Things to do in Daman and Diu

You will never run out of options for things to do in Daman and Diu. The Union Territory, once part of Portuguese India, is steeped history, culture and natural beauty. Come and experience top tourist attractions leaving behind your worries and noises of your city life.

Jampore Beach, Daman, Daman and Diu.

Jampore Beach
  • Location : Jampore Beach, Daman, Daman and Diu-396220, India.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Mumbai (164.2 km), Closest railway station: Vapi (11.6 km)
  • Timing : Open 24 hours
  • Visit duration : 1 to 2 hours
  • Best time to visit : September-April.
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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The beautiful black sand beach surrounded by palm and casuarinas, Jampore Beach is suitable for a day or a weekend trip. The history of the region is dominated by the Portuguese colonizers who ruled the nearby areas for around 400 years. Jampore Beach is one of the popular tourist spots of Daman and Diu, and is frequented by tourists. The beach is just 3 km away from the Moti Daman Fort, making it suitable for the tourists to come here and relax by sightseeing after a hectic day.

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Taking horse or camel ride on the beach is must and is appreciated by kids. Jampore Beach is safe for swimming and beach sports. One can find tourists indulging in small picnics or simply relaxing on the beach beds. Eating from the small cabins selling fresh sea catches is a must. Sunset on the Jampore beach is very charming and worth a view.

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As the water is free from the undercurrents tourists can go swimming. Also, taking part in the camel and horse rides is a must. From small shacks, tourists can buy locals drinks and snacks made from local produces. Photography can be done here.

Fort Jerome, Daman, Daman and Diu.

Fort Jerome
  • Location : Dhamatne, Daman, Daman and Diu 396210, India.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Mumbai (167 km), Closest railway station: Vapi (12.1 km).
  • Timing : 5:45am-6:00pm.
  • Visit duration : 2 hours
  • Best time to visit : September-April
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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The beautiful Fort Jerome, or the Nani Daman Fort as the locals call, is one of the most popular historical monuments of Daman and Diu region. It is an ancient citadel that provides a glimpse into the history of Daman and Diu. Located in a picturesque point, where Daman Ganga River meets the Arabian Sea, the fort was built to protect the Portuguese against any Mughal invasion. The construction of the fort was started by Dom Jeronimo de Azevedo, the then Viceroy of Portuguese India. Spread in the area of 12,250 sq. meters, this small fort has three bastions and two decorated gates, which are still standing. From the fort, tourists can have a great view of the Arabian Sea as well as the Daman Ganga River.

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Inside the complex, there are beautiful cemetery, church, and ruins built by the Portuguese. A lovely statue of St. Jerome is placed outside the church welcoming the tourists inside. The brilliantly decorated gateways are one of the most stunning features of the church. The Lady of the Sea Church located inside the fort is another magnificent building here.

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Visiting the churches within the fort complex is a must for the tourists. From the several vantage points of the fort, tourists can watch the surrounding areas. Fort Jerome is an attractive place suitable for photography sessions.

Bom Jesus Church, Daman, Daman and Diu.

Bom Jesus Church
  • Location : Manguerial Rd, Fort Area, Moti Daman, Daman, Daman and Diu-396220, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Mumbai (165.4 km); Closest railway station: Vapi (13.8 km)
  • Timing : 9:00am/10:30am-6:00pm (Rest of the week/Sunday)
  • Visit duration : 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Best time to visit : October-April
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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The beautiful cathedral, Bom Jesus Church, designed according to 16th-century architecture is a popular destination in the area. Built-in Moti Daman region of the union territory, the construction of the place started during the mid 16th century and ended in the early 17th century. During the Portuguese rule, this place was used as a parish church dedicated to infant Jesus. The beautiful structure of the building, with craved interiors, is quite eye-catching. The intricately carved interiors, coupled with the wooden gateways have still not lost their beauty. Inside the church, there are 6 statues of Catholic saints add another dimension to the appeal of the church.

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Initially, Portuguese used Bom Jesus Church as a parish church. This church is visited by both devotees and tourists, who want to pay their respect to the Bom Jesus (the infant Jesus).

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During important days like Christmas and Easter, regular services are organized within the church premises. In Christmas, the historic church is decorated in fairy lights and other Christmas decorations making it look more elegant. On Christmas Eve, a special mass is organized which is attended by devotes.

Gangeshwar Temple, Diu, Daman and Diu.

