Nestled between Rajasthan and Maharashtra, Gujarat is a treasure trove that is yet to be explored. Besides the well known Rann of Kutch, Gir National Park, and Somnath, there are several other surreal nature spots, historic monuments, remnants of ancient civilization and picturesque beaches that are lesser-known to the globetrotters.
One such place that will leave you spellbound is the Saputara hill station in Gujarat. Full of lush surroundings, natural beauty and uniqueness, this charming hill station is truly a hidden gem and a haven of peace and tranquillity.
Originally a tribal locality, Saputara is gaining popularity as a tourist destination because of its calm and serene atmosphere. If you are looking for a travel destination to rejuvenate your senses then Saputara hill station in Gujarat can be your go-to place. Here are some of the wonderful places to include in your travel itinerary.
One of the most picturesque waterfalls in Gujarat, Gira falls is a 75ft tall waterfall that emerges from the Kapri tributary and gushes into the Ambika river. Situated at around 3 km from the Waghai Town in Saputara, Dang District, this place makes a great stopover for people travelling from Saputara to Surat.
The speed of the water falling and gushing into the river is such that it creates a fog, translating into a mesmerizing view and making it one of the most scenic places to visit in Gujarat.
Best time to visit: The time during and after the monsoon season is the best time to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Gira falls.
A famous viewpoint for opacarophiles (a lover of the sunset), Sunset point is one of the prominent tourist places to visit in Saputara hill station. Also known as the Gandhi Peak, this place offers an enchanting view of the sunset overlooking the beautiful Sahyadri Mountains and the sense Dang forest.
You can reach the sunset point either through the 10 minutes ropeway or a 30 minutes trek from the parking to the peak. Travellers mostly prefer taking the ropeway to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Dang forest.
Best time to visit: Although the sunset can be viewed any day during the evening, the best time to visit Saputara sunset point is from March to November.
Also known as the Saputara tribal museum, it has an assortment of ornaments, artefacts, wooden carvings, body tattoos, ritual objects and musical instruments that depict the rich culture and lifestyle of the local tribes. The museum is considered to be a great initiative by the government of Gujarat to introduce the travellers to the splendid heritage of Dang’s native people. Besides, the museum also educates its visitors about other facets of the Dang, like its ecology and geography.
Best time to visit: This amazing place in Saputara hill station of Gujarat is open for visitors from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a minimal entry fee.
Echo Point Hill
The echo point is one of the popular tourist destinations located on the beautiful Saputara hills. As the name suggests, this place enables people to hear their voices. This is because of the surrounding hills that resonate with the audio waves to create a natural amphitheatre. Besides, the place is known for its landscape surroundings comprising gurgling waterfalls and greenery in abundance. All in all, the echo point serves as a sightseeing spot in Saputara, offering breathtaking views of this beautiful hill station.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Echo Point in Saputara is during the rainy season to witness the beauty of the waterfalls in its full wilderness.
Saputara lake garden is a relaxed lakefront that features lush green surroundings comprising some of the exotic species of trees and colourful flowers. Lying on the banks of Saputara Lake, this garden makes a perfect picnic spot to relax and spend some quality time with family and friends. Also known as the lake view garden, it is among the best places to visit in Saputara hill station.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Saputara lake view garden is during March, April and July when the greenery is in its full bloom.
Purna Wildlife Sanctuary
A famous wildlife sanctuary nestled in the western ghats of Gujarat, it is located within a dense forest and spread over 160.8 km of area. The sanctuary was established in July 1990 and serves as a home to several wild animals like elephants, bears, rhinos, and wild bulls. Further, its dense forest comprises bamboo clusters, teak trees along with 700 other species of plants and trees.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Purna wildlife sanctuary is during the early winters when the Purna river and rivulets are full of freshwater. It is open for visitors from 6:00 am to 5:30 pm with a minimal entry fee of Rs 20 per head.
Saputara rose garden is one of the popular tourist attractions of the charming hill station. It houses a variety of roses in different shapes, sizes, and colours along with other colourful flowers that attract nature lovers on their vacation in Gujarat. The garden is a part of the three beautiful Saputara gardens, the other two being the Step Garden and the Lake Garden.
Best time to visit: The perfect time of the year to witness the beauty of this colourful landscaped garden is during the spring season when the flowers are in their full blossom.
One of Saputara hill station’s many tourist attractions to discover, the Table Point or the Table View Point offers breathtaking views of the hill station and the surrounding mountains. As the name suggests, it is a plateau-like surface atop the Gandhi Peak that makes a perfect place for a picnic, camping, and sightseeing in Saputara. Besides, visitors can engage in adventure activities like camel riding, horse riding, trekking, mountain biking and zip-lining.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Saputara Table Point is during the day with ample sunlight to enjoy the breathtaking views from atop.
The famous cave site of Saputara hill station also known as the Arvalem Caves. As one of the top ancient places in Gujarat, it attracts both globetrotters and history buffs from different parts of the country. Locals believe that the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharat spent some time at this site during their exile. The cave is about 60 m long and 15 m wide. It also houses a Shivalinga that is believed to be used by the Pandavas to offer prayers to the lord, thereby increasing its historic significance.
Best time to visit: The end of the monsoon season is the best time to visit the Pandava caves in Saputara.
Waghai Botanical Garden
Last on the list of places to visit in Saputara hill station is the beautiful Waghai Botanical Garden. Spread over 24 hectares of land, it is among the largest gardens in Gujarat that houses innumerable plant species. About 270 trees, 50 shrubs, 29 fruit trees, 119 medicinal plants, 28 tuberous plants, 82 ornamental plants and 89 cacti & succulents make this place an attractive destination for nature lovers. Further, the garden also organises educational tours for school and college students.
Best time to visit: Waghai botanical garden is open for visitors from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm on all days except Tuesdays. There is an entry fee of Rs 5 per head for students, Rs 10 per head for children between 6 - 15 years and Rs 20 per head for those above the age of 15.
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