Top 8 Things To Do in Diu, India

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Far away from the business state of India, Diu (The Coastal Island Of India) offers a refreshing change with its laid back attitude and bohemian soul. That’s why it is often named as Isle of Calm or Ilha de Calma (in Portuguese). As you cross the toll borders, the connecting bridge gives you a feel of the beginning of an international trip. So, step inside this beautiful Union Territory to explore it’s virgin beauty.

Let's explore the best things to do in Diu:

1. Cycling Along The Beach Road

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Though often referred as the second option after Goa, Diu is far better in its own way. Streets are devoid of loud crowds and beaches are forbidden from rave parties. Yet its free spirit nature lets you escape the chaotic ambience which is sometimes unavoidable in Goa. Now, for exploring this mesmerizing state, hire a bicycle. Start off your journey from Bunder Road. Cycling along the road, watching the sun going down is simply unavoidable and this is the best thing to do in Diu. 

2. Inhale The Fresh Salty Breeze Of Diu Beaches

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Being the charming beach resort town, Diu has always been the paradise for beach lovers. Right from its horse-shoe shaped Nagoa beach to Chakratirth beach and Ghoghla beach, you get to enjoy every kind of beach activities which Goa otherwise seldom to offer, especially during the peak season. For instance, while in the shallow water of Nagoa beach you enjoy safe swimming, in Ghoghla beach you can do surfing and parasailing.

Note: Visit Chakratirth beach because of its significant role in mythology. It is this place where Lord Krishna beheaded the demon Jalandhar.

3. Revisiting ‘Goan’ Beach Festival

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Yes, you heard me right! Diu does have beach festival and it is extraordinarily similar to Goa, but in a better way. Surprisingly, this festival has turned out to be the longest beach festival in Asia and the longest winter beach festival in India. Hence, if your travel bucket list has Diu, its time to put it on the top to enjoy this exciting nightlife before the festival gets over.

4. Explore The Portugese History

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As the history goes, Diu has been a Portuguese colony for nearly 240 years. It's significant remnants can still be seen in the form of the famous Fort of Diu. Locals say that this fort offers the best horizontal view of the Arabian Sea. Climb up to the surrounding creek of the fort and make sure you keep your camera ready to capture the mesmerizing view of the sea. Once you are done with the photography, walk through the 16th century old sentinel to admire the brilliant stonework and the cannons that are still preserved.

5. Boat Ride To Panikota

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With the Arabian Sea standing in front of your eyes and beckoning you, won’t you like a boat ride on it? Beware - only tourist boat rides are allowed and recommended. Fortress of Panikotha is also known as 'water fort'. Built at the mouth of the creek, the fort simply looks splendid from the sea. Today the fort has only the light house and a small chapel in honor of Our Lady of the Sea. The worn out walls of the fortress show that it is still trying to hold back its lost glory.

6. Sneak Peak Into The Portuguese Rituals

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As we know Diu has been under Portuguese for a long time. Hence, it’s obvious that you will still see influence of Portuguese culture in Diu’s lifestyle, specially in terms of religion. Visit St. Paul’s Church, its mystical and divine architecture represents the perfect blend of Portuguese architecture with Indian touch in it. Your journey doesn’t end here. Church of St. Thomas, another major church of Portuguese and a tourist attraction in Diu has earned excellent reviews from the visitors because of its striking Gothic architecture. And not to miss out the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

7. Naida Caves For Adventurous Junkies

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Naida Caves is the perfect place to unlesh the hidden treasure of Diu. Nestled on the outskirts of the city wall of the Fort of Diu, Naida Caves is a delight for the explorers. Make sure you visit the cave during day time to see the magical light of sunrays as it enters into the caves through the rocks, lightening up the hollows and rocky steps inside. Believe me, even your high-end camera won’t be able to create the magic that the sun rays create for you.

8. Go For A Gourmet Tour

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As said before Diu has Portuguese influence in its veins. Hence, the subtle influence of Portuguese flavors in its seafood is not a surprise. Fish is the staple food of the locals. Blessed with a perfect location right beside Arabian Sea, Diu offers finger licking platter of fishes. As far as alcohol is concerned, unlike Gujarat, Diu is has no restrictions on Booze. Hence, for the wine and beer lovers, Diu is a place to be! 

