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Dadra and Nagar Haveli lies between two states Maharashtra and Gujarat. Daman Ganga river flow from its south and it is one of the Union Territories of India. Silvassa is its capital and other major city is Dadra. Western Ghats covers its most of the western part and some of the eastern parts. The other nearby cities are Daman, Naroli and Tighra. Dadra and Nagar Haveli main economy is industries as taxes are very low here and no excise duty is charged. More and more industries are being set up here. Agriculture is other major occupation as its main population is in rural area and tribal area.

Established: 1961-08-11
Capital: Silvassa
Largest city: NA
Districts: 1
Parliamentary constituency: 1
Region Total: 487 km2 (188 sq mi)
Region rank: NA
Population 2011: 342,853 (5th)
Population Density:
 704 /km2 (1,823 /sq mi)
Time zone:
 IST (UTC+05:30)
ISO 3166 code: IN-DN
HDI: 0.618 (medium)
Official Website: http://dnh.nic.in/
Official languages: Gujarati, Marathi

Overview and Preface:

History Behind the Name:

Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a group of 72 villages found between the cities of Mumbai, Surat and Vapi. Dadra and Nagar Haveli was ruled and administered by the Portuguese Governor of Daman from 1779 to 1954. It was merged to India after Independence and made a Union Territory of 1961. Silvassa is the capital city of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Silvassa is obtained from the Portuguese word “silva” which means wood.


Dadra and Nagar Haveli has a total population of 3,42,853 according to the 2011 census. This land consists of more than 1 lakh people. Almost 60% of the population is tribals. The main tribal groups are:

  • Varli
  • Kokana
  • Dhodia
  • Dublas

The Dhodias and the Dublas are mainly reconciled of northern parts of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and the Varlies and Kokanas are found all over the union territory.


The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is situated at the western side foot hills of the Western Ghats. Dadra and Nagar Haveli lies between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. This union territory covers a total area of approximately 700 sq. km. About 40% of its geographical area is covered by forests and looks like a land of woods. Lovely green forests with tall trees, huge waterfalls, swinging rivers, hills and streams along with nature’s fantastic flora and fauna decorate the surface of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Weather in order:

Pleasant climate prevails over Dadra and Nagar Haveli during the months from November to March. The summers are not very hot and as this union territory is close to the sea, the nights are very cool. The winters are very pleasant and there is considerable amount of rainfall of this region. The climate of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is very ideal and suitable for tourists who wish to have a extensive vacation.

History of Dadra and Nagar Haveli:

During the Maratha rule of 1783, Nagar Haveli was given to the Portuguese for the sinking of its ship by the Marathas. of 1785, the Portuguese purchased Dadra and was administered by the Governor of Daman. Dadra and Nagar Haveli was under the Portuguese domination for more than 150 years Even after Independence Dadra and Nagar Haveli was liberated from Portuguese rule by the pro-India administration only of 1954. of August 1961 the territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli was made a centrally administered union territory.


The population of Dadra and Nagar Haveli grows at a rapid rate. The languages spoken by the tribals are Bhili, Gujarati, Marathi and Hindi.

Economical in order:

Agriculture is the main occupation for the confined people of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Food crops like paddy, wheat, pulses, ragi and cash crops like sugarcane are cultivated. Fruits like mango, chiku, litchi, and apple are also produced. Dadra and Nagar Haveli only possess some medium and small scale industries. They produce chemical engineering goods, automobile parts, cotton, silk and nylon fabrics, wrist watches and confectionaries.


The civilization of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has remained unchanged from the Maratha rule to the Portuguese rule and from its Independence until now. They willingly participate of their native dances like Tarpa Nach and Bhavada. Tarpa is a cultural dance of which the Kokna people dance to the tune of an instrument made from dried gourd, called Pavri or Tarpa.


The cuisine of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is exclusive of that the confined tribals use a wide variety of vegetables, pulses, mushrooms and bamboo shoots. The food tastes a mixture of sweet and salt. Rice, raagi and corn are used for making the main dish roti. The leaves and fruits of wild shrubs and herbs are used to make chutneys. Ubadiyu a special dish made of mixed vegetables, beans and herbs cooked of a mud pot, is enjoyed by the confineds with turmeric-flavoured buttermilk. The non-vegetarian delicacies include crabs, a variety of fish from the rivers and chicken.


The regular carnivals celebrated by the Hindus, Muslims and Christians are also celebrated of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The other tribal carnivals include:

  • Barash which is an significant festival celebrated by the Varli and Kokna tribal people.
  • Akhatrij a festival celebrated only by the women belonging to the Kokna tribe.
  • Divaso celebrated by the people of Dhodia and Varli.
  • Rakhi-Bandhan which is a festival celebrated by another set of Dhodias.


The leading population of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are Hindus and the rest are Christians and Muslims.

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Male Population : 121666
Female Population : 98824
Total Population : 220490
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State Name: Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Country: India
Country ISO code: IN
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