About Diu

Located near the port of Veraval, Diu is a small island which was earlier a Portuguese colony, and is now guarded by beaches all around. Diu takes up most popularity given the ample number of beaches, along with Gujarat's southern coast such as the Nagoa beach, but has a lot more to offer too. Alcohol is legal in Diu. The Diu Fort, a primary imprint of the Portuguese on the area's heritage and architecture makes up a popular tourist attraction. Another interesting place is the Vanakbara, a small fishing village whose charm has tints of colourful fishing boats and humming of day to day activity. This perfect add-on to a visit to Gujarat will complete your experience with interesting museums such as the Sea Shell Museum, temples and churches.

Place to must visit in Diu


Places to Visit in Diu

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Distance: 3 kms

Ghogla Beach

One of the most attractive places in Diu is the Ghoghla beach. Located in the north of Diu town with not many people, it catches the attention of the tourists who prefer to stay aloof and not with the crowd. With standard restaurants around the place along with water sports, this beach stands complete. Lesser tourists are the reason for a much cleaner Ghoghla beach compared to the other beaches in the town. The Ghoghla beach is located on the outskirts of the city and hence not many people know about it. However, it's an opportunity missed for them to discover a splendid new place cut away from the cacophony of the town. Clean and safe it's a great spot for those who want to enjoy privacy and at the same time indulge in some water sports like parasailing, surfing and banana boat. The beach is well maintained and the best choice for a family holiday but sadly it's the least explored place.

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Distance: 1 kms

Naida Caves

The Naida caves are located on the periphery of the Diu fort. These caves have a big network of tunnels with square hewn steps.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 5 kms

Nagoa Beach

Famous for its pristine beauty and swaying palm trees, Nagoa Beach in Diu is an ideal and a recommended place for tourists all over the world. The place is well connected with the resorts, hence it making it easy for the travellers to relax and explore its beauty at the same time. The beach is surrounded by beautiful palm trees swaying in the cool breeze which creates an exotic environment for the travellers to laze around. The serene beauty of the beach due to its white sands and quiet blue water is worth experiencing and enjoying. The beach is located in the Nagoa hamlet of Bucharwada village and serves as an attraction for its Hoka trees which produces a unique kind of fruit. It is very much known for its water sports along with camel and pony riding. Sunbathing can turn out to be the most intoxicating experience at the Nagoa Beach. Shops and restaurants act as refreshments which are one of its kinds. The beach extends over an area of 2 km from one end to the other. A walk along the shore mixed with witnessing the sunrise and sunset is a great way to relax one's mind.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Diu Fort

Fort Diu, located on the Western coast of Indian was built by Portuguese during their colonial rule and is now under the administration of Indian government. The fort- cum - castle, is known as 'Praça de Diu' in Portuguese, is situated on the southern tip of Gujarat and is at the mouth of the Gulf of Khambhat. The Fort of Diu is a colossal structure that occupies a prominent place on the tourist's list. The enchanting fort commands a magnificent view of the sea, and a jetty constructed on the northwestern coast is still under use and was once used to trade with Cambay, Broach and Surat in Gujarat. The lighthouse that one can climb leads to the highest point on the island and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding. Cannonballs litter the entire place, and the parapet has a fantastic array of cannons. It was built in the year 1535 after the alliance between Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese when Humayun, the Mughal Emperor waged war to annex the territory. Portuguese rule over Diu and the fort is considered as the longest ever colonial rule in the world. They ruled over the territory for 424 years, from 1537 to 1961 (even after India's independence from British) and were ousted from Diu only when the government of India launched a military action called the "Operation Vijay". Along with the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, Diu fort was listed as the seven wonders of Portugal but during their colonial rule. This new achievement further highlighted the importance of the fort and put it on the world tourism map. Diu fort forms a striking structure on the coast of the island. The three gorgeous churches; (Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul's Church, and St. Thomas Church), the Venetian Gothic style bungalow and havelis further enhance the beauty of the place. There is a Shiva temple dedicated to Gangeshwar Mahadev is also located within the parameters and is a famous tourist attraction.

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St. Paul Church

One of the most famous tourist attractions of Diu, this magnanimous structure is the St. Paul Church dedicated to 'Our Lady of Immaculate Conception'.

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Sunset Point

A beautiful hillock located near the Chakritirath beach in Diu, offers its visitors a mesmerizing view of sunset from here. The hillock and the surrounding areas have been beautifully landscaped and illuminated. Chakratirth Beach is centrally located and contiguous to the Diu Town.

