When it comes to history and exciting adventures, Daman is the destination that manages to majestically blend and present you the best of both worlds. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, Gujarat and Maharashtra - Daman is one of the two districts of the union territory of Daman and Diu on the western coastal border of India. It is surrounded by regions in the state of Gujarat on the north, south and east and to the west lies the mesmerizingly expansive Arabian Sea. With its coastal and historical elements, Daman is exactly what you would expect from beach destination. The tranquility of the sea, intermingled with its swift sudden breeze and the breathtaking panoramic views of the town make Daman an ideal spot to holiday with your loved ones.
With its easy accessibility from Mumbai and Gujarat, Daman gratifies all the fancies of a beach lover’s perfect vacation paradise. This charming beachside town embeds itself in a quaint and culturally oriented history, replete with churches, finely carved statues and majestic forts rising in imposing splendor. The lush coconut groves, calm and peaceful shore accompanied by a blissful temperate climate round the year, makes Daman, an exquisite pearl on the western coast of the Indian subcontinent. This magical land beholds all those who visit in its enchanting spell, compelling them to take a trip there again and again to relish its delicate and subtle beauty.
Take a stroll by the Devka beach or go parasailing by the Bordi Beach – Daman will never seize to fill you with wonder. Wildlife parks such as the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, can prove to be a visual stressbuster with its sheer greenery and multi-hued flora. And if history interests you, visiting the Sao Jeronimo Fort and the Daman Fort will satisfy your appetite.
A holiday to Daman will not only soothe your senses but also provide you with diversified experiences. With a plethora of places to explore and unveil – Daman stands as the newest addition to the network of Sterling Resorts.
District – Daman
Union Territory - Daman and Diu
Total Area – 72 square kms.
Altitude – 12 meters above sea level.
Distance from nearby towns/cities : Silvassa (24 km), Ahmedabad (365 km), Mumbai (174 km), Shirdi (241 km).
#1.DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: Due to its dominant Portuguese influence, dishes such as Cozido are a hot favourite for people in Daman.
Prepared just like a stew with full of vegetables and meat; Cozido is the ideal dish which is served mostly on Christmas and on the Feast of John de Baptist.
#2.DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: Daman is also the home to the Indian Coast Guard Air Station which caters to naval reconnaissance and training of Sea cadet Corps.
Though established as an airport in 1950 by the Government of Portugal, this airport became India’s first full-fledged Air Station to be commissioned in 29th October 1987 by the Indian Government.
#3. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: Folk Dance Festival is a merry event to watch out for in Daman, which takes place around the end of a calendar year.
The richly diversified culture of Daman blends in the dance forms of both east and west beautifully.
While the Garba serves as a major eastern dance, Portuguese traditional dance forms of Mando dance, Verdigao dance and Vera dance are also performed with equal exuberance.
#4. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: In 1961, the Government of India carried out military actions to liberate Goa and its neighbouring states which were occupied by the Portuguese.
Daman became a central point of the action with the Indian military forces defeating the Portuguese in Damão Grande, Rio Sandalcaloand and the Daman airstrip.
From 1961-1987, Daman remained an annexation of Goa. In 1987, it became a part of the newly declared union territory of Daman and Diu
#5.DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: Regarded as the ‘Creator of the Universe’, the Hindus in Daman worship Lord Shiva with huge devotion at the Gangaji fair.
Millions of tourists flock Daman at this time of the year, to experience the pomp and show of the festival and participate in the rituals.
The diverse culture that comes together during this merry time is a sight to watch out for.
#6. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: Daman’s appetite for scrumptious food is best exemplified by their local dish – Chicken Bullets.
Balls of chicken manchurian meet the goodness of a sizzler with 60 ml of brandy setting it ablaze in this thrilling preparation.
Hotel Miramaar in Daman is greatly renowned for serving this dish.
#7.DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: On 28th August, 2003, Daman met with a tragedy as the bridges connecting Moti Daman and Nani Daman collapsed resulting in multiple casualties.
The Rajiv Gandhi Setu was constructed over Damanganga so as to avoid such an accident in the future and it is this bridge that is used to transport heavy vehicles across Daman with all the other old ones being shut down for good.
#8. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: Situated at around 160 kms away from Daman, the Saputara Museum is an interesting study of the culture and ethnicity of the tribe of Dangs.
Apart from presentation of sculptures, the museum also showcases woodcarvings, ritual handicrafts, masks and musical instruments crafted by the Dangs.
#9. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: When it comes to history in literature, Daman also plays a role in it as it hosts the popular home of Bocage. Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage was a portuguese neoclassic poet whose sonnets evoked a lot of acclaim and appreciation in Europe.
Bocage was the lieutenant of the Portuguese infantry company posted at Daman. His legacy lives on in the form of his house which stands proudly tall at Moti Daman.
#10. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: A landmark of Daman has always been the lighthouse located near the premises Moti Daman Fort. Built by the Portuguese in 1887-88, the lighthouse was inaugurated with the exhibition on a wick lamp.
Strategically located to keep an eye on the coast, the Portuguese used it in their advantage during naval warfares. After independence, an electronic flasher lamp was installed in the year 1998.
#11. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: The end of monsoon season sparks off with Nariyal Poornima which is celebrated with huge pomp in Daman. On this occasion, the sea god Varuna is worshipped with people offering coconuts as thanksgiving.
The fishermen celebrate by adorning their boats with garlands and flags. They also venture out into the sea to mark the auspiciousness of the new fishing season.
#12. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: The 16th century marked the decline of the Mughal Empire and the rise of Portuguese conquests in Daman then known as the lotus of marshland, ‘Kalana Pavri’. The Nani Daman fort, built in 1672 was built by Dom Jeronimo, the Portuguese viceroy of India.
The Moti Daman, constructed in the 17th century was built to keep away Mughal invasions. Till date, these two forts stand tall giving the city of Daman the right dose of history making it known as the ‘City of Twin Forts’.
#13. DAMAN INDIA UNVEILED POST: Even after independence from the Portuguese in 1961, Daman remained a state bubbling with a rich cultural diversity and culture.
The multicultural identity has thus been a place for a balancing harmony. This has led to it being called ‘Kalana Pavri’ or ‘Lotus of the marshlands’ as the unique cultural diversity of Daman is metaphorically denoted as a blossoming life in the midst of lands with socially rigid mindsets.
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18°C to 37°C
10°C to 31°C
June to September
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Daman is more than the scintillating breeze or Portuguese architecture which can make you traverse through time. A vacation in Daman is one about freedom and the sense of independence you get from visiting this quaint destination. With the inviting waters of the Arabian Sea, this coastal region makes itself an ideal vacation choice all round the year
The Folk Dance festival of Daman is held during the end of every English calendar year where traditional and contemporary dancers and performers from Damn, Diu and neighbouring regions showcase their dancing skills through various styles such as Mando Dance, Verdigao and Vira. Apart from this exuberant festival, Christmas and New Year is also celebrated with immense vivacity and liveliness.