Diu

Diu Island is located south of Gujarat, India, and is connected to the mainland by bridges and a ferry.

Nagoa Beach, Diu
Naida Caves

Understand

Diu was a Portuguese colony from 1539 to 1961, when the Indian government used military action to retake all the Portuguese enclaves. Apart from Diu, also Daman, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli were "captured" in this conflict. This area used to be a part of a larger union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu before Goa became a state by itself. Union territory of Daman and Diu is still administrated from Delhi.

Diu has fine but not so spectacular beaches, Diu town, some villages and all in all very relaxed atmosphere compared to most of India. Diu is not anything like Goa for example and those expecting to find a similar place on a smaller scale might be disappointed.

Talk

Gujarati, Hindi and English are mostly understood and spoken. Some older residents might still speak Portuguese.

Get in

By train

Diu does not have a railway station. The nearest railway junction is Veraval, which is 90 km from Diu. A direct train connects Verval to Ahmedabad. The nearest railway station from Diu is Una, which is 12 km from Diu.

By plane

Diu is an easy one-hour flight from Bombay with Jet Airways. (around $200–$300 for a return trip).

By bus

State run busses as well as some private companies serve Diu from Ahmedabad. Trips take around 10 hours and both regular and night time sleeper buses exist.

A long trip (over 20 hours at least!) by bus from/or to Mumbai is also possible.

Get around

Autorickshaws, rent a bike or a scooter.

See

Around the corner from Diu museum

The old Portuguese churches and fort, local Hindu temples, the old Portuguese architecture in the town, beaches and sea shore.

St. Paul's Church

Do

Road from Jalandhar Beach to Ganeshwar Mahadev temple, Diu

Relax, go sightseeing, explore the island with a motorbike, work on your tan on a beach.

The city has many beaches which one may choose as per their tastes.

Eat

Fresh seafood, Gujarati food, and standard North and South Indian food are available. Mostly you will get the Non-veg Food over here, but if you are Pure Vegetarian don't get tense, there are some Pure Vegetarian hotel near by Tourism office.

Drink

Alcohol is legal in Diu, unlike in neighbouring Gujarat, so a lot of people come to Diu especially for drinking. Indian and foreign beer and spirits are widely available.

Sleep

Cheap accommodation as well as some mid range hotels are abundant and are mostly located in Diu town. Resorts and the like can be found for example near Nagoa Beach.

Stay safe

Wear a helmet (if you manage to rent one) when riding a motorbike or scooter.

Go next

If you have come by road this far than it becomes imperative that you would be looking for few more destinations. Some of them you can plan on your way to Diu and few of them while returning.

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