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Daman & Diu

Union Territory of India - Daman & Diu

Situated on the southern border of the state of Gujarat, off the Saurashtra coast bordering Junagadh district, is the Union Territory of Daman and Diu. A colony held by the Portuguese for a long period even after India got independence, Daman and Diu became a part of the erstwhile Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu in 1961. When Goa was conferred with statehood in 1987, Daman and Diu became a separate Union Territory.

The word "diu" is derived from the Sanskrit word dweep, meaning island. From the 14th to 16th century, this tiny island (coastal length 21 kms) was one of India's best sea ports, an important trading centre and a naval base. Today, it is a serenely beautiful getaway with golden beaches, dense palm-groves and historical monuments, but minus the commercial exploitation and environmental degradation that have spoiled so many other destinations. Daman and Diu is, perhaps, one of India's last undiscovered jewels, being virgin, picturesque, clean, and green.

Apart from the tourism industry, Daman has become an important industrial centre, due to its' proximity to the industrialized states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. It follows a strict environmental policy - only non-polluting units are allowed to set up shop. Daman accounts for 40% of India's plastic manufacturing capacity and has developed a notable cluster of related industries.

Fast Facts of Daman & Diu

Area

38.5,sq. km.

Population

340,000

Capital

Daman

Climate

Throughout the Year

Clothing

Throughout the Year - Cottens

Languages Spoken

Gujarati, Bhilli, Hindi

Best Time to Visit

November to February

Places to Interest :

Beaches

Nagoa beach, horse-shoe in shape, could well be one of the best beaches of the world. Other beautiful beaches are Ahmedpur, Mandvi, Chakratirath, Jallandhar, and Gomtimata. Water-sports facilities are available.

Diu Fort

This imposing stone structure, which rears out of the sea, was built in 1535. Today, much of the fort is in ruins and its guns corroded.

Churches

The Portugese have left Daman and Diu with an architectural legacy in the form of historical monuments, like the St. Paul's Church built in 1610, and St. Thomas Church, which is now a museum. The church and museum are floodlit in the evenings, and gardens, parks and fountains have been created around the monuments to beautify them.

Fudam

One of the five satellite villages which form part of the territory, this is a fascinating little settlement that resembles a Mediterranean village. What really makes Fudam different is that it is a village of women, children and old people, the young men having migrated to Lisbon, Portugal to work as masons and labourers. Its residents take immense pride in keeping Fudam spotlessly clean.

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