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Panikota Fort

Also known as Fortim-do-Mar, Panikota Fort is a former Diu Jail. This white coloured huge structure is located within the Diu Fort.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 4 kms

Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple

Situated amidst serenity and scenic beauty, the Gangeshwar Temple is dedicated to the transformer of Hindu trinity, Lord Shiva. This ancient Hindu Temple is located 3 km away from Diu in the Fudam Village of Gujarat. Believed to have been built by the Pandavas, this temple is famous for its five Shiva Lingas, i.e. rocks in the shape of Lord Shiva which are present in the middle of the sea. Only the tip of these rocks can be seen whenever there is a high tide because the sea water submerges them. Gangeshwar refers to Lord Shiva who is considered to be the Lord of River Ganga since it descended to earth starting from the tresses of Lord Shiva who is also the presiding deity of the Gangeshwar Temple.

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Zampa Gateway

The Zampa Gateway is another attraction. It is a major landmark of Diu and is carved with dedicated angels, lions and a priest. An artificial waterfall adds to its beauty.

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Distance: 2 kms

INS Khukri Memorial

INS Khukri Memorial is the memorial site of an Indian Naval Ship that sank during the Indo-Pak War of 1971. This spot is located on the INS Khukri Road and is quite popular among both locals and tourists.

Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours

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Diu Museum

A famous tourist spot of the town, the Diu Museum has been set up in the St. Thomas Church. This church had been built in 1598 but was later converted into a museum. Now, it houses numerous stone inscriptions of ancient rulers, antique statues, multi-colored fountains, wood carvings and idols showcasing the rich past of the region. This museum also features 400 year old wooden and marble statues of St. Thomas and St. Benedict which is further beautified by the special lighting outside the building.

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Distance: 6 kms

Shell Museums in Diu

One of the few shell museums in the world is located in Diu. It houses collections of Captain Fulbari, a sailor, who during his voyages collected many unique, pretty and amazing shells.

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Distance: 2 kms

Other Beaches in Diu

Simbor and Chakratirath Beach are the other famous beaches visited by tourists. The soothing waves, sand and rocks together provide one with a relaxing effect.

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Distance: 1 kms

Jallandhar Beach

Named after the demon, Jallandhar, this sunny beach lies almost 1km from Diu and has a temple and a memorial. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandrika while the memorial is atop a hill with a stone structure of the demon Jallandhar. The beach also offers exciting water sports.

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Church of St. Fancis of Assisi

This church is one of the oldest churches in Diu. The church, constructed in 1593 was later converted into a hospital.

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Distance: 12 kms

Gomtimata Beach

Located on the western end of the Diu in the village Vanakbara, this is one of the best beaches of the region. Secluded and with natural white sand, Gomtimata beach is a beautiful beach to just sit back and relax. You will also find a temple located at the beach.

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Hoka Trees

A unique experience of the coastal Saurashtra region is the presence of the Hoka Palm trees. As one drives towards and around Diu, the large population of these trees is sure to astonish travellers as these trees are native to the northern half of Africa and regions of the Arabian Peninsula, commonly called as 'Doum Palm' trees. Diu is ts the only region in India where these trees are found, amplifying the natural beauty of this coastal territory. The Hoka trees are unique in their structure, with branches and offshoots emanating from their central trunk. They are most commonly found in desert areas around the oases. The Hoka seed is a beautiful red-oval structure, which resembles a cricket ball, that hangs high up of the palm-like structure of the trees. These fruits were used by Ancient Egyptians during funeral rituals. It is highly edible, with parts of its contents used in different areas while cooking by the inhabitants of Diu and Saurashtra, as well as other locals in parts of the world where they are found. The local 'Tadi' is prepared using Hoka seeds.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 2 kms

Chakratirth Beach

With a plethora of scenic beaches crowding the shores of the charming Diu, it is hard to visit just one when visiting the area. However, the lovely Chakratirth beach should find its way onto the list of beaches one should check out when in the territory. Nestled amidst the picturesque hills meeting the Arabian Sea, this pristine beach is the ideal place to soak up the sun or frolick in the enchanting waters while travellers beat the heat and relax by the calming shores. Chakratirth beach is also significant in Hindu mythology for being the site of the beheading of the demon Jalandhar by Lord Krishna. The tourist appeal of this delightful beach has been amplified with the addition of an open-air auditorium with changing rooms by the hillock. The manicured gardens in the vicinity complement the well-kept vibe of the beach.

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Distance: 6 kms

Dinosaur Park

Still under construction, the dinosaur park at Diu is poised to be an innovative themed park for kids. There is also a nice lane for solitary walks nearby and a temple on the premises. Because of being in the vicinity of the popular Nagoa Beach, the park has become quite popular amongst the tourist.

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