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DIU

   

Word Diu is derived from Sanskrit word ‘dweep’ which means ’island’. The historical Portuguese fort, churches, the golden sand beaches, blue sea water, latest water sports, clean environment and colorful culture consist of Kathiawadi customs blended with Portuguese legacy make Diu a perfect gateway for all seasons.

The Island of Diu has chaptered History, having been under the possession of and ruled by many Kings and Dynasties; beginning with the Pauranic period and the last being Portuguese from whom it was liberated along with Goa and Daman on 19th December, 1961.

Now it is a Union Territory separated from Goa in 1987 with an area of 38.8sq.km. and a coastline of 21km. The island of Diu is separated from coast by a narrow channel on the north. The climate of Diu is pleasant throughout the year. It has sunny weather throughout the year and annual rainfall is only 60cms.

Diu offers you undisturbed peace and an unusual holiday. Diu is a beautiful place with its splendid beaches. These beaches are Nagwa, Chakratirth, Ghoghla, Gomtimala, Jalandhar and The Sunset Point.

 

Nagwa Beach is the main attraction which is located near the village of Gujarwada. The beach is exceptionally beautiful and quiet. It is of semicircle shape offers you a wide range of pleasures, ideal for a family to visit as well. The branching palms popularly known as Hoka trees introduced from Africa by the Portuguese and coconut palms swaying and whispering in the gentle intoxicating sea breeze extend a fascinating welcome to the visitors in Diu.

Gangeshwar Temple is also a tourist attraction point in the Diu. There are five Shiv Lingas in the midst of the rocks of the seashore, washed by the tidal waves of the sea.

A famous Portuguese colony of the past, its ancient architectural relics (fortresses and cathedrals) still has a strong Portuguese aura in the Diu.

Along with its six beautiful beaches, architectural grandeur and picturesque beauty, Diu is also known for its array of exotic liquors, rich wines with their distinctive flavor & aroma. The place is equally captivating for the solitude loving as well as the adventure seeking tourist.

An lazy evening in Diu, contemplating your own self or enjoying the sunset by the sea shore with the loved ones; languidly relaxing in the wet sand and sipping a glass of red wines or a mug of a foamy beer with the cool breeze kissing your face……..

Getting There:

Being a major tourist destination, a number of good hotels, restaurants and eating houses are available. Diu is well connected by railways, roadways and airways. For airways; there is a regular direct flight to and from Mumbai. Veraval is the nearest railway station which is connected with some of the major cities of western India. Veraval is also well connected to all the major cities of India through its well built highways.
 

Contributing Author:  Barkha Kattira, barkha.kattira@yahoo.com

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