The area between Bardoli and Saputara is like dense forest and last 30 kms are hill area, riding/driving during night hours isn't recommended
380 kms one way.
One of the most popular weekend getaways in Gujarat is the Saputara hill station. Apparently, the only hill station in Gujarat, it gets its name from the fact that images of snake are found on the shores of the Sarpagana River, which flows through the town. Lying about 3000feet above sea level Saputara is indeed a picturesque paradise of Gujarat. Hovering on the Sahyadri hills, Saputara is bordered with greenery all around and is indubitably untouched, exemplified by a substantial populace of tribal community.
The picture perfect hill station is festooned with lakes, hills and woodlands. The lake lies in the heart of Saputara and a winding road leads to the chimney ropeway. It is popularly known as the Pushpak Ropeway, which is a viewer’s paradise, as the scenic opulence from this point is worth a thousand sunsets. The climate is pleasant almost throughout the year. The Monsoon season witnesses an annual rainfall of 15 – 17 inches, adding to the magic of Saputara.
It showcases the clothing and way of life of different communities like the Bhils, Kunbis, Gamits, and Warlis, as well as the Kothewali potters. Other objects on display introduce visitors to the weapons, utensils and customs of the local communities.
Covering an area of 24 Sq. Kms, Vansda National Park is home to tigers, leopard, pangolin, rusty-spotted cat, python, giant squirrel, four horned antelope etc. Purna sanctuary covers an area of 160 sq km. and is a part of a dense moist deciduous forest of the Western Ghat. Bamboo lined pathway has made the place trekker friendly.
It is exclusively visited at sunrise and offers an unsurpassed view of Saputara and the adjoining Malegoan. This place can be reached after a walk of 1.5 km in the direction of Waghai.
It is better known as Pushpak ropeway and is 1.5 km long.
It gives a remarkable view of the setting sun amidst vast expanse of Dang Forest.
There are numerous excursion destinations from Saputara, as listed below.
Nageshwar Mahadeva temple is an ancient temple located on the coast of Saurashtra.
It houses a beautiful shrine placed between Dwaraka and Bet Dwaraka islands nearby Saputara in Gujarat. The main deity is of Lord Shiva placed in an underground sanctorum and it has the credit of being one of the twelve Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva.
It is situated 49 Km from Saputara. It emerges as an elixir of life from the Kapri tributary.
It is a typical Dangi traditional village located near Gira falls. It is a delightful sight to view the village tribal engaged in making toys and lamps out of bamboo roots.
About 40 km away from Saputara, it is an annual colorful tribal festival
Situated at a distance of 68 km, tourists require special permission from forest department to visit Mahal Forest, which is open for the tourist during specific times of the year.
The temple which is situated 68 km from Saputara is known to provide curing effect for chronic illness. Hot spring is a tourist’s delight as one can bathe in the spring water.
It features the Agama Mandir and many other Jain temples and monasteries that make it a paradise for a devout tourist.
This picturesque spot is situated 28 km from Surat. The beach found here is adorned with Casurina trees and apart from being a tourist destination it is apparently home to the biggest industrial powerhouse in the nation. Thithal is an abode to sandy beach and palm sheltered cottages.
The one thing that a tourist would find inevitable is shopping, not merely for amusement but also to buy artifacts for remembrance of this exotic place. The objects on sale include jewelry, pottery items, paintings and pen stands made of bamboo and other indigenous material. The bamboo handicrafts from the Gandharvapur artists are nothing short of souvenirs. Workshops organized by craftsmen are useful as one could learn to make simple handicrafts the Saputara way.
Saputara boasts of pleasant weather any time of the year but the best time to visit this picturesque spot is between the months of March and November. So the next time a droning lifestyle gets to you and you cannot think of a hill station close by, you know just the place to visit. A welcome change to a demanding city life coupled with a frantic schedule, Saputara is an urbanite’s vision of a perfect holiday.
By Air: Nearest air port is Surat 164 km. away and Ahmedabad is 380 kms away.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Nasik Road 80 km. on the Central Railway, and Billimora 112 km on the Western Railway.
Accommodation is easily available at Saputara. There are few hotels in Saputara besides the cottages and the log huts that offer a comfortable stay. Hotel Anando, Sashvanti Lake Resort, Vaity Ropeway Resort, Hotel Patang are names of a few places of stay. Food should not be a problem to a tourist as there are a variety of mouthwatering cuisines available in and around Saputara.