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Daman West, India
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Daman is one of the union territories of India, formally known as Daman and Diu. Daman is situated on the west coast of India on the Arabian Sea and is an exotic location that is blessed with sun, sand & sea. It was under the control of Portugal from 1539 to 1961 and as a result has a lot of Portuguese influence on architecture and culture in the region. A hop, skip and jump destination from Mumbai in Maharashtra and Surat in Gujarat, Daman is just the kind of holiday you need if you are looking for a break from hectic city life.

 

Divided by the Damanganga into Nani Daman (north) and Moti Daman (south), this union territory is home to some of Indiaís finest churches and relics from the days of Portuguese rule between 1531 and 1961, even today locals converse in both Portuguese and Gujarati with equal ease.

 Orientation

The best way to feel this quite port town is to have a walk through it, head south first, to the Moti Daman Fort, a grand walled area housing a lots of old buildings in and around fortification. Walk to the nearby Church of Bom Jesus, one of the most impressive structures of Daman. Its beauty lies in its ornate, intricately designed interiors - the richly decorated wood-paneled hall has a superbly carved balcony projecting along one of the walls, and in front is an ornamental gilded Baroque altar. The church is dedicated to infant Jesus and also has statues of six saints. Also visit the adjacent Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary against the walls of the fort of Moti Daman. A 16th century structure, legends has it that the eyes of the statue of Mary here can hypnotize onlookers.

 

The fort itself has impressive bastions and a light house. Drive out of the fort and to the the church of Our Lady of Remedios, one of the oldest in India.

 

Now if you are looking to just laze around and relax, make your way to the Jampore beach. Considered Damanís best beach by many, it sports palm trees and casuarinas fringing the sands leading out to the sea. Donít miss the beautiful sunset here. Crowd gets in here at the evening for horseback and camel rides, your best bet for some peace and quite is in the first half of the day. When your stomach signals lunch time, hit any of the eateries lining the beach and dig into fresh seafood.

 

Head out across the river to see the Fort of St. Jerome in Nani Daman, an impressive structure that houses a church, cemetery and school. This early 17th century fort has three bastions, one major gateway facing the waterfront and a smaller exit gate facing the land. Climb the parapet here, whose different levels are connected by winding staircases, ascending right to the top for a superb panoramic view of the river flanked by the two forts on either side.

 

Drive on to Devka, a popular beach that you couldnít miss even if you tried, largely because of the almost contiguous line of hotels, resorts and eateries that run the entire stretch of two km. Head to Sea Face Road in the evening, itís a crowded part of town, but itís a good sunset point and is lined with restaurant and tempting street food stalls.

 

Daman is a beautiful, laid-back town with a happy vibe. There are gardens and churches, fresh sea food and lazy beaches, and lanes displaying old, Portuguese homes. The best way to explore it is to go without a fixed plan and discover its many delights at your own pace.

 Getting there

Location:

Daman is a tiny little area sandwiched between the State of Maharashtra, Gujarat and the Arabian Sea.

 

Distances:

Mumbai - 185 Kms (Nearest Airport), Vapi - 15 Kms (Nearest Railhead), Surat - 145 Kms, Khanvel - 45 Kms, Silvassa - 35 Kms, Nashik - 185 kms.

 Fast Facts
Name Daman Best Time To Visit October to May
Location West   India   Destination  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Island getaway.
Temperature Summar   26c - 36c      Winter   17c - 33c      Rainy   23c Ė 34c
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