Dadra & Nagar Haveli Tourism

Dadra & Nagar Haveli Tourism

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Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Dadra & Nagar Haveli is a Union Territory situated near the west coast of India. Individually, Dadra and Nagar Haveli are two unconnected regions separated by the industrial township of Vapi in Gujarat. Nagar Haveli is the larger of the two comprising the town of Silvassa and 68 villages. It is sandwiched between Maharashtra and Gujarat. Dadra has only the town of Dadra and two more villages, and lies within Gujarat just north of Nagar Haveli.


Geographically, the Union Territory is located between the hills of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea coast but is entirely landlocked, even though the coast is nearby. Daman Ganga River flows through  the town of Dadra and the capital Silvassa lie on the north bank of the river.


These territories were under Portuguese rule till 1954, when they were amalgamated into the Indian Union. The region is mainly rural except Silvassa, which has become a part of the large Vapi-Daman-Silvassa industrial area. Tribals constitute a majority of the population and Dhodia, Kokna and Varli are the main tribes. Access is easy as the area is close to the Mumbai-Delhi National Highway.


Forty percent of the area is reserved forest. Hirwa Van at Piparia on the Silvassa-Dadra road is a beautiful garden with waterfalls. Vanganga Lake and the island garden in the lake at Dadra is a prime location for song-sequences in Hindi films. The Vanvihar Tourist Complex in Khanvel, 20 km from Silvassa, has a Deer Park and a cactus house. At Brindaban on Sakartod River is Tadkeshwar temple. At Dudhni on the Damanganga River there is a water sports complex.

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Pritvi Kanchi

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"A Trip to Silvassa"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 9, 2016
I had been to Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the month of April 2016. Silvassa is the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli which is a union. Nagar Haveli is nestled between Maharashtra and Gujarat whereas Dadra is located few kilometers away from Nagar Haveli in Gujarat. The must-visit attractions around Dadra and Nagar Haveli include the Satyamali deer park, Vanganga lake, Tribal cultural museum and the Roman Catholic church. The Satyamali deer park hosts a lot of deer and other animal species. The Vanganga Lake is located around 5 kilometers from Silvassa and is a beautiful lake garden. The tribal cultural museum has an exciting display of collections relating to masks, musical instruments, life-size statues and fishing equipments.
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Himanshu Dwivedi

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"Awesome place to go!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2016
A very good destination to refresh & chill. Went with some colleagues enjoyed a lot. A place one should visit once. It is a Union Territory in Western India. Nagar Haveli is wedged between Maharashtra and Gujarat, whereas Dadra is an enclave 1 km NW, surrounded by Gujarat. The shared capital is Silvassa.
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Amit Ghosh

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"Nice place for a short trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a Union Territory near Gujarat. Vapi is the nearest railstation. The place is well connected via roads. Dadra and Nagar Haveli has developed over the years as an industrial area. There are places to stay, but eating joints are mostly of average standards.
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Jayesh Devani

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"Peaceful & Beautiful"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2012
Little known Dadra & Nagar Haveli has beautiful topography for true nature lovers. Peaceful place, less known & very less crowd - even during peak season of Christmas holidays - make it a great destination. Dudhni village on the banks of the river Damanganga is one such location. Khanvel is equally picturesque and the capital city of Silvasa has a couple of good well maintained gardens for tourists.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You name it and it has it - from river front to boating to Tribal Museum to Deer park to Lion safari to quiet trails in the forests........Dudhni used to have water sports but now it only has some shikara rides. 2 lions are for you to see them in their natural habitat at Vasona (you are in the cage - I mean caged bus).Food is easily available and most of the hotels give veg as well as non-veg food. Many Pure Veg restaurants are available for those who strictly need them.For Shopping, one can look at handicraft items & Warli paintings prepared by locals.

Activities & things to do: Boating, nature walks, just relax.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Silvasa is easy to reach - about 20 kms from Vapi rly station or 15 kms from NH8 if one travels by road from Mumbai or Ahmedabad end....but for local sight-seeing a private own vehicle is essential as public transport is very rare & limited with not so comfortable option.
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Dk Pandeya

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"Good trip!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2011
We loved visiting the surroundings which were attractive. Islands, beeches and famous monuments

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Vegetarian food only.

Activities & things to do: Photography.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Arrival by air at airport and local travelling according convenient availability.
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Asim Ansari

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"Dudhani (near Silvassa)"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2010
I think it is very good for a days vacation and getting off from Mumbai. There is nothing much to do in dudhani but for nature lovers it is a very beautiful place . Take a boat ride in the Daman Ganga river or go crossing the river to find a small waterfall to enjoy your trip.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: for sight seeing it an awesome place to visit.

Activities & things to do: Nothing much to do about the activities. There are few boat rides available in the daman ganga river like water scooter and normal boat ride. Beside that you can just walk around and enjoy the nature.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Dudhani is approx. 150 Kms. from Mumbai on NH8 (140 Kms. from Mira Road , as I travelled from Mira Road, Mumbai).
To reach dudhani one has to take left from TALASARI (around 105 Kms. from Mumbai) and take the straight road which has a spectacular view and a good drive . As you'll go forward the view and the scenery will get better and better.
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Durba Gupta

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"Getaway – Silvassa"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 24, 2006
One of the less frequented getaways is the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. While Daman boasts of some lovely Konkan beaches, unspoilt and breathtaking, Dadra tucked amidst the nature scores in its wildlife, simple living, and left over Portuguese culture and a kaleidoscope of nature’s treasures.
My encounter with Silvassa was a chanced one, while I was vacationing in Daman, and was completely stuck by its magic!
The tall trees, meandering rivers, large waterfalls, gentle streams, deer and lions – sounds like a set straight from a Bollywood film? Well that’s Silvassa for you!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Apart from some serious trips along the forests, strolls by the streams and enjoying the beauty of nature, Silvassa offers some stunning sight seeing options as well.
Tribal Cultural Museum, Dudhini Lake, Vasona Lion Safari are a must.
Not much of shopping options although you can pick up some ethnic mementoes from the tribal museum.

Activities & things to do: Vasona Lion Safari: Lions brought in from Gir, this safari is the closest you can come to a wild lion and for a change it’s us who are in a caged vehicle! The king of the jungle staring right at your face is a sight to behold.
Drive to Khanvel: The 20km drive from Silvassa to Khanvel is a scenic one lined with tall trees on both sides of the road.
TIP: The lion safari is Rs100 per head. There are charges for video camera. So the best option is if you are travelling in a group take in just one camcorder.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Silvassa is 14km from Vapi, Gujarat, and 180 km from Mumbai and 300 km from Pune, the nearest rail station is Vapi. There are many rickshaws that will ferry you to your hotel from Vapi station. There are passenger trains from Virar for Vapi. A drive along the Mumbai-Baroda-Delhi national highway, in case you are travelling by a car will take you some 5-6 hours from Pune and 2-3 hours from Mumbai.
Tip: If you have your own vehicle or can hire one, then stay in Daman at one of the beach side resorts and drive around in Silvassa.
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