|Tourism in Daman and Diu
Place of Interest:
Fort of Moti Daman: The massive Fort that runs round the settlement like a girdle, dates back to 1559 AD. The Colossal structure in the present form encompasses about 30,000 sq. Meters. with 10 bastions and two gateways. The Fort is protected by a moat on the land side and also connects the river to the sea.
Fort of Nani Daman: The small fort with high stone walls encloses an area of 12,250 sq. meters. It has three bastions and two gateways. The most conspicuous part of the Fort is the giant gateway facing the river with a large statue of St. Jerome and two giant human figures, on either side of the gateway. The imposing church of Our Lady of the Sea is the principal building within the Fort.
Nani Daman: Nani Daman offers some wonderful sites to the traveler : Gandhi Park near Nani Daman jetty, Nani Daman Fort and the church inside and the fishing jetty where boats are anchored to name a few. The tourist crosses over to Moti Daman through the Daman – Ganga Bridge where an old world of broad roads, the massive Fort, the stately Light house, Gardens, Historic Monuments and ancient Churches in Gothic style provide a feast to the aesthetic taste.
Kadaiya Lake Garden: A Wholly man-made wonder offering a variety of cuisine, the restaurant excels in the panoramic view it has to offer. There is a lake surrounding the two islands connected by a bridge. Fountains and beautiful boats add to the remarkable greenery which meets the eye in every direction. Various interesting features like computer games, toy train make it a favorite family tourist spot. The Kadaiya Lake Garden is a famous tourist spot for shooting of many films. It is just 7 kms away from the Taxi Stand, Nani Daman. Auto Rikshaws are available.
Daman Ganga Tourist Complex: An unique integrated project with a Cafeteria, Cottages, Conference Hall, Health Club (under construction), Amphi Theatre, Giant Water Falls, Water sports, Island Gardens, Fountains which provide the visiting tourist all facilities in one location. This complex will mesmerise any tourist visiting Daman with its beauty, facilities and size. It is 8 kms away from the Taxi Stand, Nani Daman. It is about 5 kms from Vapi Station. Auto Rikshaws are available.
Jetty Garden: A beautifully designed riverside garden located at the bank of Damanganga river, Near Jetty, Moti Daman. With attractive fountain, fun rides for children, river faced seating and a cool green lawn the garden offers a joyful evening for all age groups. It is just 2 kms away from the Taxi Stand, Nani Daman. Auto Rikshaws are also available from Nani Daman Taxi Stand to Nani Daman Jetty and from Nani Daman Jetty a 2 minutes journey through boat.
Mirasol Water Park: Enjoy Go-Carting, Jumper-Boat, Striking Car and other Thrilling Rides at Mirasol Water Park situated within the Kadaiya Lake Garden. It is just 7 kms away from the Taxi Stand, Nani Daman. Auto Rikshaws are available.
Devka Beach: The Long shore – line at Devka has always fascinated the tourists. The beautiful and well tended amusement park with its musical fountain and kid’s corner has become very popular, attracting bus loads of tourists every weekend. When the park is illuminated on festive days, it provides an enchanting sight. Most of the food joints and posh hotels are just within walking distance. Taxis and auto rickshaws are easily available to take you to Devka. Children enjoy the facility of a pony – ride on the sands. The traveler can beat the summer heat by taking a swim in the cool waters of the sea. Those who are not very familiar with the beach at Devka should kindly take note that rough rocky formations are there beneath the water level. It is just 5 kms away from the Taxi Stand, Nani Daman. Auto Rikshaws are available.
Jampore Beach: Towards south, Jampore Beach leads on to the border of Gujarat. It is a pleasant spot, where one communes with nature in sublime solitude. This beach is most suited to swimming as it is danger – free. During low – tide, one can walk on the soft wet sand right into the sea. Don’t miss a picnic with your family in the shade of Casurina plantation on the sea – shore. It is about 6 kms away from the Taxi Stand, Nani Daman. Auto Rickshaws are available from Nani Daman Taxi Stand to Nani Daman Jetty and from Nani Daman Jetty a 2 minutes journey through boat to Moti Daman Jetty.
Foods and Accomodation
Daman has excellent Rest House where accommodation on prior reservation is available to tourists. In Nani Daman and close Devka Beach, a good number of fine Hotels provide Boarding, Lodging offering both Veg. and Non-Veg. Indian and Chinese cuisine to the holiday – makers.
Govt. Rest House Tel: 91 – 0260 – 2255032
Source: Daman Tourism