DIU
 

A Beautiful Tourist Place In India

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About Diu
One of India's undiscovered gems where the sand, sea and sky meet in harmony.
Diu is a major tourist center has many attractions and sightseeing like Bunder Chowk, Fort, Panikota, St. Paul's Church, INS Kukri. Diu is more popular as a tourist place because of the natural beaches available very near to Diu like nagoa beach, Jalandhar beach, ghoghla beach and Diu city area itself located on beach. As Diu is a famous tourist place approximately 5000 tourist visitors visit Diu per month. Tourist and people of Diu celebrating all the festivals with colors and joy. Diu Tourism department arranging Diu Festival every year in December to encourage tourism. Diu city is best known as a place that mixes tradition with modernity. This perfect blend is evident in its architecture, with number of historical monuments and structures. People of Diu are very warm, friendly, and peaceful and show good hospitality. They are fun loving and enjoy all seasons with great zeal. Night life in Diu is quite enjoyable and safe.

A beautiful blend of sea, sand and sun, Diu is a God's gift to those in quest of a blessed land where the weary weight of this unintelligible world can, for a while, be lightened and the waking soul can hear the music of the nature. This tiny island of breeze, beauty and serenity situated off the southern tip of the Saurashtra (Kathiawad) peninsula of Gujarat, lapped by the Arabian Sea, is a picture of calmness with superb beaches and a fascinating history.

The ethnic mosaic comprises Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The colourful culture of this island is a mix of Kathiawadi (Saurashtra) culture blended with Portuguese legacy. Main languages spoken in the district are Gujarati, Hindi, English and Portuguese.


Culture
Diu is a vibrant city where you find people from different castes and religions. Diu is a major tourist center has many attractions and sightseeing like Bunder Chowk, Fort, Panikota, St. Paul's Church, INS Kukri. Diu is more popular as a tourist place because of the natural beaches available very near to Diu like nagoa beach, Jalandhar beach, ghoghla beach and Diu city area itself located on beach. As Diu is a famous tourist place approximately 5000 tourist visitors visit Diu per month. Tourist and people of Diu celebrating all the festivals with colors and joy. Diu Tourism department arranging Diu Festival every year in December to encourage tourism. Diu city is best known as a place that mixes tradition with modernity. This perfect blend is evident in its architecture, with number of historical monuments and structures. People of Diu are very warm, friendly, and peaceful and show good hospitality. They are fun loving and enjoy all seasons with great zeal. Night life in Diu is quite enjoyable and safe.

People
People of Diu are very warm, friendly and show good hospitality. They are fun loving and enjoy all seasons with great zeal. Night life in Diu is quite enjoyable and safe. People of Diu enjoy going for walk, watching cinema, theater or just hanging out with family and friends. Besides enjoying good food people of Diu are fond of sports too, especially cricket. Diu has its own International cricket stadium popularly known as RMC where number of international matches having been played.

Festivals & Color
All the festivals are celebrated with lots of enthusiasm starting with Makarshankranti in January till Christmas and New Year eve celebration in December. Diu is famous for its Diu Festival(Public Fair) which is held every year during in the month of December arranged by tourism department of Diu. Some of the festivals that are celebrated extensively with lots of pomp and zeal are Makarshankranti, Holi (festivals of colors), Janmashtami, Rakshanbandhan, Diwali, Id, Christmas and New Year.

The territories of Daman and Diu were under Portuguese regime before the liberation.

