The Portuguese built 3 churches in Diu. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi has been converted into a hospital. The Church of St. Thomas has been converted into a museum. On reaching the museum, I found it was closed for repairs. Around the corner was my next stop was the St. Paul’s Church. This is the only one of the 3 churches that is still functional. The church is a baroque architectural basilica . I am no judge, but the workmanship here is said to be even better that the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa.
Enjoying a few moments of quite here, I went to a less advertised attraction, the Naida caves. The caves are somewhere opposite the Zampa falls. When I went, sadly, the falls were dry. The caves provide great respite from the afternoon sun. There are a series of stone steps that lead down into an underground labyrinth of open air caves. Since there aren’t too many sign boards or direction markings, one can get lost down here, but it is quite easy to find your way out. I almost did get lost, but then I just followed some other people out.
From the shades of the caves, I went to the Chakratirth beach. This beach is like a lovely private swimming pool. Shaped like a small bay, the waters here are calm, clear and deep. The beach is clean and secluded, making it my favourite find in Diu. At the beach is a small memorial to INS Khukri.
I tore myself away from the inviting waters of the Chakratirth beach and proceeded to the shrine of Gangeshwar.