If I would like to describe Daman in few phrases that would be – a very chilled out, low-key place, beaches that are family-friendly, beautiful sunsets, lot of fun activities to do, takes you to the era of Portuguese living in daman with their churches, forts, government offices & monasteries.
But hey, even though Daman has got Portuguese influence, but it is nowhere like Goa.
Being conveniently located equidistant from two major cities- Surat of Gujrat state & Mumbai of Maharashtra, people love to come here over the weekend. For some frequent tourists, this is their go-to destination to take a break from work. If you’re planning your next vacation to Daman, check out our solid plan for a two-day itinerary that are covering all famous places to see in Daman & various things to do at Daman.
This is our Top 10 list of famous places you must see when you visit Daman and yes you can visit most of the places just in two days. (Mirasol Garden & Water Park is an exception, where you will be required at least half a day to explore & enjoy). Let’s get to know each place in detail-
1. Jampore Beach
Parking is free.
Limited spots are available in proximity to the Jampore beach (i. e. where the actual beach started).
If it is full, especially during weekends & evenings then you need to park your car roadside near ‘She-Oak’ trees, just follow the crowed.
Things to do at Jampore Beach:
- Beach & Water Sports activities
- Camel ride, horseback ride, cart rides, etc.
- Leisure activities (Walking/Jogging/Relaxing on the beach watching Sunset)
- Sunset Photography
- Shacks on the beach, Food stalls & Eateries
- Driving along the beach:-
The best part we love about is that you can drive along the beach for 4 km (10 min drive) takes you from Jampore Beach all the way up to Moti Daman fort & Jetty, the famous lighthouse & ends at ‘I Love Daman’ sign.
Considering the road is a beach view provided with a footpath for walking & jogging along with sitting areas to watch the sunset from anywhere & the other side of the road there is an array of ‘She-Oak’ trees. Isn’t it lovely? It looks magical after sunset when the streetlights turned ON.
- Tattoo parlors are also there for passionate souls.
2. Moti Daman Fort & Fort Garden
If you are into history, there is so much to explore & see at this place, as it was built in the 16th century takes you into the era of Portuguese colonies that lasted for over 450 years in Daman.
It’s an old Fort, with a huge defensive compound wall made up of stones covering 30,000 sq. meters. of areas making a pentagon-like shape if you look at the drone shots or google maps. You can climb up and walk on the wall, to get panoramic views of the beach, fort, Jetty & lighthouse, etc.
The fort is now the address of many important Government offices, including, District & session court of Daman, Daman Municipal Council, Administration department of Diu & Daman, Secretariat office, National Informatics, Post Office, District library, Forest Department, and their servant bungalows/houses.
Tourists are allowed to enter and see the surroundings, as there are some tourist attractions like Dominican Monastery, Bom Jesus Church, and the lighthouse inside the Fort. It’s remarkable that the fort & old buildings have been preserved & are still in their original shape.
Nirman Diwas 2021
We visited daman on its ‘1st Anniversary of Nirman Diwas on 26th January 2021’, where the entire Fort has been decorated with flowers and lightings, there were special events like – Flower show, Sand Art, Flea Market, Book Fest, Light & Sound Show, Heritage Exhibitions, Contest & Fireworks.
Locals participated, came with their families, it was no less than a fest! It was a great opportunity for us to see a glimpse of their culture & local art. We thoroughly enjoyed that evening!
Are you interested to read more about Nirman Diwas? Why & How it is to be celebrated? What we have seen here?
We have so many pictures for you to get the feeling of being there…
3. Lighthouse, Moti Daman Beach, Jetty Garden (Jetty De Damao Grande)
What if, you get a beach, lighthouse & fort all in one frame!!! I have this third most favorite attraction in Daman for you!.
Whenever I see a lighthouse on any beach, it seizes my attention, and here’s a Navy Blue and White-colored multi-story lighthouse is no less. It has that vintage charm to impress you. Look how beautiful it looks in the daytime as well as at night.
Moti Daman Beach & Jetty
Moti Daman Beach is where there is Daman Ganga River meets the Arabian Sea! We kinda liked this beach because from this point, many attractions are nearby and you will get the best views of Nani Daman Jetty, St. Jerome Fort, Jetty De Damao Grande, Rajiv Gandhi Setu, Lighthouse & the Moti Daman Fort of course!
As you all know, all beaches in Daman are either of black sand or muddy types but here on Moti Daman Beach we saw white sands, it is possibly because they level up by outsourcing white sand and made it attractive.
Jetty Garden (Jetty De Damao Grande)
People come here to take groupies/selfies with the famous ‘I Love Daman’ signboard placed near Moti Daman Jetty. Photo with this iconic board is a must if you visit daman.
It gets illuminated in the night. You will find this Jetty Garden as you exit from Moti Daman Fort from the Jetty side.
4. St. Jerome Fort/Nani Daman Fort & Jetty
Do you know how Daman gets divided into two parts? It’s a Daman Ganga River that cuts through Daman to meet the Arabian Sea, divides Daman into Nani Daman & Moti Daman. We talked about Moti Daman in previous paragraphs, here’s you will find everything about Nani Daman Jetty & St. Jerome Fort also known as Nani Daman Fort.
Nani Daman offers a beach for fishing & leisure activities, ample hotels, most of them are pocket-friendly, restaurants serving local cuisines & all kinds of shopping markets, where you can see how the local people live here.
Jerome Fort is the highlight of Nani Daman and comes under must-see destinations. It appears as an outpost from the Portuguese era spread over 12250 Sq. meters protected by high stone walls on which you can stand and take a walk along with the fort.
With three bastions, and two gates, inside the fort premises, there is a small vintage church called ‘The Church of our Lady of the Sea’, a School which is still working, an old cemetery, and a large playground.
