A beautiful blend of sea, sand and sun, Diu is a God's gift to those in quest of a blessed land where the weary weight of this unintelligible world can, for a while, be lightened and the waking soul can hear the music of the nature. This tiny island of breeze, beauty and serenity situated off the southern tip of the Saurashtra (Kathiawad) peninsula of Gujarat, lapped by the Arabian Sea, is a picture of calmness with superb beaches and a fascinating history.
Diu was ruled by many well-known kings and dynasties during the prehistoric, ancient and medieval times. It was a Portuguese colony until 1961. It is now a Union Territory, separated from Goa in 1987.It was an important trading post and naval base from where the rulers controlled the shipping routes in the northern part of the Arabian Sea between the 14-16th centuries.
4 km. ride on bicycle or auto rickshaws, away
from Diu city, one can visit Chakratirth Beach.
Situated on the coast of the island, it is an
impressive and imposing structure. Built by the Portuguese Governor
Nuno-Da-Cunha between 1535 and 1541 AD, the fort is surrounded by the sea on
three sides and commands a magnificent view of the sea. The fourth side has a
canal around it.
The old St. Thomas Church has been converted
into a museum which is a respository of antique statues, wooden carvings, stone
inscriptions, idols, shadow clocks, etc.
of Panikota or Fortim do Mar
The Fortress of Panikota is a magnificent stone
structure built in the middle of the sea, right at the mouth of the creek. It
can be reached only by a canoe or a motor launch. Approximately one nautical
mile from Diu jetty, it also has a light house and a small chapel dedicated to
Our Lady of the Sea. The fortress commands a magnificent view of the fort, the
city of Diu Jetty, the new bridge Ghoghala and Ahmadpur Mandvi.
About 5 Km. from Diu city, 5 Shiva lingas known
as Gangeshwar can be seen in the midst of rocks on the sea shore, and is washed
by waves. At the entrance there is a 25 Mtrs long carved figure of Nagaraja on
It is the largest and gentlest beach of Diu.
The Jallandhar shrine is located on a hillock
close to the beach. This small shrine crowned with a dome, contain a niche wherein
a stone carved face of Jallandhar, a mythological demon killed by Lord Krishna,
is seen. Near by, there is also a temple of goddess Chandrika. The beach is at
a distance of 1 Km from Diu Town.
It is located near the Nagoa hamlet of the village
of Bucharwada. The golden beach, as it is called, is exceptionally beautiful
and quiet beach with plenty of branching palm trees popularly known as
Hoka-Palm. This beach is safe for swimming and has facilities for water sports.
The Sea Shells Museum is nearby.
Built in 1691, St. Paul's Church is dedicated to
our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The main facade of the church, perhaps most
elaborates of all Portuguese churches in India.
Francis of Assissi
It was the friary of the Franciscans. It was
built in 1593. The Church is still in use and the cloister has been converted
into a hospital. St. Thomas Church: The old St. Thomas Church has been
converted into a museum which houses antique statues, various stone
inscriptions of the earlier rulers, wooden carvings and idols, in evening;
multicolored fountains and special lighting of the imposing building fascinate
everyone. A huge edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598. A part of it
has been converted into a museum - an archaeological treasure house.
It was inaugurated on 15th December,
1999 in memory of 18 officers and 176 sailors who chose to go down with the
warship INS KHUKRI when it was hit by a salve of three torpedoes fired from PNS
Hangor, a Pakistani Submarine on 9/12/1971 during the INDO-PAK war.