Pilgrimage Tourism in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Several devotees assemble at the premises of the Lord Shiva temple which is situated at a distance of 2 kms from Khanvel and 18 kms from Silvassa, at Bindrabin. The place is referred to as the Tapovan Tourist Complex and the local Tourism Department has provided some accommodation facilities for the benefit of tourists.
Nature Tourism in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Based at Silvassa, Hirwavan Garden is a famous tourist spot, named after the green Goddess 'Hirwa' and contains cascading rivulets, waterfalls, streams and many other kinds of water-bodies, apart from sports meant for children. Based about 4 kms from Silvassa exists the Island Garden, which comprises real thatched huts and wooden bridges and is popular. Kharvel is another marvellous tourist spot, about 20 kms from Silvassa, through which Sakartod River flows by, and is filled with lush forests. Travellers are also fond of Vanganga Lake and Garden at Dadra, particularly its water spread, decorated with fountains, trees and restaurants. Above 40 Hindi films have been shot at this area.
Leisure Tourism in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Occupying an area measuring 25 hectares, the Lion Safari Wildlife Park boasts of providing refuge to the Asiatic Lion and specially equipped riders, who are granted rides in uniquely caged vehicles. At Silvassa, one might visit the Mini Zoo and Bal Udyan. Crocodiles, monkeys, various kinds of birds and pythons can be noticed here, which appeal mostly to children. Animal lovers must not miss the wildlife sanctuary at Khanvel, which possesses chital deer, sambhar, birds, blackbucks and other animals. Madhuban Dam, which exists downstream of Damanganga River can also be visited, for it provides recreation facilities like aqua- biking, boating with the aide of bumper boats, canoes, speed boats, passenger boats and so on.
Other Tourist Spots in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Historians must visit the Tribal Museum at Silvassa, which consists of domestic objects which serve utilitarian purposes, musical instruments, jewelleries worn by the regional tribals, hunting gadgets utilized by them, etc. Photographs of their wedding costumes and their significant occasions are exhibited. One can indulge in water sports, and sailing in 'shikaras', jet skis or speed boats at Dudhani, 20 kms from Khanvel, near Damanganga River. Tourists often visit Luhari, which is based about 14 km from Silvassa, a breathtakingly beautiful region, and also the Lion Safari, Vasona. A riverside park named Vandhara Udyan serves as an ideal picnic spot and holiday getaway.
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