Satpura

State: Madhya Pradesh Known For: Hill Station

Think you're adventurous enough to try out an 'abode of serpents' this summer? No you don't need to imagine yourself battling snakes Hollywood movie style... located at Sahyadri range of hills in Gujarat here's a hill station known for its deep valley, rivers and beautiful blue-green hills! One with a name that literally translates to 'Abode of Serpents'!

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Situated in the heart of the Dang district, and perched at an altitude of 1000 m, Satpura gets its name from the several images of snakes present on the shores of the River Sarpagana that flows through the towns which are worshipped by the tribals here on special occasions like Holi. A beautiful hill station known for its cool bracing climate and scenic views of the verdant valley, Satpura is one of those well developed hills known to have all the necessary amenities like parks, swimming pools, theaters, ropeways even a boat club and a museum, attracting tourists to this place for the peace and tranquility that it offers.

Attraction in Satpura

Home to some scenic view points, one which attracts tourists for its magnificent view is the Sunrise Point. A view point that offers not just spectacular views of the sunrise but also of the valley at any time of the day, there are suggestions that the Sunrise Point be renamed as Valley View Point! Said to be a point which offers the best view of Saputara and adjoining Malegoan, pull out your trekking shoes for it can be reached after a walk of 1.5 km in the direction of Waghai.

Providing some magnificent views of the Dang forest, another view point that cannot be missed is the Sunset point. For wildlife enthusiasts, there's plenty to be excited about! However don't forget to get prior permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden, of Gandhinagar or DFO, Ahwa for here are some parks you don't want to miss! Though comparetiively smaller than other parks, covering an area of 24 sq kms, the Vansda National Park originally a private forest of the Maharaja of Vansada, is one of the main attractions here, known for its tigers, leopards, rusty-spotted cat, pangolin, python, giant squirrel, and other animals.

The Purna Santuary is another not-to-be-missed! Covering an area of 160 km, situated at Mahal, 60 km north of Dangs, this sanctuary a part of a dense moist deciduous forest in the Western Ghat, is a trekker's paradise, complete with bamboo-lined pathways for trekkers.

Adding beauty to an already beautiful hill station and excellent picnic spots are its gardens like the Rose Garden, Lake Garden and Step Garden. The Step Garden being the most popular garden here, set up in steps, its design and layout is known to be unique. On the steps are plants and flowerpots with wooden work around it to support it. The place is also known for its Forest Hut, which provides visitors with a comfortable stay amidst the garden. While the Rose Garden is known for the variety of roses found here, another garden attracting tourists is the Lake Garden on the banks of Saputara Lake. Here one can find different types of boats like paddling boats, rowing, motor boats etc by the various boat clubs present along the lake. It is here that you also get a spectacular view of the Saputara region.

Besides boating another fun activity one can try out here is the Ropeway, a ten minutes ride across the valley to the sunset point organised by Hotel Vaity.

Offering peace and tranquility to its visitors is the Nageswar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Unnai Mata temple about 19 kms away from Waghai, while the museum provides an insight to the lives of the Dang tribe.

At just 52 km from Saputara, the Gira Waterfalls, is another popular attraction most tourists heading to Satpura must visit especially if visiting during the months of June to November. Moving ahead at a distance of 60 km from Saputara the Mahal Bardipura forest offers some amazing and exciting walking and trekking trails.

How to Reach

Cool throughout the year, this place is a refreshing break if you're looking for a short getaway, and can be easily accessed by Road, rail or air. While the nearest airport is in Surat some 172 km away, Billimora is the most convenient railhead at 80 km away from Satpura. By road, buses ply from Chikhli, Billimora, Nasik and Surat.

An extremely charming and beautiful place, it comes alive during the monsoons when the rains add to the magic of the place, lending its sparkle to a state already known as a jewel!