All in all, this small coastal island presents the blend of both- the Portuguese and the Indian culture! Explore this beautiful island before its get tampered.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Diu, India

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  1. Diu Fort

    #1 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Diu Fort

    Tags: Fort

    Address: Near Collectorate Office, Diu, Daman and Diu 362520, India

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Back in 1535, this huge Portuguese fort must have been one of the most impressive sights in all of the land. It has a double moat, an array of cannons on the ramparts, and a lighthouse 32 metres high ...Read more

  2. Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple

    #2 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Daman and Diu 362520, India

    Timings: 06:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    This site is quite sacred. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, but that's not what people come to see. On steps leading down from the temple and into the sea that lap at the bottom, there are five ...Read more

  3. Nagoa Beach

    #3 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Nagoa Beach Image
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    Tags: Beach

    Address: Diu, Daman and Diu 362520, India

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This beautiful horse-shoe shaped beach is Diu's most popular. Families often come out here for picnics. There are some watersports outfits that include parasailing. There's a horse riding outfit too. ...Read more

  4. Ghogla Beach

    #4 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Ghogla Beach

    Tags: Beach

    Address: Naliya Mandvi, Gujarat 362510, India

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This beach is more beloved by some because there are not nearly as many people crowding it. The lack of food and drink joints means fewer people come here. There is just one restaurant. There are stil...Read more

  5. St. Paul's Church

    #5 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    St. Paul's Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Diu, Daman and Diu 362520, India

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Of the three churches that were built by the Portuguese in Diu, this one is the most famous and best surviving. It was built in 1610, and is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in the who...Read more

  6. Ins Khukri Memorial

    #6 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Ins Khukri Memorial

    Tags: War Memorial

    Address: I.N.S. Khukery, Way to INS Khukery, Daman and Diu 362520, India

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Just south of Charkratirth Beach, on an overlook over the sea, is a simple and understated memorial. In the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, torpedoes fired by Pakistani submarine sank frigate INS...Read more

  7. Shell Museum

    #7 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Shell Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Airport Rd, Daman and Diu 362570, India

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This museum is a labour of love by Captain Devjibhai Vira Fulbaria, a merchant navy captain.. Allegedly, it is the largest collection of sea sea shells in Asia. The specimens were collected from all o...Read more

  8. Naida Caves

    #8 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Naida Caves

    Tags: Cave

    Address: Diu, Daman and Diu 362520, India

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It's said that back in the day when the Portuguese ruled the area, they quarried a huge rocky hill for their construction needs, and thus this cave came to be, though some geological forces also playe...Read more

  9. Jallandhar Beach

    #9 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Jallandhar Beach

    Tags: Beach

    Address: Jallandhar Beach, Gujarat 362520, India

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Named after a mythological demon, the beach certainly doesn't seem as unappealing as its namesake might suggest. Soft sands, soft sea breeze, bright blue waters - you could not ask for a better place ...Read more

  10. Chakratirth Beach

    #10 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Chakratirth Beach

    Tags: Beach

    Address: Khukhari, Bihar, India

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This beach is apparently the location at which, according to mythology, the god Shri Krishna executed the demon Jallandhar with his Sudarshan Chakra (sun wheel). Apparently the footsteps of Krishna ca...Read more

  11. Diu Museum

    #11 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Diu Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Diu, Gujarat 362520, India

    Timings: 08:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    This old St. Thomas Church, built in 1598, abandoned for many years, was in 1998 converted into a museum of artefacts. Status of catholic saints, inscriptions made by ancient rulers, and other sculptu...Read more

  12. Pani Kotha

    #12 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Pani Kotha

    Address: Diu Fort., Near Collectorate Office, Diu, Daman and Diu 362520, India

    Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A few hundred metres of the coast of Diu, this massive stone fortress dominated the channel between two peninsulas. It has a lighthouse, and a chapel. During the time that the Portuguease ruled Diu, i...Read more

  13. I.n.s. Khukery

    #13 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    I.n.s. Khukery

    Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Architecture

    Address: Diu 362520

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    During the 1971 war, a navy ship sank near the coast and this landmark was created in its memory. It was the only war ship that was lost by the Indian Navy during the war. In order to reach this place...Read more

  14. Hokka Trees

    #14 of 18 Things To Do in Diu
    Hokka Trees

    Tags: Nature

    Address: Nagoa Beach, Diu

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    These trees denote a rare type of African Hoka branching palm trees, which are known as Hokka or Hyphaene Indica. These are not found anywhere else in India, except for in Diu. These trees were brough...Read more

  15. Diu Airport

    #15 of 18 Things To Do in Diu

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