Daman and Diu are two small enclaves in Western India. Daman is a small city on the mouth of the Daman Ganga river bounded on all sides by the state of Gujarat, while Diu is a small island off the coast of Gujarat.
- Daman — city in the Daman District of Daman and Diu
- Diu — town in the Diu District of Daman and Diu - located on Diu Island noted for its old fortress and Portuguese Cathedral
- Nagao Beach — a town and tourist area located in the Diu District on Diu Island
Daman and Diu were under Portuguese occupation from 1539 to 1961, when the Indian government used military action to retake all the Portuguese enclaves. Apart from Daman and Diu, Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli were "liberated" in this conflict. This area used to be a part of a larger union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu till Goa became a state by itself.
There are many beaches on these two islands, and you can always relax there and see the occasional dolphins. You can also visit the Freedom Memorial, and the Caves of Diu.
You can see occasional dolphins and stroll on the beautiful sea.
Both native Gujarati food and traditional Portuguese food are common. Being a coastal region, the communities are mainly dependent on sea food. Normally, Rotli and tea are taken for breakfast, Rotla and sag for lunch and chokha along with sag and curry are taken for dinner. Some of the dishes prepared on festive occasions include, puri, lapsee, potaya, dudh-plag, dhakanu.
This is a relatively low-crime area; just use common sense.