Endowed with nature’s magnificence, the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is wedged between the highly industrialized cities of Mumbai, Surat and Vapi. From 1779 to 1954, the land was administered by the Portuguese colonialists and later, after its liberation, by a local administration until 1961 when it was merged with the Indian Union.
The capital, Silvassa, is a laidback, sleepy town with tall trees lining the roads, lush green forests and quaint sylvan surroundings. With an area of 487 sq km, the union territory captivates tourists with its promise of a gorgeous kaleidoscope of flora and fauna and matchless colonial charm.
Summer: 37 – 23 C
Winter: 33 – 10 C
October to May
Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi and English
Places to see there :
The Tribal Museum at Silvassa is an attempt to preserve and portray the rich heritage of tribal culture and civilization in its pristine form. The exhibits on display here are their ornaments, musical instruments, fishing and hunting gadgets, agricultural and house hold articles, and several other artefacts of the tribal people who predominantly inhabit the U.T., of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The museum is a draw card for the tourists willing to catch a glimpse of the indigenous people and their culture at one place.
Popular with children, the park is replete with swings, see-saws and merry-go-rounds. It also houses a mini-zoo with crocodiles, pythons and an aquarium of tropical fish.
A magnificent garden with bright bougainvillea and lawns shaped into hexagons by lantanas or divided by dark green hedges of casuarinas.