Statue of Unity
Located in the heart of Kevadia colony, a tribal region area in the state of Gujrat, the Statue of Unity is the major tourist attraction that has started to bring tourists in huge numbers from other states and every nook and corners of the world. Statue of Unity, with a height of 182 meters (597 feet) is the world’s tallest statue. This statue has an overall height of 240 m (790 feet) where the base height is 58 m (190 feet).
This gigantic monument called ‘Statue of Unity’ is a tribute to one of the greats in Indian’s Independence movement history, the person who played a pivotal role in the unification of the several princely states into India we know today. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel also is known as the ‘Iron Man of India’ united more than 500 states into a single entity, single name, single country.
Befitting the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity is an architectural masterpiece to marvel at. Designed by the Padma Bhushan winning sculptor Ram V Sutar, the statue is made with a steel structure, bronze exterior, and cement reinforcement. It took a whopping investment of nearly RS. 3000 crores to convert the dream of having the tallest statue to honor his contributions which came into reality in 2018 when it was opened for tourists.
What is in store for you at the Statue of Unity?
The Statue of Unity provides you a panoramic view of the beautiful Narmada region landscape. The Statue of Unity site offers you to access up to its viewing gallery. The Statues is divided into 5 Zones with open public access till zone 3 and Zone 4 and 5, the highest levels are kept for maintenance purposes.
The first level is comprised of a Museum which showcases the achievements and history of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a walk to memory lane. Further high up to 149 meters in zone 2. And, next, it consists of a viewing gallery in Zone 3. The viewing gallery gives you breathtaking images of the Narmada region along with distant Vindhyachala and Satpura ranges.
How to reach the Statue of Unity?
Statue of unity is located on the beautiful river island of Sadhu Bet, facing the Narmada Dam just 3.2 km away. The landscape is covered with rivers, distant hills, dams, gardens, lakes, and overseeing everything the Statue of Unity. The Statue of Unity is accessible via roads, rail, air, and water route via Sea Planes. A brief below of the distance from the major cities of Gujarat can help you plan your visit to this much visit destination.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) is operating a daily Volvo bus from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, and Vadodara to Statue of Unity. Visit the GSRTC.IN and enter the destination as “STATUE OF UNITY(NAVAGAM)” (No direct bus from Surat and Mumbai)
You can also book a private cab from any of the cities.
Proximity with near cities:
The Statue of Unity is 90 Km away from Vadodara. Also, it is 200 Km from Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat. Surat another major city of Gujarat has located 150 Km from it. The nearest city is Rajpipla, in the Narmada district which is 25 Km away from the destination. Apart from it, it is 420 Km from Mumbai, one of the largest and busiest airports in India. National Highway 11 & 63 connects Mumbai with Statue of Unity.
International tourists and tourists from other states have the option of taking the air route to the nearest airport and then travel by road. The roads from Vadodara are swift and will take you to your destination in around two hours.
Vadodara International Airport – 95 km and approximately 1 hour 45 min by road
Surat International Airport – 165 Km and approximately 3 hours 30 min by road
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport – 205 Km and approximately 1 hour 45 min by road
Nearest Railway Station:
Vadodara (90 Km), Surat (150 Km), Ahmedabad (200 Km)
Seaplane from Ahmedabad –
Starting Oct 31st, 2020 it has become further convenient to reach the Statue of Unity. The Spice jet air flight provider has started operating seaplanes between Ahmedabad and Statue of Unity. It flies a 15 seater Twin otter 300 flight and to fly into this aircraft would be an experience in itself.
It reduces the travel time from Ahmedabad significantly. The journey which takes around 4 hours by road, now can be completed in less than an hour. One-way fare cost is around Rs.1500 and recommended to book the tickets in advance. The frequency of flights every day is 4 arrivals and 4 departures.
Statue of Unity Tickets and Visiting Hours:
A trip to the Statue of unity can be more exciting if you can plan the timing a bit in advance, based on the spots you want to cover. The ticket tariff is kept at marginal prices only under the below categories.
Entry tickets – Child RS. 60 & Adults RS. 120; Under this ticket, you will get access to Valley of Flower, Memorial, Museum & Audio Visual Gallery, Statue of Unity Site, and Sardar Sarovar Dam
Viewing Gallery – Child RS. 200 & Adults RS. 350; Under this ticket, you will get access to the Observation desk view, Valley of Flower, Memorial, Museum & Audio Visual Gallery, Statue of Unity site, and Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Express Tickets – Child RS. 1000 & Adults RS. 1000; Under this ticket, you will get access to the Observation desk view, Valley of Flower, Memorial, Museum & Audio Visual Gallery, Statue of Unity Site, and Sardar Sarovar Dam. This is an express ticket meaning you will get privileged access to the site and in a day when the rush is more, the option for express tickets can save your day.
For international tourists, it is recommended to get the express tickets. For international tourists, the tariff is slightly higher around RS. 500 more than the usual price. For bus services, one has to pay a nominal price of RS. 30 more.
