is a city and a municipality
in Vadodara district
in the Indian state
. Padra is located about 16 kilometers from Vadodara
Padra is located at . It has an average elevation of 79 metres
As of 2001
, Padra had a population of 35,922. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Padra has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 72%. In Padra, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The Indian pharmaceutical company Cadila Healthcare
has a plant to make active pharmaceutical ingredient
at Dabhasa within Padra taluka.
Rubamin Laboratories Limited is a research based manufacturer of Pharmaceuticals & Fine Chemicals, having a plant located at Dabhasa (Padra). It delivers value added intermediates to API manufacturers.
Metrochem Industries Limited a large scale manufacturer and exporter of dyestuff and dye intermediates also located at village Umraya.
Padra is also well known for vegetable farming. Padra's green and fresh vegetable reaches to Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and many other cities in India.
Padra is also well known for producing Toor or Tuvar Dal (a yellowish type of lentil which is a part of everyday Gujarati food).
Padra is very well known for manufacturing traditional Gold and Silver jewellery (mainly handcrafted).
Padra is also famous for cheap and good quality leather footwear.
Padra is also well known for producing Cotton & Tobacco
A road is currently being built from Vadodara to Jambusar
which will pass through Padra. Dabhasa is a very large village in Padra taluka. Many factories are situated near Dabhasa.
Padra is one of 182 constituencies in Gujarat's state legislature, the Gujarat Assembly. The seat was won in the 2002 elections by Poonam Parmar of the BJP
with 46% of the vote . Parmar lives in a Padra town called Latipura.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad
has built a boarding school in Padra.