In continuation of my Travelogue Series…
During my recent travels – discovered “Incredible India” and the opportunity to share my awesome experiences of our rich Indian Culture through my blogs…..
An exciting, slightly hectic but rejuvenating short trip from Mumbai to Daman
We began our journey in our own vehicle with close family and friends from Mumbai to 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.
Coastal Beauty Personified
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.
The best time to visit Daman is between October – April when the ambience is heavenly and the climate pleasant. Since Daman is situated near the Arabian Sea, it experiences a tropical climate with mild winters and deary summers. Although Monsoon is a good option, the heavy rainfall in this region might make the trip a little bit inconvenient.
Winter is the most popular time of the year to visit Daman. The landscape is refreshed and replenished after the monsoon, and the sea is calm. With temperatures ranging between 10°C and 15°C the weather is at its best in the winter.
The sky is clear blue with stark white clouds. Ocean currents are mild, making it perfect for swimming and exploring. Water sports are best experienced in winter too. Nights are charming and perfect for romantic walks. This is the peak tourist season in Daman, so make sure to book your travel and accommodation in advance to avoid last-minute surge pricing. Take a romantic walk along Jallandhar Beach, Devka Beach, Ghoghla Beach, Nagaon Beach or Jampore Beach. Watch the sunset against the stark waters and have a beach party at night too!
As the fishing season begins at the end of the monsoon, winter is the time you get the most delectable seafood! Indulge your taste buds in a variety of local dishes that hold exotic Portuguese touches too.
Daman in Summer (March – June)
The tropical summer is sweltering at Daman, with temperatures ranging between 27 and 39°C. Humidity is also high because of the proximity to the coast. This means that days are hot and balmy, while the evenings are pleasant. Carry linens and cotton to beat the heat and stay hydrated. It is advisable to sightsee and travel in the mornings and evenings, as the afternoons get humid and stuffy.
March is an ideal off-season month to visit Daman as the breeze from the Arabian Sea in the evenings is delightful and perfect for romantic walks. As the months’ pass, it gets hotter and more humid, which keeps most tourists away from the coast. The price of resorts and homestays comes down too, which makes summer an ideal time for tourists on a budget to make the most of Daman. You can enjoy water sports without much hassle too. The beaches, especially Devka and Nagao, look stunning at dawn and dusk. They are not very crowded, which makes them perfect for romantic dates with your loved ones.
Enjoy the wonders of nature in tranquil bliss as you watch the Arabian Sea from the fort of Moti Daman as you take along a picnic basket for a memorable day with your family. You can also take a walk to the Fort of St Jerome and the Chapel of Our Lady Rosary for serene evenings.
Water sports are favourite in summer. Adrenaline junkies are bound to have the time of their lives going swimming, snorkelling, water skiing and wakeboarding in the waters. You can also scuba dive and go speed boating in the ocean. Banana boats and kite flying are popular too! Jampore Beach is the hotspot for watersports, so make sure to give it a visit during your time in Daman. You can enrol in short-term PADI courses or take up pleasure rides too.
Nani Daman and Moti Daman make up the two parts of the city of Daman. While the former shines with antique and tranquil charm, the latter is famed for its restaurants and popular sites. The Fort of St Jerome and the Jain temple at Nani Daman are a must-visit for their astounding architecture and spectacular facades. In Moti Daman, you can pay a visit to the Church of Our Lady of Rosary and marvel at the Gothic, Portuguese art. Satya Nagar Udyan boasts of a gorgeous garden which houses a lake and elaborate fountain displays. Stroll into Gandhi Park and take in the lush grass, or gaze up at the Lighthouse, one of the most famous landmarks of Daman.
Water sports are favourite in winter too. Keep in mind that it is more likely to rain during October and November because of the northeast monsoon, so consult with local authorities before attempting water sports in Daman. Swimming, snorkelling and speed boating are favoured in winter.
Daman is the capital city of the Indian union territory of Daman and Diu. It is a municipal council situated in Daman district of the union territory.
Daman is a city in the union territory of Daman and Diu, on India’s west coast. In the north, St. Jerome Fort, also known as Nani Daman Fort, recalls the area’s Portuguese colonial past. Across the Daman Ganga River, Moti Daman Fort holds the ruins of a Dominican monastery, plus the Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, known for its gilt altarpiece. Close by, the Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary features intricate carvings.
Daman is divided by the Daman Ganga River into two parts — Nani-daman (nani meaning “small”) and Moti-daman (moti meaning “big”). Despite its name, Nani-daman is the larger of the two parts, while the old city is mainly in Moti-Daman. The downtown area holds most of the important entities like the major hospitals, supermarkets and major residential areas.
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.
“Heritage, culture and beaches”
Jain Temple: This 18th century Jain temple is in the northern region of Nani Daman Fort and is dedicated to Mahavir Swami. It is built with white marble and has beautiful carvings. The walls have very elegant glass cover with 18th century murals that represent the life of Mahavir Swami.
Places in Nani Daman
» Devka Beach / Garden :2 Km
» Mirasol Boating / Water Park : 5 km
» J T Garden, Custom Market, Daman Food Stall, Sea Face Beach, Moon Star Mall, Daman Taxi Stand, Stella Maris Church, Temples are all Walk able Distance
Places in Moti Daman
» Light House : 2 Km
» Fort, Bom Jesus Church : 2 Km
» Jumpore Beach : 5 Km
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