Velavadar - Diu Getaway(3 Nights)

Rajkot, Velavadar, Diu, Rajkot

for Family Traveller

Holiday Overview

St Pauls Church
Ahmadpur Mandvi Beach
Diu Fort
Fortress of Panikota
Goghla Beach
Nagoa Beach
Velavadar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 April 2013)

Velavadar - Diu Getaway getaway combines nature centric destinations of Velavadar (Black Bucks and Bird watching) and Diu (Beach Getaway).


Velavadar(1) - Diu(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Rajkot and travel to Velavadar
  • Day-2 Travel to Diu via Palitana
  • Day-3 Sightseeing and activities around Diu
  • Day-4 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Diu - Diu Museum (2.00 kms), St Pauls Church (3.00 kms), Diu Fort (3.00 kms), Nagoa Beach at Diu (4.00 kms), Ahmadpur Mandvi Beach (10.00 kms)

Velavadar - Bird Watching and Wildlife at Velavadar (1.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Rajkot Departure - Rajkot
Best Season to Travel
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests looking for a relaxed nature centric stay and good jungle lodge experience may stay in Velavadar for an additional night.

  • Rajkot to Velavadar -156 kms (3 hrs)
  • Velavadar to Diu -248 kms (5 hrs)
  • Diu to Rajkot -216 kms (4.5 hrs)

Rajkot - Velavadar(1) - Diu(2) - Rajkot

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Rajkot and travel to Velavadar Arrive at Rajkot and proceed to Velavadar (156 kms - 3 hr). Velavadar lies on the Ahmedabad - Bhavnagar highway and renowned for its population of Blackbucks. Prominent birds around the area comprise Sandgrouse, harrier roost, lesser florican and larks. Evening Safari at Velavadar.

Day-2 Travel to Diu via Palitana Travel to Diu (250 kms - 5 hrs) via Palitana. Palitana is a major pilgrimage destination and renowned for the temple complex (800+ Jain Temples) set on Shatrunjaya Hill that requires one to take 3000 steps to climb up the hills. Reach Diu by late evening. Diu, an erstwhile Portuguese Colony and now a popular beach getaway. Evening visit to the Nagoa beach.

Day-3 Sightseeing and activities around Diu Sightseeing around Diu includes Nagoa Beach, St. Pauls Church, Diu Museum, Diu Fort. Watersports include Para Sailing, water skiing, water scooter, Family boat and speedboats are on offer at Ahmadpur Mandvi beach.

Day-4 Departure Depart for Rajkot (276 kms) and proceed for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Diu :

  • Diu Museum - St. Thomas Church was converted into Diu museum. Diu Museum houses wooden carvings, statues, idols, shadow clocks and other important artifacts collected from various sites.

  • St Pauls Church - The St. Paul's Church is most renowned, surviving and functioning church, among the three churches built by the Portuguese in Diu. It is considered one of the best examples of baroque architecture (artistic style) in India. The St. Paul's Church is a popular site to visit for tourists to Diu.

  • Diu Fort - Diu Fort is a very large and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. This fort was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD. The fort is surrounded by the sea on the three sides and a canal on the fourth side. The fort offers a magnificent view of sea. On the fort stands a giant structure which now houses a Light House and the Diu jail. The beam from the lighthouse reaches to about 32 kms. Several canons are still located on the top of the fort and peep out of the holes on the walls of this gigantic structure.

  • Nagoa Beach at Diu - Nagoa beach is a promenade and a popular beach front in Diu at a few kms from Airport and main jetty / town centre area. Evening would be best time to visit the beach for a walk.

  • Ahmadpur Mandvi Beach - Ahmadpur Mandvi is a 6 km stretch of beach in outskirts of Diu. Ahmedpur Mandvi is one of Gujarats finest beaches. The beach offers many water sport adventures and opportunities for dolphin sightings. Watersports include Para Sailing, water skiing, water scooter, Family boat and speedboats Ahmadpur Mandvi is a popular option for guests looking for a bit of activities arriving at Diu.

Velavadar :

  • Bird Watching and Wildlife at Velavadar - Velavadar National Park lies 50 kms from Bhavnagar on the Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad highway and is visited for its Blackbuck population (largest in India) and migratory birds in Winter (Nov-Feb is best season). Park is open throughout the year.

Destination Overview

Rajkot - Rajkot, the commercial capital of region of Saurashtra region in North West Gujarat. Rajkot is a popular arrival point for guests looking to visit Pilgrim centre of Junagadh and Sasan Gir (Asiatic Lions, Bird watching and Crocodiles).

Velavadar - 130 kms from Ahmedabad, Velavadar is home to the largest concentration of Black Bucks in the world.

Diu - Diu is visited for its secluded and peaceful beaches and a popular weekend getaway ex-Ahmedabad (400 km) or Bhavnagar (225 km) or Rajkot (300 km)

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  • Rajkot to Velavadar -156 kms (3 hrs)
  • Velavadar to Diu -248 kms (5 hrs)
  • Diu to Rajkot -216 kms (4.5 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Diu Getaway

Union territory of Diu is a small beach getaway in Southern part of Saurashtra (Part of North West more

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  • Rajkot to Velavadar -156 kms (3 hrs)
  • Velavadar to Diu -248 kms (5 hrs)
  • Diu to Rajkot -216 kms (4.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Oct - March is the best time to arrive for Migratory birds at Velavadar. Time permitting Somnath Temple (Jyotirlinga Temple (Lord Shiva) at 90 kms from Diu) can be visited while returning from Diu.

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