The ex – Portuguese enclave of Daman is like Dius ferel cousin – a wild –eyed resort town on a grey ,soupy sea that aint no tropical paradise .There is a piquancy of old Portugal here though ,in the fine forts and churches (the evening services are spiritually charming ), and a booze soaked whimsy that extracts exiles from Mumbai and feni filled Gujarati thrill seekers swaying harder than the palms on nearby Devka Beach.
Along with Diu and Goa, Daman was taken in 1961 from the Portuguese , who has seized in 1531. The Portuguese had been officially ceded the region by Bahadur shah ,the last major Gujrati sultan ,in 1559. For a time Daman and Diu were governed from Goa but both now constitute the Union Territory of Daman and Diu ,overseen by Delhi .
Diu is also a fine beaches ,whitewashed churches , an imposing fort , colourful Lisboa streets, a gorgeous climate , lush seafood and giggly Gujrati weekenders who flock for the cheap booze and sunshine .Plus it is the safest place to ride a scooter in all of india ,with minimum traffic and excellent roads.
Like Daman and Goa ,Diu was a Portuguese colony taken over by India in 1961.With Daman , it is still governed from Delhi as a Union Territory .It includes Diu island about 11 km by 3 km , separated from the coast by a narrow channel ,and two tiny mainland enclaves .The islands main industries are fishing ,tourism ,booze and salt .kalpana Distillery at Malala produces rum from Sugar cane .