Famous as the world’s tallest statue and overlooking the holy Narmada River, the Statue of Unity is the pride of India. Located in the Kevadiya district and dedicated to the great iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, this iconic statue stands tall and strong at the height of 597 feet. People from across the world make their way to Gujarat to witness this piece of engineering marvel. During a trip to the Statue of unity, one can also include a visit to some nearby tourist attractions as well. Here are the 17 places to visit near Statue of Unity:
List of the 17 Places to Visit near Statue of Unity
- Sardar Sarovar Dam
- Zarwani Waterfalls
- Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Swayambhu Shoolpaneshwar Temple
- Valley Of Flowers
- Vadgam Lake
- Tungai Hills
- Arogya Van
- Sardar Patel Zoological Park
- Panchmuli Lake
- Laxmi Vilas Palace
- Aurobindo Ashram
- Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
- Rajpipla Fort
- Khalwani Eco Tourism
- Geodesic Aviary Domes
- Sayaji Garden
1. Sardar Sarovar Dam
Built over the holy Narmada River the Sardar Sarovar project is one of the largest water resource projects of India. It is so large that it spreads out over the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. With a spillway capacity of over 31 lakh cusecs, this dam is the 3rd highest concrete in India. The dam was constructed with the intention of providing water and electricity to the neighbouring states of Gujarat. Located across the massive statue of unity, the Sardar Sarovar Dam is also an ode to one of the greatest ministers of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel since the dam construction was his vision and mission in life. Located just close to the statue of unity one can easily plan a visit there and check out the statue from a different perspective as well.
2. Zarwani Waterfalls
Located just about 28 kms of road journey away from the grand statue of unity, Zarwani Waterfalls is the perfect destination to relax, frolic in the water and spend some quality time with the family. The cascading waterfall can be reached by covering an exciting, green, and an enticingly scenic road route that is blessed with lush trees and greenery. It also entails a brief walk of about 800 metres from the parking spot and some simple river crossing. This is the best way of spending your holiday with your family and loved ones since it involves spending time amidst nature and indulging in adventure activities. Other than spending time at the waterfall people can also indulge in some interesting and fun adventure sports activities like zip lining and camping while also enjoying some simple food options.
3. Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering an area of over 607 sq. km. over the western Satpura range along the southern Narmada River this wildlife sanctuary was established in 1982. The wildlife sanctuary is the perfect representation of various combinations of rich ecological constituents. It is composed of mixed teak, riverine forests, and deciduous dry jungles that is made home to various species of wild animals such as leopards, sloth bears, pangolins, barking deer and a massive range of birds and reptiles. The wildlife sanctuary is spread across a large area where the boundaries are shared with the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The relief features of the wildlife sanctuary is dominated by Rajpipla Hills that is famous for its deep gorges, gentle streams, tall canopies, etc. this is the perfect destination to visit with your family and kids especially during the monsoon months when the lush greenery of the surroundings increases tenfold. There are several forest guest houses where people can plan to stay here and go on exciting jeep safari tours.
4. Swayambhu Shoolpaneshwar Temple
The Swayambhu Shoolpaneshwar Temple is situated in the district of Kevadia in Gujarat at a distance of just 15 to 20 minutes from the statue of unity. The temple is extremely serene with very limited visitors making the whole experience extremely wholesome and peaceful. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its incredible architecture styles, immaculate carvings and intricately designed engravings. The complex is also home to a beautiful garden that amps up its overall presentation. Initially, the actual temple was built on the other side of the Narmada River however due to the rising water levels it was shifted to its current location prior to the beginning of the construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam. If you are going for a trip to Gujarat and looking to have a trip where spirituality and adventure meets peace and calm, then a visit to the Swayambhu Shoolpaneshwar Temple will be the best choice for you.
