Dargah of Sayed Saadat
Udvada Atash-Behram Fire Temple
Vansda National Park
Padamdungari Eco Campsite
Waghai Botanical Gardens
Welcome to Navsari,
Navsari district is located in the south eastern part of Gujarat state in the coastal lowland along Purna river. The district has 5 talukas of which Gandevi and Chikhli are major talukas. The district abounds in sugarcane fields, chikoo plantations, and mango trees.
Navsari is known for its floriculture activities and sugar business. The focus sectors of the district are agro and food processing industries, textiles, drugs and pharmaceuticals, mineral related industries and marine based industries. Famous historical places both Dandi and Vansda National Park are located in Navsari.
The pioneer of the Indian steel industry and the founder of the House of Tatas, Mr.Jamshedji Tata was born in Navsari. The house where he was born is well preserved and recommended for a visit. Unai Hot Springs, Dandi Beach, Somnath Mahadev Temple, Shri Chintamani Parshvanath, Vansda National Park are some of the famous places in the city.
The beach adjacent to the village of Dandi. Made famous during the historic Salt March undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi and his followers in 1930, which earnestly began the Satyagraha movement, which espoused non-violent resistance as a means to achieve a goal. Eventually led to freedom from British rule. The March began at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and culminated at Dandi Beach, where Gandhi and his followers made salt illegally (according to British law, as salt was taxed at the time).
The view of sun set is really captivating from this beach.
Hazrat Syed Noor Muhammad (RA) came to India from Iran(Rai). During that time King Siddhraj Jaysingh was under power. Hazrat is well known as "Saiyadus-sadat" as well as "Satgor-Noor-Muhammad". Sayyid (Saiyed) Noordin Noor Muhammad , Pir Satgur Noor (light of the true master), Sayyid (Saiyed) Saadat. It is stated in 'Tawarikh-e-Pir' that Sayyid Noor Muhammad (Satgur Noor) famous Sayyid Saadat, resting at Navsari, arrived in the period of king Sidhraj Jaysingh. So in the name of him a dargah was constructed.
This education center is in the south east part of the park along the Ambika river. It is located at the Dang Forest Division on the way to the Waghai Botanical Garden. It offers visitors a unique and exciting opportunity to stay in the forest and make friends with it. After an evening campfire under the stars you can spend the night at the center. In the morning you can hire a guide (Rs. 50) to take you through the forest and tell you the names of trees and their uses, show you leopard tracks, how to recognize birds by their song, and other such secrets. There is a fantastic 3-story tree house made of bamboo which is perfect for early morning birdwatching. Entry to the center is free.
Padamdungari is a campsite located at about 30 km from Vyara town, and 8 km from Unai village. It is situated amongst the Sahyadri ranges, by the river Ambica. Treks, trails, winding up and down the hillocks, sunset activity, observation towers, relaxing woodlands, and medicinal groves are proposed attractions when you visit Padamdungari. The scenic site has deep, dense, multi-storied forests, genetic diversity, rocky, undulating, and enriched landscapes. The fauna consists of big cats, lesser canines, herbivores, birds, reptiles, aquatic animals.
The campsite consists of Tourist huts, a Reception cum interpretation centre, other Facilities / utilities, nature trails, good approach roads and capacity buildings for local people. A visit to nearby religious places like Chand-surya, Unai Hot Springs and Ghusmaai temples, Waghai botanical gardens, timber workshop, Vansda National Park and Shabri Dham is also possible. Activities like tubing, rafting, floating etc. on river Ambika can also be planned.
It is the famous Jain pilgrimage in the district of 23rd Lord(tirthankar) Of Jains - Parshvanath. Many pilgrims go there regularly for worshiping God.
It is situated in Billimora taluka of the district. It is a temple of Lord Mahadev and is the tallest (108 feet) Mahadev temple in south Gujarat.
A fire temple in Zoroastrianism is the place of worship for Zoroastrians. Although Zoroastrians revere fire in any form, the temple fire is not literally for the reverence of fire. In the Zoroastrian religion, fire, together with clean water, is an agent of ritual purity. There are numerous eternally burning Zoroastrian fires today, with the exception of the 'Fire of Warharan', none of them are more than 250 years old.
The hot springs, open to the public, are a great place to rejuvenate. Buses from Vansda village stop near the Unai Mata temple. Coming from Surat, Unai is on the way to Vansda.
Visit the wood workshop, in Waghai, where the forest department makes and sells furniture and fixtures from teak.
With trees reaching a height of 120 ft. the forests of Vansda are dense and varied. With the rain gods being generous (over 2,000 mm rainfall), parts of the Park have moist deciduous forest with kaatas bamboo. Dry deciduous forest occurring in other areas has 'manvel' bamboo and adds to the diversity of habitats. The variety of plants (over 450 species) keeps our eyes searching for more and leaves us content at the end of the day. Beautiful Orchids are a sight to behold thanks to their dainty and pretty flowers. Even a rotting log is decorated with ferns and mushrooms. The 'bracket fungus' on logs and tree trunks will definitely catch your attention. You may also come across a wild relative of the banana plant.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but in Vansda it's everywhere in different forms. Small creatures with their amazing diversity are the real treasures. Among these are over 60 species of butterflies and 121 species of spiders. The largest of the spiders of Gujarat - the Giant wood spider is common here. For the bird-watcher too there are 115 species of birds including those found only in the Western Ghats like the Great Black Woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Shama and Emerald Dove. Other noteworthy avian wonders include the Grey Hornbill, Racket-Tailed Drongo, Paradise Flycatcher, Leaf birds, Thrushes and Sunbirds. Although Vansda has lost the Tiger, Wild Dog, Otter, Sambar and Sloth bear; it still boasts a good diversity of mammals such as the Leopard, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Civets, Mongooses, Macaques, Barking Deer, Four-horned antelopes and the only herd of Spotted Deer in this part of the State.
2 km past Waghai, the nearest town, the garden and Bio-Diversity Conservation center have a wide range of native and exotic plant samples from which you can learn to identify plants, learn how they are used for food and medicine, and how much we depend on them. There is a nature education trail which leads you to and from Vansda Park. You might not find people to welcome and orient you, but there is plenty of written information about the plants posted around the center. The garden is open from 8am-6pm and entry is free.
- Gandhi Beach and Eating Sugar Cane, Dastur Meherji-Rana Library, Sanitorium, Agiaris, Umbharat - A picnic spot etc.