Saputara is the only hill station in Gujarat state of western India. It is perched at an altitude of 1000 m, amidst a thickly wooded plateau of the Sahyadri range. The Sarpagana river flows through this tiny hamlet. The word Saputara means “Abode of Serpents”.
An idol on the bank of Sarpagana river is worshipped by local tribes. Also according to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama spent 11 years of his banishment in these forest areas. Salubrious climate makes this town as the best summer retreat of Gujarat.
Saputara, a quiet and secluded place offers lots of gardens such as the lake garden, step garden and rose garden, where tourists can stroll leisurely. These gardens are also ideal for picnicking.
This lake is located in the heart of the town. Visitors can set out for rides in paddle boats.
Tourists must take the ten minute ride on the ropeway. This ride straddles the valley upto the sunset point. There is comfortable accommodation available for families. Tourists can refresh themselves in the restaurant. It offers a breathtaking view of the valley. Also visitors can camp here on moonlit nights and enjoy the awesome moon shine dappled views of the valley.
Valley View Point:
Trekkers can have fun climbing a distance of 1 – 1.5 km to reach this point from where captivating views of the valley can be seen.
Visitors can use the ropeway to reach this point in Saputara. The picturesque sunset view is a feast for traveler’s eyes.
Saputara museum provides much information to visitors about the lifestyle, culture, workmanship etc., of the tribes of Dang. This small museum is worth visiting.
Tourists can start their journey to Gira falls, which is just one km off the Saputara- Waghai route, along with their picnic baskets. The spectacular cascade emerges from Kapri tributary. It is nearly 52 km from the town.
Being located 49 km away from Saputara, Waghai offers lush green valleys and panoramic scenic spots to tourists. Travelers can also enjoy the drive to Waghai.
Unnai Mata Temple:
This temple has historical significance and is 68 km from Saputara. Near this temple there is a hot spring which is believed to have medicinal qualities.
Vansda National Park:
This park is densely wooded with tall teak trees, mango groves and gigantic creepers. Adventure lovers should not miss out this place. It is really thrilling walking and trekking along this dark and dense forest. Monkeys, deer, a few leopards and birds are the inhabitants of this park. Prior permission is required to enter the park. This is near Waghai.
The Girmal falls are off the Mahal- Singana road. Travelers must cross tribal villages and Gira river in this vicinity. Rare floras are seen here. Picnic huts and refreshments are available here.
The nearest airport is at Surat which is 135 km from Saputara. The railhead is also located 48 km away. Saputara is also well linked by roadways.