A former Portuguese colony, Silvassa is known for its scenic beauty, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches and facilities for water sports. Capital of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa lies between Gujarat and Maharashtra. Silvassa comprised 72 villages and was ruled by the Marathas till 1779. Later, it was offered to the Portuguese following a treaty. The many Roman-Catholic churches and stone walls stand testimony to the Portuguese rule as does the name Silvassa, which comes from the Portuguese word Silva or wood.
Silvassa is considered the home of Warli culture. It also offers several water sports activities. Other tourist attractions include Tribal Culture museum, Vanganaga Lake, and Hirva Van garden. Silvassa is also famous for the lion safari at the Vasona park, located 10 km from Silvassa. Deer parks at Khanvel and Satmaliya are other wildlife attractions.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SILVASSA
You can find a wide range of hotels in Silvassa. Deluxe hotels boast of all modern facilities like swimming pools, bars, discos, gaming sections, etc. Mid-range hotels provide comfortable and quality service too. One can also find budget hotels.Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration has setup also has accommodation facilities.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN SILVASSA
Multi-cuisine restaurants are common in Silvassa. Besides the local cuisine, you can also find restaurants serving other north Indian cuisines as well as Continental, Mexican and Thai.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SILVASSA
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Silvassa is as given below. The best time to visit Silvassa is also specified.