Demon’s head on the mountains nearby, and it is said that it was set up by the locals to appease the demon king and keep him from harming them. There are quite a few eateries along this beac,h so you can enjoy some great seafood while you are here. This beach is also wonderful if you want to take long walks in the moonlight. Since this is located very near to the main Diu City Centre, you can just walk here

Distance from Diu city centre: 1 kilometres

4. Gomtimata Beach

It happens to be located in the western part of the town of Diu and is supposed to be the best beach of the city. The beach has a very clear coastline and because of this the beach also has a white hue to it. General public do not come here most often and so the tourist have a relatively peaceful time here. One of the main attractions of the beach is a temple nearby. The beach is a little way of the city centre and so you should come here with a transport to take you back as well.

Distancefrom Diu city centre: 13 kilometres

5. Saint Paul’s Church

Diu St Pauls church

One of the most important landmarks in the entire region, this Church has a great importance with the locals and the tourists also come to visit this notable landmark. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. It is said that it took about 10 years for the construction of the church to be completed and the Gothic architectural style is stunning. Once inside, the interiors will not fail to impress you with its wood panelling and it is considered to be the best among all the churches of Diu. The paintings that are to be seen in the inside of the church are clearly heavily inspired from the Portuguese style of painting. It is one of the best places in this city to come and have some quiet time to oneself.

Distance from Diu city centre: 450 metres

6. Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple

This Temple happens to be a very popular spot for the worshippers of Lord Shiva. The temple is located outside the main city of Diu in the tranquil village of Fudam. It is about a 20 minutes drive and you will love the scenery that falls in the way. It is said that the Shiva Linga inside the temple was established by the Pandavas and this makes it a very secret and mythologically enriched ground. What is most striking about this place is that the shiva lingas are placed in the middle of the sea. It is quite a sight to see the waves crashing against them.

Distance from Diu city centre: 4 kilometres

7. Diu Fort

The Diu Fort is one of the eminence of the Portuguese era, and the Fort also has a very distinctive Portuguese style to it. It also doubles up as a castle and was once used by the Portuguese as a strategic military point. A Lighthouse is also situated in its compound and if you go atop it, you can catch an amazing view of the landscape around. The cannons on the Fort walls are the most striking. When India was still under the Colonial rule, this fort was considered to be one of the wonders of the world. However, once the Portuguese had to leave, it was converted into another tourist spot. Exploring the Fort is one of the best things that you can do in Diu and it will leave you in of the rich Portuguese culture and heritage that this region had.

Distance from Diu city centre: 1 kilometres

8. Panikota Fort

This Fort is known as the Fortim- Do- Mar by the locals, and happens to be one of the most famous Islands located near Diu. The Fort itself is located on a Small Island in the Bay Of Simbor, which is about 46 kilometres from the main coast of Diu. Once this region was freed from the Portuguese, this fort was used as a prison. This was ideal in one way because as the Fort is situated in the middle of the sea, there was no way for the prisoners to escape. As of now, this fort is not occupied and only houses at Chapel.

Distance from Diu city centre: 26 kilometres

9. Naida Caves

These caves are also located quite close to the Diu Fort. You will be in when you see these caves because they are the works of nature. Why this seem like regular caves on the surface, deep down they form interconnected tunnels which go on for miles under the ground. Exploring these caves is a lot of fun but you must take a local guide down there with you or you may get lost. It was also said that once the thieves use this caves as a means of eluding the authorities. The cave can be easily accessed with the steps that lead into it. Once inside you will be able to feel the true power of nature to have carved out such Caves by itself.

Distance from Diu city centre: 1 kilometre

10. Sunset Point

As the name suggests this is one of the best places to view the sunset from the beach. The point is located on a small hill in the Chakratirth beach in Diu. The hillock has now been converted into an enclosure, so that people can sit here safely and not be bothered by the waves hitting them. The pedestrian walk by the hill is also wonderfully lighted up and it is a great way to take in the surroundings while you are scrolling on the promenade. If you are in Diu with your partner, then do not forget to visit this place.

Distance from Diu city centre: 2 kilometres

11. Zampa Gateway

This is one of the most famous attractions in Diu and another major landmark of the city. Staying true to its name, this world Gateway connects the city to its surrounding neighborhoods. This is itself is a work of art because there are carvings of lions, angels birds and a priest on it. There is also an artificial waterfall on the Gateway that further enhances its beauty. When you cross the gate you truly feel like entering the city. It is one of the best Diu tourist spots.

Distance from Diu city centre: 1 kilometres

12. INS Khukri Memorial

This Memorial is the site to pay homage to the fallen soldiers who had lost their lives in the Indo Pakistan conflict of 1971. A Pakistani submarine had sunk the INS Khukri ship of the coast of due and the sacrifice of the soldiers has not been forgotten. The soldiers were defending the course light of India and 3 torpedoes took their lives. An amphitheater nearby also reenacts the act of bravery by the fallen soldiers.

Distance from Diu city centre: 2 kilometres

13. Shell Museum

When you are in Diu you just cannot miss the Shell Museum which happens to be a house which has a huge collection of shells not to be seen anywhere else in the world. The shells have all been collected by the Merchant Navy captain Devjibhai Veera Fulbaria and he had gathered these shells over 50 years of sailing and collecting. The Museum took over his collection and now many young visitors gain knowledge from them. The tour of the Museum will tell you about the different kind of shells, which ones are the poisonous and how they are formed. It will happen to be a very educational, interesting as well as fun experience for the visitors. You are sure to develop an interest in shells after a visit to the museum.

Distance from Diu city centre: 2 kilometres

14. Diu Museum

Another important landmark in Diu, the building itself was first constructed as a church, which was dedicated to Saint Thomas in 1598 but was later converted into a museum. There are a number of artifacts here and among them are a collection of stone inscription from past rulers of the region. There are multi coloured fountains and wood carvings that are also reminiscent of the rich cultural past of Diu. The church before this had a 400 years old statue of Saint Thomas and Saint Benedict that were carved entirely out of wood and marble and these two statues are also retained.

Distance from Diu city centre: 2 kilometres

15. Hoka Trees

These trees are originally native to places like Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and Diu is the only place in India where these trees are to be seen. It is because of these trees that the coastline of Diu is so unique.  It is said that the seeds of the Hoka trees were originally used in ancient Egypt for their funeral rituals. A preparation called Tadi is made from the seeds of the hawker trees and it is consumed as an alcoholic beverage. . The beauty of the trees lies in the unique shape of their leaves and they form a stunning backdrop on the coastline. The trees are of course and important part of the ecology of this region. Your Diu sightseeing will not be complete without seeing these beautiful trees.

Distance from Diu city centre: 300 metres

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