"The Undiscovered Island" Diu by Avieira67
Diu Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 47 photos
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.
According to the 2011 census, this district had a population of 52,056.
The walled town of Diu lies at the eastern end of the island, and is famous for its fortress and old Portuguese Cathedral. Unfortunatelly Saint Thomas, converted in Diu museum, and Saint Francis of Assissi churches are in bad conditions.
I was expecting to find people speaking Portuguese, but only catholic ones. I was more than impressed with muslims and hindus speaking my native language.
To explore this Island you can rent a bike. Leave Diu town early in the morning to arrive around 08:30 at Vanakbara, a traditional fishing village. When you are travelling around you'll see how people are friendly and the Island is beautiful.
If you are looking for beaches, you'll find in Diu a good opportunity!
Damão was my next stop, and I have reached it by a night bus.
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