Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Diu Beach Junagadh District Saurashtra Gujarat India

Diu is located at 125 kms from Junagadh.

It is the beautiful tiny island with a coastal length of 21 kms.

Best Time to Visit :- October to April

Diu beach is situated off the Saurashtra coast and is connected to the state of Gujarat via a causeway.

Diu is abounded by Gujarat, separated by a narrow canal. Diu is 13 km long and 3 km wide.
Depth and Length of Diu:-

The island of Diu is about 13 km long and 3 km wide.

The beaches are not so deep hence swimming is advisable. The Gomtimata beach is having rather heavy waves.

Introduction:- Diu, the previous Portuguese colony, is an island, which offers six pristine beaches renowned for their scenic beauty and seclusion. Due to their isolated position these beaches are offering complete rescue to the holiday seekers.

Along with these unpolluted beaches Diu also possess much more to the history enthusiasts. The remnants of some Portuguese Cathedrals, forts and other monuments still symbolize the glory of the then Portuguese colonials who ruled over 400 years.

After 1961, the island is one of the Union Territories of India under the direct rule of New Delhi. Since Diu got its identity in all branches of development, tourism has also begun to be considered as one of the viable economic activities. The proximity of six beaches has already made Diu as a mascot of tourists.

Diu is a secluded island and does not have much population. This makes it the place ideal for a serene vacation, away from the worries of daily life. Diu Beach is a perfect blend of sun, sand and sea.

The captivating scenic beauty of the place is popular not only in India, but the world over. As the sea is not too deep here, you can enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water.
The average temperature of Diu Island during the summer months varies from 30 Deg C to 34 Deg C. It mostly experiences a humid climate, but the cool wind blowing over the sea brings respite. You can enjoy a host of activities on Diu beach.

It is ideal place for sun bathing, swimming, surfing and other marine activities.
The Diu fort, situated near the beach, is also worth visiting. It is a symbol of the power of the rulers that constructed it. It now serves as a jail.

All the historic structures here remind the glory of the 400 years of rule. The Diu shores are gently swept away by the waves of the Arabian Sea making it an ideal retreat for a perfect vacation.

There are a number of buildings built here by the Portuguese like churches and museum, which exhibit rare artifacts belonging to the era.

HISTORY OF POPULARITY :- The political unrest of Diu remained until the late eighties. Since then the influx of tourists in seeking a total getaway into the small beaches of Diu have made it a popular destination. Now all the six beaches of Diu are filled with innumerable foreign visitors in the season. The emergence of good accommodation facilities indicates the popularity of these beaches.

VICINITY :- The beautiful and small Diu Town is worth full to visit as it houses many of the historical and cultural remnants. The town is in between a massive fort, which extended to the east, and the city wall to the west.

The Zamba Getaway possess many carved sculptures of angels, lions etc. Inside the wall one can see the 18th century miniature chapel. The artificial waterfall is a wonderful creation, is light up at night.

The Diu Museum adjacent to the St.Thomas Church houses an array of catholic sculptures. Most attracting one here is that of a statue of Jesus Christ prostrate on a bier, accompanied by two angels. The Portuguese fort is built in the first half of 16th Century is under threat of collapse due to the ebb and flow of time. Yet a visit is worth full. The presence of cannons, most of them are still in good condition attracts the attention of people. The fort now serves as the jail of the island.

Private Beaches :-

Since tourism has not yet started to conquer the Diu beaches in a large scale, there are not too much resorts on the seafront hence private beaches are very few. But in Nagoa beach and Jallandhar beach there are a couple of private beach resorts situated right on the beach side. Activities in Diu Junagadh -

The Diu beaches are ideal for sun bathing, swimming, surfing and other marine activities.

Among the six beaches Nagoa beach is famous.

This pleasant palm-fringed beach, very safe for swimming is now quite busy.

Gomtimata, located to the west of Nagoa is a golden sandy beach still deserted, but the waves are quite heavy.

Other beaches in the vicinity of Diu include Jallandhar, Chakratirth and Sunset point.

