Diu Daman – Beaches, Forts and Tranquility

When we talk about Portuguese churches and beaches, the name that instinctively comes to our mind is Goa. Though Goa has its own beauty, the small island of Diu is no less.

Especially popular among the foreigners or the weekend revellers from Gujarat, it is a charming place with beaches, fort, churches, lovely climate and sea-food and of course tax-free liquor.

Diu was a Portugese colony till 1961 after which, it was taken over by India.
—-
We reached there in the evening and had a walk in the beach at the sunset.

Diu_002

Diu_004

Diu_007

Diu_008

We spent sometime at a place from where we could get a good view of the beautifully-lit bridge that connects Diu to the mainland.

Diu_011

We had a long drive that day and decided to have an earlier dinner and go to bed.

Next morning, we first went to the beach. As we went on a weekday, it was not crowded at all.

Diu_017

Diu_021

Then we took the road off the Diu fort for this view.

Diu_034

Then we went to the one of the most important landmarks of Diu – the St. Paul’s Church which was founded in the 1600.

Diu_047

Diu_050

Diu_055

We drove through the empty roads and reached the Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple.

Diu_061

Diu_066

The location of the temple was very unique, something I have never seen before. The shiva linga is under the shelter of a rock, adjacent to the sea. Occasionally, the waves sprinkled water on the gods.

Diu_071
We then proceed to the old part of the town. There was a huge gateway.

Diu_073

The havelis in the town had a distinctive style of architecture.

Diu_076

Some of them were really colourful.

Diu_078

Mahendrabhai, my friend with whom I went there recently acquired an old house to convert it into a heritage hotel.  He was kind enough to show us around.

Diu_079

The rooms had antique furnitures and a lot of other artefacts.

Diu_085

I found a vintage camera too.

Diu_087

Diu_088

Diu_092

Diu_094

A worker who was involved in the restoration.

Diu_098

Diu_100

Diu_101

This room was the most interesting part of the house. The walls were full of murals and there was a swing in the middle of the room. There was a unique mechanism using which, the direction in which the swing is facing could be changed.

Diu_104

Some of the rooms had the original beautiful tiles.

Diu_109

Diu_110

Diu_114

Diu_116

Everything was so artistic about the place; the door handles too.

Diu_117

Diu_122

Diu_124

Diu_125

Diu_126

Diu_132

Diu_133
We spent about a couple of hours in the house and then we walked around.

Diu_135

Diu_137

Diu_143
We spent sometime at the Nagoa beach. Further ahead was this beautiful stretch of rocks hollowed by the dashing water over years.

Diu_147

Thus ended our short trip to Diu.


Thanksgiving:
A million Thanks to my friend Mahendrabhai from Rajkot who drove me to Diu and several other places during this visit to Gujarat.

This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks.
Trainer of the Year – Photography Workshops
BrandsAcademy

Saurabh’s Pictures
Follow Saurabh on Facebook
Follow on Twitter

4 Comments

  1. I somehow felt that the photos posted here are not upto the mark and gave feeling that it was clicked by amateur. Said what i felt.

  2. Nice photos. I enjoyed them and the narrative.

  3. Being follower of you for some time,Blogs about your visits to different places across India gives idea about them.As a Travel photographer,It really helps.Thanks for inspiring.
    Pls do check my flickr profile when you find time.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/vjisinphotography/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *