Daman is a tourist destination for all seasons and for all types of travellers. It’s one of India’s undiscovered, untouched gems where the sand, the sea and the sky meet in perfect harmony. The clean beaches of Daman attract a lot of visitors. Previously, known as ‘Damao’, Daman is situated on the west coast of India, bordered by the Arabian Sea.
History of Daman: Daman (Damão in Portuguese), is a city and a municipal council in Daman district in the union territory of Daman & Diu. Diogo de Melo, a Portuguese sailor arrived at the spot by chance in 1523, while heading towards Ormuz. He ship was caught in a violent storm and he had to steer it towards the coast of Daman. After this, Daman was settled as a Portuguese colony and remained so for over 400 years. Before the Portuguese arrived, the area was under the control of Mughals. A larger fort was constructed in the Motidaman area in the 16th century to guard against them. It still stands today, most of it preserved in its original form. Today the majority of the municipal government offices are situated inside this fort. Daman was assimilated into the Republic of India in December 1961.
Let us see what some other attractions of Daman are:
Daman Ganga Tourist Complex: Daman Ganga Tourist Complex is a landmark location that draws large number of tourists. It’s a unique integrated tourist complex with a cafeteria, cottages, conference hall, health club (under construction), amphitheatre, massive waterfalls, water sports, island gardens, fountains, etc. Despite all the hustle and bustle, the complex offers the solitude which a lot of people seek.
Jampore Beach: Towards the southern part of Daman, the Jampore Beach is extremely appealing and pleasant and visited by many for a swim as it is said to be danger-free (as per damantourism.com). A walk on the soft-wet sand with the mighty Arabian Sea giving you the company makes for an amazing experience. A picnic with your family in the shade of Casurina plantation on the sea-shore is a must.
Fort of Nani Daman: It’s a small fort which has high stone walls enclosing an area of 12,250 sq. metres. Three bastions and two gateways are defining aspects of this fort. There is a large statue of St. Jerome installed there and there are two human figures on either side of the gateway. The imposing church of Our Lady of the Sea is the most prominent building inside the fort.
Satya Sagar Udyan: The Satya Sagar Udyan is another big tourist draw in Daman. Located very close to the Coast Guard Air Station, on the Daman-Valsad Roa, the “udyan” has a lake-garden and colorful fountains and promenades skirted by different kinds of shrubs. The experience is truly enchanting.
It is one of the easiest tourist-spot to reach. Nearest airport is Mumbai and the nearest railhead is Vapi in Gujarat. Daman is for all seasons. Daman is filled with history and every stone has a tale to narrate, be it from a fort or a monument or a ruin.