Dadra and Nagar haveli is one of the union territories of India. It lies near the west coast and consists of two separate parts. Dadra is surrounded by the state of Gujarat, and Nagar Haveli lies on the borders of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Dadra consists of 3 villages, and Nagar Haveli has the town of Silvassa and 68 villages. Covering an area of 491 sq.kms, covered with tall trees and winding rivers, it is the homeland of simple, shy yet cheerful & colourful tribals who have enriched it with their rich folkore and vibrant lifestyle. Most of the inhabitants are Adivasis. The Adivasis are divided into a number of tribal groups, including the Varlis, Dublas, Dhodias, and Koknans. Agriculture is the main occupation of the Adivasis, and they produce rice, pulses, and fruits. There is no large-scale industry. It is administered by the central Indian government. Forests cover some 40 percent of the area, the rest being devoted to the cultivation of rice and other cereals and to the grazing of livestock. Industrial development is limited.
Many hands have ruled this quiet magical land of 72 villages. And the memory of these rulers still lingers on, for a century and a half, the fiery Portuguese were the masters of the land. When the land was liberated from their rule, it was taken over by the locals until it merged with the Indian Union. As a land it is not very large, only 491 sq. Kms. is covered with forests and woods, a heaven for the simple, colourful tribal folks. But as a place, it will stay on the margins of your mind.
The union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH) is located in the western corner of India and is surrounded by the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra from both ends. It is a small union territory, confined to an area of only 491 sq. kms.The quite magical land has tall awesome trees, rivers, the green grass mingling with fields of darker green, and the distant hills the entire region is truly a visitor's paradise and it will stay etched on the one's mind forever The Daman Ganga River flows through the territory and makes its soil fertile. Both the towns of Dadra and Silvassa lie on the north bank of this river. The Western Ghats range rises to the east, and the foothills of the range occupy the eastern portion of the district.
The UT of DNH enjoys a pleasant climate from November to March. Even in summers, the temperature is not very high. Due to its proximity to the sea, the nights are pleasant and cool. DNH, referred to as “Cherrapunji” of the West India, receives an annual rainfall of 200-250 cm.