Traditionally they carry on the life pattern of Gujarat and Saurashtra Cultural region. Diu is an extension of Kathiawad Cultural Zone which influences language, dress, patterns, food habits, customs and practice and other culture elements. The ethnic mosaic of Daman and Diu comprises of Hindus, viz. the Kharwa, Koli Patel, Koli, Bhraman, Bania, Vanja, Salat, Sanghadia, Sager, Baria, Kamli, Mitna, Mangela, Bhandari, Macchi, Kumbhar, Mahyavanshi, the tribals, namely the Dhobia, Dubla and Siddi; The Muslim viz. Momin and Khoja descendants of Rajputs which referring to the ATAK (Surname) GOTRA (clan) names. While the Kharwa, Koli, Koli Patel, Vanja, Mangela, Bhandari, Sager and Salat claim to be the original inhabitants of Union Territory, other perceive them as migrants from various places of Gujarat and Saurashtra.
The unique and adventurous atmosphere of the islet lures tourists to engage in a number of Diu Island activities. The beaches at this island are ideal destinations for a host of water sports activities like surfing. Apart from the marine activities in Diu Island, the tourists have the opportunity to engage in multitudinous recreational activities like hiking and gallivanting around the small island.

The beaches in Diu Island offer multiple opportunities to engage in water sports activities. The craggy and sharp edged Nagoa Beach facilitates sports activities. One can engage in Para sailing, sunbathing, surfing and swimming in the Ghoghla Beach of Diu Island. Apart from facilitating sports activities, the beaches of Diu Island are frequented by tourists for their natural and aesthetic beauty. Jallandhar and Chakratirth serve as popular Sunset Points. The fisher folk in the island arrange for sun set and sun rise cruises along the beaches of Diu Island.

Tourism has received an impetus due to the presence of an array of facilities to support sporting activities in Diu. However, the island also maintains strict prohibitory laws that preventsnational and foreign tourists from engaging into unlawful activities. Those interested in shopping may engage in gathering souvenirs from the bazaars and curio shops at the old city.

Diu Today
Diu the first dedicated website about tourism and hotels in Diu, launched by Param Web Solutions. Diu is very popular tourist place of Gujarat. This site contains very useful information about tourist and busines places, accomodation,restaurants, famous temples, travel agents, special events and social life in Diu.

Being one of the popular tourist and business places in Gujarat many national and international travellers visit Diu frequently. Besides people visiting any nearby cities tourist attractions, pilgrimage places prefer to halt in Diu. This site is resourceful for online users to find various accomodation and travel related information. Since, this site is designed in a unique way and has been optimized to rank high in major search engines for Diu related search, The traffic on this site is getting exponential growth.

Clothing & Languages
The tourist season spans September to May. Recommended clothing are cottons in summer, light woolens in winter. The languages spoken in Diu include Gujarati, English, Hindi, and Portuguese. Local transport is available from Una (Gujarat). Tourist destinations include the nearby Nagoa beach. An exciting past time is the boat ride to a light house, in the middle of the sea. There is also a very ancient Lord Shiva's Temple located on the "Gangeswar" coast. Old Diu has some very interesting architecture that can be seen from the island's streets. This includes the old fort, the church, and the museum, which all have a strong Portuguese feel.

Honeymoon in Diu
Diu Island Honeymoon would be a memorable one for the newly wed couple. The secluded island at the southern most end of Gujarat is an ideal destination for the newly weds since it offers the perfect atmosphere for a romantic holiday. The sun soaked beaches, the rolling sea water along with the hospitality provided by the hotels in Diu Island forms a wonderful honeymoon destination. Simply strolling along the beach with one's spouse, hand in hand and sharing those lovely romantic moments would be an experience of lifetime for the couples.

Diu a former Portuguese enclave, and now a Union Territory, is steeped in history. It was a seaport and naval base of considerable strategic importance from the 14th to 16th Centuries. It was also a vital trade link with the rest of India for traders overseas. Diu was under the sway of Chanda and Vaghela dynasties till the 14th Century. The Muslim rulers ruled over the island town till 1380 AD. Then came the mighty wave of invasion of the foreign rule that lasted well nigh upto 450 years.

