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Silvassa is located in India
Coordinates: 20°16′N 73°01′E / 20.27°N 73.02°E / 20.27; 73.02Coordinates: 20°16′N 73°01′E / 20.27°N 73.02°E / 20.27; 73.02
Country  India
State Dadra and Nagar Haveli
District Dadra and Nagar Haveli district
 • Mayor of Silvassa Kum. Chandanben S. Delkar
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 21,890
 • Official English, Gujarati
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 0260
Vehicle registration DN -09

Silvassa About this sound Pronunciations ; is the capital of the Indian Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

During Portuguese rule, Silvassa was also known as Vila de Paço d'Arcos, after the town of the same name near Lisbon (Paço de Arcos, Oeiras).

The city has a large number of factories and industries providing significant government revenue, which allows the city to maintain a low level of taxation.[citation needed]


Until the end of the 19th century, Silvassa was only a small village. The growing importance of Silvassa started in 1885, when the Portuguese Administration decided to transfer the seat of Nagar Haveli to the city, which until then had been in Darará. By decree of 11 February 1885, Silvassa was created as a town, with the name of Vila de Paço d'Arcos. However, the original name prevailed and the town continued to be mainly known as Silvassa and referred to as such in official documents.


As of 2001 India census, Silvassa had a population of 21,890.[1] According to the 2011 India census,[2] Silvassa had a population of 98,265


Warli is the language spoken by the Warli people. It is a dialect of Konkani, just as Agri which is also spoken. A former Portuguese enclave, Silvassa has a significant Roman Catholic population that speaks a distinct dialect of Portuguese. Marathi and Gujarati languages are widely spoken.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

The 1991 Bollywood movie Phool aur Kaante was shot in Silvassa.


Far from being a tribal region, it has now developed into an industrial hub with major industrial companies setting up manufacturing bases in the region. Its initial tax-free status granted by the Indian government to boost industrial investment in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has contributed to the region's industrial growth.[citation needed]

With groups like Apar Industries Limited, Ramco Industries Ltd..(R.I.L), Sterlite, Hindalco, Hind Aluminium, Associated Group, Advance Detchem Ltd, Gulf Oil, Tidewater Petroleum, Castrol, Reliance Industries, Blue Star, Siyaram Silk Mills limited, Global Wind Power (Reliance ADAG), Hindustan Unilever, Sterling Generators Pvt Ltd an associate company of Shapoorji & Pallonji Group, Dabur and host of other players in the textile industry like Alok Industries, VRIL, and many other FMCG, Gensets, electronics, heavy engineering goods, Chemical, insecticides, Paints, to name a few, the landscape of Silvassa and surrounding region has altered dramatically. It is one of the largest states in collection of excise duty from more than 3,500 small and medium industries. Silvassa is a big hub for plastic products and its products are found throughout India thanks to their good quality and low cost. Apart from all this Silvassa is also known for various FMCG distributors like Gajra Distribution(Oldest grocers in the town) having reach throughout the country.

Silvassa hosts more than 200,000 floating population, coming from all parts of the country, mostly the labourers hail from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar & Odisa. Other floating community being from the state of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Transport and connections[edit]

Silvassa has a well-maintained road network. The nearest railway stations are in Vapi around 18 kilometres (11 mi) away and Bhilad, around 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away .

Daman is 30 km away via Bhilad on National Highway number 8

Mumbai is 180 km away from Silvassa, via Bhilad, on National Highway number 8

Surat is 145 km away from Silvassa, vis Bhilad, on National Highway number 8.

Rickshaw services ply between Vapi and Silvassa at a regular interval and easily available from Vapi (E) railway station.

Gujarat Road Transport Buses ply between Silvassa & Vapi at a regular interval.

Health care[edit]

Hospitals in Silvassa include:

  • V.B.C.H (Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospital, Multi-Speciality Hospital), Silvassa
  • Vardhaman Hospital, Silvassa
  • Saraswati Hospital, Rakholi, Silvassa
  • Yogi Hospital, Silvassa
  • Sainath Hospital, Silvassa
  • Sai Krishna Hospital, Silvassa
  • Chaitanya Hospital, Silvassa
  • Jalaram Hospital, Silvassa
  • Sai Marigold Children Hospital, Silvassa
  • Om Hospital, Silvassa
  • Gaurang Leg Replacement Hospital, Silvassa
  • Eye Hospital, Silvassa

Places of interest[edit]

  • Roman Catholic Church: located near to bus stand built on Portuguese style.
  • Silvassa Museum: a small museum which explains the history and the people of Silvassa
  • Lion Safari: Supposed to be good if you get a glimpse of lion
  • Madhuban Dam: A dam with boating facility, built across River Daman Ganga.
  • Dadra Park: A scenic beauty with lush green trees and boating facility, 5 km from Silvassa.
  • Dudhani: A vast lake with a water sports complex. A must-see for all Silvassa goers. Located at 35 km from Silvassa.
  • Vrindaban: A temple dedicated to lord Krishna and Shiva, en route Dudhani.
  • Balaji temple located in amli dedicated to Lord Balaji, Shiva, Maha Ganapathy, Karthikeyan, Padmavathi, Saraswathi, Hanumanji, and Navagraha.
  • Van Ganga Lake: An exotic destination for nature lovers who relish boating in lakes. The place is particularly famous for several movie shootings.
  • Nakshatra Van: Garden on bank of Daman Ganga River.
  • Piparia garden, a beautiful garden located right in Silvassa.
  • OM Temple:An architectural marvel "OM Temple" is dedicated to Lord Shiva.The temple is in "Om shape" and located on the bank of river damanganga in kudacha village.(1.5 km from wonderland resort Silvassa). It stands on 412 pillars & has been constructed without any usage of iron bars. Coordinates:   20°13'1"N   73°0'6"E

List of technical/computer institutes :

  1. Diamond Computers Silvassa

List of schools :

  1. St. George English School, Silvassa
  2. Father Agnelo English High School
  3. Lions English School
  4. Prabhat Scholars Academy
  5. Shiv Prakash Memorial School
  6. St. Xaviers Primary School
  7. Kendriya Vidyalaya Silvassa
  8. BAPS Swaminarayan Vidyamandir
  9. Dadra's Little Star Academy
  10. Govt. Higher Secondary School, Tokarkhada
  11. Alok Public School,Rakholi

List of colleges :

  1. SSR College of Art,Commerce And Science.
  2. SSR College of Education
  3. SSR college of Pharmacy
  4. SSR Institute of Research and Management
  5. Silvassa Polytechnic college of Engineering
  6. BAPS Institute of Information Technology
  7. Institute of hotel management and catering technology

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ Dadra Nagar Haveli tourism