Located at a distance of 125km from Junagarh, the island of Diu is one of the finest beaches in the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat. Its soft sandy beach with swaying palm trees and fantastic forts, churches make it one of the most beautiful beach holiday destination in Gujarat. The island of Diu was a Portuguese colony and a major port for maritime trade during 14th and 16th century.
Climate & Ideal Time to Visit :
Situated at an altitude of 29 meters, the beach experience a pleasant climate. During summer, it average summer temperature varies between 20 and 38 degrees C and in winters it is between 20 and 25 degrees C. The region receives an average annual rainfall of 70 cms. The ideal time for a beach holiday in the beach of Diu is from October to May.
Attraction near the beach :
Diu Fort - Built between 1535 and 1541 AD, this magnificent structure offers beautiful view of the sea. It was constructed by Bahadurshah the ruler of Gujarat after a defence alliance with the Portuguese. The fort is surrounded by sea on three sides. Its large windows with stone galleries and several cannons peeping out of its walls are prime attractions of the fort.
Light House - A vast structure which is a part of the Fort Diu now serves as a lighthouse of the beach.
Gangeshwar Temple - The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and house five Shiva lingam, which are worshiped by the pilgrims.
Nagao Beach - The horseshoe shaped beach is another must see beach near Diu.
Daman - Located on the coast of Gujarat, this beautiful port town attracts tourists for its beach and some historical monuments of Portuguese period.
Kevdi - It is located at a distance of 6km from Diu on the Melala Nagoa Road. This offers comfortable tented accommodation facilities for tourists with picturesque surroundings.
Accommodation near the beach :
There are excellent accommodation facilities are available near the beach. A wide range of hotels ranging from luxury to budget along with several guest houses and cottages offer all kinds of contemporary facilities to its tourists. The restaurants of the hotels also offer delicious seafood.
Getting to Diu Beach :
By Air - Diu is well connected by Indian Airlines with Bombay and Ahmedabad.
By Rail - The nearest railway station is Delwada(9km) by metre gauge line. But the major railhead is at Veraval(85km), which is connected to Bombay via Ahmedabad.
By Road - Diu is well connected by road to all major towns and cities of Gujarat. Some major road distances are: Una(30km), Ahmedabad(495), Bhavnagar(225km), Bombay(930km), Daman(763km), Sasangir(128km), Rajkot(261km).
By Local Transport - Taxis and auto-rickshaws are major modes of local transport.