|Fort of Nani Daman / St. Jerome Fort||Positioned along the northern banks of the river Daman Ganga in the neighborhood of Nani Daman|
|Fort of Moti Daman||Located in Moti Daman|
|Devka Beach||Located at the distance of 3 kilometers from Nani Daman comprise|
|Jampore Beach||Located at the distance of nearly 6 kilometers from the heart of the city close to the farthest border of Daman in Southern Gujarat|
|Kadaiya Lake Garden||Located approximately 7 kilometers away from the main taxi stand of Nani Daman in the close proximity of a small village named Kadaiya|
|Jetty Garden||Along the banks of the river Daman Ganga in Moti Daman area|
|Satya Sagar Udyan||Located very close to the Coast Guard Air Station along the Daman Valsad Road|
|Daman Ganga Tourist Complex||Located in Kanchigam Village approximately 8 kilometers away from the main market of Nani Daman|
|Lighthouse||Within the premises of the Moti Daman Fort close to Daman Ganga creek|
|Governor's Palace||Located within the premises of the Moti Daman Fort|
|Church of Bom Jesus||Located in the Moti Daman area|
|The Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary||Located inside the Fort of Moti Daman|
|The Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies||Located in Moti Daman area|
|The Chapel of Our Lady of Augustias||Located immediately outside the fortification of the citadel of Moti Daman behind the football ground|
|St. Paul's Church|
|Dominican Monastery||Located at the distance of just one kilometer from the New Lighthouse of Daman|
|Somnath Mahadev Temple||Positioned along the Dabhel Kachigam Road at Dabhel|
|Sri Satya Narayan Temple||Located within the premises of the famous Satya Sagar Udyan|
|Hilsa Aquarium||Nestled within the Fort of Moti Daman|
Fort of Nani Daman / St. Jerome Fort
The Fort of Nani Daman, also popularly known as the ‘St. Jerome Fort’ is a stronghold positioned along the northern banks of the river Daman Ganga in the neighborhood of Nani Daman. Distinguished for its strikingly enormous gateway, this small citadel enclosed by towering stone ramparts comprehends the total area of 12,250 square meters. The garrison is further reckoned for its three bastions, two gateways and the gigantic statue of St. Jerome which is flanked by two colossal human sculptures on both the sides. St. Jerome was one of the most eminent and deeply revered priests of the Catholic Church of Daman. Within the premises of the St. Jerome Fort a Church dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Sea’ is situated. This imposing and arresting shrine is a Catholic Church particularly acclaimed for its brilliant altar ornamented with an extraordinary paneling. This church also served as one of the ancient headquarters of the colony office. Moreover, the fortifications and the parapets of the Fort of Nani Daman offer impressive prospects of the blooming fish market underneath and the flotilla of the fishing boats carefully anchored close by. An additional attraction of the Fort of Nani Daman is its Jain Temple that bears the 18th century murals depicting the life episodes of the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism; Mahavir Swami on its interior walls covered with glass.
Fort of Moti Daman
Moti Daman, separated from Nani Daman by the Daman Ganga River is the older division of this port city which is mainly inhabited by the native fishermen tribes of Daman. Once in the custody of the Portuguese Colonizers, this province is principally celebrated for its old fort comprising 10 broad angular bastions and 2 gateways. The Moti Daman Fort established in the year 1559 as the protection against the Mughal assaults is spread over an extensive area of about 30,000 square meters and is bounded by massive stockades. The gargantuan fortifications that girdle the Fort of Moti Daman is additionally encircled by a trench; deep enough to keep off the invaders. The parapets of the fortification walls are provided with loopholes at equal distance while along the inner wall several barracks are constructed for the soldiers and defense officials to rest. Designed in a polygon shape this fort bears over 500 feet high projections suspended at regular intervals. The terraces of the fort are linked with the internal grounds by open flights of steps at multiple places.
The inscriptions found inside the fort engraved above the southern and northern gates mention the completion dates of the respective gates. The Fort of Moti Daman houses a 17th century Iberian Church christened as ‘St. Cathedral Church’ which features a shiny wooden altar painted in gold. The premises of the Moti Daman Fort also accommodate the recently established Hilsa Aquarium which has earned name and fame amongst the tourists for its exotic collection of fish and its thrilling submarine boat rides. Furthermore, a Governor’s Palace is also located within the territory of the fort which is reckoned for its baroquely carved stairways and flamboyant chandeliers. Today, on the northern side of the fort a secretariat and other official buildings are founded while numerous families of Portuguese nobles still reside inside the fort. To reach the Fort of Moti Daman scores of buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are easily available from the main Daman City.