Some of the major tourist attractions in Diu are
Diu Fort
Gangeshwar Temple
Nagoa Beach
Ghoghla Beach
Panikotha
Hoka Tree
Church of St. Francis of Assisi

History
The history of Diu dates back to many centuries. It has a rich and a variegated past that saw the reign of many emperors. Rulers of different dynasties ruled Diu in different periods of history. It began with the Pauranic period and the last of its rulers were the Portuguese. Even the Parsis stayed in Diu for three years, after they fled from religious persecution in Iran in the 7th century. Diu was under the colonial regime for many years. Along with Daman and Goa, it got liberated on 19th December, 1961. It was taken over by India and is still governed from Delhi as a Union Territory. Goa, Daman and Diu were the Portuguese possessions in India which 19th December, 1961 during Operation Vijay and in the following year i.e. 1962 they were constituted into a separate Union Territory administered by a Lieut. Governor and a popular Ministry. After Goa became a State, a Union Territory was formed on 30th May, 1987 consisting of two separate District of Daman and Diu.

Mythology believes that Diu was ruled by a ‘Daitya' (Demon-king) called Jallandhar, who was beheaded by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan-Chakra. According to the Gazetteer of Goa, Daman and Diu; Diu was known as ‘Jallandhar Ksshetra' during Satyug. In fact, the temple of Jallandhar is still there in Diu and is a famous ancestral relic of the Demon-king. It also forms a major tourist attraction of the place.

Diu was governed by the Mauryans during 322-320 BC and was the major trade center on the Saurashtra Coast. The Kshatrapas ruled the entire state of Saurashtra including Diu from 1st century AD to 415 AD. They were followed by the Guptas who ruled Diu from 415 AD to 467 AD, by the Maitrakas who ruled from 470 AD to 788 AD. From 789 AD to 941 AD, it was under the regime of the Chavda Dynasty. Later the Chalukyas succeeded the Chavda rulers and governed Diu.

Thus, Diu saw a march of various bloody battles among the rulers of various dynasties. It was under the Sultans of Oman during the 14th and 16th centuries, when it emerged as a strong naval base and a successful trade center. Finally the Portuguese established their rule in Diu in 1529, and made use of its strategic location to usher in a new era of colonization and commercialization. Diu remained under colonial subjugation, till it gained independence in 1961 and became a part of the Indian Republic, along with Daman and Goa.

Tourist attraction
 

Nagoa Beach
It is located near the Nagoa hamlet of the village of Bucharwada. The Beach is exceptionally beautiful and quiet. In this horse - shoe shaped beach, various water sports facilities are available. It is completely safe for swimming. Plenty of Hoka trees whisper and sway in the intoxicating sea breeze all day long. The virginity of the beach and serenity of the surroundings give the visitor peace and pleasure beyond expression.

A perfect semi circle beach where the gentle lapping waves beckon you to wade into them for a fun filled time of swimming, gamboling or just lolling around the soft sand shores or to find you napping under the palm trees filled with the soothing breeze.

Ghoghla Beach
The Ghoghla Beach is a sandy beach. A tourist complex nearby provides all basic amenities to tourists. It is the largest and gentlest beach of Diu.

The Golden sand beach undulates into the horizon while the Arabian Sea laps away at the edge as though imploring the sands to let it find its own peach. You can do swimming, sunbathing, parasailing, surfing etc.

Jallandhar Beach
Jallandhar Shrine is located on a hillock close to the beach. This small shrine crowned with a dome houses a stone carved face of Jallandhar a mythological demon who was killed by Lord Krishna. Near by there is also a temple of Goddess Chandrika. The beach is at a distance of 1 km from Diu Town.

Temple

Gangeshwar Temple
This is situated 3 Km away from Diu in Fudam village. Five shivlings, are located in the midst of the rocks on the seashore, washed by the tidal waves of the sea. It is believed that the 5 Pandavas during their exile worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple.

The gentle sea waves offering their obeisance to the "Shiva Lingas" in stone have a mystic aura around them in the cave temple of Gangeshwar where the Lord makes his presence felt.

Churches

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 is perhaps the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches in India. The facade has been illuminated by flood lights.

The church adorned with curiously treated volutes and shell - like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portugese churches in India. St. Paul Church, built in 1691 is consecrated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception. In architectural style it resembles Bom Jesus Church at Goa. The dominant features are, no doubt, Gothic. The wood - panelling of the church is rated one of the best in church craftmanship.

