Living in fast-paced cities, individuals are always looking forward to getaways for a relaxing weekend. For the people of Mumbai, especially the corporate working souls, Daman is the answer. Located between Gujarat and Maharashtra, Daman is one of the smallest union territories in India. It has beaches, churches, forts and cheap alcohol.
Not touted much as a tourist hub, Daman mostly lures visitors from the nearby state of Gujarat, which is a dry state. But this sleepy town has so much more to offer. Here’s what you can do with your weekend in Daman:
- Sao Jeronimo Fort: Daman is divided into two parts – Nani Daman and Moti Daman. The two are separated by the Daman Ganga River. The Sao Jeronimo Fort is located on Nani Daman and is an impressive structure by the river. The fort houses the church of ‘Our Lady of Sea’ and the Stella Maris Primary School, along with a small chapel and cemetery. It still tightly holds on to the legacy the Portuguese left behind in this sleepy coastal town.
- Bom Jesus Church: Located on Moti Daman, the Bom Jesus Church is a modest church dating back to the early 1600s. With a minimalistic architecture and intricate carvings, especially on the altar, the church is a must-visit if you are in Daman.
- Moti Daman Fort: Constructed after the Portuguese conquest in 1559, the Moti Daman Fort is a town in itself. Walk around the quaint lanes and check out the lovely houses with people enjoying the relaxed way of living in Daman.
- The Lighthouse: Every coastal town has a lighthouse, and so does Daman. Located at the far end of Moti Daman Fort, the lighthouse was built to guide Portuguese merchant ships in the middle ages. Today, it makes for an ideal location to enjoy the splendid views of Moti Daman, Nani Daman and the beach.
- Devka and Jhambore Beach: Daman is gifted with distinct beaches. Unlike Goa and other beach towns, Devka beach is known for its black-colored sand shore dotted with hotels and resorts. Jhambore beach on the other end is less touristy. With its golden sands and Casuarina trees, it is ideal for family picnics and relaxation.
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How to reach Daman:
One can reach Daman from Vapi in Gujarat, which is just 12 km away. A major railway station, Vapi is well-connected to other cities. You can easily hire a taxi from Vapi to Daman, and they charge on a per head basis. You can also drive down to Daman. Vapi still remains your main junction to reach Daman.