The Union Territory of Diu, a former Portuguese colony, is a tiny island connected to the mainland of Gujarat by a bridge. Less flamboyant than its Portuguese cousin Goa further down south, Diu has its own colorful charm. The laidback town boasts of long sandy beaches, a popular waterfront, and joyous public festivals. Once you’ve had your fill of the popular hotspots – the old fort by the sea, Bunder Chowk, and the historic St. Paul’s Church – you can take in Diu’s enjoyable nightlife as well. The popular waterfront also offers a range of watersports, including parasailing, banana boating, jet skiing, and hot air ballooning. The local seashell museum with its vast collection of shells and conches, is worth a visit.