Sun rise and sun set cruises from all the beaches can be arranged by the fisher folk. Sea cruises are also popular here.
Fairs And Festivals (Diu Junagah) -

The Navaratri festival will be a novel concept to the visitors, which is celebrated in October. The concept is that of praising the Goddess Amba. During this festival women perform a dance form known as Garba. Portuguese dance forms are also performed by the people includes Mando, Vira and Verdigao dances. These dances of slow motion are performed at joyful occasions.
TRADITION AND DRESS CODE in Diu-Junagadh :- As the local people are still conservative, in public the visitors should be in decent dress. It does not mean that indecent dress is advisable in beaches. Nudity and topless parade of ladies are also prohibited. Shopping(Diu Junagadh) -

In the Diu town good shopping facilities are there. Diu is specially noted for the absence of commercial exploitation of visitors. The small handicraft shops are having many locally made handicraft items.
Accomodation in Diu Junagadh -

In Jalandhar beach there is a six -cottage complex on the beach. There is also a camping site in Kevdi that provides budget and middle class accommodation. In the Diu town one can find accommodation near the fish market and the town square. Some of the beach resorts have sea view rooms.
Other Facilities in Diu Junagadh -

There are some Govt. Rural hospitals in and around Diu in Ghoghla, Vanakbara and in Bucharwada. There is a main Post and Telegraph Office in Diu.

The sub-Post offices are at Zampa, Ghoghla, Bucharwada and Vanakbara.

In Diu beer and alcoholic drinks are very cheap.

Security Precautions in Diu -

Not in the case of Diu beaches only, keeping one's ears and eyes wide open while roaming in an unknown place always pays. It is advisable to keep the belongings well locked and should not left behind carelessly.

What to see -

* Nagoa Beach
* Fortress of Panikot
* St. Paul's Church
* Jallandhar Shrine
* Gangeshwar Temple
* Navlakha Parshvanath Temple
* Jama Masjid
* Diu Museum

How to Reach:-

Air :- Diu do have one airport at Nagoa which provides Diu-Mumbai daily flights.

Bus :- Una is the access point for Diu, and there are direct buses to there from Bhavnagar, Palitana, veraval and Talaja. Once in Una, you have to get yourself the 10 or so km to Ghoghla and Diu. Buses depart every 30 minutes from Una bus stand between 6.30 am and 8.l5 pm (Rs 6).

From Una, if you don't want to wait for a bus, walk the one km; from the bus stand to Tower Chowk (ask directions), from where crowded share rickshaws take you to Ghoghla (Rs 5), and another share rickshaw on to Diu (Rs 3).
An auto-rikshaw from Una costs about Rs 50. There are a number of Gujarat STC buses which run all the way to Diu from paces such as Veraval and Bhavnagar.

A quicker and more comfortable option to the STC buses are the private minibuses.
There are regular departures between 6 am and 8 pm to Veraval .

Junagadh (four hours), Rajkot (seven hours) and Porbandar (five hours) There's a bus to Mumbai at 10 am (22 hours). Bookings for all buses should be made preferably 24 hours in advance.
By Train Delwada, between Una and Ghoghla and only about eight km from Diu, is the nearest railhead.

A share auto-rickshaw from there to Ghoghla costs about Rs 5. There's a direct train at 6 am from Delwada to Veraval (96km).

There is also a daily service to Junagadh (164km) via Sasan Gir.
Getting Around Auto-rickshaw drivers will demand Rs 50 to Una, but you may be able to bargain this down.

To travel anywhere within the town of Diu itself should cost Rs 7. To Nagoa Beach, expect to pay Rs 35, and to Sunset point, Rs 25.

Share rickshaws to Ghoghla cost Rs 3 per person.
Cycling is a good way to get around Diu Town.

You can also rent bicycles here.
Local buses from Diu Town to Nagoa to Beach and Vanakbara leave from the bus stand opposite the petrol pump on Bunder Rd. From Nagoa, they depart for Diu Town from near the police post.

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