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.
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.
Location in Gujarat, India
|• Total||9 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|• Density||6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
|• Official||Gujarati, Hindi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||GJ 21|
Bilimora is located at  It has an average elevation of 4 metres (13 ft). Bilimora is the second largest city in the Navsari district after Navsari city. The city is supposed to have been surrounded by three rivers: Ambica from the north, Kaveri River from the south, and Karera River passes close by..
Most of the population is of Gujaraties, Marathies and other North Indian states particularly that of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Also, a large number of the Sikh community which were stationed there as part of a refugee camp during partition remain in Bilimora. Although Bilimora is situated in the state of Gujarat, it has a lot of cultural influence from Mumbai which is around 220 km away. It takes 3 hours by train and 4 hours by road to reach Mumbai from Bilimora.
Bilimora is well connected through rail, road and sea. It takes 3 hours maximum by train and 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.
Bilimora has all major banks, including: State Bank Of India , Federal Bank, Dena Bank, Union Bank of India, Bank Of Baroda, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank and the Indian Overseas Bank. There is also one People Bank in Bilimora's name as Gandevi People's Bank. ATM's from these major banks are available in Bilimora.
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 a Sikh Gurudwara on Gandevi Road. The new inclusion is Sai mandir on Somnath Road.
Bilimora has 6 masjids. Markaz masjid in Gohar Baugh, the centre of Tablighi jamaat near Bilimora railway station, Minara masjid in the west of Bilimora near the railway station, Madina masjid located in Desra, Mohammadia masjid in Waghrech, Jama masjid in the old city and Gausia masjid near the cemetery.
Saputara and Dang District Tourism: Saputara, the only hill station in Gujarat, is around 110 km away from Bilimora. One can visit Waghai, Saputara, Gira Falls in Dang District, India via a one day road trip from Bilimora.
Unai Hot Springs is another popular place. Many local people believe in the Legend of Sri Ram which is linked to the hot springs. Unai is about 40 km from Bilimora. The nearest railway station is Waghai. The narrow gauge rail link connecting Ahwa to Bilimora runs through the park.
Other Temples near Bilimora:
Hashim Amla (b 1983) - Cricketer, South Africa
Bilimora used to be 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 the Gujarat state but also in India. Many scenes of the film Mother India were 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:
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.