Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli in red on a map of India

The enclave of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a tiny union territory in Western India wedged between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The two regions - Dadra and Nagar Haveli are separated from each other by a few kilometers. Both lie on the West coast, at the mouth of the Daman Ganga river.



The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a small piece of land wedged between the Maharashtra and Gujarat. Until 1954, this area was under the Portuguese colonial rule. Between 1954 and 1961, it was self-governing. On its integration with the Indian Union in 1961, Silvassa was made its capital.

It is less than 500 sq. km. in size, covered with tall trees and winding rivers. The hospitable, kind, unselfish native local tribal people have their own customs, dances and rituals which are quite fascinating. The territory enjoys a very pleasant climate from November to March, which is actually the best time for a visit. Temperatures during summer are comfortable too, even during the day, due to the territory's proximity to the sea.

Get in

By plane

Mumbai has the nearest airport.

By car

Dadra and Nagar Haveli almost touches the National Highway 8 between Mumbai and Delhi.Silvassa is about 14 kms, from Bhilad and Vapi.

By train

The nearest railway stations are Bhilad & Vapi, about 14 km & 18 km respectively from Silvassa, and are on the Western Railways.


Damanganga river in Silvassa


There really isn't any order of things that you can do. If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, Silvassa is a good place for you. You can be holed up in any one of the many resorts in Silvassa and surrounding areas, or you can let yourself loose in the lush green sights of the surrounding flora and fauna.


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