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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Surat Check Flights

"Heritage, culture and beaches"

Daman Tourism

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.

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History

Daman has had a long, motley, and chequered history of being ruled by rulers from different dynasties and nations. Between 2nd Century BC and 13th Century AD, Daman was part of a country known as Lata, which was one of the seven divisions of the Konkan Vishaya. It later became part of the Mauryan empire, somewhere during the rule of King Ashoka. It then came under the successive rule of various other dynasties, including the Satvahanas, Kshaharatas, Satkarnis, Abhiras, Traikutakas, Vakatakas, Mahishmati kings of Kalachuri, different divisions of the Chalukyas, and the Shahs of Gujarat. In the year 1523, Daman was noticed by the Portuguese who made several attempts to conquer it. Many attacks and more than 30 years later, it was finally acquired by them by way of a treaty with the Shah of Gujarat. From this day to the day of its liberation in 1961, Daman remained under the rule of Portuguese. The relics of Portuguese culture are forever imprinted here, in the form of Churches, forts, chapels, and old quarters. Daman was incorporated into the Indian territory in 1961 through military conquest. But, it was not until 1974 that Portugal finally accepted the annexation of Daman into India. It remained a part of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman, and Diu after which a separate union territory of Daman & Diu was formed.

Nightlife in Daman

The nightlife of Daman is brought alive due to the presence of an entire horde, scattered throughout the place and offering an entire range of liquor at low prices. A large number of bars remain open 24 by 7, offering a hangout place at any time of the day or night. Daman also has its share of dance bars, which attract large numbers of tourists as well as locals. Some tourist favourites among the large throng of bars are Royal Bar, Kings Ladies Dance Bar, Mayank Bar and Manpasand Bar.

It is this omnipresence of watering holes which makes Daman a favourite getaway destination for people residing in the neighbouring dry state of Gujarat. A large number of tourists here, come from the dry state to quench their thirst for easily, cheaply, and widely available alcohol.

Almost all residential hotels run their own nightclubs, stocked full with the liquor of many types, offering an in-house entertainment option to their guests. Beachside DJ nights and Saturday night dancing sessions are popular activities among tourists, hosted by lodges, resorts, and hotels.

Paltry taxes and no restrictions on drinking make Daman a famous party town, and it is said that almost every second shop here is a wine shop. So, it’s an entertainment paradise for all party goers, party people, and alcohol lovers who are looking for a vacation filled with fun, frolic, drinking sessions, and all night dancing.

Coastal Beauty Personified

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.

Restaurants and Local Food in Daman

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.
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Suggested Itinerary

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.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Abode to beautiful sea life. A nice touch of Portuguese culture available as well.

What's Not So Great?

Congested in peak seasons. Not easily accessible.

For Whom?

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.

How To Reach Daman

Daman has no direct connectivity to the rest of India by any means. The nearest stop for both roadways and railways is Vapi in Gujarat, which is barely 13.2 km from Daman. Surat is the nearest stop for the airborne travellers. The Diamond City of Gujarat is some 123.2 km away from Daman via NH 48.

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Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- 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.
Heena Shinde 1 year ago
Superb place for weekend. We r very enjoyed at jampore beach..... Very superb management for tourists. ... Please arrange some changing place for female.
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