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“not a good place for holidays”
Review of Daman

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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
2 helpful votes
“not a good place for holidays”
Reviewed 3 January 2010

daman is an industrial town on gujarat maharashtra border.it has once of the most dirtiest beaches in india,actually its has black sand.majority of the people come to drink as hard drinks are not allowed in gujarat.

1 Thank bnu74
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1 review
2 helpful votes
“Not so happening”
Reviewed 16 November 2009

there is a big issue with Daman, yes i know it is very close to Bombay, i know it is a nice drive but

the simple issue is that

1. there is not too much to do in case you are going for a 3 day trip
2. its a small place
3. its a big hangout joint for all the young people from Gujrat who havv'nt had booze for a long time.
4. you have to avoid the beaches during the season at night since

a. the beaches are not too safe wrt going into the water
b. the beaches are going to be full of people who are drinking and puking all over the place

So pros

1. nicely located near bombay , nice drive
2. booze is cheap
3. try the boat rides, pretty cheap and cool


1. too small a place
2 booze is cheap
3. beaches are not nice

2 Thank LonelyPlaneteer
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1 review
“my favorite place in india”
Reviewed 4 December 2008

excellent place. beaches and churches are beautiful.

Thank cybersaurabh
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
379 reviews
290 helpful votes
“Moti Daman - the fortress outpost”
Reviewed 2 December 2008

I went o Daman to look for Damanese culture. I found Nandi Daman to be a string of bars along a dirty and polluted beach, with the school within the old fort as the only relic of Damanese culture. The bridge across to Moti Daman is not for vehicles - since the collapse of the old bridge.

Moti daman was much more interesting - try to get there when there is a Festa (church feast day). The town centre within the fort was clean and tidy. The walls of the fort need some work. BUt there is no place to dine and you have to go some way out of the fort to the beach where there is a "Chinese restaurant" that serves good food. Here to the serenity of the beach is brocken by drunken visitors to the Union Territory from the "dry" state of Gujarat. The water is very polluted and the air all over Daman is polluted by the nearby city of Valpi. If you can visit any of the Damanese families you will discover the real living culture of Daman, including its unique Portuguese-Creole language.

1 Thank RafikiLondon
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Patna, India
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
89 helpful votes
“a good getaway from pune, mumbai, surat”
Reviewed 30 November 2008

Place: Daman
Distance from Pune: 302km
Distance from Mumbai: 160+(approx)
Route from Pune: pune>lonavala>panvel>thane>western express highway>vapi>daman
Condition of road: from panvel to western express highway its a tough ride. Rest is excellent
Daman is a beautiful union territory. Please do not get confused that DAMAN and DIU are together located. They are actually 300+km away from each other. Daman has primarily two beaches, The Devka beach and the Jhamphore Beach.
Devka beach is a highly rocky beach and you are likely to get your feet cut if do not walk carefully. Devka beach has a beautiful park at its entrance which is a cool place to relax. Along the deva beach you have the sunset beach where u can relax in the evening in the woods.

Jhamphore beach is approximately 8-9km from devka beach. Its longer for four wheelers as there is a shortcut two wheeler's bridge connecting the two islands of NANI DAMAN and MOTI DAMAN. Jhamphore beach is a much better place. You have lots of small shops offering edible items and tables/relaxing chairs. You will see much more activity here. The beach is shallow and you can walk long into the sea. You have camel rides, horse rides and horse-card rides here. The beach is lighted at night with lamps but its totally deserted at night.

Other places of interest: There are two forts, two beautiful churches, and a beautiful garden. Except for the fort, visit them in the evening after artificial lights are lit up.

Other information: Sea water comes to the shore during the daytime i.e. around 10-11am and fully goes back by 3-4 pm so plan your visit accordingly... There are lots of hotels in the main city and near the DEVKA beach as well. ones near Devka beach are costly. Jhamphore beach has 2-3 place to stay. DAMAN being a union territory, police has great power to maintain law and order so its a safe place and so you are expected to behave properly with the police. There are few petrol filling stations in the city. All activities in the city gets over by 11pm. The park/garden at devka beach has two parts, one part has entry tickets which is not at all worth paying for.

Budget: we were 3 ppl on bike from pune and the total cost was 5000 including petrol of two bikes(1600), hotel stay(2days), food(non-veg), enroute expenses and everything else

62 Thank neilsatyam
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