Saputara, a densely forested region in the Sahyadri range is the only hill station in the Dang district of South Gujarat state at an altitude of 1000 meters. The name of Saputara stands for “Abode of the serpents”
I took a road trip in monsoon in 27th August, Vadodara. Truly, a place this is in the nature’s womb with dense forests, green hues with lush flowers, the fog, rains dropping on the leaves. Away from the busy city life, a perfect getaway if you are looking for serenity and peace. Also a great place for couples as it turns out to be a romantic heaven, but I was on a family trip ;-)
The weather of this place remains pleasant throughout the year, but the monsoon season has its own charm, with the greenery at its best. Things to do in Saputara :
Botanical garden (49 kms. from Saputara) is a large 24-hectare garden with 1,400 varieties of plant from all over India.
The Gira waterfalls (49 kms. from Saputara) is located off the Saputara-Waghai road is a breathtakingly beautiful view around monsoon.
Outdoor activities such as wildlife viewing, trekking, hiking, boating, nature walks can be done at Saputara. Route :
Vadodara -> Surat - > Valsad (Left turn from Valsad) - > Saputara. Trip :
We started our Trip in our Beloved Hyundai Xcent 1.2 S,
at around 4:15 AM from Vadodara, as we wanted to make sure that we reach early morning near the hills, to enjoy the Route and hills ! . Which was very well achieved !.
We escaped the Famous Jam of Bharuch ! and took the left turn from Valsad. Then the real journey started, amidst the Lush Green Fields and forest area. We passed through the National Forest, which looked great at early morning.
We took a little de-toure toward Gira Waterfall, which was very good. Tough it didn't rained that day, flow of water was still good. It's nice place with sign Board of "Beware of Crocodiles"! all around ! . We didn't found any though . (Lucky)
Then we left for the Hills, and reached Saputara by 11 AM. In between we stoped for tea and snacks as weather was quite good and Cloudy all around. Plenty of options to chose from for having Snacks/Tea.
We spent the entire day, exploring Saputara. The Lake area was good, bustling with Crowd of all ages. We didn't tried the Booting as we were never interested in that, but it felt good watching people enjoying their time. We had Tea/ Corn / and boiled Ground nuts ! .
Then , happened the Unexpected ! the whole area was stunned to defening sound of Bikes !! Yes, a group of around 100 Bikers from Harley Davidson was in the town. Saputara was part of their All India trip, which they were on. for the 1st time in my Life, i got to see, so many different kinds of Bikes !!! It was feast to Eyes, and tell you what, we were so mesmerised with bikes, that we almost forgot to take pictures . anyway, it was a good experience ! .
We went to Sunset point, which requires a 15 mins steep incline walk ! . but after reaching there, it was worth it ! We sat down near the edge of that small hill top, and forgot all our worries and were just looking into the vast Forest surrounding the area. Felt so good and forgot all our worries about the Life, work, etc.
We also tried, Zip-Line, and other small activities near the Sunrise point / Table top point.
We started our decent at around 11 AM from Saputara, and reached Bharuch by 2:30 PM. and then it Happened !!!
We got stuck in Jam from 2:30 PM till 9 PM !!! Cursed the Govt. and Transport minister to hell !
It's actually very Sick and nonsense of the Govt and so called "Model State"that high which forms an Integral part of Golden Quadrilateral , is in such a mess since several years now. Despite of all the hue and cry , Govt seems to be deaf on the issue. Hail our Politics.
Anyway, leaving the Bharuch part, trip was very good and enjoyable.