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Tourism in Dadra and Nagar Haveli

This tranquil magical land of 70 villages, sandwiched between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, near Daman, was liberated in 1954 from the Portuguese. Confined to an area of only 491 sq. km, this is the homeland of some simple, brave and colourful tribals, who have enriched it with their rich folklore and vibrant lifestyle.

The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli enjoys a very pleasant climate from November to March. The temperature is not very high in summer, either. Due to the proximity of the sea, the nights are pleasant.

What To See

Vanganga Lake and Island Lake, Dadra

It is a lovely lake garden, where more than 25 Hindi feature films have been picturised. The rustic wooden bridges, jogging paths, thatched huts and paddle boats make it an ideal picnic spot.

Vandhara Udyan, Silvassa

A riverside park with beautifully laid lawns, perfect for picnic - buffs. Quaint pavilions provide shelter to visitors.

Pipariya Udyan, Silvassa

This park with roaring waterfalls, misty cascades, rustic stone walls, twin arches, tiny kiosks and vast emerald lawns, is really a delight to behold.

Mini Zoo, Silvassa

The mini zoo has colourful birds, snakes, monkeys and crocodiles. For children, there are other attractions in the form of swings, seasaws, slides and merry-go-rounds.

Tribal Cultural Museum, Silvassa

This museum has masks, hunting tools, fishing gadgets, musical instruments and life - size statues.

Vanvihar Tourist Complex, Khanvel

Khanvel is a 20 km drive from Silvassa, and surrounded by lush green hills, with the beautiful Sakartod river flowing through. The cottages in this complex are designed in the native style. The complex also has a deer park, and a green house.

Tourist Complex, Dudhani

Another 20 km drive from Khanvel, is Dudhani where the large waterfront of river Damanganga, provides a breathtaking view of the water-spread of Madhuban Dam. Adventurers can kayak, canoe and speed boat. For trekking enthusiasts, nature trails have been specially laid out to take them, right into the heart of the forest.

How To Get There

Rail: The nearest railhead is Vapi in Gujarat.

Road: Dadra and Nagar Haveli is very near to the Mumbai-Baroda-Delhi National Highway. The capital, Silvassa, is about 14 km from Vapi in Gujarat. Dadra and Nagar Haveli is 180 km from Mumbai and 150 km each from Surat, Nasik and Saputara, 27 km from Daman.

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