Daman and Diu are two coastal districts, which are part of the Union Territory of India , on the Arabian sea coast. Daman shares its border with Maharashtra state and Diu with Gujarat state.
Daman and Diu were part of the Portuguese colonies in India even after Indian independence and were made part of India on 19th December 1961, by military conquest. This Union Territory was known as Goa, Daman and Diu until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood.
Daman and Diu are known for its historic buildings, churches, forts and beaches. Tourism is the major industry in Daman and Diu. St. Paul’s Church, Diu fort, Water Fort Prison with watch tower overlooking the Diu Fort, Nadia Caves, etc, are some of the main tourist attractions in Diu. Moti Daman Fort, Daman Freedom Memorial, Nani Daman Fort and the church inside the fort, etc, are some of the main tourist sites in Daman.
Daman and Diu are having an area of 72 and 40 square kilometers respectively. Daman and Diu lies at around 650 kilometers distance from each other.
How Do I Go to Daman and Diu?
Vapi railway station with station code “VAPI”, is the nearest railway station to Daman at around 12 kilometers distance, on the Western railway line. Diu Airport with IATA code DIU, has commercial flights to Mumbai and Porbander. Daman has an Airport; there are no commercial flights from here and is used as a Indian Navy air base.
Surat and Mumbai are at around 125 and 150 kilometers distance, respectively from Daman.