A Portugese enclave for four centuries and a half till the close of the colonial rule in 1961, Daman has been a coveted prize for which princes and potentates, indigenous satraps and alien powers waged wars, Muted memories of history lie vaulted in the monuments of Daman. It had been a melting pot where races and cultures met and mixed to bring forth a multi-coloured identity.
Daman can boast of a rich multi-faced cultural heritage. Dance and music are very much parrt of the daily life of Damanite. Here is a true fusion of cultures-tribal, urban, European and Indian. This omate amalgam is reflected in the traditional dances of Daman. Various Portuguese dances are well preserved and still widely presented. Tribal dances with caustic social comments are much in vogue.
FAMOUS TOURIST PLACES OF DAMAN
The long shore-line at Devka has always fascinated the tourists. The beautiful and well tended amusement park with its musical fountain and kid's corner has become very popular, attracting bus loads of tourists every weekend.
Towards south, Jampore Beach leads on to the border of Gujarat. It is a pleasant spot, where one communes with nature in sublime solitude. This beach is most suited to swimming as it is danger-free. During low-tide, one can walk on the soft wet sand right into sea. Don't miss a picnic with your family in the shade of casurina plantation on the seashore.
Satya Sagar Udyan
Satya Sagar Udyan about 3 kms. from the taxi park at Nani Daman and very close to Coast Guard Air Station, on the Daman-Valsad Road squats a spellbinding lake-garden Satya Sagar Udyan with its colourful fountains and shrub-skirted promenades offers an enchanting view. The restaurant and snackbar provide a variety of dishes of different regional flavours. One can unbend for hours on a lakeside seat sipping a soft beverage of one's choice.
Church of Bom Jesus
The church of Bom Jesus was completed in its present form in 1603 AD. The richly carved doorway and the highly decorated interiors together with the lofty ceiling and burnishing alter invite aesthetic attention.
Fort of Moti Daman
The massive Fort that runs round the settlement like a girdle, dates back to 1559 AD. This structure in the present form encompasses about 30,000 sq. mts. with 10 bastions and two gateways. The fort is protected by a moat on the land side and also connects the river to the sea. The Governor's Palace, Collectorate, Secretariat and other official buildings are within the Fort.
Fort of Nani Daman
The small fort with high stone walls enclosed an area of 12,250 sq. mts. The most conspicuous part of the Fort is the giant gateway facing the river with a large statue of St. Jerome and two giant human figures, on either side of the gateway.
How to reach Daman
The easiest tourist-spot Daman is just 168 km. from Mumbai by rail-road and about 193 kms by the National Hiqhway No. 8. Vapi, the nearest rail head on the Mumbai-Delhi Western line. The major cities Surat is 150 kms. Baroda is 300 kms. and Ahmedabad is about 400 kms.