Diu Tourism & Travel Guide

Diu is very unlike India's other beach destinations. Located on a small island linked by a bridge to Gujarat’s southern coast, it is quiet, clean, full of Portuguese history and free of tourist-traps. Life on this small, sleepy town begins at around 5am, and by 9pm, streets are mostly deserted. Diu is a favourite with writers and artists, who often come here to enjoy the silence, found almost everywhere on this tiny island. But that doesn’t mean it is devoid of things to do. To explore Diu, you can rent a bicycle for a small cost and move around at your own pace. The Diu Fort and the view that it offers of the Arabian Sea is an unmissable adventure. There are also the Naida Caves, full of a labyrinth of paths and rock staircases, making for a thrilling experience. Evenings can be spent strolling around on the unique Gomtimata Beach, and then in the bylanes of Diu sampling the delectable seafood.
Best time to visit

Peak Season to visit Diu is from October to February, when the temperature stays below 20 degrees Celsius.

 

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Budget

For Budget Travellers: INR 475-545 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500-1650 a day

For Luxury Travellers: INR 5,500 and upwards

 

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Diu Fort
Diu Coast, Diu
The Diu Fort, is situated on the west bank of India in Diu, a Union Territory, controlled by the Government of India. The post was constructed by the Portuguese amid their pilgrim principle of the Diu island. The Diu town is situated toward the fort's west. The post was implicit 1535 resulting to a guard collusion produced by Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese while Humayun, the Mughal Emperor battled to attach this region. Development of the fortress was begun in October and finished in March, with the Portuguese constrained work putting their full might. The fortification is an extensive and great structure on the shoreline of the Diu island. It summons a brilliant perspective of the ocean. It skirts the ocean on three sides. The external mass of the stronghold was fabricated along the coast line. The internal divider had bastions on which weapons were mounted.
Naida Caves
DIu city, adjacent to main road, Diu
The Naida Caves are a pilgrim's enjoyment. Situated outside the city mass of the Diu post, these holes are a system of slashed hollows and steps which ask to be explored and discovered. The historical backdrop of the hollows recommends that the Portuguese rulers hacked off building materials during their rule, which brought about the caverns' development. A maze of holes, it's one of the lesser known yet intriguing attractions at Diu. A reasonable, sunny day is all that you have to visit these holes. An absolute necessity have experience. Assembled by the Portuguese, these caves are a system of passages with square cut steps. It's a standout amongst the most delightful underground mazes of outside buckles that one has run over years of travel. Arrange a visit on a reasonable sunny day, and be guaranteed that the hollow's normal openings won't frustrate with an awesome presentation of light. A must visit place for all the adventure seekers.
Nagoa Beach
Diu
Probably the most popular area of Diu, this is a beautiful beach with trees lined on the shores. Due to its popularity it lacks a little maintenance but the sea is quieter than the rest and thus a good option for swimming. You can also enjoy a number of water sports here. The gangasagar Bar very close to the beach serves very good beer and it is ideal to cool down with a mug of beer and then lunch after you've had a long day and the sea waves have made you hungry.
Jallandhar Beach
1 km from Diu Town, Diu
This Jallandhar beach is very popular for the Jalandhar place of worship, roosted on a little, wonderful hillock and the sanctuary of Goddess Chandrika. So in case you wish to go for a round of prayer to God alongside appreciating the perspective from the shoreline, then this is the perfect spot for you to visit. Furthermore, look at the stone cutting inside the Jalandhar Shrine. This little place of worship delegated with an arch houses a stone cut face of Jallandhar a legendary evil presence who was murdered by Lord Krishna. It is accepted to be the substance of an evil presence by the name of Jalandhar, who was slaughtered by Krishna. In case that you think shorelines are constantly brimming with individuals, reconsider. A visit to the secluded Jalandhar shoreline will change your point of view. Here, you will have the advantage of having an untainted territory, which is not frequented by numerous visitors. In this way, appreciate the shoreline, the sand and the water, and, obviously, the skyline's perspective.
Diu Museum
St. Thomas Church Building, Diu


