Diu Island travel guide enables the tourists to explore this Union territory of India easily. Diu is located on the western coast of India, away from the Gulf of Cambay. With its golden sand beaches, historical monuments and palm groves, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in India.
Best Time to VisitDiu has a tropical climate. Although this Union Territory of India can be visited throughout the year; however, the best time to visit Diu is during the winter months from October to April. During this time, Diu experiences a pleasant climate. The maximum temperature of Diu during this time is 26º Celsius while 20º Celsius is recorded as the minimum temperature during this time.
Tourist Attractions of Diu IslandJallandhar Shrine, St Paul's Church, Gomtimata Beach, St Thomas Church cum Museum, Diu Fort and Ghoghla Beach are some tourist sites in Diu Island that attract tourists from across the world. Some of the popular tourists sites that deserve special mention in this context are:
Gangeshwar Temple – Gangeshwar Temple is situated about 3 kilometers from the main town. It is consecrated to Lord Shiva and features 5 Shiva lingas, which is highly revered by the devotees. Gangeshwar temple attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year.
Diu Fort – Diu Fort was constructed in the 16th century. This fort of Diu unfolds the Portuguese era and houses iron shells and canons. This caste-cum-fort is decorated with colorful lights in the evening and is located at close proximity to Passo Seco Fort, Barra, Nagoa Fort and Gangeshwar Temple.
Panikotha-Fortim Do Mar - Panikotha-Fortim Do Mar can be reached by a motor launch and canoe. It is located close to a creek and houses a chapel and lighthouse. Panikotha-Fortim Do Mar is a gigantic stone structure, which is known to be connected the mainland by an undersea tunnel.
Completed in 1541, the massive Portuguese fort with its double moat (one tidal) must once have been virtually impregnable, but sea erosion and neglect are leading to a slow but inevitable collapse. Piles of cannon balls litter the place and the ramparts have a superb array of cannons, many old yet in good condition. . Since the fort also Serves as the island's jail, it closes at 5 pm each day. Entry is free. Signs prohibit photography but no-one seems to observe this rule.
Around the IslandBeaches Temple and fort-satiated travellers used to head to Nagoa to catch up on some serious relaxation, and is still a pleasant palm-fringed beach, largely deserted and safe for swimming. However, since the construction of a new road which stretches from the south of Diu Town's wall, joining up with the old Fudam Rd after about two km. access has now been provided to Diu's previously unvisited beaches in the south-east of the island. There include, from east to west,
and stunning Sunset Point. Fudam Close to Diu, the village of Fudam has a huge abandoned church, Our Lady of Remedies. A large, old, carved wooden alter with Madonna and child remains inside.
At the extreme west of the island, Vanakbara has a church (Our Lady of Mercy), fort, lighthouse small bazaar, post office and fishing fleet. A ferry crosses from here to Kotla village on the mainland and you can get a bus from there to Kodinar. This little fishing village is worth a visit-wander through the town to the port area where you can see the locals mending nets and repairing their colourful fishing boats.
The tourist office can organise local sight seeing (minimum of 10 people) for Rs 30 per person. There are no set timings and advance bookings ace essential.
Places to StayMost of the hotels offer a discount in the off season, but it's worth bargaining at any time of the year, as many places will slash prices if they are not full. Prices below are for the peak season, which runs roughly from October to June.
As it is forbidden to rent local cottages or freelance camp, accommodation is limited and the following are currently the only available options.
The Tourist Complex (Tel; 2212) Is in the village of Ghoghla on the mainland part of Diu. This is the first building in Diu after you come through the barrier which marks the border with Gujarat. Although; relatively new, this place is already looking, a little shabby. Air-con doubles cost Rs 450 There's a pleasant restaurant and bar, looking out over the sea.
Reaching Diu IslandReaching Diu Island is not at all problematic. Diu is located at a proximity to Ahmedabad and Mumbai, which are linked by an extensive network of transport system to the rest of the world. Tourists willing to reach Diu can take a flight up to either Mumbai or Ahmedabad and take a road transport thereafter. Diu is also connected by rail to the different parts of country. Delwada is the nearest railway station of Diu.