Udvada, a coastal town in Valsad district, is an important centre of the Parsis or the Indian Zoroastrians. The word Udvada literally meant 'grazing ground of camels' as that was the actual condition of this town before it was inhabited. The Parsis or residents of Persia (presently Iran) fled to India long back in the 10th century due to their persecution by the Muslims. They entered India through Valsad and later established the port of Sanjan.
Tourist Places in and around Udvada
The main attraction of Udvada is the sacred fire of Atash Behram which they had managed to bring from Iran and according to their belief is the highest degree of fire. They brought it to Sanjan when they founded the port. Later it was consecrated in the Atash Behram of Udvada as they had to flee Sanjan due to the attack of Muhamman Bin Tuglak. The Udvada Atash Behram is one of the nine Atash Behrams of the world. This building has been renovated many a times and the Atash Behram is the oldest temple fire in the world that has been continuously burning. The Atash Behram is also called as the Iranshah. The foundation day of the Atash Behram and the ninth day of the ninth month of the Shahenshahi or the imperial Zoroastrian calendar is always celebrated with great enthusiasm. Ceremonies are also held on 20th of every month as this day is dedicated to Verethragna, who is the epistasis of "victory".
The Udvada beach and the Parsi food are also some of the attractions for which tourists visit Udvada.
Hot summers, moderate to heavy rains and pleasant winters; That's the Udvada weather forecast for you.
How to reach Udvada
Udvada is connected to other cities by rail and road. The nearest airport is in Surat.