How to reach Daman

Reaching to Daman is not concern at all, being very near to Mumbai, nasik and Surat.

  1. By Road
    • NH 8 Connects Mumbai to Daman by motorable road and only 2.5 hours journey (170 km). It is suggested that Runners coming from Mumbai can turn left exactly at Essar Steel warehouse via Moti Daman and take opportunity to follow picturesque marathon route.
    • Very accessible from Surat in 1.5 hours (110 Km) via NH 8 highway. It is suggested that runners coming from Surat can turn right from Udwada and enter in Daman via Pataliya bridge.
    • Only 152 Km from Nasik via Pein route.
  2. By Train
    • Vapi is nearest station from Daman is just 13 Km. Efficient way to reach daman is by share taxi at Rs. 30 each.
  3. By Air
    • Nearest Airport to Daman is Mumbai (170 Km) and Surat (110Km).


The edict of the Emperor Ashoka (273 to 136 B.C) was found in Saurashtra and Sopara near Bombay. Satrya Kshatrapas under the Kushana emperor seemed to have ruled over Daman District during the first century, A.D. The Coins of Bhumaka and Nahapan, the kshaharata rulers were discovered in the surrounding areas of Surat District. Ushavadatta, son-in-law of Nahapan, is said to have provided ferries on rivers Dhanuha Dhamana, Parada and Tapi.

This is the earliest reference of these rivers and the names of the places, i.e. Dahanu, Daman and Pardi, remained unchanged for the last 2000 years. The District seems to have been subjected to the rule of Gautamaputra Satakarnin, about 125 A.D., who drove away the Kshaharatas. But Satavahana's rule was short lived.

Rudraman I, grandson of Chastan of Kadamaka branch of Kshatrapas reconquered a large part of Western India including the sea-board from the river Mahi in Gujarat to Ratnagiri by about 150 A.D. from Satavahana ruler, Satakarni, and Daman district again passed under the rule of Kshatrapa Vijayasen (234-239 A.D.) who seems to have ruled over the district till 249 A.D. Abhir king Ishwarasena of Nasik, who conquered the western part of the Deccan from the Satavahanas seems to have been laid by Gautamaputra Yajnashri, campaigns the Kshatrapas from 180 to 200 A.D.

The District seems to have been subjected to the rule of traikutakas during the 5th century, A.D. The Lata Country was ruled by Rashtrakutas of Malkhed in the Deccan directly till 808 A.D. by the successors, Govinda II (575- 795 A.D), Druvaraja - I (795-800 A.D) and Govinda III (800 - 808 A.D.).

The Portuguese Diogo de Melo arrived at the spot by chance in 1523, when heading towards Ormuz but caught in a violent storm and having his boat blown towards the coast of Daman. Soon after it was settled as a Portuguese colony and remained so for over 400 years. A larger fort was built in Motidaman in the 16th century to guard against the Mughals who ruled the area until the Portuguese arrived. It still stands today, most of it preserved in its original form. Today the majority of the municipal government offices are situated inside this fort.

Daman was incorporated into the Republic of India in December 1961 after a battle between the Portuguese and the Indians. The battle left 4 Indians dead and 14 wounded, and 10 Portuguese dead and 2 wounded.


Daman is having a pleasant climate in the month of December. One can feel cool breeze coming from over the Arabian sea throughout the day.

In December, maximum temperature is 27 degree centigrade and minimum is 15 degree centigrade.

December month is perfect period for exploring and fascination of this part of India.

On the marathon event day , at the start of the half marathon the temperature is expected to be about 15 deg and about 22 degrees by the time last participants finish their run.


Daman can boast of a rich and multi - faced cultural heritage Here is a true fusion of cultures - tribal, urban, Portuguese and Indian. This elaborated mixture is reflected in the traditions of Daman.

Daman celebrates “Narali Poornima” and its “Liberation day” at great extent. On narali Poornima, Fishermen restart fishing after long break due to Monsoon.

On 19th December, Daman celebrates its Liberation day organized by Daman Administration and Bal Bhavan. These are various cultural events organized on this day. Participants can experience this event just one day before run at free of cost.



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