Located on the western side of the foothills of western ghats encompassing an area of 491 square km, the Union Territory (UT) of Dadra & Nagar Haveli is the land of colourful tribals. Just 12 km north west of Daman, a small part of Gujarat (Vapi) separates the two. It has seen many rulers, ranging from the mighty Marathas to the fiery Portuguese. It was liberated in 1954 from Portuguese rule. Dadra actually is much smaller with only two villages apart from Dadra itselt. Nagar Haveli consists of 69 villages of which Silvassa, the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is one. Dadra is separated from the villages of Nagar Haveli by 3 km of Gujarat territory. The entire union territory is rural in its complexion with tribals (adivasi) constituting more than 75 percent of the population, and the main tribes are Dhodia, Kokna and Varli. The reserved forests comprise 40 percent of the UT providing a habitat for all kind of flora and fauna.
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