A tiny island in the Arabian Sea, Diu is emerging is attracting considerable tourist interest. Poised to become one of the major tourist destinations in India, Diu is blessed with enchanting golden beaches and bustling bazaars. The forts and monuments in Diu also play a significant role in enhancing the appeal of the place.
Diu boasts of a pretty long and ancient history that can be traced back to the legends and the mythology. Besides some alluring beaches, Diu also features impressive forts and monuments that invariably find their place in the travel itinerary of the tourists visiting Diu. Among the Daman Forts and Monuments, the Zampa Gateway needs special mention. It has generated a lot of interest among the tourists. The gateway is graced by intricate carvings of lions, angels and a priest. The gateway incorporates a chapel whose origin dates back to the first half of the eighteenth century.
Among the forts and monuments in Diu, the Fort of Diu enjoys a place of pride. The fort is an imposing structure, positioned on the island coast. The fort affords a sweeping view of the sea. The signing of the defence treaty between Bahadurshah, Sultan of Gujarat, and the Portuguese was followed by the construction of this fort. The fort incorporates a towering lighthouse. You will also chance upon heaps of iron shells and several canons.
The Fortress of Panikotha or Fortim-do-Mar is also counted among the popular forts and monuments in Diu. It’s a splendid structure built out of stone. This fort also boasts of a light house and a small chapel that is dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea.