Places of Interest in Diu
According to history, an old cathedral called St Thomas Church got transformed into the Diu museum. This museum houses a collection of old Catholic saint statues. It also houses a large variety of artifacts, namely wooden carvings, stone idols, antic statues, inscriptions, shadow clocks and several other historically significant items, that belonged to the Portuguese past. Several excavated articles can also be found here, making it an archaeological treasure trove. Most of the artifacts displayed here are over 400 years old. In the evening, one can enjoy the multihued fountains and special lighting effects in this structure. Remnants of a Jain temple can also be found here. There is also a guesthouse on the upper floor.
St. Thomas Church Building, Daman and Diu, 362520, India
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Timings: All days of the week
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sea Shell Museum
The Sea Shell Museum is in the Airport Road in Nagoa in Diu. It houses a huge collection of sea shells, about 2500 to 3000 of varying sizes and types. It is the largest of its kind in Asia, where the sea shells are displayed in magnifying glasses of varying shapes. Captain Devjibhai Vira Fulbaria, a merchant navy captain has collected these sea shells from all over the world in his 50 years of sailing and has displayed them in glasses, with proper labels in English. This place is a must visit for those interested in marine biology. The owner is a knowledgeable person and talking to him about his adventures is an interesting experience. The items are displayed in an area, spanning two floors. Apart from the sea shells on display, earrings, bracelets, wall hangings, mirrors and other decorative items can be purchased at nominal rates. The entry fee is Rs 10, and photography is not permitted inside.
Address: Near Nagoa Beach, Near Airport East, Diu
The artificial caves, near the Naida village, constructed by the Portuguese consist of 11 caves. The caves are located outside the main wall of Diu fort and are easily accessible. They have a natural opening in the ground beyond the light zone. The natural sand stone design adds to the charm of this place. The Naida Caves have a huge network of tunnels, with square shaped steps. Moreover, it is believed that the Portuguese hacked building materials from these caves. Due to their unique structure, these caves attract large number of visitors. One can experience a calm and relaxing ambience in these caves.
INS Khukri Memorial
INS Khukri Memorial is a structure built in honour of the officers and sailors who lost their lives during the sinking of the INS Khukri ship in 1971 in the Indo Pak war. It consists of a beautiful scale model enclosed in a glass case. Names of the crew members are engraved along with the historical events on a marble stone. It is a remainder and a symbol of patriotism and is a must visit to salute the indomitable spirit and courage of the valiant Indian Navy.
Nagar Sheth Haveli
This three storied colourful structure is one of the most magnificent buildings in Diu. It was once the biggest of its kind in the entire town. With carved balconies, elaborate arches, porticoes, arches and intricate carvings on the door, stone lions, this structure, though abandoned, stands majestically in all its glory. This grand Portuguese mansion reflects a stunning blend of Indian and European styles and is an example of Indo Sarcenic architectural style. It is one of the finest and major tourist spots in the city.
Besides these, there are hordes of other interesting places to visit like the Summer House, Diu Jetty, Bird Watching Tower that you can visit and enjoy. Thus Diu, with its plethora of tourist attractions, never disappoints an incoming visitor.