Perched off the Saurashtra coast of the Gujarat state of India, Diu is a charming island holiday destination for travelers. Similar to Daman and Goa, Diu also was a Portuguese colony until it was won over by India in the year 1961. A minute stretch of this peaceful island is bounded by pellucid blue waters on all sides is an ideal holiday spot for locals. In fact, each and every sight of this small island is truly a treat for the senses of its visitors. After coming here, you can swim or take a dip in the waters, chill on berths under the shade of the tall palm trees, savor on tangy coconut juice or just take a stroll around the island to explore its famous tourist spots. Fishing, tourism, booze and salt manufacturing are main industries of Diu Island. Being an island, it can be visited by all around the year but the best time to enjoy the glory of Diu is from October tom May. So, plan your visit during this time and visit the below mentioned tourist destinations.
Famous Tourist Attractions of Diu:
The most popular and fun destination of Diu is the Nagoa Beach. It is shaped in the form of a perfect semi-circle and is located in the Bucharwada region. The serene waves striking the shores of the beach will attract you to take a dip, indulge in beach sports activities or just play around on the edges. The Gomptimata, Chakratirth and the beautiful Sunset Point are some of the other famous beaches, which are situated nearby.
Dedicated to the Indian god, Lord Shiva, Gangeshwar Temple is located about 3 KM away from Diu town (in the Fudam village). The major feature of this temple is the “five Lingas in the middle of mid-sized boulders along the shore”, which constantly washed off by the sea waves every now and then. According to the local legends, it is believed that these Lingas were set up by the popular Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata.
A popular landmark of Diu, Diu fort is a huge and spectacular structure located along the coast side of the island. As per the history, it is believed that this fort was built during 1535 by the Portuguese in their colonial rule over the island. In the main entry gate, there are five large windows with stone galleries on the main front wall. The fort also has several cannons (made out of bronze – well preserved), which can still be seen at the top of the fort. A popular landmark of Portuguese architecture, a large light house is also located at one end of the fort. St. Paul’s Church and St. Thomas Church are also some of the other famous architectures in the fort.
Referred to as the most beautiful beaches of Diu District, Ghoghla Beach is also known for being a major base for various water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, swimming, surfing, sunbathing and individual water activities for the tourists. Apart from that, it is the purity and quietness of Diu beaches that attracts tourists from different around the world for a never ending vacation.
Apart from these, St. Thomas Church cum Museum, Panikotha-Fortim Do Mar Gomtimata Beach and Jallandhar Shrine are some of the other famous tourist attractions of Diu town.