satpura hills best tourist place
Satpura has mythological importance as it is believed that Lord Rama spent 11 years of his exile here. The name Satpura literally means ‘Abode of Serpents’ and one can find an image of a snake situated on the shore of the river Sarpganga that flows through the town.
Satpura is amongst the most well- planned and organized hill stations in India. Here one can enjoy visiting the beautiful gardens and museum, taking a ride in the cable car and paddle boat. There is a great opportunity for those who like to hike and trek. Those who wish to witness the nature’s beauty also have special points to visit.
Here are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Satpura:
Sunrise Point is situated around 1.5kms from Satpura towards Waghai. This place offers best views of Satpura and the adjoining region of Malegoan. So even if one misses out the sunrise view, one can enjoy a lovely panoramic view from here at any time of the day.
Gira Waterfall is situated off the Satpura-Waghi road about 49kms from Satpura. The waterfall originating from Kapri tributary is at its best during the monsoon season. The water cascades from a height of 30m into the Ambika River offering a very picturesque view. The best time to be here would be between June and November.
Off the Mahal Singana Road, the Girmal Fall is amongst the best places to visit around Satpura. Situated about 85kms from Satpura, the fall comes alive in the monsoon season and offers a picture perfect view. The region around Girmal is replete with rich and rare varieties of flora and is apt for those who like to trek.
Vansda National park:
Once a private forest of Maharaja Vansada, the Vansda National Park sprawls over an area of 24sq km. Despite its small size, this national park near Saputara shelters a sizeable population of leopards, pangolin, pythons, four-horned antelopes and a few tigers as well. Tourists need to take prior permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden, Gandhinagar or DFO, Ahwa before visiting the park.
Saptashringi Devi Mandir (Vani):
This sacred Hindu shrine is situated about 50kms from Satpura and is dedicated to one of the sisters of Goddess Kali. The temple is highly revered by the locals; however, many tourists also make it a point to visit this temple on their visit to Satpura. The best time to visit here would be on the occasion of Dassera festival and Navratri.
About 130kms from Satpura is Tithal, which is a gorgeous beach. Flanked by tall palm trees and having crystal clear water, the beach looks absolutely scenic. The best time to visit here would be summer.
How You Can Reach:
Satpura is situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. This beautiful hill station is situated at an elevation of about 1000m above sea level. It is located on a plateau in the Dang forest area. Adding to the beauty of Satpura is the River Sarpganga which flows through the town. The hill retreat is situated about 80kms from Nashik (Maharashtra), 112kms from Bilimora (Gujarat), 172kms from Surat (Gujarat), 280kms from Mumbai (Maharashtra), 300kms from Vadodra (Gujarat) and 420kms from Ahmedabad (Gujarat). The temperature in summer goes up to a maximum of 32°C and a minimum of 27°C. In winter, on the other hand the temperature remains between 16°C and 10°C. Satpura in monsoon receives an average rainfall (from July to September) of 254 cm.