is a census town
in Saiha district
in the Indian
. It is the Headquarters of the Mara Autonomous District Council
, one of the three autonomous district councils within Mizoram. It is located in the South Central part of the state. The word 'Siaha' in the local Mara language
is 'Sia' for Masia which means elephant and 'ha' meaning tooth - An elephant tooth. It was a place where a large amount of elephant teeth were found. Though the local people name the town as Siaha, majority Mizos
called it by the name 'Saiha', which is purely a translated term in Lushai
Saiha is a commercial hub for Mara people and even neighbouring Myanmarese.
Saiha is located at . It has an average elevation of 729 metres
As of 2001
, Saiha had a population of 19,731. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Saiha has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 77%. In Saiha, 16% of the population is under 6 years of age.