Silvassa is the capital of Dadra and Nagra Haveli, western India, which is an Indian Union Territory. This land is sandwiched between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat near Daman. A quiet and calm land of 72 villages, Silvassa is covered with lush green forests with tall trees, meandering rivers, large waterfalls and waterfronts, representing nature at its best.
Travel to Silvassa for its refreshing and pure environment. Silvassa is beautifully blessed with nature. Its main beauty and grandeur lies in the nature. With the environment being so polluted in the major cities, Silvassa proves to be a relaxing spot. The misty cascades, rustic stonewalls, twin arches, tiny kiosks, and spring lawns are the major aspects of Silvassa.
It is said that nature is at its best in Silvassa during November to March and so it is preferably the best time to visit Silvassa. One can make the best of the nature's beauty in Silvassa during monsoons.
How to Reach Silvassa
Journey to Silvassa by road is fun as Silvassa has excellent roads with greenery all around and bus service from almost all places are available for Silvassa. Silvassa Bus Stand is the nearest bus stand to Silvassa.
Silvassa almost touches the Western Express Highway (Mumbai-Vadodara-Delhi National Highway No. 8). Mumbai and Pune are the neighboring cities of Silvassa, and both are connected to it through government owned buses, which run on very reasonable fixed fares. Privately owned air-conditioned and non air-conditioned deluxe buses also run from many major cities including Mumbai and Pune.
Silvassa does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is located in Vapi, 13 kms from Silvassa, which is also connected to Delhi, Bhilad (20 km) on the western railway, Mumbai-Ahmedabad route and many other cities in India. Transport can be easily found on the Vapi road. The auto-rickshaws charge around Rs. 80-100 to reach Silvassa.
Since Silvassa is a small state, it does not own an airport or a major railway station. The nearest International airport to Silvassa is Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International airport, which is about 120 km from Silvassa. Services of all the major airlines are available at the Mumbai airport from major Indian Cities and other countries as well. To reach Silvassa, taxis are available at the cost of Rs.2400/- approximately.
Shopping in Silvassa
Though Silvassa is a small peaceful place, it offers shopping complexes, retail stores and other small shopping areas. The famous souvenirs to be bought from Silvassa are hand made smoking pipes, Warli paintings and other handicrafts.
What to buy in Silvassa?
Silvassa is shopping hub for Warli paintings which is a traditional Indian art of painting named after Maharashtrian tribe. All these beautiful paintings are inspired from life and typically have a unique touch of white, earthy colours and geometric designs. Warli paintings are easily available in any art and handicraft shops in markets usually, at a fixed price. The price also varies with the size of the painting so it is advised to know the names beforehand. The paintings can surely be an interesting pick if you are planning to tour Silvassa.
Differently designed bags made of recycled paper and even raagi flour are not only trendy but eco-friendly too. You may also find beautiful smoking pipes carved out of wood made by the tribal people of Silvassa. Even if you do not smoke, you can buy these as souvenirs that will serve as unique show pieces for your home.
Kilvani Road is a famous shopping center in Silvassa. There are small shops that are lined on either sides of the road where you may find all kinds of handicrafts, general stores, grocers and other provision stores. Following are a few stores in Silvassa that provide all kinds of shopping options including supermarkets, jewellers, footwear, mobile stores and service centres and other retail stores.
|Empress Mall||Krishna Nagar Samarvani, Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli- 396230||Shopping Mall|
|Manpasand Super Store||2-4 Arvind Complex, Umarkui Road, Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli- 396230||Supermarket|
|Adinath Superstore||Olive-B, Park City Dokmandi Road, Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli- 396230||Supermarket|
|Adventure Apparels||Supreme Market, Kilvani Road Kilwani Naka Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli- 396230||Apparels|
|Kanchan Jewellers||Tomboli Tower, Shop No 1 Kilwani Naka Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli- 396230||Jewellers|
|Chopda Medical Stores||At & Post, Via Vapi (W. Rly) Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli- 396230||Chemist|
Places to See in Silvassa
- Tribal Museum
- Vanganga Lake Garden
- Hirwa Van Garden
- Island Garden Silvassa
- Church of Our Lady of Piety