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Daman Travel Guide

Daman: Blending Modernity with Old World Charm

With a multi cultural and multi lingual heritage, the two former Portuguese coastal enclaves of Daman & Diu are a tourist`s paradise. Stunning Beaches, beautiful Portuguese churches, pleasant climates, exotic liquors, palm trees with ornamental branches all lend an unique and surreal appeal to the Union territories of Daman & Diu. 

Daman is just 192 km north of Mumbai yet bereft of any of the (ill) influence of this busy metropolis. It does show a lot of the Mediterranean like charm of Goa but is not crassly commercialized like its brethren with droves of foreigners. You can feel all the old world charm of a colonial India (remember the Portuguese left as late as 1961) here with little disturbance. 

The Portuguese influence on these two places stands imminent with the rich architectural evidence. The rich historic past, pubs, quaint fisherman and their songs create the right ambience for the travelers to take a break and escape the cacophony and humdrum of city life.

Attractions

Daman Attractions & Tourist Places

There are various attractions in Daman which attracts tourists from far and near. Some of these places are listed here. 

Moti Daman Fort

A fort in Daman typically built with a strong influence of Portuguese architecture. Built in 1559 AD at a time of when the Portuguese hold sway the western coast, the carved archways, Portuguese arms, reminds us of those times. 

Cathedral Church of Bom Jesus

Another building with trademark Portuguese style of construction is the Cathedral Church dedicated to Bom Jesus. It is located in the fort area of Moti Daman. The construction of this Church was started in the year 1559 but finally consecrated in 1603 AD. The ornamented carved pieces near the altar tell a lot about the Portuguese craftsmanship of those times. 

Jampore Beach

Located towards south towards the border of Gujarat at Moti Daman, Jampore Beach is a pleasant spot. The beach is suited to swimming as there are no hidden currents here. During low-tide, one can walk a long way into the sea. A picnic under the shades of Casurina plantation on the sea-shore is a miuch favoured activity in the Jampore Beach. 

Nani Daman Fort

This is a comparatively smaller fort located at Nani Daman. Built over an area of 12,250 sq. mts it is enclosed with high stone walls. The fort has three bastions and two gateways. The fort’s main attraction is a giant gateway that faces the river with a large statue of St. Jerome. The imposing church of our Lady of the Sea is also located within the Fort and is the principle building. 

Devka Beach and Devka Garden

The Devka Beach and Devka Garden is situated at Devka Village, Nani Daman. The long shore line is the prime attraction at Devka. An amusement park with musical fountain and a kid`s corner is very popular with the visiting tourist as well as local residents. 

Mirasol Lake Garden

Entry: Rs 10 (adults); Rs 5 (children 3-12)

Sill Photography, Rs. 20; Videography: Rs. 50

The Mirasol lake garden is located near to village Kadaiya in Nani Daman. This artificial lake garden consists of two islands connected with a bridge and also offers boating and dining facilities.

Daman Ganga Tourist Complex, Kanchigam

Entry: Rs 10 (adults); Rs 5 (children 3-12) The Daman Ganga Tourist Complex located in the Kanchigam village of Nani Daman.is an unique lake garden integrated with superb facilities for a wonderful day out. 

Satya Sagar Udyan

Satya Sagar Udyan is located on the Daman-Valsad Road , very close to the Coast Guard Air Station. The Satya Narayan Mandir is also located in close vicinity to this enchanting garden.

Driving Directions

Daman Driving Directions

Daman is a famous tourist place which for many centuries was under the patronage of Portuguese reign. This beach city is also a union territory clubbed between states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Arabian Sea. The forts and palaces of Daman are worth exploring. Daman can be reached by taking a road route, rail route or from the nearest airport. the nearest rail head to Daman is Vapi and the nearest airport is situated in Baroda and Mumbai. The state highway 185 A and the Vapi flyover connects Daman with rest of the cities in India.

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We give here a sample itinerary for Diu and the adjoining places

Day 1: Arrive at Diu

Proceed to Hotel. Rest of the day you can indulge in independent activities.

Day 2: Diu local sightseeing

Go out for a tour of Diu. Attractions include, Diu Fort, Panikotha (Fortin Do Mar, Diu Museum and St Thomas Church, St. Paul’s Church. Beaches of Nagoa Jalandhar, Chakratirth and Ghoghla.

Day 3: Veraval/ Somnath

Proceed for Veraval and Somnath. Veraval is around 87 km away. Visit Bhalkeshwar temple and Bhid Bhanjan Mandir and then reach Somnath 10 km from Veraval for having Darshan of Lord Someshwar prominent among the twelve most sacred Jyotirlingas. Back to Diu.

