DIU ISLAND :
Diu lies at the eastern end of Diu Island, often called as fishing town in Diu district in union territory of Daman and Diu in India. Tourists come here to visit Fortress and Old Portuguese Cathedral.
The Isle of Calm, Diu has endowed with sun kissed sands with limitless tranquility. It is easily accessible from the places like Gir, Somnath and Ahmadabad by road. Diu is 67 kms from Gir, 90 kms from Somnath, a quick flight away from Mumbai. By visiting Diu, you will find an influence of Portuguese history through this serene island. There are ways to get this place.
BY TRAIN : The nearest railway junction is Veraval located at a distance of 90 km from Diu. It is directly connected with major cities like Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Pune, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Dwarka and Thiruvananthapuram. Moreover a meter gauge at Delwada is just 8 km from Diu. Daily, two trains connect Junagadh & Veraval to Delwada Railway Station.
BY FLIGHT : Nearest airport is Rajkot that serves flights to major cities in India. Although Diu has also an airport at Nagoa connected by daily flight of Jet Airport from Mumbai.
BY CAR : Easily gettable from all the major cities of Gujarat & Maharashtra through major Indian highway. It is 67 Kms from Gir, 90 Kms from Somnath, 219 kms from Rajkot, 450 Kms from Ahmadabad.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF DIU
Diu fort is one of the most visited sites of Diu which is an imposing sentinel situated on the coast of the island. It was built between 1535 and 1541 AD and used to be a strategic vantage point against enemy attacks. It has an overlooking view of the Arabian Sea.
Main attractions of the Fort are magnificent array of cannons, engraved tombstone fragments, rampart with having five huge windows showcasing a bygone era of gallant soldiers where time stands still. The fort looks stunning when it lit up with illuminating lights. Other attractions within the Fort are Lighthouse, Diu Jail making this place even more attractive for tourists.
Fortress of Panikota
An imposing seafort also known as Fortim do Mar built at the front of the watercourse. Visitors have to take either paddled boat or motor boat to get to the Fortess. There is a church in side the Fortress dedicated to our Lady of the Sea. and a lighthouse. It resides the lighthouse also.
According to the legends, the Pandavas said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here during their exile. Five Shivlingas enshrined amidst the rocks get washed constantly by the sea waves is the main attraction of the temple. Only tip of the lingam is visible while high waves hit them.
St. Paul’s Church
Awe-inspiring Church built in 1650 dedicated to our lady of Immaculate Conception with its white spires promulgates peace and divinity in the quite, little enclave of Diu. Its baroque style of architecture and curiously treated volutes make it the most elaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India.
Church of St. Thomas- Diu Museum
An abandoned church of St. Thomas, constructed in 1598. It was abandoned in 1998 and converted in to a museum. It is regarded as one of the major churches of Portuguese India illustrating Gothic style of architecture.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
One of the oldest Churches on the Island built in 1593. This old church overlooks the spellbinding view of the Arabian Sea.
At first look, Naida caves don’t seem to look like Caves technically. They are more likely a network of hewn hollows and there are natural spaces carved deep in the stone base. According to the legends, the formations of these caves are the result of that Portuguese hacked off building materials during their reign.
It is very quiet place where one can fine passages in between huge rocks. These caves offer amazing photography to the places where sunlight drops in through holes to break the relative darkness.
Shell museum is very unique attraction located in the sea side town of Diu. It houses 2500–3000 different varieties of sea shells, illustrated under magnifying glasses. It is Asia’s largest museum of sea shells. It is a good place to watch out for near Nagoa beach.
Nagoa beach is the best beaches of Diu. It is a crescent shaped beach and water sports are available here for tourists. Tourist can enjoy here renting a bike, camel or pony ride, boat ride, paragliding etc.
It is the largest beach on the island of Diu. A paradise for water sports seekers where opportunities are plenty such as parasailing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming alongside there are many food stalls and resorts outlined on the beach. Occasional sightings of dolphins talked or written over the last couple of years.
Gomtimata Beach is located to the west of Diu. It is another mesmerizing beach on island of Diu. The beach offers the rolling waves on white sands with swaying palm trees and cool sea breeze making it unique.
INS Khukri Memorial
INS Khukri was the only warship lost in combat in the history of Indian Navy during India-Pakistan War of 1971. The memorial pays homage to the heroic act of Captain Mulla and his crew including 18 officers and 176 sailors who lost in the sinking. INS Khukri was sunk off the coast of Diu by the Pakistan Navy Submarine Hangor on 9 December 1971.
Diu Cycling track
The Diu cycling track is a part of a green initiative by the Government. A 4.2 km cycling track is designed to help tourists enjoy the serenity of Diu in its most natural way.
This is a scenic beach located near Diu town. A nice place to be especially to experience the sunrise and sunset. Pleasant place to spend some quality time. Chakratirth beach is centrally located.