Diu Beats

Diu.
One of the most serene beach places I saw in the longest time.
Wait, longest time? It was my first time at a beach? And the coolest one, yay šŸ˜€

This place is so chill that when you step out of the airport, you might find no cab or auto or bus at all outside the airport.

So what do you do? Just start walking that beautiful road along the sea line.

After getting out of the airport, a ten minute walk to the right will take you to the city, and a twenty minutes to the right will take you to Nagoa beach.
If you want cheap accommodation then it makes more sense to head to the city and bury your luggage first.
The distance between Diu city and Nagoa is 5 km.
Psst, I went to the beach directly, and spent the night there. And I didn’t even have much money.

 

What Am I Recommended By Everybody In Diu To Visit?

 

Nagoa Beach

Nagoa beach is where you wanna be at in Diu, apart from all the other places. It’s the place to be if you want some happening scene.
There are resorts, restaurants, food, beach, water sports happening, everything happening here. (And this season onward Festa De DiuĀ happening from December to February.)

Unlike other beaches, this beach doesn’t feel humid or warm at all and the weather feels pleasant throughout.
Also there’s a bar right at the beach from where you could take real cheap alcohol and drink right at the beach.
Oh and this brings me to the point that this is the only place in Gujarat where alcohol is available. So this place gives the feeling of respite and happiness.

Diu Fort

Since the entry to the fort is not regulated in any way, and is free – I think it’s safe to call it the ruins.
TheĀ fort has got to be one of the most beautiful ruins you’ll ever get to see.
Aging aboutĀ 500 years, this gorgeous fort offers the best of views. I imagine those living in this fort must have never had stress problems.
Built by the Portuguese inĀ 1535 as a part of the defense strategy, it is surrounded by the Arabian sea on three sides and has a valley on the fourth.

Absolutely dd, this fort will offer you the best of views. At least I got my most favourite pictures from here. I didn’t want to get out of this place.

Diu Museum

This amazing masterpiece built in 1598 was initially a Church, but a major part has been turned to a museum. It showcases antique statues, stone inscriptions of earlier rulers, wooden carvings and idols.
[But I’m not a museum person so I didn’t go inside :D]
The Saint Thomas Church museum looks absolutely goth during the day, and in the evening it is accompanied by colourful fountains and special lighting.

Jalandhar Beach/ INS Khukhri Memorial

Ah! Jalandhar beach is another of those peaceful places in Diu.Ā As you climb the little sand hill to enjoy the view, you’ll also find a beautiful rock cut temple.
But this place is especially famous as the sunset point. See that red hot sun sink into the infinite sea in a matter of minutes.

Talking about sunset, next to Jalandhar place is INS Khukhri Memorial from where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset from the same place.
This memorial is in honour and remembrance of the martyr ship that went down in 1971 in a face off against a Pakistani submarine.


Naida Caves

I’ll quote the Diu Tourism Ā site here:
The Naida Caves are an explorerā€™s delight. Located outside the city wall of the Diu fort, these caves are a network of hewn hollows and steps which beg to be explored. The history of the caves suggests that the Portuguese hacked off building materials during their reign, which resulted in the formation of the caves. Plan a visit on a clear sunny day, and be assured that the cave’s natural openings will not disappoint with a spectacular display of light.

Umm. This cave has a guard, and also a portable toilet.
You’ll spend some good fifteen minutes in this strikingly beautiful cave, but there’s nothing much to explore here.

 

Other Cool Things?

Fudam Village

Are you in love with the ruins just like me? What if the ruins look absolutely fresh and modern? šŸ˜€
Diu was a Portuguese colony for a really long time, its influence could be still somehow be seen here. All citizens of Diu have dual nationality – Indian and Portuguese.

There are about 200 houses in this little Fudam village of Diu, out of which only 20 are still inhabited.
All the houses are freshly painted in bright colours like pink, yellow, blue, but are kept locked since long.
All the households have either moved out to either Portugal or the UK.
But they do pay their childhood house a visit time and again, or when they are to get married, and get maintain the upkeep of the house.

It took me a while to realise I’m standing in the middle of the ruins.

Gangeshwar Temple

I’m not a religious or temple person at all, so I avoid going inside religious places as much as I could.Ā But many of those religious houses speak of amazing stories, architecture and locations.
Gangeshwar temple looked really hypnotic and like something I never saw before, and has an amazing story to it. The temple named after Lord Shiva, it is said that the five Pandavas used to worship the said Lord here during the time of their exile.

The place feels high in energy from inside, and also has a “snakey” feel to it.
It has a unique set of 5 shivlings, which get washed by the sea waves during high tide.

Khadd

So between Gangeshwar temple and a mosque in Fudam village is a small pond which is called “khadd” locally.
It is said that its water has medicinal powers and taking a dip in it heals all skin ailments.
However, since the locals have relocated from the village long ago the pond is not kept maintained. And since the place is too empty you couldn’t find encouragement in others following the routine.

So it’ll take a lot of courage to take a dip in the now dirty pond.
But hey, do you think the tap water you get in India otherwise is any cleaner? šŸ˜€


Cashews

Diu is also the land of cashews. I always wondered how cashews grow. And here I got to see cashew in its raw form, and ate them in a manner like never before.
They are inside this big red shell, which you either roast on a pan, or over coal or boil.
Then once the outer covering is broken open, you find about 1 – 7 cashews inside it.

Hoka TreeĀ 

Apart from the architecture, this is the precious gift by the Portuguese that they left to us – Ā Hoka tree.
This tree is found only in this part of the country, and because of its numerous benefits the Forest Department of Diu has protected the species through various acts and rules.

The hoka seed is eaten like a fruit after peeling its outer skin.
The seeds are also used to make local liquor called Tadi.
The benefits of it are that it treats hypertension and also decreases chances of cardiovascular diseases.

 

Sosyo DrinkĀ 

Oh this Sosyo is a legend!
It’s productions started from Surat, Gujarat in 1927 as a part of theĀ Swadeshi Movement. It isĀ almost a century old, and needless to say – India’s oldestĀ carbonated drink.

The flavour being called ‘mixed fruit‘ is a mix of grape and apple cider, is mostly an inseparable part of a Gujarati party.
The Indian brand is also exported to the UK, USA and New Zealand apart from some other countries, and it’s high time we embrace our very own brand with both arms open too.

 

Clearly Diu has an incredible lot to offer. This is a very serene place and would not disappoint you in any way.
People here are very polite and friendly and we made good friends in a very little while.
One place I would like to come again to for a longer duration. šŸ™‚

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