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Daman and Diu (The Lotus of Marshlands): Facts at a Glance

21-JAN-2016 14:52

    For over 450 years, the coastal enclaves of Daman and Diu on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India on December 19, 1961, by military conquest. The territory of "Goa, Daman and Diu" was administered as a single union territory until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood, leaving Daman and Diu as a separate union territory.


    Daman is having a pleasant climate all over the year. In summer, Daman is blessed with cool breeze coming from over the Arabian sea. Maximum Temperature is 39 degree centigrade and minimum is 11 degree centigrade. The average annual rainfall is 1687 mm.

    Beginning September & culminating May is the perfect period for exploring and fascination of this wonderland, but planning a holiday in monsoon is no less appealing and will evoke a great deal of exhilaration and mirth.


    Daman can boast of a rich and multi - faced cultural heritage. Dance and Music are very much part of the daily life of Damanite. Here is a true fusion of cultures - tribal, urban, European and Indian.This ornate amalgam is reflected in the traditional dances of Daman.

    Various Portuguese dances are well preserved and still widely presented.Tribal dances with caustic social comments are much in vogue.


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    102 km2 (39 sq mi), 5th (among u.t.)

    Population (Census 2011)


    242,911, 6th (among union territories)


    30 May 1987


    Portuguese(inc. Daman Portuguese),Konkani, Gujarati, Hindi

    Neighbouring states




    Members of  Parliament

    Lok Sabha=01 , Rajya Sabha=0



    Major Cities

    Daman, Diu


    Kalem, Bhagwan (Daman)


    Minerals: Salt,

    Industries: Fishing Tourism and Distillery


    87.07 %



    Sex Ratio (as per 2011 census)

    618/Thousand Male


    2,169/km2 (700/sq mi)

    Transport and communications


    Road length; Daman-191,Diu-78, NH22 kms.

    Nearby Railway Stations: Vapi for Daman and Delvada for Diu

    Airports: Daman, Diu


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