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Diu Tourist Places
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Diu Town
The island's main industry would have to be fishing, followed by booze and salt. A distillery at Malala produces from sugar cane grown on the mainland. The town boasts quite a few bars where visitors from the 'dry' mainland can enjoy a beer (or stronger IMFL- 'Indian Made Foreign Liquor').

The town is sandwiched between the massive fort to the east and a huge city wall to the west. The main gateway in the wall has carvings of lions, angels and a priest, while just inside the gate is a miniature chapel with an icon, dating from 1702. Diu Town has three churches, although only one is fulfilling its original function. (It's said that there are now only about 15 Christian families left on the whole island.)  Access co St Paul's is through The adjacent school ground. This wonderful old church is suffering serious neglect, with beautiful old paintings slowly disintegrating, but it is still a peaceful place.

 Nearby is St Thomas' Church, which houses the Diu Museum. There's an interesting collection of Catholic statues, including a somewhat disturbing statue of Christ prostrate on a bier, flanked by two angels. If you thought the Hindu pantheon was confusing, take a look at the bewildering collection of Christian saints. The third church is St Francis of Assisi, which has been converted into a hospital.

Unlike Daman, the buildings in Diu show a significant Portuguese influence. The town is a maze of narrow, winding streets and many of the houses are well ornamented and brightly painted. Further away from this tightly packed residential quarter, the streets turn into meandering and often leafy lanes. At the back of the town square there's a small but interesting bazaar. In a small park on the esplanade, between the square and the police station, the Marwar Memorial, topped by a griffin, commemorates the liberation of the island from the Portuguese. You could be excused for not seeing Diu Aquarium on your right on the road to the fort. It's a tiny tank containing a handful of goldfish-sized specimens.

Completed in 1541, the massive Portuguese fort with its double moat (one tidal) must once have been virtually impregnable, but sea erosion and neglect are leading to a slow but inevitable collapse. Piles of cannon balls litter the place and the ramparts have a superb array of cannons, many old yet in good condition. . Since the fort also Serves as the island's jail, it closes at 5 pm each day. Entry is free. Signs prohibit photography but no-one seems to observe this rule.

Around the Island
Beaches Temple and fort-satiated travellers used to head to Nagoa to catch up on some serious relaxation, and is still a pleasant palm-fringed beach, largely deserted and safe for swimming. However, since the construction of a new road which stretches from the south of Diu Town's wall, joining up with the old Fudam Rd after about two km. access has now been provided to Diu's previously unvisited beaches in the south-east of the island. There include, from east to west,

Jallandhar, Chakratirth
and stunning Sunset Point. Fudam Close to Diu, the village of Fudam has a huge abandoned church, Our Lady of Remedies. A large, old, carved wooden alter with Madonna and child remains inside.

At the extreme west of the island, Vanakbara has a church (Our Lady of Mercy), fort, lighthouse small bazaar, post office and fishing fleet. A ferry crosses from here to Kotla village on the mainland and you can get a bus from there to Kodinar. This little fishing village is worth a visit-wander through the town to the port area where you can see the locals mending nets and repairing their colourful fishing boats.

Organised Tours
The tourist office can organise local sight seeing (minimum of 10 people) for Rs 30 per  person. There are no set timings and advance bookings ace essential.

Places to Stay
Most of the hotels offer a discount in the off season, but it's worth bargaining at any time of the year, as many places will slash prices if they are not full. Prices below are for the peak season, which runs roughly from October to June.

Nagoa Beach
As it is forbidden to rent local cottages or freelance camp, accommodation is limited and the following are currently the only available options.

The Tourist Complex (Tel; 2212) Is in the village of Ghoghla on the mainland part of Diu. This is the first building in Diu after you come through the barrier which marks the border with Gujarat. Although; relatively new, this place is already looking, a little shabby. Air-con doubles cost Rs 450 There's a pleasant restaurant and bar, looking out over the sea.

Places to Eat
Beer and drinks are blissfully economical in Diu Rs 20 for a Kingfisher, although hotels usually charge a little more.

Places of Interest
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