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After checking in, a 10-min journey from the main town towards the north side takes you to experience the sea breeze on the shore of Devka Beach. It’s always been a favourite amongst the visitors for the beach shacks lined up on its coast and several beach-facing hotels/resorts situated near its coastline.
Enjoy the local seafood for lunch and proceed to the next stop, Nani Daman Jetty, which is roughly 10-12 minutes away from Devka Beach. Autorickshaws and local buses are easily available near the beach. The small garden at Nani Daman Jetty has been renovated using unique architectural style and designs. It is a favourite among children due to the playground in the garden.
While enjoying the view of the Daman Ganga River meeting the Arabian Sea at Nani Daman Jetty, one will come across the majestic Fort of Saint Jerome. When you behold the sight of the fort’s surrounding area from the top of the walls, you can spot Chhapli Sheri Beach located at the north side of the fort and Lighthouse Beach and “Ram Setu” towards the south.
The church is enclosed in the fort of Saint Jerome. It is an extension of an ancient chapel, which was constructed in the year 1627. We suggest you visit any of Daman’s churches before evening as all of them are usually closed around 5:30 pm. There are several popular fast food stalls around the fort where you can stop for a quick bite.
It takes a 10-minute journey from Nani Daman Jetty to reach Moti Daman Fort with the help of local transport via Rajiv Gandhi Setu, or you can take a 15-minute walk via the pedestrian bridge. The construction of the imposing Moti Daman Fort dates back to the 16th century when the territory was a Portuguese enclave. We advise you to take at least a couple of hours to explore and learn about the fort and the places enclosed in it. The fort and a few places located in it will give you a sneak-peek into Daman’s 400-year-old history and its liberation. Most of the fort’s areas are accessible to the general public for visiting.
You can find the Cathedral of Bom Jesus Church while you enter the Moti Daman Fort.
Following a visit to the Bom Jesus Church, tourists can take a 10-min walk towards the west to find the Dominican Monastery, which is situated near the fort’s walls.
The Bocage House is often overlooked by visitors as not much has publicised about this. However, it holds an interesting place in the history associated with the Portuguese colonial era. It is located behind the left side of the Moti Daman Fort’s entrance.
Before concluding the first-day journey, exit the fort from the second entrance and reach the Moti Daman Jetty, where you can relax at the dock and watch the sundown on the estuary where Daman Ganga River meets the Arabian Sea.
Head back to the Moti Daman Jetty the next morning and reach the Lighthouse via the newly constructed beachfront road, “Ram Setu”, which extends from Moti Daman Jetty to Jampore Beach. You will notice people jogging, taking a brisk walk, socialising, conducting photo shoots, etc. In October 2019, water sports activities were inaugurated by Shri Praful Patel, the Hon’ble Administrator of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu at this location.
Take a 15-min walk from the Lighthouse Beach towards the south and turn to the left near the Yogeshwar Temple to reach the Church of Our Lady of Remedios. It was constructed as a chapel in 1607 by Ruy de Mello de Sampayo, Governor and Captain of Daman.
Head back to “Ram Setu” from the Church of Our Lady of Remedios or take local transport to reach Jampore Beach, which is located in the south-west part of Daman. The beach is known for shacks, a small open-air gym, water sports activities, etc. One can’t help but admire its clean golden sand and the casuarina trees spread along its coastline. The shacks offer snacks and food to suit your taste. You can spend an entire afternoon on the beach trying out the various activities at your disposal. Relaxing on the beach while admiring the sunset is the most apt way to end your weekend trip
The Vanganga Lake at Dadra is a pristine spot. You can spend a few hours here to explore the beauty of nature. The garden near the lake became popular after a song from Ajay Devgn’s movie, “Phool aur Kante”, was shot here.
Tribal Culture Museum at Shaheed Chowk is situated at the heart of the town. The museum gives you an insight into the various tribes of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and their lifestyles. It has Warli art paintings on the walls, various artefacts and 3D models on display to showcase the art, culture of the tribes. Nearby is an art gallery that showcases various paintings made in different styles.
