OT Travel Itinerary: How To Spend The Perfect 2 Days In Diu

Head to the perfect monsoon haven, Diu, and enjoy the season with the island’s endless offerings following our perfect 2-day itinerary to the place
The beautiful shoreline of Diu
The beautiful shoreline of DiuUnsplash

Nestled along the southern coast of Gujarat, Diu is a serene, secluded island with a rich heritage, picturesque landscapes, and a tranquil ambience that makes it an ideal monsoon destination. During the monsoon, Diu's typically arid terrain transforms into a lush green haven, offering a refreshing escape from the sweltering heat of summer. The rains bring a unique charm to the island, enhancing the beauty of its beaches, fortresses, and natural attractions. With fewer crowds and pleasant weather, Diu in the monsoon is perfect for a relaxed and rejuvenating getaway. Here's a comprehensive 2-day itinerary to explore this coastal gem.

Day 1: Exploring the Historical and Natural Wonders

Morning

A view of the Diu Fort
A view of the Diu FortUnsplash

Begin your Diu adventure with a visit to the magnificent Diu Fort. This 16th-century Portuguese fort stands majestically against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. The fortress was built as part of Portuguese India's defensive fortifications at the eastern tip of the island of Diu. As you walk through its sturdy ramparts and bastions, you'll get a sense of the island's colonial past. The fort offers panoramic views of the sea, and the monsoon clouds dramatically affect the already stunning scenery. Spend the morning exploring the fort's various sections, including the lighthouse, the ancient cannons, and the fort chapel.

A view of Diu's St. Paul’s Church
A view of Diu's St. Paul’s Churchindialostandfound/instagram

Afterwards, head to St. Paul’s Church, one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. The church’s intricate wood carvings and the serene atmosphere make it a peaceful stop. The monsoon enhances the charm of the church’s gardens, making it a lovely spot for a quiet stroll.

Diu Fort address: Fort Rd, near to PWD Office, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 362520

Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

St. Paul’s Church address: PX7R+W6X, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 362520

Timings: 9 am to 9 pm

Afternoon

For lunch, make your way to O'Coqueiro Restaurant, known for its delicious seafood and local Gujarati dishes. Try their prawn curry or fish fry, which are specialities of the region. The restaurant's ambience is cosy, providing a perfect respite from the rain.

Inside the Naida Caves of Diu
Inside the Naida Caves of DiuWikimedia Commons

Post-lunch, visit Naida Caves, located near the Diu Fort. These caves are fascinating to explore with their labyrinthine network of tunnels and natural rock formations. The monsoon rains can make the greenery around the caves more vibrant, enhancing the overall experience. Ensure you wear sturdy shoes as the paths can be slippery.

O'Coqueiro Restaurant address: PX8Q+8HC, Near Diu Museum, Firangiwala, Road, Diu, 362520

Timings: 8 am to 9 pm

Cost for two: INR 1000

Naida Caves address: PX6J+474, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 362520

Evening

As the evening approaches, head to Nagoa Beach. The monsoon waves and the cool breeze create an idyllic setting for a relaxed evening. While swimming might not be advisable due to rough seas, you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach or simply sit and watch the waves crash against the shore.

For dinner, visit Apana Foodland, located near the seafront. This restaurant offers a variety of cuisines, including continental, Indian, and local seafood. The view of the sea from the dining area and the sound of raindrops make for a memorable dining experience.

Address: PX9Q+C6R, Fort Rd, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 362520

Cost for two: INR 800

Day 2: Immersing in Culture and Natural Beauty

Morning

Start your second day with a visit to Gangeshwar Temple, located 3 kilometres from Diu. This ancient Shiva temple is unique due to its five lingams situated in a cave, where the sea waves wash over them during high tide. The temple's serene environment and the rhythmic sound of waves create a peaceful ambience, especially during the monsoon season.

Next, explore the Diu Museum in the old St. Thomas Church. The museum offers insights into Diu's history and culture, displaying artefacts, sculptures, and antique statues. The quiet and contemplative atmosphere is perfect for a rainy morning.

Gangeshwar Temple address: PX44+4MV, Diu, Daman and Diu 362520

Timings: 6 am to 9 pm

Diu Museum address: PX8Q+6MC, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 362520

Afternoon

For lunch, visit a local restaurant and enjoy a seafood platter or a traditional Gujarati thali, which are highly recommended. Enjoy your meal while the rain pitter-patters outside on various surfaces.

A view of the Zampa Gateway
A view of the Zampa Gatewaycaptured290317/instagram

After lunch, visit the historic Zampa Gateway, a vibrant red structure dating back to the Portuguese era. It features intricate carvings of lions, angels, and a priest. This gateway is a striking entrance to Diu, symbolizing its rich architectural heritage.

Evening

Spend your evening at Ghoghla Beach, one of Diu's largest and most beautiful beaches. The expansive shoreline and the gentle rain create a perfect setting for a relaxing evening. The beach is less crowded during the monsoon, allowing you to enjoy the serene surroundings.

Head to a restaurant for dinner, which offers a delightful dining experience with a menu featuring a unique medley of Mediterranean, Indian, and local dishes. Enjoy your food in a setting enhanced by the monsoon atmosphere, providing a cosy and intimate dining experience.

Getting There

Air: Diu and Mumbai are well connected by domestic airlines. The Diu Airport is at a distance of 5 km from the main city.

Rail: Veraval is the nearest railway station to Diu and has a direct connection to Rajkotand other major cities by rail.

Road: Direct bus networks to Diu are available from Palitana, Bhavnagar, Talaja and Veraval in Gujarat.

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