Top 7 Places to Visit in Silvassa

Silvassa is the capital of the union territory, of Dadar and Nagar Haveli. The city is a juncture between Maharashtra and Gujrat. It joins the two states and this is the place that is a bearer of the confluence of their history and cultures. The capital city was first ruled by the Marathas and then the Portuguese. It remained a Portuguese colony till 1954, seven years after India’s independence.

1. Vanganga Lake

Vanganga Lake
Photo by Raman Patel, CC BY 3.0

The lake lays in the laps of the western ghats. The plush natural beauty that surrounds it is a testament to the beauty it bears. The lake is a must visit for everyone who visits the area. Vanganga lake finds mention in every travel journal that talks about tourism in Silvassa.

2. Dadar and Nagar Haveli Wild Life Sanctuary

Dadar and Nagar Haveli Wild Life Sanctuary
Photo by Paulmshr14, CC BY-SA 4.0

Dadra and Nagar Haveli wildlife sanctuary houses many animals, one of them being the majestic lion. This wildlife sanctuary is a place that you should check off your list when you are visiting the area. The tour to the sanctuary may not always end up in you spotting a lion, but it would surely end up presenting you with the beauty that sprawls endlessly in the forest. For those who are eager to spot the majestic being, the sanctuary also has the Vasona lion safari park. A trip here would end with you being in awe of the prancing lions.

3. Tribal Museum

The warli culture makes its presence felt in the area. The area is moving towards a developed future but it is still rooted in its past and cultural heritage. A testament to this is the Tribal Museum that works towards preserving and showcasing the tribal heritage the vicinity has to present. This is the best amalgamation of both culture and modernity. This place shows us that the two can go hand in hand perfectly.

4. Island Gardens

The place is gaining popularity among the locals as a picnic spot. The park has a beautiful walkway that runs parallel the lake that is in the park. The lake provides a tranquil setup to everyone. Island Gardens comes as no surprise that the park is often frequented by people of all ages to spend a nice afternoon.

5. Dudhni Lake

Dudhni lake is often visited by the brave hearts, who seek adventure everywhere they go. The lake is surrounded by lush green beauty. The beauty of the lake offers serenity to the mind and the water sports gives this place a more vibrant feel. Built on the Mansarovar dam reservoir, this lake is always a sight to behold. The lake is also dotted with colourful shikara boats that are a contrast to the still azure waters. The view of the sunset from the boat stationed in the middle of the lake is a panoramic view, that should not be missed.

6. Hirwa Van Gardens

When travelling from Gujrat to Maharashtra, the journey often becomes tedious. The lull of this boredom can be broken by the Hirwa Van Gardens. The literal translation of the term means a green forest. Similar to the name, the garden is a soothing respite to the eyes. The man-made garden is adorned with trees and decorated with sculptures. This whole place has a picturesque feel.

7. Balaji Temple

Balaji temple is located in a serene and plush setting. The temple is frequented by the devotees of Hanuman. The monkey-god is said to grant all wishes. The devotees come here in throngs to wish for abundant fortune and good luck.

Silvassa would be a nice getaway from the monochromic city life. The place would also be recommended to people who are visiting the nearby regions. The many attractions that could not be enumerated in this list make it a perfect destination for a weekend visit, as you would never be short of things to do. So if you are among those who seek to find an activity and thrill filled weekend then this just might be the place for you.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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