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#1 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 2 km from Diu Bus Station, Diu Fort is an ancient fort located in Diu. Situated near Diu Collectorate, it is one of the historical forts in India and among the prominent places to visit in Diu during your Diu Trip.

The Fort of Diu, formally Fortaleza de São Tomé, is an expansive and imposing structure situated in the extreme southeast point of the island. It was built by D. Nuno da Cunha in the year 1535 subsequent to a defense alliance forged by Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese when Humayun, the Mughal Emperor attempted to annex this territory. Later, the fort was rebuilt by D. Joao de Castro in 1546. The Portuguese ruled over this 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'.

Spread over an area of 5.6 hectares, the Diu Fort is protected by the sea on three sides. The outer wall .....

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Beach

#2 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 8 km from Diu Bus Station, Nagoa Beach is a stunning sea beach located at Nagoa hamlet of Bucharwada village in Diu. Situated near Diu Airport, it is one of the most popular beaches on the Arabian Sea coast and among the must include places in Diu Packages.

Nagoa Beach is a horseshoe-shaped beach known for its exotic ambiance and scenic beauty. Extends over an area of 2 km, the beach is characterized by an enclosing cove with white sands. It is considered to be the most beautiful as well as the most famous beach in Diu. A walk along the shore is a great way to relax one's body and soul. Also, Nagoa Beach is one among the most unique beaches in India as it is lined with rare Hoka trees which are not found anywhere else in the country. These trees were planted by the Portuguese which they brought from Africa. The trees were sacred to the Ancient Egyptians, evident from the discovery of Hoka seeds in several rulers' tombs.

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#3 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 1 km from Diu Bus Station, Naida Caves are the beautiful rock formations situated outside Zampa Gate following Vijaypath Road in Diu. These caves are often used in promoting Diu Tourism.

The Naida Caves are a group of interlinked caves below the ground level which keeps a person in awe. It is believed that these caves got their shape when the Portuguese broke down sections of a huge rock formation for construction of the Diu Fort. This is how the caves got shape eventually. However, it is also studied that the caves were formed due to geological irregularities and processes over a significant amount of time. These caves acted as a shelter for the Indian Army during Operation Vijay which was launched against the Portuguese.

The caves feature a big network of tunnels with square hewn steps that remain completely unexplored. The caves also have a natural opening that lets in sunlight, making it photogenic. The orange-brown walls of the caves, maze kind cave tunnels, .....

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Pilgrimage

#4 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 2 km from Diu Bus Station, St. Paul's Church is an ancient church situated in Diu Island, on the west coast of India. It is one of the oldest churches in India and among the most visited places in Diu.

The St. Paul's Church is one of the three churches built by the Portuguese in Diu and is solely dedicated to 'Our Lady of Immaculate Conception'. The construction of the church was started in 1601 and finished in 1610. Named after St. Paul, the Apostle of Jesus also known as the Apostle to the Gentiles, it is said to be the largest and the only functioning church in Diu till date.

Built in the Baroque architectural style, this 400 years old church of St. Paul exhibits strong similarity but with better workmanship and design than the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Goa, which was also built by the Portuguese in 1605 AD. Renowned all over the world for its stunning architecture by Indian craftsmen, the church boasts of rich wood carvings, splendid facade, intriguing volutes, .....

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#5 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 3 km from Diu Bus Station, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Fudam village in Diu. Situated on the Arabian Sea coast, it is one of the important places of pilgrimage in Diu and among the must visit places as part of Diu Tour Packages.

Situated amidst serenity and scenic beauty, the Gangeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the transformer of Hindu trinity. Here the presiding deity is called Gangeshwar, who is considered to be the Lord of River Ganga since it descended to the earth from the tresses of Lord Shiva. The Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple is more than 5000 years old. It is basically a cave temple located in the midst of rocks on the seashore.

The shrine has five Shivalingas of different sizes which are believed to have been installed by the Pandava brothers during their exile period. These Shivlingas are constantly washed by the lapping waves of the Arabian Sea and one has to touch the Lord when the waves are returning. .....

