Silvassa, situated in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, is a beautiful getaway from Mumbai from Pune. The serenity and magnificent setting of the place attracts visitors in great numbers to enjoy a relaxing vacation. In addition to this, Silvassa is also a great escape for trek lovers. Visitors also experience the unique Indo-Portuguese culture in the town. The architectural splendors also make Silvassa a must visit travel destination.
How to Reach Silvassa from Mumbai
Vapi is the nearest railway station to reach Silvassa. The extensive railway network connects Mumbai with Vapi. At the airport, there are cabs and taxis available for hire.
Diu is the nearest airport that gas connecting flights from Mumbai. At the airport, there is local transportation system available for easy movement in and around the city.
From Mumbai, road is the best way to reach Silvassa. There are cabs and taxis available for hire in Mumbai. Self-driven vehicle is also a best way to reach Silvassa. Moreover, there also is private operated bus service functional between Mumbai and Silvassa.
Silvassa does not have its own railway station, the nearest railway station is Vapi. At the railway station there is local transportation system available that helps in easy movement in and around.
The nearest airport to reach Silvassa is Diu. There is flight connectivity available from Pune. At the airport there are local taxis and cabs available to help in easy transit in and around the city.
Road is one of the best mode to reach Silvassa from Pune. Mumbai - Pune Expressway and NH 8 connect Silvassa and Pune. Apart from self-driven vehicles, there are taxis and cabs available in Pune to reach Silvassa conveniently. Local bus service is also functional on the route.
Tourist Attractions in Silvassa
Hirwa Van Gardens
Hirwa Van Gardens are praised by visitors due to its lush greenery. The beauty of the gardens falls short of words. The gardens serve as a great picnic spot for visitors. Roaring waterfalls and misty cascades adorn the gardens and thus, win the heart of the guests. There also are beautiful flowers in the garden that add a unique glamour.
Lion Safari Wildlife Park
Sprawled over an area of 25 hectares, Lion Safari Wildlife Park is a part of Dadra & Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary. The safari zone is bordered within a seven meter chain-link wall. This wall stretches over an area of 3 km and the same distance road is used for Safari. There are specially caged vehicles used in safari. The Lion Safari is an initiative made to provide shelter for the Asiatic lion (Panthera Leo).
Our Lady of Piety Church
Silvassa is dotted with numerous architectural splendors, one being the Our Lady of Piety Church. Built in the 1886-89 by Portuguese settlers, the church is one of the must visit attraction in the town. The church is beautiful and features exquisite internal and external archway.
Khanvel, situated at a distance of 22 km, is an amazing attraction to be visited ar4ound Silvassa. The unspoilt beauty of the place and huge stretch of Rolling Meadows, special native style cottages, passionately decorated terraced gardens, and the serene river Sakartod, are the attributes of the place that leaves the visitors spellbound.
Located on Silvassa Bhilad road, adjacent to river Daman Ganga, Swaminarayan temple is known for its architectural beauty. The detailed carvings on the wall are the main attraction. The temple complex, that opens around 11:30 am is very well-maintained and has a lush lawn. The idol of the temple deity adorns a beautiful dress.
Vanganga Lake Garden
Placed at a distance of around 26 km from Khanwel, the beautiful and well-manicured Vanganha Lake Garden is on the Vapi Silvassa road. Tourists can indulge in fun activities such as boating on the placid lake waters or simply sit and enjoy the cool gentle wind in the morning. Enter fee for adults and children is INR 25 and INR 10 respectively.
Around 17 km from lake, the water of Madhuvan reservoir water fills Dudhni Lake. The lake is easily accessible by road wherein one can either rent a private vehicle or can take an auto rickshaw. Treat your eyes to the scenic beauty spread all around. The place becomes all the more delightful during monsoon season. It is also referred to as the ‘Kashmir of West’ as one can partake in shikara rides.
Satmalia Deer Park
Neighboring Vasona Lion Safari Park, Satmalia Deer Park is placed on the Khanvel Silvassa road. This park is home to various species of deer and colorful birds. One can also partake in gypsy rides, organized by the government at a price of INR 25.
Silvassa Tribal Museum
Silvassa Tribal Museum is a small-sized museum that is located in the middle of Silvassa town. This museum houses knick-knacks of the tribal people of the region including hunting weapons, ornaments and other utility items.
Vasona Lion Safari
Standing alongside the Satmalia Deer Park, Vasona Lion safari is located on the Khanvel Silvassa road. Spread in 20 hectares of land, this mini safari is conducted between 9 am to 5 pm, excluding Mondays. This bus ride of around 20 minutes costs INR 25.
Located 40 km southwards of Silvassa, Kauncha is quite popular amidst trekking enthusiasts. Just set-up a camp here and indulge in star gazing. Adventure enthusiasts can also try their hands in Kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing and boating rowing.