Daman and Diu India
 


Attractions in Diu

Diu Forts
Forte de Mar (Fortress of Panikot) - Built in 1535, the Fortress of Panikot is a magnificent stone structure in the sea, at the mouth of a creek. Approximately one mile from Diu jetty, this fort also has a lighthouse and a small chapel dedicated to Our lady of the sea.

Diu Fort (1535-41) -
Diu Fort, a prominent and imposing monument in Diu, was constructed as the result of a defense alliance between the king of Gujarat and the Portuguese. It is enclosed by the Arabian Sea on three sides. The fort has a huge structure that houses a lighthouse.
A couple of mounds of iron shells from its conflict-ridden past can be seen even today in these premises. Some canons have also survived. The main front wall has five huge windows with stone galleries. The fort, often covered in mist, is a stunning sight. A picturesque view of the sea is possible from here.

Church of Francis of Assisi - The Church of St Francis of Assisi, overlooking the Arabian Sea, has been converted into a hospital.

St. Paul’s Church - St. Paul's Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The construction of the church was started in 1601 and was completed in the year 1610. The main facade of the church, perhaps the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches in India, is adorned with remarkable shell-like motifs. Floodlights adding to the evening city glow illuminate the facade.

Havelis (old mansions) - These are the old mansions of some rich Portuguese and Indian merchants, typically wood carved or rock-studded. The colorful three-storey Nagar Seth Haveli, for example, has porticoes, carved balconies, stone-made lions and intricate arches in European and Indian styles.

Night market - This is a popular place to have a meal or a snack, enjoy a drink and just stroll around.

Events in Diu

Nariyal Purnima - Nariyal Purnima marks the beginning of the fishing season after the monsoon. Excited boat races, and swimming contests usher in the fisherman's bread with traditional pomp. Nariyal (coconuts) are offered to the Wind and Sea Gods in thanksgiving.

Navratri - The festival of Navratri (the nine night festival, devoted to Goddess Durga) is celebrated elaborately in Diu, because of its closeness to Gujarat. Garba, the folk dance of Gujarat takes the centre stage here too.

Getting There & Away to Diu

Flights to Diu
For traveling to Diu by air there is the Diu Airport, situated 6 km west of Diu town. Daily flights of leading airlines connect Diu to Mumbai.
Trains to Diu
The nearest railhead is the Delwada Railway Station, which is 8 km from Diu. It is located between Una and Ghoghla. For better options you can take a train from Veraval 80 km away, which has connections to Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Rajkot.
Car and Bus service to Diu
The excellent road network links Diu to other places in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Una (30 km from Diu) is the better access point. Una is directly linked with Mumbai (930 km), Ahmedabad (495 km), Rajkot (261 km), Keshod (150 km) and Junagarh (182 km).

Getting Around in Diu

For local transport, private buses and auto rickshaws ply within the town.
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