Visiting Hour (8:00 am – 6:00 pm): The Statue of Unity is open for tourists 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, Monday being an off day for maintenance every week. The sites open early at 8:00 AM and close by 6:00 PM but it is not the end of your trip. 7:30 onwards you can watch the Laser light and Sound show which is highly recommended.
|Attraction||Ticket (Adult)||Ticket (Child)|
|Statue Of Unity (Entry Fee)||₹150||₹90|
|SOU (Viewing Gallery)||₹380||₹230|
|Sardar Sarovar Nauka Vihar||₹290||₹290|
Where you can Stay?
The Statue of Unity is located in the tribal region and the management has taken into account to keep that tribal flavor alive. For tourists looking to spend some time at this destination, Tent City provides the right Stays for you. Narmada Tent City is a resort set-up with all the look and feel of a natural set-up. Both AC and Non-AC accommodations under the Standard, Deluxe, and Luxury category are available.
What are Nearby attractions?
The complete region is a tourist hot zone with many more attractions lined up for you. A trip to the Statue of unity can be clubbed with other tourist attractions in the zone. For international and national tourists, it is recommended to plan the travel and chalk out the attractions they want to visit. Though weekends have more rush coming in, for local tourists it is worth taking a weekend trip to the statue of unity and explore the rich tourist spots.
Kevadia Tourism Circuit – Kevadia Tourism Circuit is a strategic initiative from the government to boost tourism in the region. It has around 35 spots to keep you occupied and provide you an exciting and memorable experience of the tribal touch of the Narmada villages.
The major tourist attractions in the region are Valley of flower, Vishwa Van, Jungle safari, Butterfly Garden, Cactus garden, etc.
Valley of flowers: Spread over an area of 24 acres of land, Valley of flowers, Bharat Van is a colorful haven by the banks of River Narmada. The valley of the flower has more than 300 types of flowers, different varieties of trees, shrubs, etc. Overall the area houses around 22,00,000 plants. A recommended spot to visit and take selfies and pictures in the tourist’s selfie booths to flaunt in your social media pages.
Sardar Sarovar Dam: Sardar Sarovar Dam is the third highest dam in India, at 163 meters. Also, for volume involved in gravity dams, this is the second-largest dam in the world with 6.82 million cubic meters. This dam offers a great view and a must-visit on your trip to the Statue of Unity.
Cactus Garden: Cactus garden is a unique garden one would come across. Covering an area of 836 square meters shaded and 25 acres of open land, you can find 450 species of cacti here in this garden. Overall, the number of plants is more than 6 lakhs and a spiky treat to the eye. The cactus garden gives you the treats of desserts well in between some landscape rich with river and hilly landscape.
Children Nutrition Park: Children Nutrition Park is a unique theme park, made with the vision to inculcate good eating habits in the children. Each part of the theme park offers entertainment with vital knowledge on healthy habits incorporating technology and culture. A must-visit for people traveling with their young ones.
Jungle Safari: The Jungle Safari offers a trip to a state of an art zoological park. This park is home to various indigenous and exotic species which you will generally find in landscapes of the US and Africa. The Alpacas, the migrating birds, etc. all have found a home in this park which you can visit on your trip to the Statue of Unity to feel the diverse fauna.
Dino Trail: Another fascinating addition to your tourist spot for both young and adults, the Dino Trail house the specimen replica of Rajasaurus Narmadensis, a species found to exists in Narmada valley. The Dino Trail also offers the history of the evolution of mankind and how the world used to be when Dino ruled the earth.
Vishwa Van: A natural forest zone for your inner self who needs to experience the earth in its raw self. The Vishwa van offers you the natural trial of a jungle with a variety of trees, shrubs, and green covers from all 7 continents. A unique bio-diverse landscape where you can find such diversity.
Apart from the above attractions, the tourism circuit also provides, few exciting activities as well to keep the enthusiasm level high:
Nauka Vihar – Nauka Vihar is the initiative to boost tourism in the Kevadia circuit. Panchmuli Lake provides beautiful waters and a region surrounded by all the green forests. The GSFDC offers 8 boat rides a day with 45 min duration for a single ride. A recommended addition to your visit to the Statue of Unity.
Helicopter ride – The helicopter ride offers a panoramic view of the region in a way you cannot imagine. Operating in a craft that can hold 5 to 7 people, you can have the best possible seat to experience the entire region’s beauty. This 10 min ride will cost you RS. 2900.
River Rafting – More adrenaline rush for people seeking adventure, this Kevadia circuit provides a River rafting experience as well. Kalyani, the place near the Statue of Unity and Sardar Sarovar Dam has now become a go-to place for river rafting enthusiasts. Do consider trying your hand at rafting and do not forget to carry extra towels, the river current will get you drenched.
Cycling – Another major attraction for young couples and adults alike. Cycling along the service road of Sardar Sarovar Dam can be an enriching experience. You can get electric bicycles on hire.
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