Diu Tourism, Daman and Diu

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About Diu

Diu is a beautiful sandy beach travel destination that is a part of the Daman and Diu Union territory. Diu is located about 786 km from Daman close to the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. This is small town spread over an area of about 38 sq. km., is isolated from the mainland and is connected by two bridges to the state of Gujarat. Diu is popular among travelers for its scenic beaches with natural surroundings. Diu is less visited as compared to Daman as Daman is easily accessible from the major cities of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The other major tourist attractions in Diu are its historical monuments that stand as perfect blend of Indian and Portuguese architecture. Travelers will find the culture of this small island to be very unique with a blend of Kathiawadi (Saurashtra) and Portuguese heritage. 

Diu is bounded by Chasi River on the north and the Arabian Sea on the other three sides. With a coastline of 21 km, Ghoghla is the entry point to Diu via Una, a town in Saurashtra. One of the unique attraction of this beautiful island are the Hoka trees that were introduced from Africa by the Portuguese. Diu has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The main beaches in Diu are Nagoa beach, Ghoghala beach, and Jallandhar beach. There are also multiple beautiful churches in Diu built in Portuguese architecture including St. Paul's church, St. Thomas church and the Church of St. Francis. Another important historical tourist attraction in Diu is the Diu Fort that is an impressive structure. Travelers should also pay a visit to INS Khukri Memorial that was built in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives during India-Pakistan war of 1971. 

Like Daman, Diu was also under the control of Portguese in the past. The forts and churches built here are in ancient Gothic style. Diu was an important trading post and a naval base from where the rulers controlled the shipping routes in the northern part of the Arabian Sea between the 14th to 16th centuries. Diu came under Indian rule by 1961, earlier as a part of Goa Union territory. It is now a part of Daman and Diu Union Territory separated from Goa in the year 1987.

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