By Uditi Gupta
Beaches in India do not only mean a combination of sand and water. There is a whole gamut of other things that define their character and nature. Sometimes, it means hordes of chaat, toys and sugar cane juice sellers. At other times, a beach is about clear waters and palm trees, while for others it is all about adventure water sports. Of course, the underlining fact remains that beaches are a great way to spend some leisure time. India has many mesmerizing beaches spread across its vast territories. But if you are looking for pristine, clean and happening beaches, then Daman and Diu are your destinations.
Best Beaches of Daman
Situated in the north of Daman, the Devka Beach has a long coastline. A favorite amongst tourists and locals, the Devka Beach is a hot spot for families. It has a few rocky crops, and hence, swimming is not allowed in every part. However, if you really want to experience and enjoy a beach that is boisterous and fun, then Devka Beach is really your type. The amusement park here adds to the entertainment and is a huge hit among children. The colorful fountains, a specialty of the park, are a bewitching sight. Food stalls and children’s play area add to the clamor and give you a wholesome experience. Sipping coffee or munching on a hot plate of fried fish with the sea in sight, Devka Beach is a fun-filled outing as you become a part of the evergreen crowd and enjoy every bit of it.
A contrast of sorts with the Devka Beach, the Jampore Beach has a charm of its own. Situated at the southern end of Daman, Jampore is for those seeking some quietude. Here, there are no amusement parks or close-knit food stalls calling for your attention. On the contrary if you want to relax, swim in the cool waters of the Arabian and sit under the shade of the casuarinas plantations, then the Jampore Beach is your type. Quiet, resplendent, and relaxed are the best ways to describe the waves that wash the shore.
Best Beaches of Diu
This tiny fishing village offers a splendid beach experience. The horse-shaped Nagoa Beach is filled with tourists who enjoy extremes ranging from wetting their feet in the cool waters to parasailing and surfing. Dotted with coconut and corn sellers, the Nagoa Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Diu and is a great way to venture into water sports and at the same time relax like an absolute listless being on a date with nature.
Located more or less in the center of Diu, the Chakratirth Beach is for those who seek solitude. Quiet and different in its set up, with rocks strewn along the coast, this beach has wonderful settings for perfect photographic moments. The Sunset Point of Diu is located on the beach and it goes without saying that there are no ways you would want to miss the sunset against the gorgeous backdrop of the hazel waters and flaming sky. The Auditorium and Gardens here are worth a visit. Another added attraction is the visit to the small hillock called Bhanslo, which is accessible during low tide.
About 15 km away from Diu, the Ghogla Beach is another spot for spending some quiet time. Not as crowded as the popular Nagoa Beach, you can avail all the water sporting activities here too. It is also a great beach to don your swimming gear and enjoy some time with the kids in the water too. And guess what, if you are lucky enough you may also spot a few dolphins.
A palm tree-lined beach, the Jallandhar Beach is almost a real life imitation of the pictures drawn of beaches. Devoid of the crowd, serene and pristine, there is nothing more joyous than to watch the horizon through the leafy silhouettes of the palm trees.
So, would you like to inhale the fresh, salty, beach air?