Government of India, U.T. Administration of Daman and Diu
STD Code: 02875
Altitude: 29 m
Rainfall: 30 c.m
Mumbai – 980 km. Ahmedabad – 495 km. Rajkot – 295 km. Daman – 675 km.
Sasan Gir – 120 km. Una – 12 km.
Temperature : Cool and dry climate throughout the year.
Tourist Information: (02875-252653)
The word Diu is derived from the Sanskrit word dweep (island) and the history of this island has been closely associated with the sea. Diu a small town approachable from Ghoghla (known as Ahmedpur Mandvi in Gujarat) on the main land is a town sandwiched between the majestic fort to the east and a large city wall to the west. The old town buildings in Diu show a significant Portuguese influence. Some of the town’s old havelis (mansions) near Zampa Gate are grand with porticoes, carved balconies and intricate arches in a blend of European and Indian styles. The most remarkable is the Nagar Sheth’s haveli. The town of Diu is a maze of narrow cobbled lanes and away from the residential quarters, the streets turn into meandering and often leafy lanes. The main gateway in the wall has carvings of lions, and angels. The centre of the town, town square known as Bunder Chowk on the Fort Road has some good bars, small hotels and eateries, general stores, auto rickshaw stand and banks within and near the square. Diu is mainly a sea faring community and still with strong loyalty to Portugal as atleast one member from every household is Portuguese citizen living in Lisbon. People conserving fluently in Portuguese is a common sight. The majority population is engaged in fishing and it is a wonderful sight seeing trawlers unloading a staggering variety of fish in Diu.
Steeped in the quaint mix of Guajrati and Portuguese culture, Diu with its calm and class is an ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate. The Diu fort, the grand churches, virgin golden sand beaches and water sports, temple, the migratory birds (August – February next) all these lend the feel of an untouched world to this sea side town. The monuments and the land marks floodlit at night is a rare sight. The town is simply inviting and romantic in the monsoon with its green refreshing landscape and the smell of wet earth .