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Weekend getaways: Diu.

Summary: In spite of all the trappings of an urban tourist spot, Diu still feel like a slice from an era gone by.

Heritage: Hoka Island Villa

Where: On Nagoa Beach in Diu; about 400 km from Ahmedabad.

What: Recently rechristened from Resort Hoka to Hoka Island Villa, this is the island's first boutique hotel, started by a man who came to Diu on a holiday and never returned. People who have stayed here say it's like walking into somebody's home--large, airy rooms with potted plants and colourful walls, comfortable beds, cane wood furniture, above all, attentive service. The location, too, works to its advantage. Far from the congested quarters of the town, this is where you can commune with nature.

How: About seven hours by road from Ahmedabad.

Why: In spite of all the trappings of an urban tourist spot, Diu still feel like a slice from an era gone by. Tangible reminders of its colonial past are scattered across. The 400-year-old Portuguese Fort, imposingly situated on a promontory on the easternmost tip of the island, and Fortim do Mar or Pani Kota, a ship-like mini fort sits in the middle of the narrow channel that connects the Diu harbour to the sea.

Good to know Food: The best bet is Diu's Heranca Goesa that serves authentic Goan cuisine--try the peri peri and offset with bebinca. Must-do: Take a walk in the limestone quarries in Malala, to the south of the island of Diu, for some surreal landscapes. Stay: Hoka Island Villa: Rs. 2,150 for 2;

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