Pani Kotha, Daman and Diu

Pani Kotha is a structure dating back to the 12th century that is bang in the middle of the sea without any landmass connecting to it and can be viewed from the Fort Diu near the India Union Territory of Diu which is a set of islands. Built by the Portuguese colonial forces that invaded Goa and many other parts of coastal India, the Pani Kotha as it is referred to by locals, was an isolated complex structure built in the middle of the sea to house prisoners. The Portuguese had named it Fortim du Mar and it was built in the shape of a towering fortress with no windows and a single entrance and it used to be a massive spiralling prison reservoir in those days.

Presently it stands as a heritage structure and historical monument in middle of the sea that can viewed or sighted from the Fort Diu. The view is especially attractive after sunset where its silhouette is lighted up by projecting lights that are synchronized with amazing music for a stellar light and sound display. Fortim do Mar or the Pani Kotha was built in the mouth of the creek north of Diu and can only be accessed by the sea route. The name Pani Kotha literally translates to Water Jailhouse.


Pani Kotha open at 06:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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