Near Mumbai yet far from its crowd, Daman, an erstwhile
Portuguese enclave and a picturesque port town is a popular
getaway fro city dwellers. On the west coast, hugged by the
Arabian Sea and casuarinas, Daman is liberated in 1961 to form
a part of the Indian Union.
is ideal for sun bathers, beachcombers, sightseers, swimmers,
monument lovers and shoppers. There is exquisite seafood to
satisfy the palate while modern restaurants satisfy the
pleasure of life.
It has everything a tourist looks for: gentle winds, soft
sands, inviting waters, historic churches, and majestic forts.
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Poornima marks the commencement of the fishing season and the
people of Daman flock to the seashore to offer coconut to the
mighty Gods who preside over wind and water. Nariyal Poornima
is a day of joy; feasting and revelry Hundreds of tourists
come to Daman to witness a variety of colorful water sports
and to attend the cultural program.
explodes with light, laughter song and dance during the happy
season of Christ's Nativity. It is a season of good-will and
fellowship. The Administration of Daman celebrates Christmas
as part of its tourism promotion program and people from far
and wide come to witness the fascinating Portuguese dance and
to taste the well-known Christmas cookies of Daman.
is a popular folk dance of Gujarat and especially of Diu. It
is normally performed by women dressed in colorful costumes
with typical ornaments, accompanied by singing of song in
praise of Goddess Amba. This is the most popular festival of
the region. The colorful costumes, the mesmerizing music and
the graceful steps cast an enchanting spell on the viewers.
The typical Portuguese regional folk dances of the
territory include the Mando Dance, Vira Dance, the Verdigao in
which happiness and the whole life style of the people of Diu
is depicted. In these dances the clean roads, the delicious
food and the traditions of Diu are described. Drink, eat, sing
and be merry, that is the mote of the song and dance. The
traditional dances are in slow motion with the elderly
participating in them, but the young are carrying on the
traditions of the old.
In and Around Daman
of Bom Jesus
early 17th centaury church dedicated to Bom Jesus
is one of the impressive places completed in 1603, it is a
tribute to Portuguese architects and artisans. The richly
carved doorway and the profusely decorated interiors, which
have lofty ceilings, are noteworthy.
of The Lady of Dolores
church, in Moti Daman, also of the 16th centaury,
has partly Gothic and partly Byzantian architectural features.
the fort walls of Nani Daman, it has a fine Alter with
beach is serene and the department of tourism provide adequate
facilities for those who come to spend a day here.
to the construction of this fort, there existed a small Muslim
Citadel under the control of an Abyssinian chief.
of St. Jerome, Nani Daman
fortís Giant gateway facing the river with a large statue of
St. Jerome and two giant human figures on either side of the
gate are noteworthy. The church of Our Lady of Sea is the main
Diu, and erstwhile Portuguese colony, is of the
Saurashtra coast of Gujarat. Diu offers Golden Beach, Palm
Groves, Monuments. There has been no commercial exploration or
environmental degradation here. The Portuguese ruled Diu for
over 405 years, giving it the betterment of Diu Fort; the
Wood-Paneled St. Paulís and St. Thomas Churches. Diu is an
hourís flight from Mumbai of a 6 hours drive for Rajkot.
temples of Dwarka, Somnath and Palitana and Sasingir Sanctuary
are conveniently located. With a pleasant year-round climate,
it offers tranquility. The major occupations are fishing and
In and Around Diu
20 minute drive through open arid land to dense coconut groves
and you are the beach that stretches 2 km.
fort occupies a prominent position and offers a magnificent
view of the sea. It has the sea on three sides and a canal on
the fourth and houses are lighthouse and jail.
magnificent stone structure in the sea, built at the mouth of
the creek and can be reached only by a canoe or a motor
launch. One nautical mile form Diu Jetty, it has a light house
and a small chapel.
On entering the church compound, on the
right is a marble statue of Christ. To the left a beautifully
designed mount on which a cross is erected. The main faced of
the church is adorned with curiously treated volutes and
shell-like motifs. The faced is floodlit every evening, adding
to the cities glow.
from Diu in Fudam village. A shivlinga, Ganeshwar, is in the
midst of rocks on the sea shore and washed by the tide.
The templeís in a room is divided
into three and contains 30 idols. The main idol, in marble, is
dedicated to Navlakah Prshvanath.
In the main bazaar, the masjid of stone masonry
there was no building where the antique statues and various
stone inscriptions of earlier rulers could be kept, St. Thomas
church was selected. The wood carvings, statues, idols,
shadow-clocks and other artifacts are on display.