Right across the tribal culture museum is the Church of Our Lady of Piety. It is a 100-year-old church where the local Catholics and Christians pray and assemble for the holy mass.
Head towards Nakshatra Garden in Silvassa town after lunch. At the garden, you can find various plants and herbs known for their medicinal properties, which are written on corresponding signage. The garden has been designed according to zodiac signs and stars.
Further on Bhilad road, you will find BAPS Swaminarayan Temple. It is one of the most visited religious places of the territory. The temple is known for its architecture and serene atmosphere. One can also enjoy delicious and hygienic meals in the temple’s canteen at minimal prices.
A short drive from the temple will lead you to Daman Ganga Riverfront. This is where locals and tourist come to spend their leisurely time by the river. Fun activities are held once a week by the tourism department here.
Satmaliya Deer Park houses many species such as sambhar, chital and blackbucks, etc. The machan (watchtower) near the water hole provides an incredible panoramic view of the sanctuary and Madhuban Dam. Government safari bus and jeep are provided at the park for visiting.
Dudhni Lake is around 26 km from the Satmaliya Deer Park. At Dudhni lake, you can enjoy a shikara ride in the lake and water sports at the jetty. The department of tourism has established souvenir shops named as “The Silva Store” for selling of various souvenir products and handicrafts for the visiting tourists to create a recall value, emotional connect and word of mouth publicity. Souvenir products such as key chains, t-shirts, scarves, caps, posters, fridge magnets, flash drives, mugs, etc., are available at the store. After seeing the sunset on the lake, you can check into the accommodations in the cottages nearby the lake for your night stay.
Head to Diu’s most popular church, Saint Paul’s, to witness the ancient Portuguese style architecture. It is located around 3 km away from some of the major hotels of Diu. The ancient museum of Diu is located nearby the church.
Visit the ancient Diu fort after lunch. This was constructed during the Portuguese era like many of the famous archaeological site of Diu. It is located less than a kilometre away from Saint Paul’s Church.
The Jallandhar Beach is located at a walking distance from Naida caves. It is small compared to other major beaches of Diu. If you want to avoid the crowd and want to relax on a beach with shallow waters after a long day of travel, this is the place to go. Pay a visit to the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi located nearby the beach.
Rise early in the morning and head to Ghoghla Beach to enjoy the sunset. Ghoghla is known for being a blue flag beach destination, meaning that it is one of the cleanest beaches and has all the necessary amenities for tourists. Water sports activities can be enjoyed on the beach.
This curved beach has been the most popular destination in Diu for a long time. Water sports can be enjoyed here. There are a few food stalls located at the beach for those who want to indulge in snacks.
The Seashell Museum is located on the Nagoa Beach road. Make sure to reach there by 4:30 pm as it may take around 30 minutes to explore the museum and it closes at 5:00 pm.
The summer house near Firangiwada is a great place to watch the sunset before concluding the day. It is around 7 km away from the Seashell Museum. The coastal route that goes via the Chakratirth Beach is suggested.
It’s a marsh area that attracts around 15 species of birds including comb duck, greater flamingo, grey plover, house crow, Indian cormorant, paddy field pipit, painted stork, purple sunbird, etc. An observatory tower has been built at the sanctuary.
Head towards the Vanakbara Beach, located in the western part of Diu. The port of Vanakbara is known for its fish market. The area has many Hindu temples, including Gomtimata Temple, which is located near the beach.
The options for returning to your base may vary depending on your destination. If you are travelling from Mumbai, it is suggested to take the Pawan Hans Helicopter Service back to Daman, which leaves at around 1:00-2:00 pm every day as it is the fastest mode of transport. Multiple options to travel back to Mumbai are available at Daman such as private cabs, trains from Vapi train station, private buses, etc.
One flight plies from Diu to Mumbai once a day. It departs at 02:45 pm.For returning to Ahmedabad, you may take a direct bus, which may take up to nine hours. The other option is to reach the nearest train station i.e. Veraval, from where you can take a train to almost every major station of Gujarat or other states.