The island of Daman is sandwiched between the two industrial states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is one half of the beautiful union territory of Daman and Dui. The town was governed by the Portuguese until the year 1961, as a result of which Daman has a lot of Portuguese culture and heritage.There are multiple options of reaching this union territory. The fastest and the most economical way is by train and the nearest railway station is Vapi, which is located on the Western Railway. Daman is about 12 km from Vapi railway station. From Vapi station there are plenty of local buses and auto rickshaws that ply to the town. Exit the station on the West.The other option of getting to Daman is to drive to this town via NH8. Driving is a preferred option for people who are looking for a weekend break from the commercial cities of Mumbai 170 km, Surat 90 km and Ahmedabad 360 km.The town is divided by the Daman Ganga River into two parts, namely Nani Daman which means small and Moti Daman which means big . Strangely, Nani Daman is the larger of the two towns. Both Nani and Moti Daman are connected to each other by two bridges. The smaller bridge has collapsed twice and is now closed for public use, but locals still use this bridge to walk and cycle from one end to the other.Since Daman was a former Portuguese colony most of the attractions in this town are old Portuguese buildings and churches. The main attraction is the church of Bon Jesus, which is located inside the premises of another attraction i.e. the Nani Daman fort.Jampore and Devka beach attract a lot of crowd during the evenings and these beaches are generally very over crowded on the weekends. The fort of Moti Daman and the old light house tower are the other major attractions.The best way of getting around the town of Daman is on foot, since most of the attractions are located in close proximity to each other and walking around the town helps soak in the real feel of this union territory.Accommodation in Daman is available in plenty. Most of the budget guest houses and hotels which are a preferred option for backpackers and budget travellers are located near the bus and rickshaw stand. The more luxurious hotels and resorts can be found closer to the beach.Daman also has plenty of restaurants and street food stalls that serve up some really tasty food. The street food stalls are mostly Chinese and chaat carts. Since it is a coastal town fish is speciality is nearly all the restaurants. Fish fry and tandoori are a must have while in this union territory, and chicken bullet is a dish which is unique to this place.Since Daman is a union territory the alcohol taxes are not very heavy and there are no restrictions on drinking. The town is flooded with wine shops. Every second shop in the town is a wine shop. The cost of alcohol varies from shop to shop. Since alcohol is prohibited in the neighbouring state of Gujarat, the low cost of alcohol attracts plenty of people from the neighbouring cities.Daman is a good place to visit all through the year. During the monsoon the place is covered with greenery all over, while during winters the weather is cool. Even during the summer months of April and May the weather is very pleasant as compared to the neighbouring regions.This union territory is an ideal place to visit for all kinds of travellers, for those who just want to relax and chill on the beach with a bottle of beer to those who love nature and most of all for those who are interested in the history and culture of this town. For a similar experience, click below:Calendar Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 5 Responses Backpacking to Daman in one night two days | The Land Out There November 11, 2013 […] Hop onto a rickshaw from Vapi railway station to Nani-Daman. […] Reply Backpacking to Daman in three days | The Land Out There November 11, 2013 […] Here is The Land Out There’s blueprint to a backpacking trip to the ex Portuguese town of Daman. […] Reply Some recreational time by the sea: Devka Beach, Nani Daman | The Land Out There October 16, 2013 […] at a distance of about 3 km from the Nani Daman bust stop, is the famous Devka beach in Daman. This beach is best approached by foot; there is also parking space just at the entrance of the […] Reply Two Portuguese churches and a light house: Moti Daman | The Land Out There October 9, 2013 […] smaller of the two sections of the Union territory of Daman is Moti Daman. The funny fact about the name of this place is even though it is named Moti Daman […] Reply Traveller’s hub in Daman: Nani Daman | The Land Out There October 2, 2013 […] of the two Daman divisions, Nani Daman even though the literal translation of the name is small Daman is the […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.