If you're still searching online to find out the perfect beach destination for winters, you've landed at the right place. Because Asia’s longest beach festival is happening in India right now and I'm going to give you all the required details, right here, right now.
Festa De Diu is the longest beach festival in Asia, spanning across three months, from December 2015 to February 2016. With concerts, carnivals, jam sessions and more than 300 artists such as Shreya Ghosal, Vir Das, Indian Ocean and Milind Soman set to perform, this beach festival is the epitome of fun and relaxation.
The festival has a unique format with different artists performing to different weekly themes. It also includes various jam sessions, concerts, carnivals, literary and art programs, workshops and community outreach programs. Check out the calendar here and plan your trip accordingly.
The festival will be held across four venues: Caves, Beach, Diu Fort and Amphitheatre. A few highlights are listed below:
1 December: Shubha Mudgal (Beach)
5 December: Ankit Tiwari (Beach)
6 December: Indian Ocean (Beach)
12 December: Neeraj Sridhar and Rashid Ali (Beach)
13 December: Sabri Brothers (Beach)
19 December: Shibani Kashyap, sand art by Rahul Arya, boat-racing & swimming competition (Beach)
24 December: Chocolate-making workshop (Caves)
25 December: Benny Dayal (Beach)
31 December: Hard Kaur (Beach)
3 January: Run for DIU Marathon with Milind Soman (Beach)
13 January: Kite-making workshop (Beach)
17 January: Interactive session with Darsheel Safary (Beach)
31 January: Kailasa (Beach)
7 February: Shreya Ghoshal (Caves)
12 February: Shilpa Rao (Beach)
13 February: Sivamani and Runa Rizvi (Beach)
How to reach Diu
By road: Ahmedabad is 450km or 7 hours away, while Mumbai is 815km or 15 hours away.
Nearby attractions that you might like to explore
Gir National Forest
There's something in store for the adventure junkies as well at the festival. Feel the adrenaline rush as you jump into the Arabian Sea. Do zip-lining between two cliffs, and take a bird's eye view of Diu from a Hot Air Balloon.
And if you’re looking for more things to do in Diu, here are a few.