Trip to Diu

Sometime in May I had gone for a three day trip to the Island of Diu, off the coast of Gujarat, India, and while I was there I had planned on starting a travel blog, basically writing about the places I had visited, but out of sheer laziness I never got around to do it. Today for some reason, I thought I needed to share my experience.

Diu is a Union territory in India, known as Daman and Diu, the two islands. Diu is a small but beautiful island with sandy beaches and roaring seas. The most popular beach in Diu happens to be the horse-shoe beach of Nagoa with its expansive continental shelf and cliffs on both the ends, where the waves lash against the rocks and you can feel the sprays of water.

Diu was an important Portuguese port in India and the Fort of Diu, the massive imposing structure, was built in 1535 AD by Nuno de-Cunha and was then rebuilt after 1546 AD by Viceroy Joao de-Castro. It is one of the main tourist attractions of the Island, with it’s deep surrounding moat and strong high walls which stand on the tip of the island bracing the sea.

Fort of Diu, Diu

Another prominent attraction of the island is the St. Paul Church. A giant, looming, white structure, with a number of intricately carved pillars and beautiful woodwork interiors. It harbours an ensuing calmness about itself, and an air of welcoming as you go on to light your candles in silence.

Signpost outside the church
St. Paul Church, Diu (outside)

Among other things in Diu, the weather has its own rewards. During the summer season, the days are hot, with the sun burning down on you, but the evening are pleasant, and as the monsoon creeps in closer, you are sure to expect a few occasional showers.

The most inviting thing about Diu though happens to be the extremely well maintained roads and clean walkways, all along the beach. There are also different cycle tracks for those who want to have a little exercise.

Roadway, Diu

The topography of Diu happens to be sandy beaches with marshland and a occasional hillock with plantation trees. The island is scarcely populated, so you might not come across a number of people if you’re out on the road, but be sure to expect a crowded beach, because in the evenings, everyone loves to come out and sit by the ocean.

Diu has a number of empty beaches in case you’re like me and don’t like having crowds around with people laughing and screaming as every waves comes into the shore. The most beautiful of these untouched beaches happens to be Vanakbara, which is just a a 3km walk from Nagoa.

Vanakbara beach, Diu

Apart from Nagoa and Vanakbara, there are a number of other beaches all around the island waiting to be explored. Diu also offers some wonderful seafood as well as traditional Portuguese cuisine which you should be sure to try.

The island is small, and if you’re a walking enthusiast like me, you can most definitely almost walk around the entire island with it’s interconnecting streets and helpful locals. Be sure to have a look at the beautiful, small houses that dot the entirety of the island, most of them serve as holiday homes for people who want to get away from the hustle of city life.

Diu is a small, yet beautiful island that can serve as a perfect getaway for a few days to calibrate your soul and enjoy the ocean and the sound of the waves.


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