Diu is one of the most serene and beautiful Portuguese colonies in India. This union territory is known for its historic forts, ancient churches and pristine beaches. Diu is also home to the very unique Naida Caves. Located off the Kathiawar Peninsula in Gujarat, Diu is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India. The island is spread over 40 sq km making it one of the destinations you can travel across extensively in a short span of time. The best time to visit Diu is from October to May. So, if you’re looking forward to spend a weekend of this summer in Diu, here are 5 things you should absolutely not miss doing in Diu!
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1. Walk around the streets of Diu
Diu, to this day feels like a quaint Portuguese colony. The entire town is full of colourful buildings, houses and cottages. The streets are almost always empty and there’s a calmness about the place making time come to a standstill. A walk through the markets is a relaxing experience.
2. Visit the historic forts
Diu is home to the Diu Fort and the Fortress of Panikota. Both these forts were built by the Portuguese when they first invaded India. It is known that the Mughal emperor was extremely keen on invading Gujarat. Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat sought help from the Portuguese to build Diu Fort in 1535. In about a couple of decades, the Portuguese took charge of the kingdom and ruled Diu for over 400 years. On the other hand, the Fortress of Panikota was built in water to resemble a ship in order to misguide invaders. The fort also offers a fantastic vantage point to guard the territory.
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3. Stroll on the sandy beaches
Diu is home to five breathtaking beaches. The Nagoa Beach is the most visited beach. Jallandhar, Gomati,Charatirth and Ghoghla beaches are the others where you can go for a swim, try adventure sports, sunbathe or simply do some yoga.
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4. Explore the Naida Caves
Naida Caves are not naturally formed caves. It is located right outside the Diu Fort. It is known that the Portuguese would break down this huge rock structure for all the construction work around the town. At some point, it was used as a bunker by soldiers to. Over the years, studies revealed that the Naida Caves were formed because of geological irregularities.
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5. Visit the ancient churches
There are three churches in Diu, all of them are examples of Portuguese architecture. The Church of St Francis Assisci was the first one to be built in 1563 and serves as a hospital today. The Church of St Thomas which was built next is not functional these days, however on Christmas each year, midnight mass is organized here. The only church in Diu which is in updated condition is the St Paul’s Church.
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