I was looking for a near by destination to celebrate our 5th marriage anniversary…a short break of 2-3 days. After searching for a place we thought of Dadra & Nagar Haveli…found good reviews on internet, so we planned for it.
Dadra & Nagar Haveli is a union territory and 40% of its area is forest – that is way I said a green destination. Actually best season to visit is from Oct to March….April was also good.
We (My husband Abhijeet, daughter Saee and I ) left on Saturday 20th April from Pune in the morning. We then stopped at FUN-N-FOOD near Varsava Bridge (Ghodbunder-Junction) for breakfast. Continuing further on our trip…there wasn’t much traffic on the road so driving was comfortable at a constant speed. We were supposed to take a right at Talasari but then we missed the board and had to take exit at Bhilad- right turn 5 to 6 km and we entered DNH. Like our earlier trips, this time also we had no advance booking done – we simply took phone numbers of the hotels from their websites and arrived in DNH. We first enquired at Daman -Ganga Valley resort but the near by area so was not good…so we headed up for Khanvel 20 km from Silvassa, as there were few good resorts over there(..that is what I read from trip advisor). We found Green valley resort nice place to stay and was in our budget as well so we checked in at Green Valley resort. We had lunch at their restaurant, restaurant was nice with good ambience and tasty food.
After getting some rest in the noon…we visited Dudhni in the evening. Dudhni is 20 km form Khanvel. Drive to Dudhni was awesome….wonderful road , greenery every-where and steep ghat. Dudhni holds a huge water reservoir of the Damanganga river surrounded by foothills of western ghats. Trekkers are allowed to setup their tents near the bank of the river.
We took boat ride at Dudhni..just next to lake there was a government’s tourist complex and water sports park, we wished we would have selected this hotel as the view from there was really very nice. Across Dudhni there is a village Kauncha where trekkers can trek in the forests and enjoy local cuisines.
Back to hotel for dinner. Next morning we visited Deer park at Satmalia, you can drive through your own car in this sanctuary…and can watch deer, sambhar, black bucks and variety of birds including peacocks in their natural habitat. Some deer’s were running as we went close to them to get a click and some of them were just giving pose for the photographs. Saee enjoyed a lot and was very excited and all the way she was searching for deer’s.
Then we visited Vasona – for lion safari. Here visitors are driven in Vans that are fitted with net mesh screens. We were very much excited about the lion safari. But the safari was of hardly 20 mins. As the driver already knew where the lion and lioness were siting he took us from that route so we ended up watching lion and lioness in a very short period of time.
After lion safari we visited Tribal museum at Silvassa. It has a collection of masks, musical instruments, traditional jewelry, life size models showing different tribals and their culture. It also has collection of hand made warli paintings, wooden crafts, palm leaf mats and this was also for sale.
Then we visited Dadra, 5km from Silvassa. We had lunch at Dadra resort which was next to Vanganga Lake & Garden. Again garden was major attraction for Saee..as the garden was surrounded by lake and Japanese style bridges that was connected to the garden. Saee was very much excited to watch ducks, fish and turtle in the lake – we also saw a monkey swimming in the lake. So that was great bundle of joy for Saee and paddle boating was another attraction for her.
Vanganga lake and garden is a sought-after location for Bollywood to film song sequences.
Then we were back to our resort spent evening at resort relaxing and enjoying the nature followed by dinner.
Third day – check out day. After check-out we visited the famous Bindrabin temple at Khanvel. And we left for Daman which was 45 km from Khanvel. Before living Khanvel we filled up our fuel tank as fuel was cheaper than Pune.
We visited Daman fort and then Jampore beach – spent some time at beach enjoying sea food. The jampore beach was not that good as compared to konkan beaches in Maharashtra.
Then we left for Pune…and reached at home in the evening. Drive back to pune was very lengthy cause of traffic…!!!!