With its inauguration on 31st October 2018, the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya, Gujarat has been garnering tourists from all across the world. With an average footfall of 15,000 visitors a day, it has surpassed the footfall of The Statue of Liberty which gets an average footfall of 10,000 tourists a day on average.
Boasting a whopping height of 182 metres, surpassing China’s Spring Temple Buddha of 153 metres, the Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue and was built as a patriotic ode to the Iron Man of India- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Vallabhbhai Patel has had a big hand in the unification of the 562 princely states of the country to constitute the Republic of India. Part of the reason the statue is named “The Statue of Unity”.
Ways To Reach
Train– If you’re planning on to coming by train, the nearest station is Kevadiya. And there are free of cost AC buses plying from Kevadiya Station to the Statue of Unity monument complex.
Air– The nearest airport to the statue is that of Vadodara’s, and you can choose between a taxi or bus to reach which should take around 2 to 3.5 hours.
Road- The Statue of Unity is just 3.5 km from a small town called Kevadiya. And around 25 km from the nearest city Rajpipla, 90 km from Vadodara, 150 km from Surat, and 200 km from Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad and Surat just being a few hundred kilometres away, both of the cities are a 3-hour one-way drive.
Since it’s not been a long time since the inauguration of the statue, the surrounding town/city hasn’t developed that much in terms of providing accommodation and hospitality. Having said that all is not bad as there are a few hotels around the Statue of Unity complex that can provide a decent to good staying experience.
If you’re going on a big budget, you can look out for hotels like Statue of Unity Tent City, Ramada Encore and The Fern Sardar Sarovar Resort.
And if you’re on a budget squeeze, then you can find a couple of decent hotels like Hotel Unity Inn, Reva Vihar and Narayani Heritage Resort to name a few on online hotel booking sites OYO and Yatra.
What you can do there?
The Statue of Unity Complex is spread over a sprawling 20,000 square metres and offers a range of activities and adventures that can be carried out. Tickets for the same can be booked online(https://www.soutickets.in/#/dashboard) as well as offline. You can pay a visit to the statue throughout the week except for Mondays. Listed below are a few of the many tourist attractions at the complex:
State of Unity- The centre of attraction of the whole complex, the magnificent and towering statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel overlooks the mammoth Sardar Sarovar Dam atop the Narmada River. The monument houses a state-of-the-art museum showcasing and displaying India’s struggle for a free state. The museum is also loaded with around 2000 photographs from the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Furthermore, the statue also has a viewing gallery at the height of 500 feet which offers a breathtakingly amazing view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Narmada Basin. A light and sound show using laser technology is also projected on the statue every evening except Mondays.
River Rafting- A two-hour river rafting ride from Godbole Gate to Surya Kund covering 5 km will provide an enthralling experience to all the adventure junkies out there. With a lot of turns, rapids and whirlpools along the route on the Narmada, this will prove to be one of the most thrilling and hair-raising experiences you would have ever had. And don’t worry, if you’re a complete beginner to this world of water sports, then there will be expert trainers who will be there to guide you and will have your back.
Khalwani Couple Cycling- Tag along with your buddy for this one-of-a-kind cycling tour wherein you’ll be zipping through hilly terrains and meandering roads experiencing the nirvana and aesthetic beauty of the Vidyanchal and Satpura hilly ranges. With lush green mountains and exquisite flora and fauna adding to the scenic beauty of the region, you’ll be in the lap of goddess nature.
Arogya Van- Meaning “Forest of Wellness” is a garden spread over 17 acres, emphasizing the benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. The main attraction of Arogya Van is Aushadh Manav which is a large layout of the human body with each organ represented by the medicinal plant or herb which is beneficial for curing that particular organ.
Jungle Safari- Spanning across 5,58,240 square metres on the right bank of the Narmada River, the park houses more than 400 species of flora and fauna from ecosystems and habitats of Asia, Africa, Australia and America. Upon visiting you’ll be able to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and a lot of other endangered species. There’s also an aviary having birds like pelican, ostrich, kingfisher, flamingo, etc. Electric cart services will be there to move around places in the park which is included in the ticket price.
Children Nutrition Park- The Children Nutrition Park is the world’s first technologically driven park with the vision and objective to instill healthy eating habits amongst children and make them understand the role of nutrition in their mental and physical growth. The park is backed by the extensive use of technology for gaming and learning purposes. A toy train named Nutri Express runs through five stations, a gaming zone and a tunnel emphasizing the theme of nutrition alongside entertaining the children.
Valley of Flowers- The Valley of Flowers is a 17 km long patch of colourful flowers along the banks of river Narmada to make the spot resemble a rainbow of flowers set up on Earth. It houses around 100 varieties of flowers like Garmado, Gulmohar, Champo, Khakhro, Pongaro, shrubs like Galtora, Tecoma, Nerium and climbers like Qualisis, Wadeliya, Allamandacathartica and bamboos and colourful grasses. Because of the larval host plants and nectar plants in the garden, a whopping 80 species of butterflies are found. In addition to all of this, two beautiful lakes- Kamal and Poyani are also developed.
All in all, the Statue of Unity is a must-visit, especially if you’re staying in India as it is very well connected by all means. Apart from the monument, there are plenty of other activities that you can indulge into. Visiting this place will instil the principle of “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat” and shower gratitude for the efforts of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that he made for this nation.