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  • State: Dadra & Nagar Haveli
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Silvassa is the capital of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. It is situated 32 m above sea level. The city comprises large number of factories and industries, which also makes it the economic centre of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Valsad District of Gujarat surrounds Silvassa on its west, while the Thane District of Maharashtra surrounds it on its east, south and north. In the north-east are the hilly terrains of the Sahyadri Mountains. The total area covers 491 square km.

The name of the city is derived from a Portuguese word ‘Silva’ that means ‘wood’. The population of the place comprises mostly tribals. The hand made smoking pipes made by these tribals is a famous product of the place. The Portuguese and Marathas founded the city of Dadra and Nagar Haveli in 1779.

The place was a group of 72 villages that the Marathas gifted to the Portuguese. The Portuguese ruled the place until its liberation in 1954. After their rule, an administrator took over the city for some time. Later on, it was merged in the Indian union as a Union Territory, on 11th August 1954.

The agricultural products of Silvassa include rice, pulses and fruit crops. In Silvassa, one can see Warli Culture, which is a mix of Marathi and Gujarati along with the local Christian and Portuguese residents of the place. It is also a festival rich city and the main festivals celebrated here include Id-Ul-Zuha, Muharram, Vasant Panchmi, Holi, Mahashivratri, Ram Navami, Deepawali, Christmas, etc.

The place also offers plenty of tourist attractions like Tadkeshwara Temple, the Church of Our Lady of Piety, the Vanganga Lake, Khanvel, Hirwa Van, Haveli, and the Tribal Cultural Museum. The Tadkeshwara Temple is a historical Lord Shiva Temple situated at the banks of the River Sakartod.

The Vanganga Lake is situated 5 km from Silvassa and its wooden bridges, jogging paths, paddleboats and thatched huts make it an ideal picnic spot. The Hirwa Van is a garden situated on the Silvassa Dadra Road. Haveli is a monument where the history of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is designed in wood and stone. The Tribal Cultural Museum of Silvassa is a home to ancient masks, musical apparatus, life-size statues and various fishing gadgets.


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Mayuri patel

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
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"At Silvassa was hugged by nature" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its a good place to visit for a short trip on weekend with your loved ones. Stay at khanvel resort is happening. River rafting at Daman ganga was the best thing to do Silvassa. Thoroughly enjoyed at Silvassa a relaxing place. Easy to travel by road. A beautiful road trip experience. Memorable for us.
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Roshan Wani

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"A nice place" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We were 6 people who went for a weekend holiday from Nasik. The roads are good and our resort is best. The places we have planned to see in Silvassa are Tiger Safari, Museum & Some shopping. But due to rain, the tiger safari was closed so we relaxed in resort. We went to Mata Mandir and did some shopping.
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Dinesh Shirvaikar

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"A peaceful place to relax"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Silvassa is a very peaceful and somewhat sleepy industrial town close to Mumbai and on the Gujarat border. I visited this place with family (self and 2 grown-up boys) over the Easter week-end. The weather was not very cool, but pleasant enough as there is lot of greenery there.

If you want to just relax without rushing from one sight to another, this is the place to go. There are sights to see nearby but you can do so at your own pace. Also, these sights are not really something you can't afford to miss. The main attractions are - a so-called lion safari which is a total sham, a deer park which is good, a tribal museum for those so-inclined, a few very nice gardens, a lake and a quite big Swainarayan temple which is really good. Again, it would be best to keep the expectations to the minimum.

Being close to Gujarat, the pre-dominant food would be Gujarati-type, but there are quite a few restaurants which serve you all kinds of cuisine. Again reasonable food if you don't expect the world! I stayed with my family at Ras Resorts, an excellent place with great facilities, good food as well as service. For those artistically inclined, you can buy local handicrafts at the tribal museum. Plus there are some good textile companies (Alok being one) located there. You can visit the factory outlets of these companies and get good deals on clothing of various kinds.

The main activities as I said are nature-oriented - walking trails, boating, gardens etc. It is best to go there by road, as travel by train from Mumbai, at least, is a bit tedious. Best would be to take out your car and go via the highway. A comfortable ride. You can stop en route for refreshments etc. As there are dhabas in the villages that you encounter.
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Devnish Desai

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"Good destination for a middle class family"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A place worth visiting. The natural surroundings were very nice. Would advise you to go by private vehicle rather than bus or train. Overall it was a good experience travelling to khanvel. Would advise you to visit the place atleast once. The hotels are reasonable considering the amenities provided by them. We enjoyed a lot at the Khanvel resort for the 3 days we stayed there.
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Deepika Maheshwari

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"A place to relax with family"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Silvassa is situated in Gujarat and is a good place to spend a couple of days being relaxed with your family. There are a lot of 5-star hotels and resorts where you can get relaxed enjoying water park and spa services. Nearest railway station is Vapi. Silvassa is a place where you can visit to enjoy peace life. But you will find couples more rather than family. So enjoy your trip.
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Utsava Darpan

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"Sightseeing here are very far"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2015
Its a nice place to visit. Sadly one has to make an effort to enjoy the location. Every place is at very long distance which can make anyone tired. Its need personal Vehicle to visit every place. Sight seen is very expensive. They charge Mini. Rs. 800 /- for one sightseeing.
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Ankush Sunkale

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"Overall, a good destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2014
We basically visited for business purpose to Sterlite plant so we did not have time to do any kind of site seeing. We just visited Swami Narayan Temple. We had dinner at the Lords Hotel with drinks. This temple is good architecture work and my colleague was impressed by this temple.
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Dharmin Thakkar

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"Very Good place to enjoy with your family"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 22, 2014
Silvassa is good and decent place to stay and enjoy with family. Nearby there is place called Daman where you can enjoy at the beach. In Silvassa there is a water park where you can enjoy with your family and friends. Some of the places to visit are the Museum and the water park. Swaminarayan temple is very famous and an must visit
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Sambit Kumar

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"Most beautiful place i have ever seen"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
It was a place of magnificent beauty and joy. Sai temple, zoo and the sea is the must visit destination. Here u find Golgappas of delicious taste. Parks, bazaars and rain will keep u busy. Should go there in train and should take some waterproof clothes. Yes u must take your digital camera for capture the beautiful moments. The natural and artificial beuty will kep ur mind and heart be calm and quite. U can take it as a romantic, relaxed, religious visit. Overall, it will be the best for a medium budget travel. U can do some adventure also in the trip in sea and in the park.
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"Safari to Silvassa"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2013
The overall experience is good. A nice to place to spend some quality time with your family and friends. In a radius of 20-30 kms all the places of tourist interest are located. It is advisable to book a resort or hotel providing a complete package with meals as finding good restaurants top eat is a challenge
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