Saputara is a lakeside hill station situated on the Gujarat - Maharashtra border. At a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, 85 km from Nasik and about 160 km from Surat, is this beautiful hilly region enriched with greenery.
This picturesque hill station is situated at an altitude of about 1000 m above sea level. It boasts the waterfalls, sunrise and sunset points which provide a beautiful view of the region. The place is also known for its beautiful gardens and ropeway which attract tourists from across the world.
The places cite to the Hindu epic Ramayana, it is believed Rama spent 11 years of his exile in the dense forests of this place. There snake like images found on the shore of the river Sarpaganga which flows in the town and the tribals of this place worship these images, especially during Holi.
The place gets its name from these snake images 'Saputara' in translation means the adobe of serpents.
More About The Place
Located amidst the Sahyadri ranges, Saputara is a planned hill town surrounded by the Dang forests, and is also home to various tribal communities. The region is filled with lush forests and waterfalls is an ideal stop for trekkers.
It has gained immense popularity in the recent decades for the variety of adventure sports this place offers and this attracts a lot of youngsters throughout the year. The local food and handicrafts of the region are also a few things that attract tourists.
How To Get There
Waghal is the nearest railway station, which is situated at a distance of about 50 km from Saputara City Center. There are direct trains that connect Saputara with Mumbai and other major cities.
Saputara is also well connected by road. Mumbai is at a distance of 250 km and Surat at a distance of 160 km.
Places To Visit
You can walk up to the Sunrise point to catch the rising sun, a sight not to be missed. During monsoon one is likely to be disappointed, but one can come down to get a beautiful view of the valley.
2. Sunset Point
One can choose to walk towards the sunset point or hop onto the ropeway operated by Vaity resorts. The ride is chargeable and is subject to weather and a minimum number of riders.
3. Satpura Lake
The Satpura lake is situated in the centre of the hill resort, which is one most visited place here. One can go for the boat ride or walk across the garden on the bank. One can notice a huge idol of a snake, which is worshipped by the local tribes.
4. Saputara Museum
The museum helps you to understand the lives of the tribes of the region. It exhibits their lifestyle, costumes, heritage, masks, musical instruments, ornaments made of grass etc.
5. Vansda National Park
Spread across an area of 24 kms, Vansda National Park was the former hunting ground of rulers of Vansda. The national park is home to animals like tiger, leopard, giant squirrel, rusty-spotted cat, python and the four-horned antelope.
6. Purna Sanctuary
Spread across over an area of 160 km, it is home to many rare species of plants and also to wild animals. Situated at Mahal, the sanctuary is at a point where the rivers Puma and Gira cross.
7. Gira Waterfalls
The waterfall can be one of the sole reasons to visit Saputara. Located at a distance of 50 km away from Saputara, it can be seen in its full splendour during monsoons.
8. Artist Village
The Village is home to the famous Warli paintings. If you are a creative person, this is one place you will enjoy. You try your hand at the paintings, or just watch the artists at work. You can purchase the paintings as souvenirs.
Stay And Food
The place offers you plenty of options to stay and to eat. One can find rooms at a very affordable price that offer you a decent stay. There are also a number of resorts which can be looked at.