Welcomed by a big old-fashioned entrance gate made up of stone opened on the riverside. If you watch closely, you’ll observe some sculptures, grave images, inscriptions carved on them. There is a big Christian holy cross on the top-middle and two crosses on both sides.
A unique symbol just below the holy cross and on both sides of the door, then there is a statue of St. Jerome, inscriptions carved on the wall, which I guess some biblical message but the language & meaning is unknown to me, there are identical human figures on either side of the door with weapons in their hands (I suppose, they are guarding the Fort) and just above them, there is an identical lion on each side. That’s how the entrance of St. Jerome Fort exactly looks like. Isn’t it captivating?
Take a walk on the rampart and enjoy the views of the surrounding fish market, fishing boats anchored along the jetty, the lighthouse, and the Daman Ganga River.
There is nothing much to do here, we visited the Fort early morning, when school was going on, but the church was closed. We did some photography, wandered all over the fort, and left.
Visit here in the evening before sunset, when food stalls & fast-food joints have settled along the jetty. Do not forget to try their famous Jetty Rolls and enjoy the sunset.
Entry fee: Free
Visiting time: All day 8 AM to 6 PM
Parking: You can temporarily park your vehicle near the walled compound of Nani Daman Jetty, in front of the fort with free of cost.
5. Devka Beach & Go Amazica Amusement Park
Many black rocks spread over the beach and the waves are way inside, you need to walk on those rocks just to touch the water, which didn’t excite us.
When we visited this beach in Jan-2021, there was some construction work going on the shorelines, which may happen to be a similar development to that of Jampore Beach.
The only reason behind its popularity is its location, which is away from the city and crowded attractions offer tourists serene atmosphere & privacy here. Some beachfront hotels got direct access to the beach.
You will be spoilt for choices to stay in from budgeted to extravagant hotels located on both sides of Devka Beach Road.
Devka Amusement Park (Go Amazica Amusement Park):
Just like adults, kids get bored of routine, schools & other stuff, they also need enjoyment when you all go out for a family vacation, right?
Thankfully, there are a lot of fun things to do in Daman for kids, from camel and Pony rides in Jampore beach, water rides in Mirasol garden to adventure rides in ‘Go Amazica Amusement Park’ near Devka Beach.
It is located opposite the famous Devka beach, where you can spend an evening time on the beach and after sunset go for adventure rides in the park.
Monday-Saturday: 4 PM – 9.30 PM
Sunday: 11 AM- 1.30 PM & 3 PM – 9.30 PM
There is no designated parking in front of the amusement park, but you can park your vehicle alongside Devka Road without upsetting the traffic.
OR park in an open space at the entrance of Devka Beach and walk down here.
6. Mirasol Lake Garden & Water Park
If you are looking for offbeat holidays in Daman, away from beaches, Mirasol Lake Garden & Water Park is the place where you come, relax and soak in nature, enjoy water rides & children play activities like mini trains, pedal swan ride, boating in their manmade lake of 12 acres, beautifully designed with lush garden and trees.
It is the best choice for a fun-filled family retreat. In addition to all of this, they also have a lakeside restaurant, bar & lounge along with accommodation facilities. They also provide an arrangement for a destination wedding as well as business meetings.
7. Dominican Monastery
Portuguese came to India, ruled here for over 450 years, and left behind their rich architectural style, carvings in the form of churches that they built. Like other churches in Daman, Dominican Monastery is a proven example of their architectural skills in terms of well-designed doorways, pillars, altars & ceilings.
If you visit now, you will find the only remains are their arches and walls, as it is believed to be destroyed by an earthquake. We also learned that this monastery has been globally recognized and valued, as many catholic scholars around the world came here for theological studies as a part of priestly novitiate.
Till today this place has religious importance in the catholic community, as they gather here for holy mass prayers & to reminiscence the history.
Dominican Monastery is a part of Moti Daman Fort, 10 min walk from Bom Jesus Church. Get the best views of the monastery from the fort walls. Do not miss this place while you are here, however finding the address is a little trickier. It is open till sundown.
8. Cathedral of Bom Jesus Church
As I mentioned, the Cathedral of Bom Jesus Church is also one of the best testaments of Portuguese Art, that will make you fall in love with it.
This 1600’s church is famous for its detailed carvings and worth your visit. There are few churches inside the Moti Daman Fort, but Bom Jesus Church is more famous among tourists. Decorated doorways & stunning interiors will blow your mind, that’s our guarantee!
9. Maharaja Market / Mercado J. M. Falcao De Carvalho
Do not miss this very old shopping market called ‘Mercado J. M. De Carvalho’ built-in 1879, now known as ‘Maharaja Market’ located in the city center of Nani Daman. It is having an array of small outlets under one roof, crowded with people, little congested to freely roam around.
You will find a wide collection of Fashion & Beauty products, Jewelry, Clothing, Electronic items, Belts, Watches, Sunglasses, Bags & wallets, Imported/Foreign goods (maybe 1st copy) are available at reasonable prices. However, you must have good bargain skills to shop here. We doubted the quality of products, so only bought some assorted chocolates. It’s a nice place to stroll & do some window shopping.
10. Church of Our Lady of the Sea
You can’t miss this church while wandering around Nani Daman Fort, because as you enter the fort, this church instantly catches your attention. Representing a very old Portuguese style church, located in the premises of St. Jerome Nani Daman Fort, famous as ‘The Church of our Lady of the Sea’.
Talking about its architecture, you’ll notice Portuguese influence, white-colored exterior very well complemented with wooden door & windows. We heard that it is equally attractive from the inside. Unfortunately, when we were there, it was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Make sure to follow the visiting hours of the Fort.
According to our itinerary for 2 days in Daman, these are the top 10 famous places that you must visit while you are here.
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