Bilimora is a city situated on the banks of the river Ambika, in Gandevi taluka and Navsari district of Gujarat state in India. The city comes under the purview of the Surat Metropolitan Region. The city is roughly 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of the city of Surat and is the southernmost point of the Surat Metropolitan Region and the Metropolis of Surat. It is also one the larger cities in the area. It is linked to Surat by SH 6 and SH 88.[clarification needed]
In the late 18th century, the Baroda State established a naval station at Bilimora, a port about 40 miles (64 km) south of Surat, known as Bunder Bilimora Suba Armor. A fleet of 50 vessels was stationed here, mostly sailboats, cargo vessels for trading and military vessels to secure the sea from the Portuguese, the Dutch and the French.
Area: 3.475 mi²
Population: 57,583 (2001)
Area code: 02634
Telephone code 02634
Vehicle registration GJ 21
Neighborhoods: Ashokwadi, Shree Ramnagar Society.
Bilimora is located at 20.75°N 72.95°E. It has an average elevation of 4 metres (13 ft). Bilimora is second largest city in Navsari district after Navsari city. The city is supposed to have been surrounded by three rivers: Ambica from the north, Kaveri River from south, and Karera River passes close by.
People and Culture
Most of the population is of Gujarati people, Marathi people and other South Indian states.
There were also lot of Parsi in the town; now the Parsi population is not much significant however still there is street ‘Agiyari Mahollo’ inhabited by Parsi.
Although Bilimora is in the state of Gujarat on political map it has lot of cultural influence of Mumbai which is around 220 km. it takes 3 hours by train and 4 hours by road to reach Mumbai from Bilimora.
Bilimora is well connected through rail, road,& sea. It takes 3 hours maximum by train & 3 to 4 hours by road from Mumbai. The closest domestic airport is at Surat and the nearest international airport is at Mumbai.
Bilimora is the only rail junction in the Mumbai division line of the Western Railway (India), from which a narrow gauge line separates from the broad line to arrive at Waghai in the Dang District. It is said to be that this narrow gauge line is to be converted into broad gauge and will be extended up to Manmad. Bilimora will be well connected through Maharashtra; the survey has been done and the project is to be evaluated for estimate. The town of Chikhli is about 10 km to the east, which is on National Highway 8.
It is directly connected to Saputara – a hill station in Gujarat – by bus. The buses come from Bilimora and also from Surat to Nasik or Pune via Bilimora – Saputara.
The town is about 25 km north of the city of Valsad and about 25 km south of the district headquarters Navsari.
Banks and ATM
Bilimora city have all major banks like State Bank Of India , Federal Bank, Dena Bank, Union Bank of India, Bank Of Baroda,ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank.There is also one People Bank in Bilimora Name as Gandevi Peoples Bank.All major banks ATM’s are available in Bilimora City.
Bilimora is a small city with lot of temples, viz. Somnath Mahadev Mandir, Shri Jalaram Mandir, Shri Gayatri Mandir, Shri Dwarkadhish Mandir, Swaminarayan Mandir, Ganga Mata Temple,Shri Ramji Mandir (at Talodh) and Sikh Gurudwara on Gandevi Road.The new inclusion is Sai mandir on Somnath Road.
Saputara and Dang District Tourism: Saputara the only hill station in Gujarat is around 110 km from Bilimora. One can visit Waghai, Saputara, Gira Falls in Dang District, India in one day road trip from Bilimora.
Unai Hot Springs is another popular place. Local folks believe in Legend of Sri Ram which is linked with Hot Springs. Unai is about 40 km from Bilimora. The nearest railway station is Waghai. The narrow gauge rail link connecting Ahwa to Billimora runs through the park.
Bilimora used to be a called the Manchester of Gujarat. Although it is now largely a residential area, it was very popular for business. There used to be 37 working companies. LMP was inaugurated by the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Other famous factories like Gujarat Chemical, Gaikwad Mill, Woodpolymer (said to be the biggest garage for vintage cars in Asia) and also Vania Mill and the Paper Mill were in Bilimora, which were amongst the top 10 companies not only in Gujarat state but also in India. Many scenes of film Mother India was shot here in Vaghrech in Bilimora. Maheboob Khan, the director-producer of the social epic Mother India was born in Bilimora.
Bilimora has cellular towers and land lines for communication. DSL and cable broadband is available from local and regional providers.
Bilimora Kelavni Mandal includes:
A V PATEL Commerce College. (B.Com)
V S PATEL Arts & Science College. (B.A., B.Sc.and M.Sc.)
These colleges are built on 25 acres of land donated by late Mr. Noshir Manchershah Bilimoria (Mengusi) as per the wishes of his late father Mr. Manchershah Burjorji Bilimoria (Mengusi) who had in his lifetime built and donated the Mengusi Sarvanajik Hospital.
LMP Reva Experimental High School
MCZ Shah Higher Secondary School
St. Joseph E.T.. High School
J. J. Mehta Sarvajanik High School
New Atrik Hospital,Navjivan Colony
Arpan Hospital,Nursery Road
Snehal Hospital, Navjivan Colony
panchal orthopedic hospital,Tower Rd, Maruti Nagar Society
Littlestar Children Hospital,Sankalp Society
Vidya Nursing Home,Maruti Nagar Society
Adarsh Hospital, Somnath road
Gupta hospital, Near Railway Station
Government Approved Computer Institute
UniSTAR Education ( NIELIT Accredited CHM ‘O’ Level Institute )