Daman and Diu are two districts that form one of the Union Territories of India. These two districts are 792 kilometers apart.
Close to Mumbai, but still far away from the crazy crowds, ‘Daman‘ is a Portuguese enclave. A picturesque port town and a popular getaway for the inhabitants of Mumbai. Located on the west coast, Daman has been the home away from home for the Portuguese until it was liberated in 1961 and became a part of the Indian Union.
Also a Portuguese colony, like Goa. Diu is an island on the western coast, off the Gulf of Cambay. It is a beautiful and secluded island about 786 km from Daman. The island has a coastal length of 21 km and is about 11 km long and 3 km wide. It is connected to the mainland by two bridges. One is near Tad village and the other near Ghoghla village in Gujarat.
Getting There (Daman) :
- By Air: Mumbai airport.
- By Rail: Most of the Express and Passenger trains from Mumbai
Central and Bandra Terminus to Surat, Baroda, Ahmedabad, and Delhi stop at Vapi,
where the traveler to Daman must get off.
- By Road: Buses from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and Saurashtra pass
Getting There (Diu) :
- By Air: Gujarat Airways is operating a daily flight between Mumbai
- By Rail: Nearest rail station is Veraval. From Diu train service
is available from Veraval to Rajkot and Ahmedabad.
- By Road: Regular buses are operating from Diu, Ghoghla and Una to
various cities in Gujarat.
Fast Facts :
- Area: 1000 Sq. Km
- Capital: Daman
- Languages: Gujarati and Marathi
- Religion: Christianity (major), Hinduism and Islam
- Literacy rate: 88.49 %
- Best Time To Visit: September to May
Tourist Attractions :
Diu Town is protected by the fort in the east and a wall in the west. Fishermen make daily trips from the north coast by wooden boats. A few churches built by the former European inhabitants are still in use, although the Christian population is decreasing. The Church of St. Thomas is now a museum which lies to the north of St. Pauls.