Gujarat's picturesque hill station is perched on a plateau at an altitude of about 1000m in the Dang forest area of the Sahyadari Range. It has a cool bracing climate, the highest temperature even in the summer months not exceeding 28 degrees Centigrade. Saputara is situated 160 kms from Surat. Legend has it that Lord Rama spent 11 years of his exile in these very forests.
'Saputara' means the 'abode of serpents' and a snake image on the banks of the river Sarpagana is worshipped by the 'adivasis' (tribals) on festivals like Holi.
Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort with hotels, parks, swimming pools theatres and a museum. It has several gardens, picturesque locations and a cool bracing climate even in the hot summer months making it an ideal getaway. The resort is equipped with adventure sports facilities like paragliding.The thick forest around Saputara is dotted with Adivasi tribal, villages and heir unique dance is great interest to visitors.
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.
How To Get There
By Air : Nearest airport is Mumbai.
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.
Places 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.
160 kms from Surat, Gujarat.
1000m Above Sea Level.
Saputara Lake, Ropeway.
April To Early July.