Mumbai
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
India’s second largest city, Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is home to a few hundred captivating contrasts and creeds. Mumbai is bursting with frenetic bazaars, shaded avenues thronged by commuters and roads brimming with traffic. The dynamic Maharashtrian metropolis is also a powerhouse of India’s business and trade sectors. But regardless, the city’s ethos lies in its biggest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in people-watching and eating bhelpuri by the iconic arch of the Gateway of India and in the exquisite Taj Mahal Palace, that holds a decade worth of stories about both Bombay and Mumbai. A few other places to visit in Mumbai are Nariman Point - a legion of office blocks in the heart of the city and the Prince of Wales Museum for its eclectic architecture. Watching the sunset with a plate of vada pav at Marine Drive and experiencing the vibrant festival of Ganesh Chaturthi at Juhu Beach are few of the best things to do in Mumbai. One must also travel to Mumbai to be dazzled by the country’s biggest, and most prolific film and media industry, wherein if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a Bollywood star or two.
Thane
Best time to visit - February,March,November,December
The city of Thane is a great getaway from Mumbai. Its beautiful lakes, lovely locales, boat rides and old forts makes it a popular weekend spot for tourists. The most popular lake here is the Upwan Talao, which is also famous for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival. This sparkling lake also houses a Ganesha temple near its confines. Enjoy the thrill of water rides at the Suraj Water Park, which also doubles up as a picnic spot here. The Masunda Lake is another famous lake, which offers boating and water scooter facilities as well. Don't forget to try out the delicious local snacks that are sold here! Thane offers a chance to discover the unique flavours of Maharashtrian cuisine. Lodging here is not a problem with numerous hotels and guest houses available as per the tourist's requirement. If nature is something that you wish to explore, Thane is the place to be!
Vadodara
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popularly known as Baroda, Vadodara is great travel destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The town is known for the grand Laxmi Vilas Palace and the Fatehsingh Museum (both located in the same premises). Do keep aside an entire day if you are fond or art and culture since the palace is huge and deserves that kind of time. You can also visit Sayaji Baug, a lush, refreshing garden in the middle of the city. It is the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with children since it has a small kid's zone, a cafeteria, a small museum and a zoo. If you are in the city for more than a day, do visit Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum since it houses numerous rare and beautiful paintings, sculptures and murals from all over the world, collected by the royal family. Vadodara may not be a traveller's perfect destination, but it does have its fair share of history, culture and art.
Jamnagar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Examples of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing centre distinguish Gujarat’s lesser known gem, Jamnagar, from other cities. The age-old decaying buildings, narrow lanes and colourful bazaars make up for the lost charm inflicted by tall buildings and the brimming crowd. The scenic Lakhota Fort stands in the middle of the lake and is a fort like palace that now houses a museum of old collectables. It looks beautiful at sundown when the lake glitters in the yellow light that reflects from the monument. The Darbargadh Fort, constructed with a mix of European and Rajput architectural styles, is mesmerising to explore. Other must visits here are the Pratap Vilas Palace and Bhujio Kotho, a five-floor monument believed to be constructed for protection during invasions. There are also many Jain temples around the Chandi Bazaar that grant the place an old world charm. With a coastline that stretches till Dwarka, Jamnagar also offers some unspoilt beaches with white and golden sand. Shopping in Jamnagar is a treat and you must not forget to buy the world famous, multi-hued Bandhani fabric, which can be used as a dupatta or dress or even a sari. Taste the Gujarati delicacies of ghughra and dry fruit kachoris and consider the Express Residency or J R Avezika for a comfortable stay in the city.
Surat
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
An integration of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, Surat is a quaint town located along the banks of river Tapi. The ISKCON temple here, standing on an area of around 13,000 km, is frequented by devotees from all across the world. The Dutch Cemetery, Shahjahan's Fort, Parsi neighbourhood and colonial building are beautiful symbols of the history of this city. Dandi is a popular destination among tourists visiting Surat and is a place made famous by the Indian independence movement. When it comes to food, Surat offers lip-smacking Gujarati flavours, albeit only vegetarian. Popular eateries here include the Leonardo Ristorante Italiano, Jalaram Khichadi and Kansar Gujarati Thali. Accommodation here is easily available and sits well within in your budget. If you want more, travel to the Dumas Beach, which is located about 18km from the city.
Junagadh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The city of Junagadh in Odisha, is a popular religious destination as well as an interesting tourist city. It is situated at the foothills of Mount Girnar with the Arabian Sea on its southwest, and fort walls surrounding the entire city. It is not a surprise that the city is loaded with architectural remnants and a pleasure for history buffs to explore. The Uparkot Fort, Tomb of Nuri Shah and Junagadh Museum will arouse that historical shiver within you and tell you the story of the past. Jama Masjid is worth visiting for an arresting panorama of Junagadh. Snippets of the Chudasama Rajputs are evident in the architectural styles of relics like Adi-Kadi Vav and Navghan Kuvo. If you are an adventure seeker, the Holy Hill of Girnar offers a remarkable trek. The Jain temples, Amba Ji Mandir, and Dattatray Mandir are pit stops that you can use to catch a breath during this 5-6 hour steep trek. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will realise why the exhaustion is totally worth it. Another wonderful opportunity that Junagadh offers you is close proximity to the stunning Gir National Park. If exploring the world is something you simply can't resist, then Gir definitely has to be on your list. Perhaps the only place where you can see the mighty, shy lions going about their daily business, Gir offers you an experience that is hard to forget. Leo Resorts is a good choice if you prefer to stay a night, though there are other budget and luxury hotels depending on your preference. For shopaholics, there are gold and silver embroidered items and perfumes available in the local markets. Don’t forget to pick up a tin of Kesar Keri on your way back – the taste of the mango pulp will keep you wanting more.

Best Time to Visit Diu

Peak Season to visit Diu is from October to February, when the temperature stays below 20 degrees Celsius.

Shoulder Season: August to September is monsoon season, when Diu sees heavy rainfall and the island might become a bit swampy. The downside of this is that you might have to stay in most of the day when rain lashes the island.  

Off-season: March to July is summer season in Diu, and technically off-season. The minimum temperature though, remains between 27 to 30 degrees Celsius. Weather in Diu is pleasant throughout the year, so you can plan a trip here whenever you like.     


Budget for Diu

For Budget Travellers: INR 475-545 a day

  • Accommodation in guesthouses and Airbnbs: INR 300-600
  • Food: INR 150-300
  • Public transport via bus: INR 15-25  

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500-1650 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels: INR 1000-2000
  • Food: INR 475-630
  • Local transport via auto rickshaw: INR 100-250

For Luxury Travellers: INR 5,500 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4,500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 900 and upwards
  • Scooter/bike rent: INR 350-400
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