Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India

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Daman is part of the Union Territory of Daman & Diu located near Gujarat, but in reality they are quite far apart especially by road. It was also a Portuguese colony and became a part of Indian Union in 1961, 14 years after independence and after a brief battle with Portugal. Ganga River divides Daman into two distinct areas – Moti Daman and Nani Daman.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Fishing Jetty at Daman
The Portuguese legacy lives on in Daman - in life, in buildings (churches, schools, forts and so on). The Portuguese connection also makes the town a little more exotic for many travelers, though not all. Beer flows at every corner and we can see the young crowd absolutely in the mood, as Daman is the closest wet region in South Gujarat and it is popular destination for those who want to wet their throats occasionally close to home.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Highway towards Gujarat
Me and my friend (Mukhtar) were planning for a short ride around Pune, but as most of the places in our list around Pune are covered. So contributed a thought to explore the places in another state and finally planned for a 2 days trip to Daman. The drive from Pune to Daman is mesmerizing due the 4 lane expressway and smoothness of the road, which easily allow us to reach 120kmph on the empty patches.
Direction for Pune - Daman
We left Pune in the morning around 7AM and easily crossed the Mumbai traffic areas before 10AM, soon the amazing 4-lane Gujarat Highway welcome us. It was the first time I am taking my black beauty (Honda City) for the long ride and it was remarkable experience.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Myself with my Black Beauty
After a short stop for refreshment and snacks on the Food Highway we reached the Gujarat border and later after few kilometer we took a left turn at Valwada and cross the railway lane and entered into the coastal area which has a breathtaking views and it remind me about my 3 days Pune-To-Goa trip.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Food Highway on Gujarat Highway
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
MacDonald in Food Highway
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India

Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Huge Cooler to beat the Sun
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Railway Crossing at Valwada
Soon we entered into the Daman, which has a magnificent welcome gate and giant ship at the entry point, and the view around was typically line of coconut trees along the beach line.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Daman
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Daman city beach direction
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Daman city beach direction
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Daman Entrance
One very distinct thing that we noticed as we entered Daman was the liquor shops all around. It is said that with Gujarat being a “dry” state, Daman is the nearest watering hole for those who are hard drinks. As we are from other category our first impression about Daman was a bit of a disappointment. But we moved on and started looking for a suitable place to stay. We deliberately moved away from the main town and went towards “Devka” beach. There were hotels on the both side of the Devka beach road; we search for few home stay and found “Chandu House” to be more appropriate as it has a backyard which open up to the beach itself. It was amazing view of the sea. We had a quick lunch and started to explore the Daman city.
Chandu House in Daman
Chandu House near Devka beach, Daman
Chandu House in Daman
Chandu House near Devka beach, Daman
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Hangout in Daman
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Daman Bridge
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Daman’s fishing jetty
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Daman’s fishing jetty
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India

Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Narrow road towards Daman Lighthouse
Till now our impression about Daman was not that great, although I had a wish to visit this place, hence the feeling were mixed about this place. We headed off to the first place Daman Lighthouse or “Moti Daman Fort”. Driving inside the fort is like driving inside the movie set. The Portuguese influence is still visible in the architecture around the fort. Driving on the narrow road outside the fort will take you to the Lighthouse. Lighthouse, a name that is often used a synonym to a reliable guide, to show the right direction towards shore for all the lost ships, boats and ferries in the sea.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Moti Daman Fort
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Government office in Daman fort
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
There are various churches in Daman and “Basilica of Bom Jesus Church” is the most popular among them. Daman’s fishing jetty is the picturesque hangout place near Light House. Walking on the roads of Daman is absolute delight if you have an eye for history and picturesque old buildings.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Basilica of Bom Jesus Church
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Government office in Daman fort
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Beautiful Sunset
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Sunset at Daman’s fishing jetty
Daman as a coastal town is gifted with beaches that have their own charm. There are 2 beaches in Daman – Devka Beach and Jampore Beach.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Myself at Jampore Beach
Jampore Beach is a much better option with clean and soft sand than Devka beach; it has many sporty things to do. There are many snacks and great seafood option. Also it is a good place to catch the sunset.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Camel ride at Jampore Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Jampore Beach parking area.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Jampore Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India

Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Jampore Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Jampore Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India

Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Maggi at Jampore Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Fish at Jampore Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Devka beach is a rocky beach and that’s not ideal for swimming. This beach is very touristy and crowded; it has typical beach activity like camel & horse rides, para sailing, etc.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Devka beach in evening
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Myself at Devka Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Rocky Devka Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Devka Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India

Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Mukhtar
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Devka Beach in Morning
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Myself
Stay Options in Daman 

There are various resort/home-stay options near Devka beach which provide comfortable stays with in-house restaurants, beach view rooms, swimming pools and spa options. Budget hotels can be found near the market area in Nani Daman.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Devka Beach
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Gujarat Highway
Best time to visit Daman

Daman experiences a moderate temperature all throughout the year. However the place can be visited all through the year, the best time to visit Daman is from October to February. It is the perfect season as the weather remains pleasant during this time and it makes you explore the place in the best way.
Daman – A Travel guide to Portugal Heritage in India
Mumbai Highway

It’s been nine months since our visit to Daman and it is now that I have sat down to write about it. All this while, I thought that our visit to Daman would not be in the memory for long time as the place did not live up to the expectations that I had for it. But with the amount of information with which I have been able to recall our visit, I guess I have underestimated the lasting impression that Daman had left in my memories.

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