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Silvassa, the capital of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, is a sylvan paradise that derives the name “Silvassa” from the Portuguese word “silva”, which means wood. Silvassa is a place of spectacular beauty – it is surrounded by nature and there is a rare purity in the air of Silvassa. For lovers of history, travel to Silvassa to see the century-old church of Our Lady of Piety and the ruins of the Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple at Bindrabin. The Tribal Museum, in Silvassa, gives a realistic feel of local culture through a collection of masks, musical instruments, traditional jewelry and hunting tools … and you can even shop for souvenirs like Warli paintings, bamboo crafts and palm leaf mats handmade by the tribals. At Hirwa Van Garden (named after a tribal deity) at Piparia, nature has been allowed to find its own course. the sprawling park is full of roaring waterfalls, sweeping flower fields and cosy niches.
Silvassa the union territory of dadra and nagar haveli, Silvassa is also an unmatchable, union of beautiful nature and progressive mankind. The place well known for its serenity, was popularly named as the ‘Vila de paco d’ arcos’, by the Portuguese during its rule, before the current name ‘Silvassa’ was given, which is still being used in today’s date. The accent of the Catholics here still echoes the Portuguese slang. Apart from the regional ‘warli language’ spoken by the warli people, Marathi and Gujarati is the language widely spoken.
Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has contributed to the region's industrial growth With groups like Apar Industries Limited, Ramco Industries Ltd..(R.I.L), Sterlite, Hindalco, Hind Aluminium, Associated Group, Advance Detchem Ltd, Gulf Oil, Tidewater Petroleum, Castrol, Reliance Industries, Blue Star, Siyaram Silk Mills limited, Global Wind Power (Reliance ADAG), Hindustan Unilever, Sterling Generators Pvt Ltd an associate company of Shapoorji & Pallonji Group, Dabur and host of other players in the textile industry like Alok Industries, VRIL, and many other FMCG, Gensets, electronics, heavy engineering goods, Chemical, insecticides, Paints, to name a few, the landscape of Silvassa and surrounding region has altered dramatically. It is one of the largest states in collection of excise duty from more than 3,500 small and medium industries. Silvassa is a big hub for plastic products and its products are found throughout India thanks to their good quality and low cost. Apart from all this Silvassa is also known for various FMCG distributors like Gajra Distribution having reach throughout the country.Silvassa hosts more than 200,000 floating population, coming from all parts of the country, mostly the labourers hail from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar & Odisa. Other floating community being from the state of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
The Vanganga Lake and Island Garden Dadra, is a 5 km travel from Silvassa, and is a lush green garden with quaint wooden bridges, thatched huts, paddle boats and jogging paths. It is a sought-after location for Bollywood, to film song sequences. It has ticketed entry.
Dudhni, located 40 kms from Silvassa and 20 kms from Khanvel, is an aquaserene tourist resort, and ideal to explore water sports. It has a large water front of the Damanganga River with a variety of water sports equipment, like jet skis, speed boats and shikaras. The accommodation in cottages is a sought after retreat for city dwellers. The restaurant serves delicious sea food, as is in restaurants of Silvassa
Luhari, 14 km from Silvassa, is for visitors looking for an absolutely relaxed break close to Mother Nature. The resorts here have machan style cottages close to forested areas. For the adventurous, trekking trails and camps are organised in the surrounding woods and wildlife sanctuary – very close to Silvassa.
Khanvel, 20 km south of Silvassa, is surrounded by lush green hills. The river Sakartod flows by, and in the forests you can spot flying foxes, fruit bats, flycatchers and barbets. The drive from Silvassa to Khanvel is a pleasant one, passing majestic trees and tribal villages.You can get all your tourist information at Silvassa or the tourism department for Dadra and Nagar Haveli or Silvassa.The Vanvihar Tourist Complex at Chauda offers every facility needed to convert the laziest person into a lover of the great outdoors. The complex has native style cottages, a cactus house and a deer park.
Satmalia On the way to Khanvel, Satmalia has a wildlife sanctuary with many species of antelope. Many other animals – including sambhar and chital deer, and black bucks – and a wide variety of birds – including the flameback woodpecker, peacocks, and thrushes – can be spotted. The machan (watch tower) near the water hole provides an incredibly panoramic view of the sanctuary and Madhuban Dam.
Vasona, The famous Lion Safari at Vasona, spread over 20 hectares, is a huge attraction. Visitors are driven in vans that are fitted with net mesh screens to admire the lions in their natural habitat.
Kauncha, 40 km south of Silvassa, is a tranquil place with tile roofed cottages. Trekkers love it. pitching a tent on the bank of the Madhuban Dam and gazing at the stars is the perfect way to end a day of adventure. Jet skies, rowing boats, kayaks and canoes are available for those who like water sports
The tourist attractions or sightseeing in Silvassa includes- Silvassa Roman Catholic Church: located near to bus stand built on Portuguese style.Silvassa Museum: a small museum which explains the history and the people of Silvassa,Lion Safari: Supposed to be good if you get a glimpse of lion,Madhuban Dam: A dam with boating facility, built across River Daman Ganga.Dadra Park: A scenic beauty with lush green trees and boating facility, 5 km from Silvassa.Dudhani: A vast lake with a water sports complex. A must-see for all Silvassa goers. Located at 35 km from Silvassa.Vrindaban: A temple dedicated to lord Krishna and Shiva, en route Dudhani.Balaji temple located in amli dedicated to Lord Balaji, Shiva, Maha Ganapathy, Karthikeyan, Padmavathi, Saraswathi, Hanumanji, and Navagraha.Van Ganga Lake: An exotic destination for nature lovers who relish boating in lakes. The place is particularly famous for several movie shootings.Nakshatra Van: Garden on bank of Daman Ganga River.Piparia garden, a beautiful garden located right in Silvassa.
Tourist season extends almost throughout the year. July to October is the summer months, which are fairly warm. The Silvassa climate is very pleasant, and December to April are the winter months, which are the coolest .The average minimum 12 degree and maximum of 28 degree temperature of Silvassa, Invites the tourists & weekend family guests to Silvassa, The best time to visit Silvassa is throughout the Year for a traveller.