Diu

For over 450 years, the coastal enclaves of Daman and Diu on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman, and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India on 19 December 1961, by military conquest; Portugal did not recognize the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974. Goa, Daman, and Diu were administered as part of a single union territory until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood, leaving Daman and Diu as a separate union territory; each enclave constitutes one of the union territory’s two districts.

 1. Diu Fort:

This fort was constructed by the Portuguese in 1535 A.D. and was one of their most important ones in Asia. Useful Information: Activities for older children.

2. St. Paul’s Church:

On the fort side of Diu town is the island’s last remaining fully-functional church, St Paul’s. Completed in 1610, the church has an excellent baroque facade and a very fine selection of wooden panelling and furniture inside, including an extravagantly carved 400 year old pulpit.

3. Nagoa Beach:

The best beach is Diu is Nagoa Beach, and is a cool place to visit.

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