The expansive sweeps of buttery white sand stretching along the untouched littorals of Daman at the distance of 3 kilometers from Nani Daman comprise one of the two most popular and most prominent beaches of this fort land; the Devka Beach. This scenic and pictorial sea shore of Daman characterized with clean waters and well maintained seaboards is the affidavit of the escalating tourist activities in this vicinity of southern Gujarat. The most remarkable attraction of the Devka Beach other than the majestic Arabian Sea and its stunning strand is an Amusement Park attributed with its staggeringly landscaped promenades, artistically installed and glamorous musical fountains and special play area for kids endowed with various gaming instruments. This amusement park brightly illuminated on all festive occasions yields an unequaled spectacle that undoubtedly flabbergasts its beholders.
On the day of Nariyal Poornima, Folk Dance Festival, other local carnivals and fiestas, and also on the weekends the amusement park of Devka Beach is deluging with the visitors arrived from every corners of the country. Children never miss the fun of riding a pony on the spongy stretches of the sparkling sand at the Devka Beach of Daman. Moreover, relishing the mouth watering sea food at the beach resorts and sea food joints scattered across the Devka Beach is yet another delight highly sought after by the tourists of Daman. Bathing in the rejuvenating and revitalizing waters of the sea during the baking summer days is indeed a refreshing experience. Even though, the Devka Beach of Daman is not considered safe for swimming due to the sharp and coarse rocks lying underwater. To reach Devka Beach auto rickshaws and taxis are easily available from Nani Daman.
Jampore Beach, located at the distance of nearly 6 kilometers from the heart of the city close to the farthest border of Daman in Southern Gujarat is a much loved picnic spot that beckons myriads of tourists and water aficionados to this popular outing spot every season. This secluded beach retaining its natural glory and grandeur is skirted with resplendent Casuarinas plantations and relaxing in the cool shades of the Casuarinas grooves is certainly a comforting and pacifying experience. What multiplies the vitality of the Jampore Beach is its vast sea beach particularly exposed during the low tide period. At that time the water retreats to a significant distance and tourists indulge in long leisurely strolls collecting the shells, conches and other sea memorabilia. Walking on the wet cushiony sand right into the sea is truly an amazing feat. As the waters at the Jampore Beach are calm, quiescent and settled both on and below the surface and the slope inside the sea is gradual, this beach is considered quite safe and secured for the pleasure activities like swimming and frolicking. Jampore Beach is also an ideal locale for peace seekers where one can communicate with nature in the sublime quarantine. The perfect time to pay a visit to the Jampore beach of Daman is from September to May when the weather is cool and pleasurable and the ambience turns considerably alluring and amicable.
Pargola or Pergola Garden of Daman is a commemorative monument that was erected as a symbol of tribute in the revered memory of those Portuguese Soldiers who lost their lives during the Dadra and Nagar Haveli liberation mutiny. Dadra and Nagar Haveli was a Portuguese Colony who unshackled themselves in the year 1954 from the Portuguese rule and merged into Indian Union in 1961. This garden of Pargola resembles the Pantheon of Athens. At the entrance of the Pargola Garden to its left is located a humble cottage that is almost attached to the Fort Gate. This modest habitat is believed to be the dwelling abode of the famous 18th century Portuguese Poet Bocage who was a neoclassic poet and wrote under the pen name Elmano Sadino.
Kadaiya Lake Garden
Kadaiya Lake Garden, also popularly known by the title ‘Mirasol Lake Garden’ is located approximately 7 kilometers away from the main taxi stand of Nani Daman in the close proximity of a small village named Kadaiya. This beautifully designed artificial Lake Garden near Daman is particularly acclaimed for its joy rides, boating facilities, go-karting, toy train, computer games and its various multi-cuisine restaurants. The Kadaiya Lake where this man made garden is developed surrounds two pulchritudinous islands connected to each other through a bridge. Ideal for weekend getaways from Daman, Vapi and Valsad, the Kadaiya Lake Garden ornamented with its angelic fountains outshines in its unsurpassable panoramic vista that several Hindi movies including ‘Border’ have been filmed here. Visitors enjoy taking a gentle stroll in the verdant landscapes of the Mirasol Garden and entertain themselves by taking a boat ride around the lake. Savoring the taste of the delicious food items served in the multi cuisine restaurants of Kadaiya Lake Garden and at the same time tenderly sipping the splendor of the surroundings is an experience worth yearning for. Kadaiya Lake Garden is absolutely a family picnic spot which has something to offer to everybody. To reach the Mirasol Lake Garden of Kadaiya you can avail the auto rickshaws or taxis operating from the taxi stand of Nani Daman. An entry fee of Rs 10 per head for adult and Rs 5 per head for children is charged at this Lake Garden.