5. Valley Of Flowers
Not to be confused with the UNESCO world heritage site of valley of flowers in Uttarakhand, this valley of flowers of Gujarat is also referred to as the Bharat Van. Spread across a region of 24 acres, the valley offers a stunning view of the statue of unity amidst the 48,000 different types of plants. Located just a couple of minutes away from the statue of unity complex, the valley of flowers is the best place to relax for some time in peace amongst lush surroundings. For the entertainment of the visitors, the park offers designated spots for taking selfies and photo booths. The region looks incredibly colourful due to the variety of flowers present here. The garden remains lit with colourful flowers due to the presence of 300 different types of flowers that include ornamental flowers, shrubs, herbs, climbers and so many more. To capture the valley of flowers in its full glory, then make sure to visit this place during the flower shows in winter.
6. Vadgam Lake
Vadgam Lake has to be one of the most picture-perfect picnic spots in Gujarat and near the statue of unity. The lake looks like its straight out of a fairytale book where its is surrounded by impeccable green, gently rolling hills. This large lake is tucked in between Narmada Dam and the main canal head regulator. A 45-meter-high jet fountain is also available at the lake along with Baharfalia Lake, Panchmuli Lake and Khalvani Lake. There is a boating facility available on the lake in order to explore the lake in a better and a more close manner. The river viewpoint near the lake offers stunningly beautiful and rather enchanting views of the Narmada River. People can also check out the incredible collection of flora and fauna that dots the region around the lake. In order to make the lake even more welcoming for the tourists and visitors the government has also created a pretty little garden near it.
7. Tungai Hills
Tungai hills is one of the most well-kept secrets near the statue of unity. If you happen to visit the statue early and are wondering what to do next, then a visit to the Tungai Mata Hill is a great idea. The perfect destination to go with your family and kids, a visit here will definitely be a rejuvenating experience. Located also very close to the scenic cascading waterfall of Zarwani, a little brief hike of 3.5 km to the Tungai Hills kicks off. The entire hiking route is extremely easy and doable that can easily be done by kids as well. From the starting point at the Bhanga Faliyu, it is recommended for you to get a local person to guide you through the entire hike that is still lesser known.
8. Arogya Van
The term Arogya means ‘overall well-being’ or ‘the health and balance between the mind, body and spirit’. The Arogya Van near the statue of unity aims at highlighting the importance and value of an Ayurvedic and a Sattvic Way of life. Developed as a part of the statue of unity and spread out over an area of 17 acres the van exhibits an immaculately massive range of medicinal plants and herbs. The primary aim of the construction of this herbal focussed garden is to raise awareness regarding the importance of plants and herbs in the wellness procedure for human beings. The overall emphasis is laid on yoga activities, meditation and Ayurveda. From the entry gate of the van, it displays all 12 human-size postures of a Surya Namaskar. The key highlights in this van is the Aushadh Manav which is a giant 3-dimensional layout of a human body in a resting posture. Each human body part or organ present in the human body garden contains medicinal plants and herbs to represent the therapeutic treatment it offers to that particular part of the body.
9. Sardar Patel Zoological Park
When it comes to exploring the vicinity of the statue of unity, there are a lot of options for you to choose from. Located very close to the statue, Sardar Patel Zoo is a must-visit especially while travelling with kids. Also known as the jungle safari park, the zoo is home to over 170 different species of animals that have been brought in from all over Asia, America, Africa and Australia. The unique factor about the Sardar Patel Zoo, that separates it from the other zoos in India is the fact that it is made using an open design style of plan and it attempts at recreating the feel of a wildlife safari ride. The animals can be seen relaxing and adapting to their natural surroundings. To take a more comfortable look into the zoo, there are golf carts available with drivers that are responsible for you around. The zoo park is home to over 5 lakh varieties of plants that are spread out over 5 different levels. One can spot animals such as Royal Bengal Tiger, Giraffe, Rhinoceros, Deer, and Antelopes etc.