Gangeshwar Temple
  • Location : Fudam Village, Diu, Daman and Diu-362520, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Diu (7.5 km); Closest railway station: Delvada (12.8 km)
  • Timing : 06:00am-08:00pm
  • Visit duration : 1 hour
  • Best time to visit : October-March
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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The Gangeshwar Shiva Temple is a small monument, clouded is stories and legends, located on the shore of the Arabian Sea in the Fudam Village. Just 3 km from Diu, this place is suitable for a quick visit on the way to the Nagoa Beach and Jalandhar Beach. On the way towards the temple, tourists can soak in the stunning beauty of nature.The Gangeshwar Temple is a small complex, with five Shiva Lingams which are constantly brushed by the sea waves. During high tide, the Shiva Lingams are partially submerged under seawater. According to local folklore Pandavas, from the epic Mahabharata, built this temple during their incognito stay in the forest.

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The temple has a special significance on the lives of the locals. The temple is built inside a sea-facing cave where seawater constantly brushes the deity. There are no priests within the temple, something unusual for a Hindu religious center, and whatever is offered to the god is washed away by the sea.

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During the end of monsoon, the local fishermen communities celebrate Nariyal Poornima all over the region. In this festival, they offer coconut and other items to the sea and wind gods praying for a good fishing season. After the offerings to the gods are made, the fishermen indulge in a hearty feast and merrymaking. Also, Shiva Ratri is an important festival celebrated in the temple.

Naida Caves, Diu, Daman and Diu.

Naida Caves
  • Location : Diu, Daman and Diu-362520, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closet airport: Diu (9 km); Closest railway station: Delvada (10.7 km)
  • Timing : 24 hours
  • Visit duration : 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Best time to visit : October-March
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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The Naida Caves are an interesting venue in Diu but are sadly less explored. These caves are very close to Diu and can be reached by auto rickshaw, or one can hire a taxi. The Naida Caves are artificial caverns in varying sizes connected through a series of tunnels. In this labyrinth of orange colored caves, several rock staircases lead to nowhere that gives the entire structure an eerie feeling. According to local belief, the Portuguese excavated the nearby region for raw materials required for building Diu Fort. But, studies have shown that geological irregularities over a long period have to lead to the creation of this structure. Historically, these caves were used as a stationing point for soldiers during the Operation Vijay (1961) when India ran a military operation for the ‘Liberation of Goa’.

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Adventurous tourists can explore the caves to find something interesting. According to experts, noon is the ideal time to investigate the caves as the maximum amount of light enters the region during that time frame.

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Exploring the caves is a must for every tourist. Hiking around the region can also be done. The natural opening of the caves makes way for the sunlight creating an interesting view. Photography enthusiasts can capture the caves and the stunning lighting that happens throughout the day.

Nagoa Beach, Diu, Daman and Diu.

Nagoa Beach
  • Location : Nagoa Beach, Diu-362520, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Diu (3.8 km); closest railway station: Una (16.3 km)
  • Timing : 24 hours
  • Visit duration : 2 hours
  • Best time to visit : October-April
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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Located near the edge of the Junagarh District, with a coastline of 21 km, the Nagao Beach has surpassed Goa as a favorite party destination of the region. The beach is surrounded by cypress groves making it a popular weekend destination for the locals. During the day, tourists might experience some amount of humidity, but after the sunset, the weather takes a pleasant turn. On their visit to Nagoa Beach, visitors can indulge in different beach activities or relax and enjoy the view of the region. During sunset, the beach looks extremely surreal. One can hire a motorcycle or scooters to tour the region at a very nominal rate.

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Nagoa Beach is filled with beach activities. Tourists can take part in different water sports like boat parasailing, banana boat ride and speed boat ride. Also, partying on the beach after watching the sunset can also be done here.

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Participating in several beach activities is a must. The water of Nagoa Beach is free from undercurrents making it safer for swimming. The sunset is very beautiful and photogenic, making it an ideal place for photography enthusiasts.

Dominican Monastery, Moti Daman, Daman and Diu.

Dominican Monastery
  • Location : Rua Martim Afonso, Fort Area, Moti Daman, Daman, Daman and Diu-396220, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Mumbai (165.5 km); Closest railway station: Vapi (12.5 km)
  • Timing : 24 hours (Closed on Sunday)
  • Visit duration : 1.5 hours
  • Best time to visit : October-April
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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The Dominican Monastery was once an important theological center but currently it is in ruins. No one knows how this important place once visited by renowned scholars came to this condition. Located inside the Daman Fort, this place is currently maintained by the ASI. Finding the location of the monastery could be a little tricky. For tourist’s assistance, a map has been installed in the front of the Daman Fort gate marking the important historical places inside the premises. The installed map can help locate the monastery as well as the other venues within the vicinity of the fort. The decorated alter with craved floral motifs is the only thing left of this glorious and beautiful monastery. Interestingly, it still attracts Catholic devotees and tourists alike, who come here to experience the peace and serenity of the location.

