The Walled City
Daman and Diu, two separate areas, geographically located within the state of Gujarat, is the second smallest Union Territory of India, located on the west coast. Daman is close to the town of Vapi in southern Gujarat, while Diu is near Junagarh in the Saurashtra Peninsula of Gujarat. Daman & Diu were part of the Portuguese territories in India, and joined the Indian Union in 1961. After that Goa, Daman & Diu were part of a single Union Territory till 1987 when Goa became a separate state. Daman is the administrative headquarters of Daman & Diu.
Daman is divided by the Damanganga River into two parts. It is known for its twin forts the Moti Daman (Damão Grande) and the Nani Daman (Damão Pequeno). Moti Daman has wide streets, a 17th-century church the Sé Cathedral and a lighthouse. Nani Daman has the Church of Our Lady of Rosary and a fishing village nearby. Near the river is an 18th-century Jain Temple with murals. In Dabhel village is the important Somnath Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devka Beach and Jampore beach are also tourist spots.