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Monday, May 21, 2012

Visit of Diu Island

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Two days back I travelled Diu island with family, this journey was planned overnight! We left GIR morning at 8 o’clock and travelled for 2 hours to reach Diu. There are two ways to reach Diu from GIR, first is along to Talala, Una – The Jungle route which takes almost 3 hours and the other one is via Talala, Pranchi, Kesariya – the short way which takes 2 hours. We tried both ways in our two way journey. Let me share important fact of Diu with you.

Diu History:

Diu Fort
Before the Portuguese built the fort at Diu in 1535, the ancient history of the place was linked to several Kings and Dynasties; the earliest quoted is of the Pauranic period, followed by the Mauryans, the Kshatrapas, the Guptas, the Maitrakas, the Chavda dynasty of Gujarat and Saurashtra, the Chalukyas (under the Chalukya as local Chieftains) and the last was that of the Portuguese colonial rule till Diu was taken, along with Goa and Daman, by the Government of India on 19 December 1961. For over 450 years, the coastal enclaves of Daman and Diu on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman, and Diu was incorporated into the Republic of India on 19 December 1961, by military conquest; Portugal did not recognize the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974. Goa, Daman, and Diu were administered as part of a single union territory until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood, leaving Daman and Diu as a separate union territory; each enclave constitutes one of the union territory's two districts.

English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi are the official and main languages. The use of Portuguese goes on declining because it is no longer official nor taught at school, though a number of elderly people can still understand it, some even preferring it for discourse at home. (Wikis)

Beach @ Diu
Tourist Spots:
  • Nagoa Beach
  • Jalandhar Beach
  • Sun Set Point
  • Naida Caves
  • Fort: Fortim-do-mar (Pani Kotha)
  • Gangeshwar Temple
  • Sea Shell Museum
  • Saint Paul Church
  • Saint Francis Church
  • Saint Thomas Church
  • INS Khukri Memorial


There are various water parks to enjoy water rides. You may have sea rides at Nagoa beach with amazing experience. You can get good hotels in the middle of city for comfortable stay. You may required at least a full day to visit these all spots. 

How to reach Diu:

You can travel by train up to Veraval or Somnath and then by road 2 hours driving. Buses, Cabs are easily available.

Specialty:


Hoka (Hyphoena indica) is the only Indian tree which has African genus. Portuguese brought them from Africa. Surprisingly Diu has a great number of these trees. Probably because it is believed that the western part of Gujarat The fruit of Hoka tree is tasty and edible.

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Indeed, Best place to visit… Enjoyed with family.

6 comments:

  1. Maheshwari Hotel & Beach Resort hotels in diu restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. This luxurious hotel's property has a 24-hour business center and offers cab/town car service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in Hotel Maheshwari’s Criteria. Concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café area, multilingual staff services. This is a smoke-free property with special smoking zone.

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  2. Maheshwari hotel in diurestaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. This luxurious hotel’s property has a 24-hour business center and offers cab/town car service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in Hotel Maheshwari’s Criteria. Concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café area, multilingual staff services.

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  3. Hotel Maheshwari one of the best Beach hotels in diu located in Upper West Side Neighborhood, Close to Nagoa beach.All Rooms Running Hot,Cold Water Fully Furnished, Intercom,T.V. Channels,Doctor on Call Rental, Air booking, Travel booking. A/c Restaurant With A/C. Bar Facilities.

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  4. Lovely pictures. Keep sharing post like this. A relaxed and very less populated Portuguese colony, Diu is famous for its historic forts, churches and Hindu Temples and sea food. Garnished with beautiful and secluded beaches, Diu also offers a variety of water sports to the adventurers. Check out all best hotels in diu also.

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  5. this fort is amazing. Diu, located on the end of Diu island is known for its beautiful Fort, churches and beaches. places to visit in Diu are limited but worth visiting. One can also spend leisure time in fishing here.

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  6. Thank you for the informative post on Diu and various places to visit in Diu. It has many beautiful forts, churches, beaches which attracts visitors throughout the year.

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