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Ghoghla Beach in Diu

Ghoghla Beach: The Ghoghla Beach is a sandy beach. A tourist complex nearby provides all basic amenities to tourists. It is the largest and gentlest beach of Diu. The Golden sand beach undulates into the horizon while the Arabian Sea laps away at the edge as though imploring the sands to let it find its own peach. You can do swimming, sunbathing, parasailing, surfing etc

Jallandhar Beach: Jallandhar Shrine is located on a hillock close to the beach. This small shrine crowned with a dome houses a stone carved face of Jallandhar a mythological demon who was killed by Lord Krishna. Near by there is also a temple of Goddess Chandrika. The beach is at a distance of 1 km from Diu Town.

Gangeshwar Temple in Diu Gangeshwar Temple: This is situated 3 Km away from Diu in Fudam village. Five shivlings, are located in the midst of the rocks on the seashore, washed by the tidal waves of the sea. It is believed that the 5 Pandavas during their exile worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple.
The gentle sea waves offering their obeisance to the "Shiva Lingas" in stone have a mystic aura around them in the cave temple of Gangeshwar where the Lord makes his presence felt.

St. Paul's Church: St. Paul's church is dedicated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The construction of the church was started in 1601 and was completed in the year 1610. The main facade of the church is perhaps the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches in India. The facade has been illuminated by flood lights.
The church adorned with curiously treated volutes and shell - like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portugese churches in India. St. Paul Church, built in 1691 is consecrated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception. In architectural style it resembles Bom Jesus Church at Goa. The dominant features are, no doubt, Gothic. The wood - panelling of the church is rated one of the best in church craftmanship.

St. Thomas Church - Museum: The old St. Thomas Church has been converted into a museum which houses antique statues, various stone inscriptions of the earlier rulers, wooden carvings and idols, in evening, multicolored fountains and special lighting of the imposing building fascinate everyone. A huge edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598. A part of it has been converted into a museum - an archaeological treasure house.

Sea Shell Museum – Nagoa:

  • First museum in Asia which has maximum sea shells.
  • First museum in World where sea shells are displayed in magnifyng glass of various sizes.
  • The collection of about 2500 to 3000 sea shells in museum.

Tourist Attractions in Daman

Fort of Moti Daman: The massive Fort that runs round the settlement like a girdle, dates back to 1559 AD. The Colossal structure in the present form encompasses about 30,000 sq. Meters. with 10 bastions and two gateways. The Fort is protected by a moat on the land side and also connects the river to the sea. It is basically polygonal in plan with projections at regular intervals of about 500 feet and carrying splayed angular bastions.
The parapet above the fortification walls is without merlons but is provided with loop holes. The terraces close to the top of the wall are connected to the top of the wall are connected to the inner ground surface by open flight of steps at many places. All along the inner wall, there are barracks for defense personnel's. The inscription above the southern (land) gate mentions that this gate along with the bastions adjacent to it was completed in 1581 AD. after the Mughal invasion in Akbar's reign. The inscription on the Northern (sea) gate gives the date of 1593 AD. for the completion of the Fort wall. On the Northern side within the confine of the Fort were located the palaces, the Secretariat and other official buildings. A large number of Portuguese gentry and their families resided within the Fort.

Nani Daman Fort in Daman Fort of Nani Daman: The small fort with high stone walls encloses an area of 12,250 sq. meters. It has three bastions and two gateways.
The most conspicuous part of the Fort is the giant gateway facing the river with a large statue of St. Jerome and two giant human figures, on either side of the gateway. The imposing church of Our Lady of the Sea is the principal building within the Fort.


Nani Daman: Nani Daman offers some wonderful sites to the traveler : Gandhi Park near Nani Daman jetty, Nani Daman Fort and the church inside and the fishing jetty where boats are anchored to name a few. The tourist crosses over to Moti Daman through the Daman - Ganga Bridge where an old world of broad roads, the massive Fort, the stately Light house, Gardens, Historic Monuments and ancient Churches in Gothic style provide a feast to the aesthetic taste.



Festivals in Daman And Diu

Garba Festival: Daman and Diu is the land which bear Garba Festival in Daman and Diu diversities that can be seen in the form of festivals. Daman and Diu host beautiful beaches and historical monuments that give the tales of rich historical background which the Union Territory is proud of. The blend of various cultures gave rise to a new tradition. Gujarat, the neighboring state has a huge influence on the local ethnicity of Daman and Diu. Garba festival is one of the important festivals in Gujarat and Daman and Diu too celebrates this festival with pomp and grandeur. India is the land of festivals and celebrations and Daman and Diu is not an exceptional one.
Garba festival is a popular dance festival of Gujarat. This festival is celebrated with great solemnity and majesty in Daman and Diu. The main occasion takes place for nine days where young boys and girls celebrate by dancing in colorful clothes and accessories. The celebration takes place in honor of Goddess Amba where devotional songs and dances are performed. The festival commences with traditional rituals of Devi Amba. The dance and all the rituals hold individual significances. In Daman and Diu Garba does not remain restricted within Gujarati but all the people from different community come and take part to make the festival a grand event.
Garba festival is an important festival in Daman-and-Diu which is celebrated in all the local areas of the territory. Garba is the festival that takes place in the month of October or November. The colorful decoration and the festive mood add a new tinge to the place. During these days Daman-and-Diu remain populated with tourists from different corners of the world.

Folk Dance Festival:

Introduction To Folk Dance Festival: Folk Dance Festival Daman & Diu which can be also named as 'Damao' is located on the western coast of India. The river Kolak surrounds the land that adds life and vibrancy to the place. Daman and Diu is a union territory of India which was under Portuguese for over a period of 400 years. If you are bored with the busy schedule of city life then you can easily opt for the place as an important holiday destination. The serene coast, the green palm vegetation, the blue sea and a rich heritage are the perfect combination for the tourist to spend some momentous time. A rich heritage and wonderful culture can be seen in the fairs and festivals of Daman-and-Diu which are colorful and full of diversities.
Description of Folk Dance Festival: Folk Dance Festival is one of the main festivals in Daman and Diu. Being a Portuguese colony, Daman-and-Diu inherit wonderful customs where east and west meet to give a new form of custom. There are various kinds of dances like Mando Dance, Verdigao and Vira dance which are the main attractions of folk dance festival in Daman and Diu. This dance festival makes the ambience lively and energetic. This dance festival is celebrated by both elder and younger generations. Traditional and the contemporary dance performances can be experienced during these festival days. The main aim of the festival is to eat drink and make merry. Garba dance is one of the eminent names amongst the traditional dances.
Time For Celebration of Folk Dance Festival: Dance festival in daman-and-diu is one of the main festivals and this festival take place towards the end of the English calendar. Tourists from different corner of the world come and visit the place and their participation makes the occasion interactive and grand in every sense. This dance festival involves people of various age groups, different caste and creed, and there lies the magnificence of the festival.


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