Daman district, India

district of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu

Daman district is one of the three districts of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu on the western coast of India.

It is surrounded by Valsad District of Gujarat state on the north, east and south and the Persian Gulf to the west. The district has an area of 72 square kilometres (28 sq mi),[1] and a population of 191,173 at the 2011 census, an increase of 69.256% from the preceding 2001 Census.

Daman lies at the mouth of the Daman Ganga River. Major industries have units here. The closest railway station is Vapi (7 km). It is also famous for its beach, Portuguese colonial architecture, churches, and for the scenic beauty in the twin towns of Nani-Daman and Moti-Daman, which lie opposite each other across the Daman Ganga.

The district is infamous for having the least balanced sex ratio in the country. The chief occupation has been fishing. The city of Surat lies to the north, and Mumbai lies approximately 160 km (100 mi) south of Daman on the Arabian Sea coast in Maharashtra state.



According to the 2011 census Daman District, India has a population of 191,173,[2] roughly equal to the nation of Samoa.[3] This gives it a ranking of 592nd in India (out of a total of 640).[2] The district has a population density of 2,655 inhabitants per square kilometre (6,880/sq mi) .[2] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 69.256%.[2] Daman has a sex ratio of 533 females for every 1,000 males,[2] and a literacy rate of 88.06%.[2]


  1. Srivastava, Dayawanti, ed. (2010). "States and Union Territories: Daman and Diu: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. pp. 1216. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  3. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison: Population". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-10-01. Samoa 193,161

Further reading

  • Andrada (undated). The Life of Dom John de Castro: The Fourth Vice Roy of India. Jacinto Freire de Andrada. Translated into English by Peter Wyche. (1664). Henry Herrington, New Exchange, London. Facsimile edition (1994) AES Reprint, New Delhi..

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