St. Francis of Assisi
It was the friary of the Franciscans. It was built in 1593. The Church is still in use and the cloister has been converted into a hospital.

St. Thomas Church - Museum
The old St. Thomas Church has been converted into a museum which houses antique statues, various stone inscriptions of the earlier rulers, wooden carvings and idols, in evening, multicolored fountains and special lighting of the imposing building fascinate everyone.

A huge edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598. A part of it has been converted into a museum - an archaeological treasure house.

Museum

Sea Shell Museum - Nagoa
First museum in Asia which has maximum sea shells. First museum in World where sea shells are displayed in magnifyng glass of various sizes. The collection of about 2500 to 3000 sea shells in museum.
Place:- Near Nagoa Beach, Near Airport East, Diu.

Excursion nearby
 

INS Khukri Memorial
Indian Naval ship Khukri was a frigate of the Indian Navy. During the India Pakistan War in 1971 she fell prey to three torpedoes fired at her by a Pakistani Submarine She sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Diu taking down with her a crew of l8 Officers and 176 sailors. Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla Mahavir Chakra (Post humous) of the Indian Navy, the then Commanding Officer of the ship, chose to go down with the warship. The heroic act of Captain Mulla and his valiant crew is a shining example of unyielding spirit and indomitable courage glorifying the heist traditions of the Indian Navy. There is an amphitheatre just adjoining the memorial.

It was inaugurated on 15th December, 1999 in memory of the officers and the sailors who chose to go down with the warship INS KHUKRI when it was hit by a salve of three torpedoes fired from PNS Hangor, a Pakistani Submarine on 9/12/1971 during the INDO-PAK war.

Hoka Trees at Nagoa
Diu has plenty Branching Palm tree called "Hokka" (Hyphaene Indica) which are found nowhere else in the country.. Only one Indian species of African genus. Brought by Portuguese. Diu, the only place in India to have luxuriant growth of these trees. Fruit is cute & edible, believed to have medicinal properties.

Fortim-do-Mar (Pani Kotha)
The Fortress of Panikotha is a magnificent stone structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. Approximately one nautical mile from the Diu jetty, it also has a light house and a small chaple dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea. Located in the middle of the sea, the fortress creates a beautiful view whether seen from the jetty, from the Fort, from the Village of Ghoghla or from Diu proper. Special light effects at night give it a mesmerizing beauty. To reach Panikotha, tourists boats are available.

Legend has it that this ship shape structure was one connected with land by an under sea tunnel. You can see this monument in famous bollywood movie "QAYAMAT".

Diu Fort
Among the places of tourist interest, the Fort of Diu occupies a prominent position. It is an expansive and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. The fort commands a magnificent view of sea. It was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD.

The fort is skirted by the Sea on the three sides. On the fort stands a giant Light House. Several canons still stare menacingly from top. The main front wall is having five huge windows with stone galleries. The Fort has been creatively lit, which creates a breath taking views at night.

Rugged yet gentle, fierce yet loving. The majestic structure stands on the coast of DIU as a sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone work which transports you to a bygone era of gallant soldiers where time stands still.

Getting To Diu

By Air
Diu do have one airport at Nagoa which provides Diu-Mumbai daily flights by Jet Airways except saturdays.

By Rail
Nearest railway station is Veraval. Veraval is directly connected to Rajkot, Ahmedabad and other major cities by Train.

By Road
Gujarat & Maharashtra are connected through many road links which connects to major National Highways of the country.

Distance from major cities
Veraval (Somnath) - 90 kms
Junagadh - 185 Kms
Porbandar - 230 Kms
Dwarka - 340 Kms
Palitana - 175 Kms
Rajkot - 295 Kms
Sasangir - 120 Kms
Bhavnagar - 215 Kms
Vadodara - 595 Kms
Daman - 675 Kms
Ahmedabad - 495 Kms
Mumbai - 980 Kms

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