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Saputara

Located in the heart of the adivasi area of Dang, this picturesque hill resort in Gujarat reflects the unique tribal culture of the region. Saputara, which means the abode of the serpents, is situated at a height of 872.9 metres on the second highest plateau of the Sahyadri range. It overlooks a lush green valley stretching for 24 km and is surrounded by lovely hills and dense forests.

Saputara, which was developed after Independence, has been planned as a complete hill resort with areas earmarked for residential accommodation, schools, shopping complexes, parks, theatres, stadia, camping grounds, etc. Its many attractions include a beautiful lake with facilities for boating and a cool, bracing climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from a maximum temperature of 32oc in summer to a minimum temperature of 16oc in winter. Saputara also has numerous places of tourist interest, with the surrounding area offering some fascinating glimpses of nature's scenic grandeur. This hill resort is a good base for an excursion to the Mahal Bardipara forest wildlife sanctuary.

ACCESS

Surat is the nearest airport, the distance between Saputara and Surat being 164 km. Saputara can also be reached by road from Mumbai (345 km via Valsad; 255 km via Nasik), Ahmedabad (400 km), Nasik (82 km) and Surat (164 km).

Altitude

872.9 metres

Climate

A cool bracing climate with temperatures ranging from a maximum of 32o c in summer to a minimum of 16oc in winter. The rainfall is 2540 to 3200 mm.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Saputara offers the visitor a variety of tourist spots including the Sunrise and Sunset Points, Waghbari, Saputara Museum, stepped garden, Peninsular Garden, Echo Point, Tribal Hero Stone, Townview Point, Boat Club, and a host of other attractions.

ACCOMMODATION

The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat offers a wide range of accommodation to suit various budgets. These include tourist bungalows, cottages, a hotel and dormitories with modern amenities. Saputara also offers a variety of private sector accommodation as well as a Circuit House, a Forest Hut and a Panchayat Rest House.

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