Until the end of the 19th century, Silvassa was only a small village. The growing importance of Silvassa started in 1885, when the Portuguese Administration decided to transfer the seat of Nagar Haveli to the city, which until then had been in Darará. By decree of 11 February 1885, Silvassa was created as a town, with the name of Vila de Paço d'Arcos. However, the original name prevailed and the town continued to be mainly known as Silvassa and referred to as such in official documents.
As of 2001 India census, Silvassa had a population of 21,890. According to the 2011 India census, Silvassa had a population of 98,265
Warli is the language spoken by the Warli people. It is a dialect of Konkani, just as Agri which is also spoken. A former Portuguese enclave, Silvassa has a significant Roman Catholic population that speaks a distinct dialect of Portuguese. Gujarati and Marathi languages are widely spoken.
The 1991 Bollywood movie Phool aur Kaante was shot in Silvassa.
Far from being a tribal region, it has now developed into an industrial hub with major industrial companies setting up manufacturing bases in the region. Its initial tax-free status granted by the Indian government to boost industrial investment in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has contributed to the region's industrial growth.
With groups like Apar Industries Limited, Ramco Industries Ltd..(R.I.L), Sterlite, Hindalco now closed, Hind Aluminium, T&D, Associated Group, Tufropes Group Indians largest plastic and polymer ropes manufacturer Tufropes Pvt. Limited, Insulation material manufacturer Rockwool India Private Limited (a subsidiary of Alghanim Industries, Kuwait), Concast, Polysil Pipes, Polysil Irrigation Systems, Silvassa Plastics, Daman Plastics, Kkapana Industries, Advance Detchem Ltd, Gulf Oil, Tidewater Petroleum, Castrol, Reliance Industries, Blue Star, Siyaram Silk Mills limited, Global Wind Power (Reliance ADAG), Hindustan Unilever, Sterling Generators Pvt Ltd an associate company of Shapoorji & Pallonji Group, Dabur and host of other players in the textile industry like Alok Industries, VRIL, Shri Khatu shyam Alloys Pvt. Ltd. and many other FMCG, Gensets, electronics, heavy engineering goods, Chemical, insecticides, Paints, to name a few, the landscape of Silvassa and surrounding region has altered dramatically. It is one of the largest states in collection of excise duty from more than 3,500 small and medium industries. Silvassa is a big hub for plastic products and its products are found throughout India thanks to their good quality and low cost. Apart from all this Silvassa is also known for various FMCG distributors like Gajra Distribution(Oldest grocers in the town) having reach throughout the country.
Silvassa hosts more than 200,000 floating population, coming from all parts of the country, mostly the labourers hail from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar & Odisa. Other floating community being from the state of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
Silvassa has a well-maintained road network. The nearest railway stations are in Vapi around 18 kilometres (11 mi) away and Bhilad, around 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away . Daman is 30 km away via Bhilad on National Highway number 8. Mumbai is 180 km away from Silvassa, via Bhilad, on National Highway number 8 Surat is 145 km away from Silvassa, vis Bhilad, on National Highway number 8. Rickshaw services ply between Vapi and Silvassa at a regular interval and easily available from Vapi (E) railway station. Gujarat Road Transport Buses ply between Silvassa & Vapi at a regular interval.
Hospitals in Silvassa include:V.B.C.H (Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospital, Multi-Speciality Hospital), Silvassa
Shraddha Clinic (Tokarkhada), Silvassa
Vardhaman Hospital, Silvassa
Prayosha Hospital, Silvassa
Sainath Hospital, Silvassa
Saraswati Hospital, Rakholi, Silvassa
Yogi Hospital, Silvassa
Sai Krishna Hospital, Silvassa
Chaitanya Hospital, Silvassa
Jalaram Hospital, Silvassa
Sai Marigold Children Hospital, Silvassa
Om Hospital, Silvassa
Gaurang Leg Replacement Hospital, Silvassa
Eye Hospital, Silvassa
Shiv dental clinic
Pulse Hospital(Near Kilwani Naka-Horizon Tower)
Bargah-e-hussain : Imam Hussain Shrine. Located at Bavisa Faliya.
BAPS Swami Narayan Temple :Beautiful Swami Narayan Temple Located on bank of Damanganga river, at village- Athal
Roman Catholic Church: located near to bus stand built on Portuguese style.
Silvassa Museum: a small museum which explains the history and the people of Silvassa
Shree Jagannath Temple, by Jagannath Mandir Seva Samity and maintained by all Oriya people of Silvassa
Madhuban Dam: A dam with boating facility, built across River Daman Ganga.
Vanganga Garden(Dadra Park): A scenic beauty with boating facility, 5 km from Silvassa.
Dudhani: A vast lake with a water sports complex. Located 35 km from Silvassa.
Vrindaban: A temple dedicated to lord Krishna and Shiva, en route Dudhani.
Balaji temple located in Amli dedicated to Lord Balaji, Shiva, Maha Ganapathy, Karthikeyan, Padmavathi, Saraswathi, Hanumanji, and Navagraha.
Van Ganga Lake: An exotic destination for nature lovers who relish boating in lakes. The place is particularly famous as the site for several movie shoots.
Nakshatra Van: Garden on bank of Daman Ganga River.
Piparia garden, a beautiful garden located right in Silvassa.
OM Temple: The temple is in "Om shape" and located on the bank of the River Damanganga in Kudacha village.(1.5 km from Silvassa). It stands on 412 pillars and has been constructed without any usage of iron bars. Coordinates: 20°13'1"N 73°0'6"E http://wikimapia.org/2834518
AYYAPPA TEMPLE KERALA STYLE AT SILVASSA
- Diamond Computers Silvassa
- Adarsh vidhyalaya masat road samarvani silvassa
- Alok Public School, Rakholi
- BAPS Swaminarayan Vidyamandir
- Dadra's Little Star Academy
- Father Agnelo English High School
- Govt. Higher Secondary School, Tokarkhada
- Kendriya Vidyalaya Silvassa
- Lions English School
- Podar Jumbo Kids, Silvassa
- Prabhat Scholars Academy
- Shiv Prakash Memorial School
- St. Xaviers Primary School
- St. George English School, Silvassa
Walsingham House school
- Shri Vinoba Bhave College Of Nursing
- BAPS Institute of Information Technology
- Dr. APJ ABDUL KALAM GOVT. COLLEGE. (SILVASSA COLLEGE). College of Arts, Commerce & Science
- Institute of hotel management and catering technology
- SSR College of Art, Commerce And Science.
- SSR College of Education
- SSR College of Pharmacy
- SSR Institute of Research and Management
- Silvassa Polytechnic college of Engineering