"The Undiscovered Island" Diu by Avieira67

Diu Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 46 photos

In 1535, Diu island, with an area of 38.8km2, lying off the south coast Gujarat's Kathiawar peninsula, was offered to the Portuguese as a reward for military aid they gave to the Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat against the Great Mogul of Delhi. From this time and until 1961, the district of Diu was under Portuguese rule. The first governor of the Island was Dom Nuno da Cunha.
The district of Diu occupies an area of 40km2 and comprises the Island of Diu and the small continental enclaves of Gogolá and Simbor. The latter, occupying only 910m2, is located 20 km east of Diu Island and comprises two strips of land, on either side of the River Vançoso, and an Islet home of the Fort Santo António de Simbor.

The walled town of Diu lies at the eastern end of the island, and is famous for its fortress and old Portuguese Cathedral.

According to the 2011 census, this district had a population of 52,056.

  • Last visit to Diu: Nov 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2013
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  • Mar 14, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    I have been in Diu island for long periods and the best place to stay there is the Nilesh guest house. The staff is very kind, rooms are cheap and clean, the food is delicious. I really miss that place and hope to visit Diu and enjoy the paradise again.

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    May 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    You have a beautiful opening picture on your home page.


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