Daman is the tiny union territory which was the
Portuguese enclave and situated on the southern side
of the Gulf of Cambay. Geographically, Daman and Diu
are the part of the state of Gujarat and connected to
the mainland of Gujarat by a causeway. The small town
of Daman is like Diu which is a tiny island in the
Arabian Sea and covers an area of 380 square km. This
beautiful island has excellent golden beaches, forts
and churches, bazaars, and a booze soaked whimsy that
attracts Gujarati and Mumbai weekenders who flock for
the cheap booze and sunshine on the Devka beach.
Gujarati, Hindi, English and Portuguese are the main
languages which are spoken
in Daman. The best time to visit Daman is from September to
History of Daman
Daman developed as the Portuguese trading centre from 1531.
Much of its early commerce was with the Portuguese
territories in East Africa. Later from 1817 to 1837, it was
a link in the opium trade chain until this was broken by the
British. The Portuguese officially ceded Daman from the
Bahadur Shah, the last major Gujarati Sultan, in 1559. Along
with Diu and Goa, Daman was taken in 1961 from the
Portuguese, who had seized in 1531. With Diu and Goa, it is
still governed from Delhi as a Union Territory.
Tourist Attractions in Daman
The major tourist attractions in Daman are the St. Jerome
Church, Church of Our Lady of the Sea, Jain Temple, Fort,
Church of our Lady of the Rosary, Devka beach and Jampore
Beach. The town of Daman is divided into two parts which are
the Moti Daman and Nani Daman. The St. Jerome Church offers
colourful views over the fishing fleet. The Church of Our
Lady of the Rosary has ancient Portuguese tombstones set
into its cool, damp floor.
How to reach Daman
Daman has excellent all weather roads linked with the major
cities of Gujarat like Diu, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and
Baroda and even Mumbai.
The nearest railway station is located at Vapi, on the main
railway line and is only about 10 kms. from Daman.