On entering Valsad, you are greeted with gentle wafts of the warm and balmy sea breeze carrying the soft aroma of its fruit orchards. Moving ahead, a lively small town, with winding narrow alleys, flanked by busy street markets, materializes in front of you
Yet, the real treasure of Valsad is the genial population, belonging to diverse ethnic backgrounds, who reside here in pleasant harmony. Situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea, it is among the major trade hubs of Gujarat on account of its large production of chickoo and the famous Alphonso mango. Formerly named Bulsar, the city’s name eventually transformed into Valsad, but is occasionally referred to as Bulsar by locals.A sleepy small town at first glance, Valsad has much to offer beneath its mellow façade. The city’s Tithal Beach is a popular attraction among tourists as well as locals. Yet, unlike a typical commercial beach, it allows you to enjoy the sea at leisure, in a serene environment. You can lounge in the soft black sand or enjoy a quick swim in the seawater. The beach is worth visiting for its spectacular view of the sunset.Valsad also houses a number of religious sites and places of worship. Located next to the Tithal beach, the Sai Baba Temple is a popular shrine dedicated to saint Sai Baba, visited by devotees belonging to many different religions. The Swaminarayan Temple, Shanti Dham Jain Temple, and Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple are other important religious sites.Visiting the many mango and chickoo orchards around the city is a worthwhile experience. You can also buy the best quality fruits, including the Alphonso and Kesar mangoes, at wholesale rates from the local markets. Teak woodcrafts, cotton fabrics and traditional Bandhani sarees can also be bought here.City buses have a well-connected network throughout the city and provide an affordable way of traveling in Valsad. Auto-rickshaws are a convenient way of getting around the city. You can hire a taxi from the local taxi stands or book cabs online. Tourists can book private cars for sightseeing from various car rentals in the city.Summers in Valsad are hot and humid, and are not ideal for traveling to the city.While shopping at the local markets, be sure to bargain the prices well as the initial rates cited tend to be high.
Valsad is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Surat at a distance of 59kms.
Airports: Surat Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Valsad from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Valsad