Dadra and Nagar Haveli

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Dadra And Nagar Haveli is a Union Territory in Western India, with Dadra sandwiched between Maharashtra and Gujrat, and Nagar Haveli surrounded by Gujrat.Located in the watershed of the Daman Ganga River, this region is astoundingly rich in flora and fauna.

Historical Significance

A Portuguese Colony since 1779, it acceded to the Indian Union only in1954. It was declared a Union Territory in 1961.In early days, Marathas defeated the local Koil rulers but allowed the Portuguese to collect revenue as they wanted their support against the Mughals and British forces.

Dadra And Nagar Haveli Famous For Natural Beauty and Wildlife

The eastern region is almost surrounded by the undulating hills of the Sahyadri. Over 40% of the region is forest. Khairwood, timber, teak, mahara, are the major trees found here. Drained by the DamanGanga, Dadra and Nagar Haveli has a rich biodiversity. The wide range of birds and animals found here have given rise to eco tourism, and it is a favourite destination of nature and wildlife lovers. Deer, crocodiles, pythons and exotic birds can be seen in the game sanctuary.


Majority of the population are people belonging to various tribal groups, and this reflects in the culture of Dadra And Nagar Haveli. Apart from Marathi and Gujrati, Bhili and Bhilori are the local spoken languages.

Akha Teej, Barash, Raksha Bandhan and Divaso are the local festivals. Tribal dances like Bhavada, Tarpa, Dhol, Bahada and Gherria are very popular.

There is a rich tradition of arts and handicrafts like mat weaving and leather crafts.

Climate And Best Time To Visit

November to March is an ideal time to visit here.

  • Vanganga lake garden
  • Hirwavan garden
  • Tribal museum
  • Water sports centre
  • Dudhni lake
  • Church of our Lady Piety
  • Bindrabin temple
  • Silvassa Vasona lion safari