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').
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
office can organise local sight seeing (minimum of 10 people) for Rs 30
per person. There are no set timings and advance bookings ace
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.
As it is
forbidden to rent local cottages or freelance camp, accommodation is
limited and the following are currently the only available options.
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.
Beer and drinks
are blissfully economical in Diu Rs 20 for a Kingfisher, although hotels
usually charge a little more.