Saputara is a popular hill station municipality and city located in the Dang District in the southern part of Gujarat. It is located in a plateau in the Dang forest area of the Sahyadri range, at an altitude of 1,000 m. This well-planned hill station lies around 170 km from Surat, 80 km from Nashik and 5 km from the border of Maharashtra.
The meaning of Saputara is Abode of Serpents and because of this there are several images of snakes present on shores of the River Sarpagana that flows through the town. The tribal folks here worship these images of snakes on special occasions like Holi.
Saputara is popular for the several gardens present here like Lake Garden, Step Garden and Rose Garden. One of the most popular gardens in Saputara is the Step Garden. The unique features of the Step Garden are the design and layout of the steps. Plants and flowerpots with wooden work around it support the steps. There are facilities for visitors to stay here in the numerous Forest Huts.
One of the popular attractions here is the Saputara Lake that abode several boat clubs, offering facilities for boating. Other than sailing, the Sunset Point in the Lake offers a clear view of the Saputara region. Just 52 km from Saputara is the Gira waterfalls, which is a popular tourist destination.
Some of the popular places here include Nageshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The museum of Saputara is ideal for gathering knowledge on the Dang tribe. One of the popular events celebrated here is the Dangs Darbar, which is a tribal festival celebrated before Holi.
Once a private forest of the Maharaja of Vansda, the Vansda National Park covers an area of 24 square km. The national park consists of animals like tigers, leopards, python, four horned antelope, pangolin, rusty spotted cats and even giant squirrels.
Located in the regions of Mahal, 60 km to the north of Dangs, is the Purna Sanctuary. It covers a total land area of 160 square km and consists of wide varieties of wild animals. This wildlife sanctuary belongs to the region of dense forest covers, located in the regions of the Western Ghats.
The climatic conditions of Saputara are uniform all round the year and during the summers the average temperature is 28o Celsius. The best time to visit this destination is between the months of March and November.