At a distance of 1 km from Saputara Bus Station, Saputara Tribal Museum is a small museum located on Surat – Nasik Road in Saputara. It is one of the important tribal museums in Gujarat and among the best Saputara Tourist Places.
Also known as Saputara Museum, the museum is a place of great cultural and historical significance. Established in 1970, this museum was built in order to portray the life history and the methods used by the Dang tribe in particular, but it also represents the culture of Bhils, Kunbis, Gamits, and Warlis amongst other tribal communities of the region. This unique museum has gained importance due to the large number of interesting artefacts and handicrafts put on display here. The collection of the museum depicts the everyday life of the tribal communities of the region.
There are nearly 420 artefacts exhibits in the possession of the museum. Amongst the various things put on display here are traditional costumes, jewellery, heritage items, stone funerary columns, grass ornaments, stuffed birds, woodcarving, clay ritual objects, body tattoos, masks used in dance-dramas and musical instruments. It also displays paintings and wall hangings made by different tribes along with a proper description of the same. Workshops and other exhibitions are also held in the museum every year.
How to get there
By Road: The town of Waghai is 51 km away. Ahmedabad: 409 km. Surat: 164 km. Mumbai: 250 km. Vadodara: 309 km. There are State Transport buses and private luxury coaches from Waghai and Ahmedabad. If you are coming by a private car, than National Highway might be quicker, but the state highway will offers a stunningly scenic drive.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Waghai, on the Billimora-Waghai narrow gauge section of the Western Railway. For those coming from Gujarat via Surat or Ahmedabad or even from Mumbai, Billimora is the more convenient rail head, and a direct bus service is available from there.
By Air: The nearest airport is Vadodara, 309 km away.