Weekend Getaways near Diu
Somnath near Diu
This beautiful temple town is lies in the Junagadh district in Gujarat. It is renowned for its Somnath temple which is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The Shiv Bhajans and Aartis performed here are believed to sanctify the entire town. The annual fair held here attracts millions of devotees from far and wide. There are a number of other temples including the Gita Mandir, Surya Mandir, Parashuram Temple, Lakshminarayan Temple, Kamnath Mahadev Temple and many more.
The beautiful Somnath Beach behind the temple is a popular tourist spot, where you can enjoy camel riding and pony riding. The Panch Pandava Gufa, located atop a hill is a magnificent shrine dedicated to the five Pandava brothers. The Bhalka Torth is another popular temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, and is believed to be the place where the Lord had been shot in the foot, by mistake. It is renowned for its beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing the flute.
How to reach Somnath from Diu ?
Where to Stay in Somnath ?
Hotel Somnath Sagar
Address: Beside Somnath Railway Station, Near Somnath Bypass Road Corner, Somnath, Gujarat – 362268
Phone No: 02876233255
Address: Veraval Somnath by-pass, Prabhash Patan, Somnath – 362266
Phone No: 91 2876 – 232072, 73, 74
Hotel Shri Hari
Address: Veraval - Kodinar by Pass, Nr. Somnath Railway Station, Somnath Bypass Rd, Somnath, Gujarat – 362268
Phone No: 02876233255
Gir National Park near Diu
Occupying an area of about 1412 km2, this national park is home to the majestic Asiatic lions, found nowhere else. Apart from the lions, there are about 38 different species of mammals, over 300 species of birds, about 40 species of reptiles and thousands of insect species. Its rich biodiversity thus attracts hordes of visitors from nook and corners of the world. Apart from the regular animals and birds, you can find here various rare species like leopards, nilgai, chinkara, Bonneli’s eagle, paradise flycatcher, crested serpent eagle, flamingo, red headed vulture, Indian Pitta etc. It is home to one of the largest population of marsh crocodiles in the entire country. After securing permission from the Forest Office, you can head for Jeep Safari. Watching the majestic lions in their natural habitat, from open – roof jeeps is an enthralling experience. Wildlife viewing and bird watching are other activities you can enjoy here.
How to reach Gir National Park from Diu ?
Where to Stay ?
The Fern Gir Forest Resort
Address: Sasan Gir, Junagadh, Gujarat – 362135
Phone No: 91 – 2877285999
Gir Jungle Lodge
Address: Sasan Junagadh Road, Sasan Gir, Gujarat 362135
Phone No: 02877285600
Taj Gateway Hotel
Address: Gir National Park, Junagadh, Gujarat 362135
Phone No: 02877285551
Palitana near Diu
It is considered to be an important Jain pilgrimage centre. It is said to be the only place in the world, having more than 900 temples. The Shatrunjaya Tirth, located on a hill, houses about 3500 temples. The temples have been built in marble, and are known for their architectural eloquence and splendour. The holiest among the temples is that of the first Jain tirthankar, Adishwar.
The idol of the deity adorned with ornaments and precious jewels proves a visual treat to the visitors. Other important temples include those of Kumarpal, Vimalshah, Choumukh and Sampriti Raja. The entire hills are considered to be holy and it is believed that climbing the mountains at least once in the lifetime cleanses your sins. Try to climb at the dawn to avoid the scorching afternoon heat and keep aside enough time for exploring the mountains.
How to reach Palitana from Diu ?
Where to Stay in Palitana ?
Hotel Sumeru (TCGL)
Address: Station Road, Palitana
Phone No: (02848) 252327
Address: Opp. Central Bus Station
Phone No: 252428, 252241
Vijay Vilas Palace Hotel
Address: Village Adpur, P.O. Gheti, Palitana, Dist. Bhavnagar – 364265
Phone No: 91 9818336340
Porbandar near Diu
Renowned as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Porbandar has numerous tourist spots places of religious significance that make it one of the most sought after cities in the country. Kirti Mandir, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi that has been converted into a museum attracts huge crowds. Sudama Mandir is a religious shrine built in reverence of Sudama. The Porbandar Sea Beach is a beautiful white sand beach that also houses the Huzoor palace, the beautiful European mansion and attracts tourists in large numbers.
The Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Porbandar and is quite famous for its exotic wildlife species. Bharat Mandir is renowned for its sculptures of great people and traditions of India. The Nehru Planetarium is popular for its astronomical programmes and celestial shows. Other places of interest include Kamal Nehru Park, Khadi Gran Udyod Bhavan, Rama Krishna Mission, Darbargadh and many more.
How to reach Porbandar from Diu?
Where to Stay in Porbandar?
Gujarat Tourism Bungalow
Address: Near Chowpaty Beach, Porbandar
Phone No: 0286 – 2245476
Address: Opp. Swaminarayan Temple, S.T. Road, Porbandar
Phone No: 0286 – 2201770, 2201730, 2242681
Nilam Guest House
Address: ST Road, Porbandar
Phone No: 0286 – 2244503, 2240248