Saputara Hill Resort :
Location: 160 kms from Surat, Gujarat.
Altitude: 1000m Above Sea Level.
Main Attractions: Saputara Lake, Ropeway.
Best Season: April To Early July.
Saputara means the 'Adobe of Serpent', is oerched at an altitude of 1000 mtrs, and is situated in the heart of Dangs district. Ity is located on the second highest plateau of the Sahyadari range with cool bracing climate and a scenic view of the verdant valley. Saputara has been dveloped as a planned hill resort with a;; the necessary amenities. The thick forest around Saputara is dotted with tribal villages and their unique dances are of great interest.
Saputara Lake: Right in the heart of the valley is the extremely calm Saputara Lake where row and paddleboats are available on hire.
Valley View Point: A bird's eye view of the valley, a somewhat adventurous climb (1-1.5 km).
Sunset View Point: A lovely view of the sunset over the entire valley. Visitors can climb or use the ropeway to approach the point.
Gardens In Saputara:
The Lake Garden, the Step Garden and the Rose Garden offer scenic places for the tourist to laze in, while walking around Saputara.
The Ropeway: A ten-minute ride straddles the valley to the Sunset Point. The comfortable coupe is safe and ideal for a family. The view from the halt midway is truly breathtaking. Sunrise Point should also not be missed.
Gandharvapur Artist Village: Visitors can pick up pretty pieces of pottery, jewellery, vases, paintings, pen stands, key chains all made from bamboo chips and other locally found material. Children can learn to make simple items in the workshop organized by the craftsmen.
Museum: A small museum with a tribal theme displaying the lifestyle, ornaments and musical instruments of the tribes of Dangs. There is also a workshop making some of the traditional displays.
Other places of interest in Saputara include the Honey Centre, Forest Nursery, Horse Riding, Log Hut, Governor Hill and Echo point.
Excursions from Saputara can be made to the wild life sanctuary in the Mahal
Bardipara Forest, 60 kms from the resort and the Gira Waterfalls 52 kms away.
WHERE TO STAY
At Saputara, a decent range of hotels are run by the private sector as well as by TCGL. Book in advance during the peak season. You can negotiate discounts during off peak seasons.
Visitors can pick up pretty pieces of pottery, jewellery, vases, paintings, pen stands, key chains, all made from bamboo chips and other locally found material. Children can learn to make simple items in the workshop organised by the craftsmen.
NEAR BY CITIES
Mumbai : 255 km (via Nasik) & 345 km (via Chikli, Gujarat)
Nasik: 80 kms.
Surat: 135 kms.
Bilimora: 110 kms.
Chikli: 100 kms.
Tithal: 140 kms.
Travel Information :
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.255 km.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Waghai, on the Billimora - Waghi narrow gauge section of the Western Railway. For those coming from Gujarat via Surat or Ahmedabad or even tom Bombay, Billimora is the most convenient rail head as direct bus service is available from there
By Road: State transport buses end private luxury coaches connects various centres of Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is situated 409 kms from Ahmedabad and 51 kms from Waghai.