The cool beaches, greenery, scenic natural beauty and most of all, its easy availability of cheap liquor makes Daman a popular destination among youths and even as a getaway for those in Gujrat.
Daman is a beautiful little city, surrounded by states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Arabian sea on the sides. The place has a rich culture and history. Its history dates back to over 2000 years ago. The present is tinted in colors of enjoyment, simplicity, and festivity. Beaches of the area let it stand out as a centre of natural beauty together with hints of fun. What adds on to the tourist experience here is the shopping scene which ranges from leather products, exquisite brands of liquor to handcrafted items.
Abode to beautiful sea life. A nice touch of Portuguese culture available as well.
Congested in peak seasons. Not easily accessible.
Ideal for people looking for a touch of culture and history. Suitable for backpackers touring nearby sites like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, etc. Also for people who are looking for a beach getaway from the nearby states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Daman is equally enjoyable for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations and offers countless options. While subtle hints of Gujrati and Parsee food can be sensed in the menu here, the seafood is splendid and the island also has quite a street food culture. Other than these there are notable restaurants along the beaches of the region too offering an enjoyable meal with an equally exquisite scenery.
Beautiful hotels facing the sea are available. Air conditioning is a must during summers as the weather gets too humid and muggy. Most hotels are equipped with basic amenities. But be sure to book your room in advance during holiday season and weekends.
Autorikshaws are available.
Day 1 - Reach Daman, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, where you can buy some souvenirs, especially handicrafts like leather products, bamboo mats, baskets etc. for your personal collection. The alcoholics can strike gold here, for foreign liquor sells like hot cakes. Day 2 - You should begin ideally with the Fort of St. Jerome, which is one of the most popular destinations in Daman. Within the premise, itself are a Catholic Church of the Portuguese era and a Jain Temple for the cultural devotees. Day 3 - You can start the day with the historical church of Bom Jesus, or proceed to the beautiful Mirasol Lake Garden. You can end your day with a visit to the beautiful Devka beach, which is another rare beach in India that is untouched, and pristine.
A surprisingly unexplored coastal beauty, Daman is a city in the small union territory of Daman & Diu, sandwiched between the states of Gujarat & Maharashtra. Once ruled by the Portuguese, Daman, besides having the charms of Indian culture, is also a mute witness to the days of Portuguese rule, with scores of forts and churches styled in the Portuguese way. This city is divided by Daman Ganga river into two parts, Nani Daman [meaning the small one] and the Moti Daman [meaning the big one]. Moti Daman is the old city inhabited, while Nani Daman is the modern tourist hotspot. So next time, if you're looking for a bold adventure in an unexplored beauty, do mark Daman on the top of your itinerary.
Daman draws a lot of crowd for its liquor from Gujarat, which is a dry state. Be careful while traveling alone at night.
Just a heads-up if you are going to travel by shared taxis. The taxi could be completely packed and the drive could be rash, making the ride quite uncomfortable.