10. Panchmuli Lake
Situated very close to the 182-metre tall statue of unity, the Panchmuli Lake in Kevadia district is another one of the major tourist attractions near the tallest statue in the world. The lake is a part of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and is often referred to as the dyke 3. It was developed as an additional feature for the tourists to go on relaxing yet fun-filled boat rides. It is one of the most adored features of a visit to the statue of unity. Located just about 5 km away from the main statue complex, the boat ride in this lake is blessed on all sides with stunning views of the Vindhyachal Mountain ranges on one end and the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the other end. Initially, the lake was filled with many crocodiles that were recently relocated in order to make boat rides in the lake even more fun-filled and memorable.
11. Laxmi Vilas Palace
Situated at a distance of just a little less than 2 hours, is the iconic heritage Laxmi Vilas Palace. Situated in Vadodara, and constructed by the affluent royal affluent Gaekwad Family, Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most incredible works of engineering marvel. Famous all over the world as the largest private buildings and over 4 times the size of Buckingham Palace, the Laxmi Vilas Palace compound spreads out over an area of 500 acres. During the time of its construction in 1890, the Laxmi Vilas Palace boasted state-of-the-art interiors and modern amenities such as elevators. Other than the main palace building the compound also houses a convention centre, Banquet Halls, Moti Bagh Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building. Currently other than the private accommodation, a part of the palace is also used as a hotel complex where people can stay.
12. Aurobindo Ashram
The Aurobindo Ashram in Baroda is a spiritual centre located 2 hours away from the statue of unity. Also known as Auro Niwas, the ashram used to serve as a dwelling for Aurobindo Ghosh during his stay in Baroda during the years of 1894 to 1906. Situated in the Dandia Bazar of Vadodara, the ashram was the first ever one to gain incredible popularity and respect in the southern part of the region. The ashram building contains over 23 different rooms along with a library, a sales emporium and a study room. One can learn a lot about Aurobindo and his teachings and learnings in life through several rare books dedicated to him along with a variety of other relics. The ashram is open to anyone who wishes to start their meditation journey or wish to expand their knowledge of spirituality and meditation. Nestled amidst beautiful and serene gardens on all sides the main building of the ashram is built aesthetically by keeping alive the charm of the colonial buildings.
13. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
When you’re planning a trip to the statue of unity it is a great option for you to plan an excursion to the Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park. Situated close to 3 hours away from the statue of unity, this one-of-a-kind archaeological park is a UNESCO world heritage site that is located in the district of Panchmahal, Vadodara. The park is a major part of Gujarat history and various mythological accounts that has shaped the present state of Gujarat into being. The entire park complex is dotted with various splendid architectural structures and monuments representing a blend of Hindu and Islamic style of architecture. Did you know that the Pavagadh Part of the complex is believed to be a chunk of Himalayas that was carried by lord hanuman to Lanka in the Hindu epic of Ramayan. The entire Champaner and Pavagadh Archeological Park is immaculately well preserved that tell us a detailed story about the Gujarati sultanate.
14. Rajpipla Fort
The old Rajpipla Fort is one of the lesser-known yet an iconic heritage fort located atop the Devastra Hills. Literally, the name of these hills translate to the abode of the gods, this fort is located just a couple of minutes of road journey away from the statue of unity. Decorating the western satpuras region, this fort is definitely a reminder of the rich historical past that the state of Gujarat has preserved very well over the consecutive years. This fort is wrapped in an exquisite history and set amidst the stunning backdrop of the scenic landscape, the Rajpipla Fort is an exciting and a deeply historically rich experience. The enchanting landscape around the fort is often described as the Switzerland of the east owing to the rolling green hills and lush surroundings.
15. Khalwani Eco Tourism
Located very close to the dyke 4 near the statue of unity all along the bank of a perennial stream fed by the waters of the Godbole Gate. The entire area is surrounded by scenic hillocks covered in deciduous trees and forest cover. The Khalwani Eco Tourism is developed with the intention of promoting eco-friendly tourist activities around the world’s tallest statue. One can clearly witness the amazing natural beauty of Gujarat where people can witness different shades of green on the undulating and gently rolling hills, chirping birds and other such interesting factors. There are several activities for tourists to indulge in such as cycling, bird watching, and breakfast with the butterflies, jungle and tree walks, forest bathing and more.
