Daman – General Information & Getting there
Sitting on the peppery sands of Daman-Ganga that flows softly to hug the Arabian Sea, a few leagues away is Daman, a picturesque port town of indescribable loveliness
Just 13 km drive from Vapi, the nearest railhead on the Mumbai – Delhi Western Line, Daman Offers an ideal retreat and a refreshing holiday away from the sick, hurry and divided aims of a mad, mad world around. Temperate in climate round the year it is a getaway home in all seasons. A Portuguese enclave for four centuries and a half till the close the colonial rule in 1961, Daman has been a coveted prize for which princes and potentates, indigenous scraps and alien powers waged wars. Muted memories of history lie vaulted in the monuments of Daman, gathering slime of time. It had been a melting pot where races and cultures met and mixed to bring forth a multi-colored identity. Try Daman once and you’ll be drawn to this scenic spot again and again. With rest, repose, fun & laughter with friendly and hospitable people, Daman is unparalleled
Daman is one of the easiest tourist spot to reach. Just 193 km from the mega-polis, Mumbai by the National Highway No. 8
Taxi Cabs plying between Vapi and Daman await you at the station. Mini Buses, non-metered taxis and auto rickshaws are available for internal transport to places of tourist interest.
Buses from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and Saurashtra pass through Vapi. A number of Gujarat State Transport Buses are operating daily from Vapi to Daman. Those who come to Daman from Mumbai by the National Highway will branch off at Karambeli Village, between Bhilad and Vapi
Most of the Express and Passenger trains from Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus to Surat, Baroda, Ahmedabad and Delhi (Western Railways) stop at Vapi, where the traveler to Daman has to alight. He can also alight at Valsad which is just 45 km from Daman by Road.
Tourist Spots in Daman
Church of Bon Jesus (Moti Daman)
The church of Bon Jesus was completed in its present form in 1603 AD. The richly carved doorway and the highly decorated interiors together with the lofty ceiling and burnishing alter invite esthete attention. In the early days of the Portuguese rule Bon Jesus was a parish church.
Fort of Moti Daman
The massive fort was built in 1559 ad. The structure encompasses about 30,000 sq. meters, with 10 base station and two gateways.
It is shaped like polygonal with projection at regular intervals of about 500 feet and carrying splayed angular base station. All along the inner wall there are barracks for defense personnals on the northern side within the confine of the fort were located the places, the secretariat and the other official buildings. A large number of Portuguese gentry and their families resided within the fort.
Fort of Nani Daman
The small fort with high stone walls encloses an area of 12250 sq. meters. It has three base station and two gate ways.
The most conspicuous part of the fort is the giant gate way facing the river with a large statue of St. Jerome and two giant human figures, on the either side of the gate way. The imposing church of Our Lady of the sea is the principal building within the fort.
The long shore line at Devka has always fascinated the tourists. The beautiful and well tended amusement park with its musical fountain and kid’s corner has become very popular, attracting bus load of tourists every week end.
When the park is illuminated of festive days, it provides an enchanting sight. Most of the food joints and posh hotels are just walking distance. Taxes and auto rickshaw are easily available to take you to Devka.
Children enjoy the facility of pony rides on the sand. The traveler can beat the heat summer heat by taking a swim in the cool waters of the sea.
Those who are not familiar with the beach at Devka should kindly take note that rough rocky formation are there beneath the water level.
Towards south, jampore beach leads on to the border of Gujarat,
It is a pleasant spot, where one can commune with nature in sublime solitude. This beach is most suited to swimming as it is danger-free. During low tide, one can walk on the soft wet sand right in to the sea. Don’t miss a picnic with your family in the shade of casuarinas plantation on the sea shore.