Daman is a popular tourist destination that is profoundly influenced by the Portuguese legacy. Although one of the perfect holiday destinations for all age groups, exploring Daman in groups, small or large, is more fun and exciting.
Explore the charm and essence of the Portuguese legacy by browsing through golden sandbars, fringed palm groves and exotic beaches. The Moti Ganga river splits Daman into two halves, Moti Daman and Nani Daman.
It takes an 8-10 hour journey if you start from the beautiful city of Ahmedabad. This trip consists of every ingredient that a tourist or visitor ever looks forward to in a remarkable holiday destination.
Best Season To Travel To Daman
Daman experiences a maritime climate with sunny, dry and low moisture features. Due to its proximity to the Arabian Sea, it has pleasant weather all through the year. But it can best be experienced during the winter season and beginning of the summer season in the months between October and March.
How To Reach Daman
Daman is easily accessible via train or road. Flights are the least preferred mode of travel as no direct flights are connecting Ahmedabad and Daman. Although, both road and railways give you access to the captivating natural beauty all around. The road is the best way to explore the natural beauty of Daman.
Different Routes To Reach Daman
Route 1: Ahmedabad - Vadodara - Surat - Daman
Route 2: Ahmedabad - Valsad - Daman
Check the detailed map here
Route 1 is the best route and is recommended as you cross mind-boggling tourist attractions through the journey.
Detailed Route Map
The journey kick starts from the beautiful city of Ahmedabad. The first stopover would be Vadodara, 111 kilometres or two hours away.
Vadodara houses an excellent collection of contemporary architecture that fits into the Maratha history perfectly. This big city has grown leaps and bounds to be one of the prime educational, commercial and industrial hubs of western India. The Navratri festival brings in a massive crowd like never before.
Other attractions that you should not miss out are the opulent palace, the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, the premier Maharaja Sayajirao University and several legendary monuments.
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The next stopover is Surat, one of the most populated cities in Gujarat. It is 150 kilometres or three hours from Vadodara. Often referred as the City of Flyovers, Surat is one of the commercial hubs for diamonds and textiles. One of the prime attractions in Surat is the picturesque town of Hazira that is popular for its gorgeous beaches, captivating hot water springs and other recreational activities.
The Dumas Beach and the Dutch Garden are other spots that attract lot of tourists and visitors.
Final Destination – Daman
The remaining 121 kilometres would take another two and a half hours. Daman has several mesmerising attractions that will make you fall in love with this beautiful destination.
Here're a few attractions that you can visit in and around Daman
Unwind at the gorgeous Devka Beach, one of the prime attractions of Daman and Diu. Musical fountains and an amusement park decorate its shoreline. The amusement park is lit up during festivals and attracts several tourists and visitors, who come to be a part of the festivities.
Moti Daman Fort
A 16th-century masterpiece that gives you a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of this destination, Moti Daman Fort features ten bastions and two mighty gateways. This fort played a vital role in the Portuguese colonial history as several Portuguese rulers resided in the fortress.
Mirasol Lake Garden
Mirasol Lake Garden is a man-made wonder that now serves as one of the tourist hotspots in the region. Nestled amidst two islands interconnected via a bridge and an enthralling lake, this garden has several relaxing facilities like boat rides and fountains that relax your body, mind and soul.
This famous Hindu shrine is placed in the Dabhel village and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A famous annual fair named Gangaji Fair is held that captures the attention of people from different parts of the country. Historians say that a 19th-century monk was instrumental in building the Shivalinga in the temple.
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Known for its unique blackish mud-coloured water, the Jampore Beach is an ideal place for people hunting for inner peace and tranquillity. Rejuvenate your senses in this beautiful sandbar placed amidst tall trees refreshed by breezy winds from the sea.
Silvassa - the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is home to an incredible collection of floral beauty and captivating waterfalls at Piparia Udayan that will surely melt your heart. Relish a delicious meal while watching the Tharpa and mask dances along.
Adventurous Activities In Daman
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Daman is an ideal destination for all the adventure junkies out there. You can enjoy a host of adventurous activities like canoeing, speed boating, kayaking and many other types of water sports. If you are not a water baby, try your hand at honing your golfing skills or indulge in a romantic sunset boat ride in the lake.