It is well said in Portuguese, “ Ilha De Calma Is Diu” which in English says, “ Island Of Calm Is Diu.” To justify the statement I would like to share my viagem para diu with you all.
It all started back in the month of November as me and my friends were done with the examinations. Luckily we all friends developed a great understanding between each other. Then comes the next step in the tale of friendship “A Tour”. As this was first trip with college buddies, the destination was predefined DIU ahhaa!!!!!! Don’t think much it’s not about the booze, but for fun indeed.
Finally in the first week of January,2016 we took off.
Diu Island famous as a tourist attraction located on the western coast of Indian territory in the Arabian sea. The whole island is connected by a bridge with Gujarat. From 8th to 13th century, Daman and Diu, which was a stronghold of Chowda Rajputs who were ousted by the Waghalas who in turn were expelled by the Muslims in 1330. The Muslim rule continued till 200 years and later on it was conquered by the Portuguese…
As of now, the city is one of the hundred Indian Cities competing in the national level competition to get funds under Modi’s flagship Smart Cities mission.
This place has plenty of places to visit in its territory. The most important thing I marked is the simplicity of this place. I will be discussing some of the very famous attractions of Diu with you all.
The fort which was built by the Portuguese in 1539, with some additions in the year 1541. The fort is very well preserved by the management where you can see the fusion of the architecture and design in the walls of the fort. The scenic view from the ramparts having a superb array of cannons. The lighthouse which you can climb is Diu’s highest point, with a beam that reaches 32km.
Near St. Paul’s Church is white-walled St. Thomas’s Church, a lovely, simple building with decaying walls. It now Houses the Diu Museum, with a collection of wooden Catholic saints going back to the 16th century and specially the creepy armless angels. Once a year, on All Saints Day (1st November), this is used for a packed out mass.
St. Paul’s Church
St, Paul’s Church is the wedding cake, founded by Jesuits in 1600 and then rebuilt in 1807. Its neoclassical facade is the most elaborate of any Portuguese church in India. Inside, it’s a great barn, with a small cloister next door, above which is a school.
Located on the South coast 3km west of town, just past Fudam village, is a small coastal cave where five Shiva linga (phallic symbols) are washed by the waves. The most scenic way to approach it is by the good, virtually empty coastal road that starts from near sunset point.
Nagoa Beach, om the south coast of the island 7km west of Diu town, is long, palm-fringed and safe for swimming. Its reasonably clean, but often very busy with splashing locals, including drunk men:foreign women receive a lot of unwanted attention.
Apart this there are many other beaches in Diu:
- Ghoghla Beach
- Gomptimata Beach
- Sunset Point Beach
- Jallandhar Beach
- Chakratirth Beach
It is believed that when the Portuguese ruled over Diu, they broke down sections of a huge rock formation that they used for construction of the Diu Fort. The Naida Caves are located just outside the city wall of the fort. This is how the caves got shape eventually. However, it is also studied that the caves were formed due to geological irregularities and processes over a significant amount of time. It is locally said that in the 20th century, when the Portuguese were adamant about not leaving Diu, and operation Vijay was launched to seize control by the Indian Army, several soldiers were stationed at the Naida caves. These caves have a natural opening that allows sunlight to enter the caves, making it all the more photogenic.
Sunset Point/ INS Khukri Memorial
INS Khukri was a Frigate of the Indian Navy. During the Indo-Pak war in 1971, she sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Diu taking down with her a crew of 18 officers and 176 sailors, when hit by 3 torpedos fired by the Pak Submarine HANGOR. This memorial was inaugurated on 15th December,1999.
Coincidently it happens to be the very famous sunset point in Diu just because of the scenic view from here, it feels like you are on the deck of a ship.
Not all, but here I have shared about some of the attractions of Diu which I visited. In all, Diu is very clean with a very decent population density. The temperature is moderate during all the seasons with pleasant breeze across the shores.
Note: If you want to have a cheap stay then I won’t recommend you the beaches nearby shores.
I myself enjoyed a lot here. Taking back all the memories with us, we headed back to the base (college).
Do visit this place, it might become a stressbuster for you.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.