What most of us don’t know is that although Daman and Diu are said in one breath, both of them are around 650 km apart from each other. While the sister cities were a part of the Portuguese India for over 450 years along with Goa, there are some distinct traits to separate them.
The first evident quality of Diu is that it is relatively spick and span compared to its other Portuguese beach cities – Goa and Daman. When I say Goa, I’m talking about North Goa, which with each passing day seems more like Delhi. South Goa is yet to be invaded by barbarians.
Coming back to Diu, it isn’t vast and the main tourist spots can be effectively covered within a day or two – Nagoa beach and Diu fort being the prime attractions.
As it is with all our trips, even this one was an impromptu excursion. Four of us booked tatkal tickets from Mumbai to Veraval, which is 90 km from Diu, in the Saurashtra Mail with no idea how we are coming back. The 18-hour train journey in May heat would have been grueling if not for some amusing families giving us company and haunting experiences – like missing the train narrowly.
After reaching Veraval station in the afternoon, we had a proper Gujarati thali for lunch followed by a bouncy bus ride to Diu. The jarring ride ensured that our digestive juices did their work effectively. We reached Diu after three hours, hungrier, thirstier.