With the hills of the Western Ghats and surrounding lush greenery, it is an ideal indulgence into the wild side for a tourist and its Portuguese heritage makes it famous amongst the history enthusiasts as well.
Located in the southern region of Gujarat and close to Vapi, Silvassa is the capital of the union territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli and is famous for its greenery, exotic resorts, industries and tax - free alcohol. Silvassa is a treat for adventure enthusiasts with several water parks based activities available to its visitors. It is also a paradise for those looking for handmade products. Kilvani Road is the main market in Silvassa where handmade products like Warli paintings and paper bags are sold. People who love to experiment with food have a wide range of options available to them at the restaurants in Silvassa, mainly focusing on the local Gujarati cuisine along with international cuisines including Italian, Chinese etc.
Silvassa has a wide range of accommodation choices for the tourists with budget, mid range as well as high class hotels. Some tourist complexes set amidst the forest area make for a great stay.
A beautiful confluence of nature and history.
Congested in peak seasons. Not easily accessible.
Ideal for bold backpackers. Suitable for tourists touring nearby sites like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune etc.
Day 1 - Reach Silvassa, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market in Kilvani Road for a stroll, where you can buy precious, handmade curios and souvenirs.. Day 2 - You should begin ideally with Vanganga Lake, an astounding waterbody worth a visit in Silvassa. Then, you can proceed to the Church of Lady Piety. Day 3 - This day you can visit the remaining sites in Silvassa, especially the Lion Safari Wildlife Park to begin with. Then, you can proceed to Hirwa Van Gardens for a refreshing retreat.
Silvassa is the official capital of the union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Developed as the capital of the same by Portuguese imperialists, it is now a major commercial hub for Western India, housing many an industry, allowing the city to maintain a low level of taxation. Far from being a tribal town, Silvassa is a bustling city, touted as one of the famed Smart Cities under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. However, there's more than what meets our eye. Silvassa, apart from having a distinct history, also is a home to beautiful tourist hotspots, be it the woods of Khanvel, or the Lion Safari. Like Daman, Silvassa has a charm of its own, surprisingly unexplored by many tourists.
Silvassa is the place to be if you want to taste a bit of everything and indulge in countless options and a colourful, vibrant and almost surprising variety. The food of the local tribes here is rich and has numerous elements. Ingredients include Rice, Jowar, Pulses, Wild mushrooms, Bamboo shoots and huge variety of vegetables. One also finds here preparations of crabs and river fishes as well as a teasing variety of Chutneys. One must try Ubadiyu which is prepared with herbs and vegetables as well as Khamman and Gamthi, which are chicken preparations. Other than this a number of places will serve Continental, Chinese, Punjabi, Parsi, Gujrati and Moglai cuisines.
- Marathi and Gujarati are mainly spoken in Silvassa, but English is also widely understood.