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#6 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 3 km from Diu Bus Station, INS Khukri Memorial is the memorial site of an Indian Naval Ship located on a hillock in Diu. Situated near Chakratirth Beach, it is one of the must-visit places while holidaying in Diu.

INS Khukri memorial was set up in 1999 to commemorate the brave martyrs of Indian Navy. INS Khukri, one of the historic Naval Ships of India, fell prey to three torpedoes fired by a Pakistan submarine on 9th December 1971 and sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Diu. With the ship 18 officers and 176 sailors laid down their lives for the glory of the nation. Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla Mahavir Chakra was the captain of this warship.

The memorial comprises a scaled model of INS Khukri enclosed in a glass case. Names of all officers and sailors of the ship are displayed at the top. There is an open air theater towards the sea with seating arrangement for visitors. From the memorial, one can get a beautiful view of the setting sun over the Arabian .....

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Beach

#7 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 4 km from Diu Bus Station, Ghoghla Beach is a spectacular beach on the coast of Arabian Sea in Diu. Situated at Ghoghla Village, it is one of the beautiful beaches in India and among the most attractive tourist places in Diu.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Diu, Ghoghla Beach is very long, serene and virgin. The beach is extremely clean and also one of the less explored beaches of Diu. As far as your eyes can see, the golden-hued beach contrasting the sparkling blue of the Arabian Sea is a sheer delight to the visual senses. Since the beach is least explored, it catches the attention of the tourists those who want to spend some time in solitude.

The shallow waters of Ghoghla Beach are inviting. The beach is an ideal destination for thrilling water sport activities like swimming, parasailing, surfing and banana boat. Those who are opposed to aquatic sports can laze or loll over its soft and soothing sands. It offers spectacular views of .....

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Beach

#8 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 2 km from Diu Fort and 2 km from Diu Bus Station, Jalandhar Beach is a beautiful beach along the coast of Arabian Sea in Diu, India. It is one of the prevalent beaches in this Union Territory of India and among the best beaches to visit during your Diu Trip.

Jalandhar Beach is a small rocky beach near the South Pole Point in Diu. It is a haven of beauty, peace, and tranquility. The place gets its name from a mythological demon, Jalandhar who was killed by Krishna. The beach has a small memorial atop a hill along with a stone face structure of the demon Jalandhar. The beach also houses a temple dedicated to Goddess Chandrika.

Jalandhar Beach is less crowded and one of the untouched beaches of Diu. It is an ideal place for those who wish to spend their time lazing around on the soft sands while the inebriating sea breeze blows over them all through the day. The beach is safe for swimming as the water here is clear and remains calm without any undercurrents. .....

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Beach

#9 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 3 km from Diu Station, Chakratirth Beach is a serene sea beach located in Diu. Situated next to INS Khukri Memorial, it is one of the five popular beaches in Diu and among the prime places to visit as part of Diu Packages.

Nestled amidst the picturesque hills meeting the Arabian Sea, Chakratirth Beach is a favorite beach getaway for both domestic and the international tourists. It has a significant place in Hindu mythology as it is believed to be the site where Lord Krishna beheading demon Jalandhar with his Sudarshan Chakra. In honor of this legend, the footprints of Lord Krishna are carved out in stone on a hill near the beach.

This pristine beach is an ideal place to soak up the sun or frolicking in the enchanting waters while travelers beat the heat and relax by the calming shores. 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 .....

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Beach

#10 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 7 km from Nagoa Beach and 13 km from Diu Bus Station, Gomtimata Beach is a pristine beach located on the western end of Diu. Situated at Vanakbara village, it is one of the 5 best beaches in Diu and among the best places to visit in Diu.

Also known as Vanakbara Beach, Gomtimata Beach is about 5 km in length and somewhat narrow, the waves of the Arabian Sea wash upon it, often leaving only a short stretch of beach during high tide. The beach is named after Gomtimata temple that can be found on the beach itself and is an elegant construction of chequered marble. It is dedicated to the Devi Gomti, the daughter of the Sage Vashishta and the namesake of the Gomti River.

The beach is known for its quiet environment, ceaselessly rolling waves and white-sands. The rocky beach is an ideal place to witness the mesmerizing sunset, sea shell collection and seeking a quiet moment of repose away from town. Swimming at this beach is not safe as tides are very high. While .....

