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Saputara Hill Station

Saputara, situated in densely forested palateau in the Sahyadri range, holds the distinction of being the only hill station in the Dang district of South Gujarat State.
The Gujarat State in situated on the west coast of India and boasts of a 1,600 km long coastline. The Arabian Sea sweeps off the western and south western frontiers of the state. It is situated between 20 1’ and 24 7’ north latitudes and 68 4’ and 74 4’ east longitudes. Gujarat stretches from kutch in the West to Daman in the south. In the East, lies the hilly region of the Aravallis, whereas lush green woods, hills, plains and rivers are found in the west. Rajasthan lies towords the northeast of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh to the east and Maharashtra to the southeast.
Saputara Hill Station
The tranquill small town of Saputara is situated at an altitude of around 1,000m and has climate that is consistently pleasant, although leaning towards chilly, throughout the year.
The place is rich in its bio-diversity and natural relics. It includes in itself many panoramic natureal landscape views and rich heritage of its folklore and traditon of the native ‘Dangi’.
It has been developed as a planned hill resort with all necessary amenities such as hotels, parks, swimming pool, boat club, theatres and a museum to ensure an enjoyable holiday in the cool of the hills.

Saputara History:- 
The name Sapuata literally stand for ‘abode of serpent,’ a fact that is highlighted by the presence of an image of a snake of the shores of the Sarpagana river, which flows through the town. This image is worshipped by the region’s tribal folk, especially during major festivals such as Holi, adding to Saputara’s mystique is the legend the Lord Rama spent 11years of his exile in these very forests.

Best time to visit:-
The hill resort promises to refresh the tourists throughout the year with its cool weather. Saputara does not experience any extreme temprature variations and is an ideal getaway for the sun-scroched souls of the plains. The monsoon rain add to the magic of Saputara. Thus you many plan your trip to the Saputara hill any time of the year, but the best time is from middle of March to middle of November.

Tourist Places

Saputara is an attraction point for youth. Many young groups visit saputara and taste the thrill and adventure on verious popular sites of Saputara. Following are the stunning adventure option at Saputara.
1. The Ropeway
2. Trekking & camping
3. Boating
4. House riding
5. Camel riding

Saputara hill station offeres dozens of sight seeing highlights to the nature lovers. Saputara has always been a favourite destination among the tourist. Following are the major site seeing highlights at Saputara.

Botanical Garden:-
The Botanical garden (49kms form Saputara)is a large 24-hectare garden with 1,400 varieties of plan form all over india. The amateur nature lover can marvel at differnet varieties of bamboo like the Chinese Bamboo, Golden Bamboo, and Beer Bottle Bamboo etc. and enjoy strolling along the beautifull walkways each lined with different species of tree.

Gira Waterfalls
The Gira waterfalls (49kms from Saputara) is located off the Saputara-Waghai road which emerges from the Kapri tribuatary. It is a breathtakingly beautiful view around monsoon. The seasonal(only after rains) falls are among the most picturesque sights in the district. Located about 3 km form Waghai town, the waterfall has a 30meters natural drop into the Ambika river. It is open to public and accessible by jeeps on hire. It is an absulutely must – see from June to November.

Mahal Forest

The Mahal Forest (68 kms. From Saputara)is one of the dense forests in Gujarat and has rich wild life. Tourists require special permission form forest department to visit Mahal Forest, which is open for the tourist during specific time during the year. The main attractions of this region aare Purna sanctuary and Girmal falls.

Unnai Mata Temple & Hot Spring

The Unnai Temple & Hot Spring (68 kms. Form Saputara)is located near Waghai. Visitors can bath in the hot spring attached to this famous temple which is said to be providing cure effect of chronic health illness.

Ambapada

Ambapada(48 kms. Form the Saputara) is a typical Dangi traditional village located near the Gira Falls. It is surrounded on all sides by lush and tall bamboo. The village tribal is engaged in making of toys and lamps out bamboo roots.

Girmal Falls

The Girmal Falls(85kms. From Saputara)is easily the most marvelous sight during the monsoon, the Girmal fall is a little off the Maha Singana Road. The approach leads via tribal village to steep fall on the Gira River. The facing hill side is a rich with rare flora and is worth exploring by the more adventurous trekkers.

Vansda National Park

The Vansda Nation par was originally a private forest of maharaja of Vansada. It is now a park which covers an area of 24 sq. km. Despite its small size the park harbours tiger, leopard, pangoin, rusy-spotted cat, python, giant squirrel, four-horned antelope etc. Prior permissioon from the Chief Wildlife Warden, of Gandhinagar or DFO, Ahwa, is required before visiting the park.

Puma Sanctuary

The Puma Sanctuary, covering an area of 160sq km, is a part of a dense moist deciduous forest in the Western Ghat of Gujarat. Situated at Mahal(60kms. North of Dangs), the sanctuary is crossed by Purna and Gira rivers. There are bamboo-lined pathways for trekkers. Pior permission is necessary for visting.

Dang Darbar

The Dang Darba(40kms. Form Saputara) is an annual colorfull tribal festival held priour to Holi(generally March / April), at Ahwa. It’s a five day fun filled colourfull affair where the tribals congregate to celebrate an old custom of political pensions given to the tribal kings. There is merry making dance, music, colour and brisk buying and selling of tribal wares. The tourist can participate and enjoy the festivities of this unique celebration.

Saptashringi Devi Mandir(Vani)

The Saptashringi Devi Mandir (Vani) (50kms form Saputara) is that of one of the sister of Goddess Kali. Sapta means seven and shring means pinnacle and therefore Saptashringi means the mountain having seven peaks. This temple is visited by devotees throughout the year, the rush period being the Dassera festiva. Lacs of devotees visit the place during Navaratra.

Tithal

Tittal, 130km away in Valsad district, is a beautifull sandy beach with tall shady palms lining the entire beach. The seawater hare is pure and placidm making summer the most pleasant time to visit. Tithal is 195km form Mumbai, 66km form Navsari, 108km form Surat and 5km form Valsad.

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