The Jetty Garden of Daman established along the banks of the river Daman Ganga in Moti Daman area is yet another tourist destination greatly pined for by the vacationers and picnickers. Elegantly designed and gracefully landscaped Jetty Garden is an adorable hangout spot noted for its glamorous fountains, exciting fun rides, verdurous and eye soothing lawns and the seating benches placed facing the Daman Ganga River adjoining the large picnic space inside the garden. People enjoy taking leisurely walks on the emerald green lawns of the garden in the evening or just reposing on the garden benches staring at the glimmering waters of the river reflecting the diminishing flickers of the setting sun. The amazing fun rides of the Jetty Garden keep the children engaged while their parents relax in the fondling cradle of Mother Nature. The Jetty Garden of Daman is situated at the distance of just 2 kilometers from the taxi stand of Nani Daman and both taxis and auto rickshaws are available from here that would take you to the Nani Daman Boat Jetty. From here you will have to take a boat ride which will reach you to the Jetty Garden just in two minutes.
Satya Sagar Udyan
The Satya Sagar Udyan of Daman located very close to the Coast Guard Air Station along the Daman Valsad Road is a splendid Lake Garden that leaves its visitors utterly dumb founded. Man has left no stone unturned to create a paradise on the earth here. The colorful fountains illuminated at nights and the beautiful promenades bordered by enchanting shrubberies enhance the charm of this delicate Arcadia descended on the earth. The Satya Sagar Udyan receives its name after the temple of Lord Satya Narayan located within the garden periphery. Reckoned for its cleanliness and piousness, this temple is one of the must visit religious destinations stationed in Daman. Additionally, the Udyan also accommodates a number of restaurants and food joints that serve an assortment of dishes from distinct regions of India. Sitting idly on the lakeside seats and sipping the quaffs of your choice is a favorite pastime that the visitors indulge in at the Satya Sagar Udyan. This garden is placed just 3 kilometers away from the main taxi stand of Nani Daman and taxis or auto rickshaws are easily available for reaching the Satya Sagar Udyan from Nani Daman.
Daman Ganga Tourist Complex
Daman Ganga Tourist Complex located in Kanchigam Village approximately 8 kilometers away from the main market of Nani Daman is one of the outstanding integrated projects in India that provides a Cafeteria, Amphitheatre, Health Club, Sports Club, Conference Halls, Cottages, Island Gardens, Water sports, Giant Water Falls, Walking Paths, Fountains and many more under one roof. An entrance fee of Rs 10 per head for adults and Rs 5 per head for children is charged at the Daman Ganga Tourist Complex.
The Lighthouse of Daman imposingly standing within the premises of the Moti Daman Fort close to Daman Ganga creek is an ancient monument basking in the glory of its elongated history dating back to the era of Portuguese colonization in India. Erected with an aim of providing an aid to the boatmen and shipmen in navigating, this towering lighthouse; a memento of Portuguese rule is now acclaimed as a prominent landmark of the Daman City. Originally constructed in the year 1887 - 88, the lighthouse of Daman held up a wick lamp that guided the seafarers and all the inbound and outbound sea traffic of Daman.
Over one hundred years later in 1997-98 the construction work of the new Light House was undertaken adjacent the older lighthouse. The ERB-12 resolving equipment supplied by M/s Asia Navigational Aids; New Delhi was installed atop the new tower and a A 204 meter diameter lantern house manufactured in Mumbai was placed atop the lighthouse on 31st December 1999. This gigantic spire decorated in black and white bands is a 31 meters high Circular RCC Tower that covers the range of 15 Nautical Miles and the light flashes after every 10 seconds.
At the time of sunset the Lighthouse standing against the azure sky tinted with yellow, orange and blue pigments yields a magnificent banquet for the eyes. Tourists cram at the Daman Ganga River Bridge at the time of dusk and capture the diminishing glory of the setting sun behind the light house.
