Kilad campsite - Vansda National Park

Kilad campsite – Vansda National Park

India is home to a number of hidden delights, many of which are breathtakingly beautiful yet covert gems. Tourists tend to stick to the tried and tested holiday spots like Shimla, Manali, Darjeeling, Ooty, Goa, Kerala and now, even Ladakh. However, there are so many gorgeous places hidden within India’s varied topography worth exploring that it will take you a lifetime to see them all. But even if you can get to witness some of them, it is difficult to go back to the crowded, clichéd spots. From waterfalls and trekking trails to wildlife sanctuaries and rivulets, there are plenty of offbeat places scattered all over the country. One such place located in Gujarat is the Vansda National Park. It falls in the Navsari district of Gujarat and is close to the hill station of Saputara. Vansda, also called Bansda, is a deciduous forest area tucked in the wonderful Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats. You can spot a number of animals like leopards, langurs, wild boars and Hyenas at Vansda. The Gira falls located nearby are an attraction not to be missed. The best time to visit this marvelous beauty of a place is just after the rains until the winter ends. This makes September a great time to pay a visit to Vansda National Park. Here are all the details on how to reach Vansda National Park. Also Read - When in Saputara, Don't Miss a Trek to Hatgad Fort

How to reach Vansda National Park by road

The Vansda-Waghai highway runs through the Vansda National Park. The park is well-connected to major cities like Mumbai by road. It is located at a distance of 274 km from Mumbai and takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes to reach. This map will help you navigate your route from Mumbai to Vansda National Park: Also Read - Vansda National Park is Home to Biodiversity Not Seen Anywhere Else in Gujarat

How to reach Vansda National Park by train

The nearest prominent railway station from Vansda National Park is Billimora Junction which is 59 km away. Road connectivity from Billimora to Vansda is quite good. You can also choose to take a train to Navsari or Surat which are around 75 km (1 hour 20 minutes) away from Vansda. ALSO SEE 8 unexplored bike trips from Mumbai leading to hidden destinations Also Read - Gujarat Tourism: Best Winter Holiday Destinations in Gujarat for 2017

How to reach Vansda National Park by air

The nearest airport is Surat airport which is located 111 km away from Vansda National Park. It will take you around 2 hours to reach Vansda from the airport by road.

Vansda National Park is a quaint, lesser known, serene getaway for anyone living in Maharashtra or Gujarat. You can make an excellent road trip out of your visit and in the bargain, explore a place not many people talk about.