Diu & Gir-Somnath

Diu & Gir Somnath

Diu is island situated slightly off the coast of Kathiawad near the Port of Veraval in Gujarat with a coastal length of 21 Km and is at a distance of about 768 Km from Daman, the Capital of the Union Territory of Daman and Diu. Diu is bounded by Gir-Somnath and Amreli District of Gujarat in the North and by the Arabian Sea from three sides. It is connected to the mainland via two bridges.

With no tall buildings except the fort, Diu has a characteristically low skyline. Old Diu is known for its Portuguese architecture. The nearby Nagoa beach and offshore lighthouse are popular tourist destinations, and the coast is a popular recreational area for parasailing, boating and jet skiing.

Gir-Somnath District is a district of Gujarat, India. It is located on the southern corner of the Kathiawar peninsula with its headquarters at the town of Veraval. Veraval, Talala, Sutrapada, Kodinar, Una and Gir Gadhada are the talukas of Gir Somnath District. The Gir Forest is a home of many wildlife creatures including lions, deer, and monkeys. Asiatic Lions can be only be found in the Gir Forest.

Veraval is a Muncipality and the headquarters of Gir Somnath district. Fisheries have always been the main industries in the town and are dominanted by the Kharwas (fisherfolk). The fishing is done mostly on traditional boats and trawlers. Veraval also has a large boat making industry.

Una is the biggest taluka in Gir Somnath district in number of villages. Main tourist attractions are Pauranik Talav (Ancient Lake), Rawal Dam, Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach, Sana Cave An ancient place, Tulsishyam famous for temple of lord Krishna, Banej Temple of Mahadev in middle of Gir forest. Una is one of the “the biggest Limestone supplier” in Gujarat State.

Kodinar: Main tourist attractions are Mul Dwarka, Kaj and Kanjotar a small seashore village near Kodinar in which mul dwarka is a historic place of the original Dwarka of Mahabharata. Kodinar is home to Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd. One of the largest cement manufacturing company.

Talala Gir is Famous for its “KESAR MANGO”, Siddi’s folk dance “Dhamal and Gir national park and Sanctuary”. Siddi people who are originally from the south Africa are found in Jambur village, also known as Mini Africa of India.

Sutrapada is a coastal taluka of Gir somnath district. This place is known for GHCL plant, largest “Soda ash” producing company in the world. Gujarat Siddhi cement manufacturing plant is also located in the taluka.

Gir Gadhada is the newly formed taluka of the district. It has been curved out from Una taluka in August 2013. Famous Tulsi shyam, temple of Lord Krishna is situated in this taluka.