Silvassa is a dusty, sun-kissed town in the westernmost part of India. It is a small town with a permanent population of about a lakh, mostly comprising the indigenous tribes of the Konkan region, while another couple of lakh form its transient population - people who come in from neighbouring states to work and trade.
An industrial and commercial town, Silvassa is the capital of Dadra & Nagar Haveli - an erstwhile Portuguese settlement, now Union Territory of India. It is certainly not your typical tourist getaway and, indeed, is not found on most travellers' itineraries. Must be a rather boring place, eh, not to have been featured on travel guides and by many travel bloggers?
I'm here to tell you Silvassa is the perfect weekend getaway for every kind of traveller.
A weekend picnic with family, a solo wildlife expedition, or just for a relaxing break from work life - this town will not disappoint. It is an especially easy getaway for people living in Bombay, its neighbouring areas, and anywhere in Gujarat and Rajasthan.