16. Geodesic Aviary Domes
Located just 2.5 km away from the statue of unity complex, this place is truly a wonder for every tourist and avid bird watchers. It is a treat for the sore eyes as there are several colourful birds here that work perfectly in uplifting the mood of every visitor. Home to over 1,000 local as well as international birds, this geodesic aviary is also known for being one of the largest geodesic aviary domes that is home to a variety of birds like macaw, cockatoo, black swan, grey parrot and many more. From exotic birds to local ones, a visit to this place will definitely not disappoint and will in fact prove to be an interesting addition to your statue of unity touring plans. It is a great place to go with your family, loved ones and especially kids where they will not only have memorable times but will also get to learn more about the various species of birds that exist in the world.
17. Sayaji Garden
The Sayaji Garden or the Sayaji Baug or Kamati Baug is a huge green space in the middle of Vadodara town, acting as its lungs. Situated an hour and a half away from the incredible statue of unity, the garden complex houses a picture gallery, Museums along with containing elements that will definitely pique every kid’s interest such as a zoo, aquarium, planetarium, a toy train ride, flower beds, etc. the art collection displayed here was gathered by the late Maharaja Sayajirao the 3rd who also collected the various sculptures and statues displayed here. Spread out over an area of sprawling 113 acres the garden also houses over 96 species of trees, a miniature zoo, and other interesting wildlife specimens.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. How Long Is The Statue Of Unity Helicopter Ride And How Much Does It Cost Per Person?
Ans. The statue of a unity helicopter ride is of 10 minutes and it costs 2,900 rupees per person.
Q. Can I Take My Private Car Up To The Statue Of Unity Complex And Is There Parking Available?
Ans. No. the nearby area of the unity statue has been declared a private vehicle-free zone. Buses are available that take the visitors from the final parking palace to the complex.
Q. What Is The Entrance Ticket Price For The Statue Of Unity?
Ans. The adult ticket price is INR 120 + INR 30 (for the bus ride). The entrance ticket price for children from 3 years old to 15 years old is INR 60 + INR 30.
Q. Is 1 Day Enough To Visit The Statue Of Unity And Its Corresponding Sightseeing Places?
Ans. No. There is so much to cover and several places to visit around the statue of unity so 1 day is just not enough to cover all these places and have those experiences.
Q. What Should I Not Miss Out On During My Visit To The Statue Of Unity?
Ans. Some of the key attractions to not miss out on during your statue of unity visit are: the Ekta Cruise, SOU Museum, Valley Of Flowers, the observation deck, laser show, Vishwa Garden, Ekta Surgery, Arogya Van, etc.
Q. How Far Is The Rann Of Kutch From The Statue Of Unity?
Ans. The great Rann of Kutch is almost 400 km away by road from the statue of unity.
Q. When Should I Visit The Statue Of Unity? Which Is The Best Time Slot For A Visit?
Ans. The best time would be from 4 pm to 6 pm as it is a sunset time. But try reaching the statue complex by 3:45 pm and this way you will be given 2 comfortable hours to explore the complex and its interesting elements.
Q. Can I Take Food Inside The Statue Of Unity Complex?
Ans. Food items and other such bags are not allowed inside the SOU complex, however, visitors can take their bags of medicine or baby food inside.
Q. What Do I Need To Know About The Laser Show In The Statue Of Unity?
Ans. The laser show in the statue of unity is a projection mapping show which is known for being free of charge and goes on for 30 minutes.
Q. What Are The Timings And Visit Days For The Statue Of Unity?
Ans. The statue of unity opens from 8 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. The statue of unity complex stays closed for visits on Mondays.