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Museum

#11 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 6 km from Diu Bus Station, Sea Shell Museum is a museum located near Diu Airport. Situated just opposite to Nagoa Beach, it is one of its kind in India and among the prime places to visit in Diu.

Sea Shell Museum is a private museum owned and managed by Captain Devjibhai Vira Fulbaria, a retired merchant navy captain who devoted most years of his life collecting various types of sea shells in the course of his voyages. The museum is considered to be the largest in Asia as it boasts of a huge repertoire of approximately 2500 to 3000 types of sea shells. Also, it is claimed to be the first museum in the world where visitors are provided magnifying glasses of varying powers to closely scan the minute features of the shells.

The museum houses a wide range of shells including a spider, scorpion, cockle, abalone, mollusks, and crustacean shells. Besides, the museum also holds an extensive stock of study material devoted to providing detailed information on the history .....

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Museum

#12 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 1.5 km from Diu Bus Station, Diu Museum is a prominent museum located in Diu. Situated near St. Paul's Church, it is one of the museums in the Union Territory of Diu - Daman and among the must-visit places in Diu town.

The museum was set up in the St. Thomas Church, hence it is called as St. Thomas Church Museum. The church was built in 1598 by an order of Bishop D. Aleixo Menezes and was the first Parish Church of Diu. Lies on an elevated platform within the Diu Fort, the church was built in the Gothic style of architecture. This edifice came under various functions like an Orphanage, Old Age Home, Police Station and prior to liberation, it housed the Angolan Battalion. Post-liberation, it was abandoned for many years. Later in 1992, the church was converted into a museum. After the conversion of the building to the museum, the church does not organize prayer services anymore, although an annual mass is held on All Saint's Day on 1st November.

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Heritage

#13 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 1 km from Diu Bus Station, Zampa Gateway is a historical monument located in the northern part of the Diu city. Situated on the way to Naida Caves, it is one of the most prominent places of heritage in Diu and among the most visited places of sightseeing in Diu.

Zampa Gateway, a prominent landmark, was built during the medieval period. This is the gateway to the fortified township of Diu in the colonial days. Painted in bright red colour, this main town gateway in the huge city wall has carvings of lions, angels and a priest. Just Inside the gateway, there is a chapel with an image of the Virgin Mary and Child dating from 1702 CE. Also, there is an artificial waterfall at this place which would enthrall you for sure.

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#14 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 3 km from Diu Bus Station, Pani Kotha is a small ruined fort located on an islet in the Arabian Sea near Diu. It is one of two historical forts in Diu and among the must-visit places in Diu for history buffs.

Also known as Fortim-do-Mar, Pani Kotha Fort is a beautiful stone structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. It was built during the Muslim domain by Malik Aiyaz and it served as an entry post to control the movement of the Merchant Ships entering Diu for trading. This is also served as the jail during the Portuguese colonial rule.

Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, it was built with stones to resemble the structure of a ship to mislead invaders. Pani Kota stands for a fort built in the water. The fort of Pani Kota is controlled by the Portuguese along the main Diu Fort. Due to its strategic importance, they fortified it by adding further structure in the year 1588 as ordered by the Captain of the Fort, Aires Falcao. A stone inscription .....

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Pilgrimage

#15 of 15 Places to Visit in Diu

At a distance of 6 km from Veraval, 83 km from Diu, 94 km from Junagadh, 131 km from Porbandar, 197 km from Rajkot, 221 km from Jamnagar, 233 km from Dwarka, 408 km from Ahmedabad, 428 km from Bhuj, 447 km from Vadodara, 601 km from Mount Abu, 636 km from Surat, 669 km from Udaipur, 787 km from Indore and 912 km from Mumbai, Somnath is a holy temple town situated in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places to visit near Ahmedabad for Hindus and among the top places to visit in Gujarat.

The town of Somnath is famous for Somnath Temple, considered to be one of the most revered and holy shrines in India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in Gujarat. The meaning of the word 'Somnath' is the 'Lord of the Moon God', refers to Lord Shiva .....

Distance (From Diu): 82 Kms
Trip Duration (From Diu - Including Travel): Full Day
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