Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu
  • દમણ અને દીવ (Gujarati)
    दामांव आनी दीव (Konkani)
    दमण और दीव (Hindi)
Union territory

Seal of Daman and Diu
Coordinates: 20°25′N 72°50′E / 20.42°N 72.83°E / 20.42; 72.83Coordinates: 20°25′N 72°50′E / 20.42°N 72.83°E / 20.42; 72.83
Country  India
Established 30 May 1987
Capital Daman
  Member of Parliament Lalubhai Patel
  Administrator Praful Khoda Patel
  Total 102 km2 (39 sq mi)
Area rank 35th
Population (2011)
  Total 242,911
  Rank 6th (among union territories)
  Density 2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
  Official Konkani
  Additional official None
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
ISO 3166 code IN-DD
No. of districts 2
HDI Increase 0.754 (2005)
HDI Category high
Sex ratio 1.61 /

Daman and Diu /dəˈmɑːn/ & /ˈd/ ( locally ) is a coastal union territory in India, which was once a part of the Portuguese empire neighbouring Goa.


St. Paul's Church in Diu

For over 450 years, the coastal enclaves of Daman (Portuguese: Damão) 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. Portugal did not recognise the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974.

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. Each enclave constitutes one of the union territory's two districts. Daman and Diu are approximately 650 kilometres away from each other by road.



According to the 2011 census, the lowest female to male ratio in India (618 females per thousand males) was recorded in Daman and Diu.[2] The Daman district, with a female to male ratio of .533, is among the lowest of all the districts in India.


Gujarati is the mother tongue of most the territory’s population, as they belong to the Gujarati-speaking Damaniya sub-caste. Along with Gujarati, Konkani, Hindi and English are all official languages. Hindi and English are official languages because they are official languages of India’s central government. Konkani is an official language since Daman and Diu were once part of a combined union territory along with Goa (a Konkani-speaking region), before Goa gained statehood in 1987.

Marathi- spoken in the neighboring state of Maharashtra- is also widely understood, although it lacks official status. The use of Portuguese, which was the territory’s official language during the colonial period, is in decline and relegated to home use among the elderly. It is also used as a liturgical language by some of the territory’s Catholics. It is no longer used by the media and it is not endorsed by the government. Standard Portuguese exists in a post-creole continuum while Daman and Diu Portuguese is spoken by about 10,000–12,000 people in Daman.


The Catholics are pastorally served by the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, which has its see in Goa and is the primatial see of all India.


Diu Beach

According to the Constitution of India, Administration of Daman and Diu is carried out by an Administrator, appointed by the President of India as an agent of the President, not a head of state/government or a governor. Previously, this post was held by Shri B. S. Bhalla, IAS officer (1990 batch). He was assisted by a number of other officers in carrying out his duty. Currently, this post is held by Praful Patel.



The states domestic product for Daman and Diu in 2005 was estimated at 156 million US dollars at current prices.


In Daman, the most popular schools are Institute of Our Lady of Fátima located in Moti Daman; Coast Guard Public School in Nani Daman; Sarvajanik Vidyalaya in Nani Daman; Shri Macchi Mahajan High School in Nani Daman; and other government institutions. There is also Daman College which has most of the educational facilities.


Diu Airport Terminal

Daman and Diu are connected by roads, and are 12 km from Vapi, 125 km from Surat, and 150 km from Mumbai. Vapi railway station on the Western Railway is the station nearest to Daman, and connects to all major cities. Diu Airport has commercial air services, while Daman Airport has an Indian Navy air base.

Media and communications

Print media







Daman and Diu houses various buildings and monuments with Portuguese styled architecture. The nearest railway junction is Veraval, which is 90 km from Diu. Major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Dwarka and Thiruvananthapuram are directly connected to Veraval Railway Station. Delwada is 8 km from Diu.


Sister cities

Daman is a twin town of the city of Coimbra, Portugal.[6] Diu Island is twinned with the city of Loures, also in Portugal.[7]

See also


  1. "50th Report of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India" (PDF). 16 July 2014. p. 109. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  2. "Ranking of States and Union territories by population size : 1991 and 2001" (PDF). Government of India (2001). Census of India. pp. 5–6. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  3. "Census Population" (PDF). Census of India. Ministry of Finance India. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  4. http://www.nrigujarati.co.in/tourism/174/Religious-Places/jain-temple-daman.html
  5. "Jallandhar Beach, Diu". www.nativeplanet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  6. "Damão, Índia". coimbra.pt (in Portuguese). Coimbra, Portugual: Câmara Municipal de Coimbra. 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  7. "Município – Cooperação externa – Diu". cm-loures.pt (in Portuguese). Loures, Portugual: Câmara Municipal de Loures. 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-17.

External links

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Daman and Diu.
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