3-Day Diu Itinerary

Day 1:

08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Tourist attractions are situated to close to each other and the following sequence makes your sightseeing

Diu Fort is the first place to explore Diu. The 500-year old fortress was built and ruled by the Portuguese and is now a landmark of Diu. The fort is considered one of the seven wonders of Portuguese origin in the world. History buffs will love to stay here for a longer duration.

Time duration: 1 – 2 hours

At a distance of 900 meters from the Fort is the Diu Museum.

Diu Museum was previously known as St. Thomas Church and has been converted to a museum, showcasing the historical artifacts used in the colonial era. St. Paul Church is in the same vicinity and must not be missed.

Time duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

O Coqueiro near Diu Museum serves exquisite sea food.

2 km from the museum, you get to Naida Caves.

Another wonder of Diu is the Naida Caves. Naida cave is a unique cluster of man-made caves. These were built by the Portuguese settlers. This is still not very popularly known so the number of tourists visiting the attraction is very less. Photographers will make this their paradise.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour

Drive around further 1.5 km and you get to the famous INS Khukri memorial.

The name of this particular beach is Chakrathirth Beach. The specialty of this beach is that it houses the miniature of INS Khukri a warship that was used in the 1971 battle and was destroyed. The INS Khukri Memorial Park has been developed to commemorate the officers and sailors of the sunken ship.

Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

The final attraction in Diu is the Nagao beach which is 7 km from INS Khurki Memorial Park.

Nagao Beach is the busiest beach in Diu. Ideal place for families and especially for children. A Dinosaur Park keeps the kids engaged and thrilled. A fascinating attraction is the Sea Shell Museum situated along with the Airport. The museum has a unique collection of seashells. The museum closes at 05:00 PM.

Time duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Also read: Best Area To Book your Hotel in Diu

Day 2:

12:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Although Somnath is a famous pilgrimage destination, it has a lot to offer for every tourists. Almost 80 km from Diu, Somnath takes 2 hours.

Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple is an ancient temple and a popular religious site. The temple has been destroyed and constructed in the past and the current structure was completed in 1951.

The Darshan timings for the temple begins at 07:30 AM and ends at 10:00 PM

You can book your slot for darshan in advance online at https://www.somnath.org/

The Aarti happens 3 times a day – 07:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 07:30 PM.

Time duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

500 meters from the temple is the Prabhas Patan Museum. A museum that houses a large collection of historical and ancient artifacts that belonged to the temple. A must-visit place in Somnath.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour

Somnath Beach is just 1 km from the temple. The beach attracts a large crowd. Children enjoy the camel ride along the shore. The Street Market at the entrance is where you can buy traditional and local artifacts and clothes.

Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

At a distance of 1.5 km from the beach is the Triveni Sangram. This is a confluence of three rivers – Hiran, Kapila, and Saraswati. An ideal place to unwind and experience serenity with the view of the sunset.

Time duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Later you can attend the evening aarti at the Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple.

Day 3:

Gir National Park is one of the most important attractions in Gujarat and is 70 km from Diu.

Morning Safari

Gir National Park

Timings: 06:00 AM – 09:00 AM  /  08:30 AM – 11:30 AM

In the morning, the chances of animal sighting are better. 6 – 9 slot is what you should aim for.

Permits can be acquired online and timings for your safari can be checked at https://girlion.gujarat.gov.in/.

Gypsy safari is the only option to take the jungle trail. The safari is usually 3 hours long and charges for reserving one Gypsy will be around Rs. 1000 and can accommodate 6 people.

You can look for the various species of birds and reptiles. If you’re going during winters, you can expect to see a lot of rare migratory birds.

Have your lunch at your hotel and get adequate rest. Later prepare yourself for the second safari of the day.

Evening Safari

Devaliya National Park

Timings: 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM

The day begins early and you will be given a wakeup call and then be picked to go for the Morning Safari.

To avoid long queues at the permit reception counters, it is better to make reservations and get your permit online prior to your visit at https://girlion.gujarat.gov.in/.

You can opt for any one of two modes of safari:

1. Jeep Safari – lasts for 1 hour and costs Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000 for 1 jeep.

2. Bus Safari – lasts for 2 hours and costs Rs. 150 to Rs. 190 per person.

Taking a tour on the bus gives you better chances of sightings and is much cheaper than a jeep safari. Make sure that on the first day your focus is to spot the big daddy – The Asiatic Lion. You will however also have a chance to spot the Indian leopard have.

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