It is an Island retreat gently, rocked by the wind and the wave from the Arabian Sea . Diu a tiny Island situated slightly off the cost of Kathiawar near the Port of Veraval in Gujarat .
Diu was initially the haven of Portuguese people till 1961. Diu has spectacular beaches and many old forts which show the true architecture of the Portuguese who established this place. Exotic beaches, luxury resorts and sea food has made this place a famous tourist destination for the travelers. There are many villages on this beach town which are famous for their tribal culture.
Tourist Attractions in Diu:
Diu Fort is one of the popular historical place of diu. Among the places of tourist interest, the Fort of Diu occupies a prominent position. Diu Fort is a very large and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. This fort was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD after the treaty signed between the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese.
St. Thomas Church:-
St. Thomas Church is a lovely simple building housing the Diu Museum. There is a spooky, evocative collection of worn Catholic statues. Once a year, on 1 November, this is used for a packed out mass. There are also some remains of the Jain temple. There is a guest house upstairs and you can also climb the roof for amazing views.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi:-
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi has been converted into a hospital, but is also sometimes used for services. The Portuguese descended population mostly live in this area, still called the foreigner’s quarter.
Nagoa Beach Diu:-
A perfect semi circle beach where the gentle lapping waves beckon you to wade into them for a fun filled time of swimming, gamboling or just lolling around the soft sand shores or to find you napping under the palm trees filled with the soothing breeze.
Chakratirth Beach, Diu enjoys a central location and lies adjacent to the town. Chakratirth Beach in Diu is a favorite beach getaway for both the domestic and the international tourist.
This is a must visit destination if, you want to have some seaside fun. Gujarat is predominantly a hot state and thus visiting Diu will certainly bring the mercury down. Peak season is during December, that is around the Diu festival. So make sure that this place is on your list when you’re visiting Gujarat.