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Visit the beautiful ruins is a must for every tourist in Daman. The well-manicured gardens and lawns provide an interesting contrast to the ruins making the area look more charming. On the way to Dominican Monastery, tourists will come across the beautiful statue of the Our Lady of Purification on the landside gate of the fort. On the 3rd December of each year, a public mass is held in the honor of St. Dominic. The mass is attended by the Catholic devotees and tourists alike. Also, on 2nd February each year, Catholics come here to sing litany and praise the lord.

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The old ruins can be a stunning subject of photography. The eye-catching ruins are a suitable destination for sightseeing. This place is ideal for history buffs as well as devoted Catholics who want to experience some spiritual enlightenment.

Moti Daman Fort, Moti Daman, Daman and Diu.

Moti Daman Fort
  • Location : Moti Daman, Daman, Daman and Diu-396220, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Mumbai (167.5 km); Closest railway station: Vapi (13 km)
  • Timing : Open 24 hours
  • Visit duration : 2 to 2.5 hours
  • Best time to visit : October-April
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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In the backyard of the Moti Daman region, Portuguese built this fort in the year 1559. Spread in the area of 30,000 sq feet, this place was used as a base for the Portuguese colonizers. Initially, this place was controlled by an Abyssinian Chief, who had set up a Muslim bastion here. The Portuguese won over the area for constructing the fort for their settlement. The Portuguese were keen on protecting the site from invasion, and it can be seen from the architecture of the monument. The deep trenches, bastions, and gateways made it secured from outside invasion. The flights of stairs that connect the terrace to the inner grounds were added as another security feature. These measures made this fort almost impregnable and safer for the settlement. The fort now is being used as a secretariat and other official buildings.

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The marvelous architecture of the Portuguese can be seen in the venue. The polygonal structure of the fort, as well as different security features used, make this place an architectural marvel. Visitors can visit Convent of the Dominicans, and The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary which is home to several tombstones of the Portuguese who died here during the days of the colonization. The altar of the church is done with intricately carved wooden panels, making them stunning.

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Exploring the different parts of the fort is a must for adventurous tourists. The panoramic view from the terrace of the fort is worth a watch. Good place for photography lovers.

Devka beach, Marawad, Daman and Diu.

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  • Location : Devka Beach Road, Marawad, Daman-396210, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Mumbai (167 km); Closest railway station: Vapi (12 km)
  • Timing : 24 hours
  • Visit duration : 2 to 3 hours
  • Best time to visit : October-April.
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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Daman is a beautiful town, rich in history and culture. Portuguese colonized the region, causing a heavy influence on the overall lifestyle, language, and food. Daman is divided into two sections: Moti Daman and Nani Daman. Just 3 km north of Nani Daman, Devika Beach is a well-known tourist spot. The black rocks and serene surrounding of the region are a very charming and ideal spot to relax after a long day touring the region. Visitors can hire a metered or unmetered taxi to reach the venue, but one of the best ways to explore the region is on foot. The long shoreline of the Devka Beach is ideal for enjoying the breezy cool air. Due to its rocky beaches, swimming is not allowed.

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The sunset from Devika Beach is definitely worth a watch. There are a well-maintained amusement park and musical fountain that enhance the beauty of the beach. The amusement park is well maintained and kids friendly, making it a bonus for tourists with kids. Camel rides and horse rides are available for interested tourists as well. The garden area is ideal for relaxing after a hectic day.

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Watching the sunset from the beach is a must. Tourists vacationing with kids can visit the amusement park that offers different rides for kids. Also, camel and horse rides can be tried.

Somnath Mahadev Temple, Somanth, Daman and Diu.

Somnath Mahadev Temple
  • Location : Somnath - Kachhigam Rd, Somanth, Daman and Diu-396210, INDIA.
  • How to reach : Closest airport: Mumbai (169 km); Closest railway station: Vapi (6.1 km)
  • Timing : 6:00am-10:00pm
  • Visit duration : 2 hours
  • Best time to visit : October-April.
  • Accomodations : Standard and luxury hotels and resorts are available.
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The Somnath Mahadev Temple is located in the Dabhel village, is just 4 km away from Daman City. The temple was built in 1972-73, as a replica of the original Somnath Temple located in Gujarat. The temple is very important to the locals and is home to several legends and myths. According to one popular story, the Shiva Lingam miraculously appeared in the site on the request of a monk. The calm and quiet surrounding of the temple coupled with glass interiors fills the temple with divine tranquility.

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The temple has an important place in the lives of the locals. Due to its association with several stories and myths, people have a deep-rooted faith in Lord Shiva and the Shiva Lingam.

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During March, the ‘Gangaji Fair’ is celebrated with great enthusiasm. During the fair, devotees take a holy bath and perform puja (religious ceremonies) to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva.

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