The Governor’s Palace of Daman reckoned far and wide for its baroquely carved stairways and flamboyant chandeliers is located within the premises of the Moti Daman Fort. The Moti Daman Fort was established by the Portuguese in the year 1559 as the defense against the Mughal invasions. This fort, covering the total area of nearly 30,000 square meters is enclosed by enormous fortifications and deep trenches. alace is a must visit place on the way to or from Mysore.
The Collector Office of Daman constructed during the Portuguese governance is a reminiscent of the erstwhile administration of the Portuguese Rulers that flourished in Daman for more than 400 years. This age-old building constructed by the Portuguese reveals the Gothic order of architecture. Currently this edifice houses the Collector Office and the office of the District Magistrate of Daman. Regarded as one of the prime tourist attractions of Daman, the Collector Office still retaining the old colonial charm comprises one of the primary destinations on the itinerary of Daman. To pay a visit to the Collector Office you can either opt for the local sight seeing trips conducted by the travel agents of Daman or avail the local rickshaws or taxis.
Church of Bom Jesus
The Church of Bom Jesus that bore the laurel of being the chief parish church during the early days of the Portuguese rule in Daman is an ostentatious cathedral that ranks right at the top of the prime attractions list of this coastal jewel of Gujarat. Constructed between 1559 and 1603 AD, this church located in the Moti Daman area presents an excellent epitome of unparalleled Portuguese and Roman style of temple architecture. Dexterously carved doorways, rococo interiors, extravagantly bejeweled ceilings and elaborate rosewood carvings are the most worth mentioning features of the Church of Bom Jesus that add to the architectural and aesthetic grandeur of this tabernacle. The most remarkable facet of this church is its exquisitely carved statues of six saints sculpted in the finest traditions of Roman Catholic Church and its art and architecture. The wooden altar of the church painted in gold and its heavily carved main entrance with elevated fascias are two most prominent marvels of the church that dazzles the eyes of its beholders. The Church of Bom Jesus, one of the most astounding religious destinations of Daman is undeniably a living homage to the distinction achieved by Portuguese architects and artisans and the passion and expertise applied by them in creating this masterpiece of art. This Church today attracts both pilgrims as well as tourists in large numbers.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary
The Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary located inside the Fort of Moti Daman is one of the most meritorious religious destinations dating back to the epoch of Portuguese colonization in India. Founded in 17th century AD this chapel constructed in wood and festooned with intriguing motifs and graphics framed by the artisans of 17th century represents the ancient Portuguese Gothic style of architecture. Deceptively simple and unadorned from outside, this chapel of our Lady of Rosary offers an incredibly theatrical banquet to the eyes as soon as you cross the threshold. The most conspicuous feature of this edifice for which it is ubiquitously applauded is its ceiling garlanded with exquisite rose-petal design colored in multitudinous shades.
Built over an overgrown square and marking one of the oldest Portuguese monuments rested on a damp floor, the interiors this church are decorated with the patterns of golden cherubs showering their blessing upon us. The church houses a series of wooden panels portraying the sketches of Jesus Christ accompanied with His apostles. Moreover, the anecdotes from the lives of the blessed saints are also illustrated on the side walls of the apse. The Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary rightly praised as the ‘magnum opus’ built in wood is unquestionably a paragon of Portuguese ingenuity and innovativeness. Buses, taxis and rickshaws are available from the Moti Daman Fort to reach the Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies
The Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies located in Moti Daman area is an astonishing piece of architecture dated back to early 17th century AD. Erected in 1607 AD under the joint patronage of a Portuguese Governor and a Portuguese captain, this chapel features an exceptional combination of Gothic and Byzantian orders of architectonics. Portraying the 17th century carvings and engravings the main altar of the church and the brilliantly carved figurines decorating the huge prayer hall add to the elegant glamour of the Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies. Highly aggrandized by the devotees, this chapel is equally hailed by the tourists and those interested in architectural designing.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Augustias
The Chapel of Our Lady of Augustias located immediately outside the fortification of the citadel of Moti Daman behind the football ground is a church built on the catacomb of ‘Agostinho Xavier de Silva Vidigal’ who was born on 3rd December 1826 at Lisbon and passed away on 20th March 1843 at Daman on the very field where the soldiers died in the First World War were buried. Noted for its aureate altar highly embellished with intricate carvings and ambrosial engravings this church of Daman is yet another paradigm of Portuguese architectural dexterity preserved in India. Presently as this church is undergoing restoration process, it is closed for the visitors.
