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General Information
Silvassa Silvassa has lush green forests covered with tall trees, meandering rivers, large waterfronts, cascading waterfalls, the gentle gurgle of streams, the distant hills, and a gorgeous kaleidoscope of flora and fauna. The serene and sylvan land of silvassa is Nature at her best.

Silvassa quiet magical land of 70 villages sandwiched between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat near Daman was under the Portuguese till it attained freedom in 1954. The people took over the administration under the system of self-government.

Silvasa is the town capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Union Territory, western India. The town is located about 13 miles southeast of Daman on the Daman Ganga River some 15 miles (25 km) inland from the Arabian Sea. It is the economic centre of the territory which is primarily agricultural and produces rice, pulses, and fruit crops.

Silvassa even today retains the traces of Portuguese rule. It is a 'Garden Beautiful' with the roaring waterfalls, misty cascades, rustic stone walls, twin arches, tiny kiosks and springing lawns interspersed with islands of flowers.

How to reach Silvassa
By Air : Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International airport, which is 120 km away from Silvassa, is the nearest airport. All the major airlines have service from Mumbai to all major cities in India and many cities abroad including Singapore, Hong Kong, Colombo and gulf countries.

By Rail: Vapi railway station is about 17 km away from Silvassa city center. This station is directly connected with Mumbai and regular train services are available from here to many cities in India.

By Road: Silvassa is well connected to all neighboring cities by Government owned buses. Private A/C and non A/C deluxe buses are also available from many cities in the State including Mumbai and Pune to Silvassa.

Weather Overview
Warm summers and pleasant winters are the specialties of Silvassa.
  • Summers (March to May) have a temperature range of 25° C to 39° C, tourists may avoid the hot month May.
  • Monsoons (June to August) offer low rainfall, and pleasant for all activities is Silvassa.
  • Winters (December to February) have a maximum of 32° C and a minimum of 14° C.
Best period to visit Silvassa is all through the year, may avoid May month when the climate is very hot.
  • May is warm and those who are accustomed to warm climates may opt for travel to Silvassa in that month.
  • June to May are ideal for sightseeing and all tourist activities in Silvassa.
Places Of Interest
Dudhni
Dudhni The ride from Silvassa to Dudhni (almost 45 Km) is full of bends, curves, mountains, slopes and lush green as well as colourful road covering forests. The place apart from the natural beauty has also been developed very nicely into a family picnic spot. The Damanganga River has been passionately decorated at the Madhuban Dam and the enhanced beauty simply blows one of the feet. It is also possible to fulfill the desire to go water scooting o the river stretch that has been specially crafted for adventure as well as leisure sports. The scenic beauty of the place is an added advantage always fascinating the tourists with its pleasant elegance.

Hirwa Van Gardens
Hirwa Van Gardens If the name is loosely translated it would mean Green Forest/ Garden and that's exactly what the Hirwa Van Gardens is. The Garden is a man made wonder and words fall short while describing its beauty and splendor. This Garden on the Silvassa - Dadra road has been craftily designed to accommodate almost every ingredient required for a successful picnic. The garden is decorated with roaring waterfalls coupled with misty cascades. The Garden also presents rustic stone walls and twin arches. The entire stretch of the Grass Lawns has been evenly decorated with colourful flower beads and many islands of various enchanting flowers. Tiny kiosks and lush green carpets of grass are enough to hold one spell bound for hours.

Island Garden
If the macho heroes and their petite beauties dancing around the gardens, woods and bridges transforms into a different world then one look at the Island Garden would make you skip a heartbeat. This gardens situated around 4 kms from Silvassa has been very strategically beautified around a very picturesque lake. If the garden looks familiar to you blame it on Bollywood for its these guys who have utilised the beauty of Island Garden optimally for creating beautiful blockbusters. The familiar sights from the Garden are the pastoral wooden bridges, oceans of flowing colourful flowers, entwined paths for the ardent health freaks, amazingly real thatched huts and not to forget the ever inviting paddle boat ride in the lake. The Island Garden presents itself as a complete package and missing them might not be popular option if the family hands count is taken.

Khanvel
Khanvel The scenes of Khanvel on a misty winter morning are straight out of Swiss post cards. Magnificent hills surround this town and provide a green hue to the very existence of the Khanvel town. Located at a distance of approximately 22 kms Silvassa Khanvel renders an amazing array of undisturbed stretch of Rolling Meadows, passionately decorated terraced gardens, specially built native style cottages and the serene presence of the long winding river Sakartod. Worth mention here is the splendid ride along the road from Silvassa to Khanvel. The road is wide and smooth and has been provided a green roof by the verdant forests covering the stretch.

Lion Safari Wildlife Park
Lion Safari Wildlife Park The Lion Safari Wildlife Park occupies around 25 hectares of the Dadra & Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary. The Safari zone has been cordoned from rest of the area using a seven meter chain-link wall that stretches for almost 3 Km. The Safari itself is mostly covered on the 3Km road network inside the zone and the entrance to the zone is restricted through two outer and inner entrance gates. The Safari riders are provided with specially caged vehicles. The Lion Safari is an effort to provide a home for the Asiatic lion (Panthera Leo).The tribal are heavily dependent on the nature for all their day-to-day needs. The area of 92 Sq. Kms Of forests near Dadra and Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary was declared reserved forest in 2000.

The church of Our Lady of piety
There are several monuments in Silvassa that relay the diverse culture and The Church of Our Lady is one of those sights. The church of Our Lady of piety is a century old chapel, built in 1886-89, by the Portuguese settlers. The church is a somber reminder of the dominance of the Portuguese over the locals wherein all the 72 villages were under the rule of the Portuguese. The church structure is magnificent and the construction and internal as well as the external archway decoration is exquisite. The church is still standing strong and holds testimony to the marvelous architectural capabilities of the Portuguese.

Vanganga Lake
Vanganga Lake The Vanganga Lake is also known as the beauty spot of the Island Gardens. The Lake has been a mute witness to the fun and frolic that has ensued around only because its quaint presence. Apart from the Filmy crowd that is always on a Location Hunting spree it is quiet natural to find Honeymooners and lovers, lost in their own world, near the lake. The Lake water is calm and clear and the paddle boats zip zap through it seamlessly. The eateries based on the shores are almost always full with idlers and children enjoying the beauty of this magnificent lake.

Eating Out
Silvassa is full of newly opened eating places, but the finer dining places belong to the hotels. Daman Ganga Valley Resort's Chingari serves up an eclectic mix of South India, Mexican, Thai, Pakistani and continental.

Garden Restaurant, Hotel Greenwood, serves regular fare whereas the chef at Patio, Hotel Pioneer, is a seafood specialist.
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