Day 4: Dwarka/ Porbandar

Set out for Dwarka. On the wayt visit Porbandar, Ganddhiji`s birthplace. Porbandar is around 215 km from Diu. Then proceed to Dwarka, Lord krishna`s kingdom another 100 odd kms from Porbandar. After the Darshan come back to Diu.

Day 5: Proceed for your destination

By road, train or air as per your conveniance.

Ahmedabad-Dwarka-Gir-Diu 7 nights/8 days

Local Holidays

List of Holidays

List of Holidays for 2009 in Daman & Diu
Occasion Date
Muharram 8th January
Republic Day 26th January
Id-E-Milad 10th March
Holi 11th March
Ram Navami (Vaisnava) 3rd April
Mahavir Jayanti 7th April
Good Friday 10th April
Independence Day 15th August
Idul Fitr 21st September
Dussehra (Viajya Dashami) 28th September
Mahatma Gandhi`s Birthday 2nd October
Diwali (Deepavali) 17th October
Guru Nanak`s Birthday 2nd November
Idul-zuha (Bakrid) 28th November
Liberation Day (For Daman & Diu) 19th December
Christmas Day 25th December
Bank ATMs

Daman Bank & ATMs

State Bank of India

Daman

1) Daman Branch Kavi Khabardar Marg
2) Moti Daman Branch

Diu

Bunder Road Pin-362520 

HDFC Bank

1) Ace Shopping Mall, Dilip Nagar
Near Teen Batti

Daman - 396 210

2) Shop No.11, Maharaja Complex
Opp Rose Park, Dilwada, Daman 

ICICI Bank

Shop No1, Center Point,
Somnath Road, GIDC, Daman- 396210 

Axis Bank

1) Maharaja Complex Shop no 3
Maharaja Complex, Opp Rose Park
Dalwada-Bhimpore Road

2) Tin Batti
Sagar, Ground Floor
Tin Batti, Daman 

Bank of Baroda

Shop No. 2, Kalyan Apartment
Ward No. 13, Main Road,
Teen Batti, Nani Daman

Tourist office

Tourist Office Of Daman

Assistant Director of Tourism
Paryatan Bhavan
Nani Daman-396210
Tel: 0260-2255104

Weather

Weather in Daman

The weather in Daman is moderate through out the year. More details about the weather conditions in the region are as follows:

Summers: The summers in the Daman region are quite hot and the temperature in this region ranges from 26 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius. March to May are the three months when the travelers can avoid going to Daman. May is still cooler and humid. Due to the cool breeze effect of the sea, the weather in this region during the month of May remains moderate.

Monsoon: June to September are the four months when Daman receives heavy rainfall. The heavy rainfall occurs due to the high depression that suddenly develops over the sea. The Weather during this time gets hot and humid.

Winters: The winters are cooler and the temperature here ranges from 33 degree Celsius to 17 degree Celsius. November to February are the four months in the season which are certainly the best times to explore the Daman region respectively.

Useful Facts

Useful Facts Daman

 

State:Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Western India

Famous: For beaches

Weather: Summers 21 Celsius to maximum 35 degree Celsius Winters: 12 degree Celsius to 24 degree Celsius

STD Code: 396210

Attractions: Moti Daman, Nani Daman, Moti Daman Fort, Church of our Lady of the remedies, Fort of St Jerome, Church of Our Lady of the Sea, Church of Bom Jesus.

Get Involved: Sanghavi Farms , Inder Sundervan Gate, 5 Km from the Umragam Railway Station, was a rural land transformed into an organic farm.

Holiday Check List

Holiday Check List

The holiday check list that should be considered before going to Daman is as follows:
  • Empty your letter box

  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after

  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it

  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply

  • Clear out the fridge.

  • Switch off the electric appliances

  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area

  • Lock doors and windows

  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons

  • Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards

  • Pay all due bills

  • Turn off gas/water/

  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm

  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice

Packing your luggage
  • Woollen/cotton clothing

  • Extra towels

  • Extra pair of socks

  • Night wears

  • Raincoats

  • Wrappers

  • Bath robes

  • Jumper and track suits

Equipment
  • Battery Charger

  • Camera

  • Mobile

  • Mobile Charger

  • Torch/Emergency Light

  • Headphones


Miscellaneous
  • Brochures or holiday book

  • Sunglasses

  • Sewing kit

  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)

  • Film rolls and digital chargers

  • Ear Plugs

  • Watch

  • Umbrellas

  • Address Book

  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins

  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant

  • Few non perishable eatables

  • Medicines

  • Books / magazines to read

  • Binocular