St. Paul's Church
St. Paul’s Church of Daman dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the most extraordinary specimens of Portuguese architecture existing in India. Established in 17th century AD, this church is particularly reckoned for its ostentatious façade burnished with captivating volutes and the ornamentation identical to the shells.
The Dominican Monastery located at the distance of just one kilometer from the New Lighthouse of Daman is an ancient monastery of international standing that once functioned as a thriving center of theological studies. This archaic seat of catholic religious learning which beckoned catholic scholars and priests from every corner of world has now turned into ruins. Turned down in its honor and grandeur owing to some unknown mysterious reasons, the present day remains of the Dominican Monastery of Daman pretty successfully narrate the tales of its august past. On third Sunday of every December a mass is held at the Dominican Monastery as the tribute to St. Dominic when myriads of Catholic devotees as well as tourists make it a point to pay a visit to this unparalleled model of age-old grandeur. Amongst the ruins of the Dominican Monastery one can also witness wrecks of an archaic altar fabulously decorated with resplendent floral motifs carved on stone. The landside gate of the monastery bears a statue of Our Lady of Purification who is particularly worshipped on 2nd February when Catholics gather here and sing a litany in the honor of Mother Mary.
Somnath Mahadev Temple
Somnath Mahadev Temple of Daman named after one of the twelve Jyotirlingams of India located at Somnath and dedicated to Lord Shiva; the God of destruction is a famous Hindu Temple positioned along the Dabhel Kachigam Road at Dabhel. Constructed in the year 1974, this temple is believed to be enshrining the Shiva Lingam that was specially formed at the plea of certain 19th century monk. The devotees of Lord Shiva pay a visit to this temple particularly on Mondays and on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri. The Somnath Mahadev Temple of Daman is predominantly reckoned for hosting an annual Lokmela named ‘Gangaji Fair’.
Sri Satya Narayan Temple
Sri Satya Narayan Temple located within the premises of the famous Satya Sagar Udyan is one more worth mentioning Hindu religious destination not to be missed in Daman. Dedicated to Lord Satya Narayan; the Lord of truth and a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, this temple happens to be perhaps the only temple of its kind existing in India. Established in the year 1900 and later renovated in 1971 AD, this shrine positioned facing east is approached through a magnificent stone gate guarded by two stone sculptures of doorkeepers. Apart from the ‘dwarpals’, the imposing entrance of the temple is also festooned with the two life sized stone statues of lions and various idols of sages. Covering the total area of about 9424 square feet this temple of Lord Satya Narayan houses two audience halls and one sanctum. Held up by six pillars the roof of the Sabhamandapam comprises one large and two smaller central cupolas surmounted by a gold gilded ‘kalasha’.
The sanctum of the temple enshrines the beautifully carved two feet tall marble idol of Lord Lakshmi Narayan in standing posture. To its left is the marble idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi and to the right are placed two idols of Radha and Krishna. The Sabhamandapam of the temple is an admirable archetype of modern Indian temple architecture. The roof of the temple designed in a rectangular shape is marvelously adorned with the pattern of Raja Hansa and the motifs of the Ras Leela performed by Lord Shri Krishna along with his Gopikas. The inner walls of the Sabhamandapam are beauteously bedecked with the images of Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati, and Goddess Ambaji and so on. The temple committee that administers the daily affairs of the temple also runs a primary school in Daman. Sri Satya Narayan Temple is one of the must visit Vaishnavite pilgrim destinations of Daman greatly frequented by the devotees of Lord Krishna.
Paryatan Bhavan of Daman inaugurated on 5th January 1995 is the building that accommodates the offices of Tourism Department, Daman Tourism Travel Booking and OIDC. Additionally, a Tourist Information Center is also housed here that guides the tourists and travelers to book and execute their trip in and around Daman.
The lately developed Hilsa Aquarium nestled within the Fort of Moti Daman is an aquatic museum that houses a large collection of exotic species of ornamental fish and other maritime mammals. Tourists get an unimaginable opportunity to enjoy an incredible ride of submarine into the deep waters and watch a wide array of fish of various shapes, sizes and colors through the submarine glass.