Are you ready to witness the World’s Tallest Statue ? Get ready to visit this destination which is full of surprises for its not just a cliché destination housing a statue but the one which offers you a fun filled holiday for you and your family to cherish. So, Put on your walking shoes as you will require to trace countless miles to explore this emerging tourist destination of India. So, all those travellers visiting Gujarat just cant afford to miss out on this one of its kind attraction of the state. Allow us to take you to witness the “Iron Man of India” : – Sardar Vallabhaai Patel standing with pride soaring the sky at a height of 182 meters.
The statue is located in Kevadia in Narmada District of Gujarat. The statue is built on an island in the river Narmada – Sadhu Bet named after a monk who prayed here. The destination is easily accessible from these 3 major cities of Gujarat – Surat, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. While Vadodara being the closest and most preferred ; just 90 kms. You can Buy your tickets online and drive to Kevadia, Rajpipla Gujarat. Just 14 kms from the statue and you see the first glimpse of the hazy silhouette of Sardar Vallabhai Patel ! Seven kms from the statue is the barricade or the gates where you are required to show your tickets.
To start with, there are three different tickets available for the visit – one that takes you all the way up to the observation deck, the second one that allows entry till the base of the statue and the museum too and, the third one that gives you freedom till the gates of the walkway to the statue only. Our advise – go all the way up for that experience. Should you be interested in learning more about this place , then Please do avail the service of these local trained certified Guides present there and most of them happen to be from the local community residing the region. They would share significant details of the project and keep you amused with valuable piece of information. All these guides are Gujarat Tourism certified. Keep looking out to your right as that is where Sardar Patel stands. What a sight it is when you get those first glimpses. As Mighty as it can be!
It is indeed advisable for you to have a hearty & fulfilling Breakfast before setting out for the excursion trip. For all those wondering whether its just a statue what else can it have for us to see and explore. Then let me tell you that you will be stunned & cant help but appreciate and be in complete awe of the splendid job that Gujarat Tourism department has done to develop this place as a major tourist attraction spot of the country. Yes, not just a statue but a full fledged amusement city has been developed which surrounds the statue of Unity. And For Kids and teens , it is a must visit.
So, Lets begin with the first excursion at Statue of unity. So upon Reaching there you will be greeted with a colossal signage of Statue of Unity pretty much similar to the hollywood signage of the Beverly hills.
After checking into your hotel , Set out for drive to visit to the world’s tallest statue of India’s Iron Man Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Admire the tallest statue of the world at a jaw dropping 182 metres & move to visit the Museum & Audio & Visual gallery. A flight of stairs and you arrive at the feet of the statue which are almost double your height! A closer look from here and you can see the minutest details that the artisans have taken into consideration, like the skin texture on the hands, the nails, the tassels hanging from Sardar Patel’s shawl. Move on and show your tickets at the entry point of the walkway to the statue. The walkway is some 300 meters long and has travellators on both the sides. Walk the distance or just hop onto the travellator. The short walk / ride takes you to the platform on which the museum is built. The statue stands above the museum. The museum houses the prototype and small replicas of Sardar Vallabhai patel and various video clips and presentations depicting significant excerpts & milestones in the life of Patel. The Museum also offers an immenseful insight into the history of independence struggle and freedom quests of India and how he played a vital role in uniting the modern day secular and vibrantly diversified India. Queue up for your ride up and in no time you are 400 ft above the base of the statue which is roughly around 40 floors up!! The observation deck is created around the chest of Sardar Patel and we peep through his jacket at the Narmada below.
Evening Visit to the Cactus Garden for exploring a unique botanical garden created to exhibit a wide variety of Cacti and succulents. You will be amazed to discover these species & their adaptation techniques. According to Gujarat Tourism the thought behind the development of the cactus garden is to provide an experience of the desert ecosystem in the midst of a landmass well entrenched in an aquatic surrounding. The Garden houses 6 lakh plants of 450 species spread across 25 acres of open land and inside the dome spanning across an area of 836 square meters. This garden is a paradise for nature lovers & avid learners of Botany.
Your last activity for the day is the Great Sound &Laser &Light show at Statue of Unity which will leave you wonder in amazement.
Another following day after a hearty breakfast , Get ready to drive to Jungle Safari at Kevadia, Statue of Unity. This excursion happens to be the one of the most fun filled & amazing of all as you will get to spot such species which you might have not seen so far. It will leave you awestruck & wonder in amazement to spot animals such as herbivores which include the mighty one horned rhinoceros, A lone giraffe who loves to have his favourite meal of Acacia, a herd of deers of all sorts, Zebras, etc. to Carnivores of the likes of White tiger, Leopards, Hyenas etc. to walking a walkway of the Fly High Aviary which houses colourful birds like Pelican , Red Jungle Fowl, Ibis,Partridge, Parrots and many more to a unique exotic species of Macaw , Emu, Ostrich etc. You surely cant afford to miss out on this jungle safari.
Do Colours & vibrance & beauty of nature gives you solace & joy ,then, head to this next stop. Welcome to The Butterfly Garden established along the banks of Narmada river, makes it an attractive place to see the assortment of these flying beauties. The garden houses more than 70 species of butterflies. The Butterfly Garden has been created in a way to create an environment that attracts butterflies providing them a habitat to flourish & grow. Since butterflies’ food is the nectar of flowers, so likewise the park houses numerous flowering plants that provide them food.
The glow of a well lit night will surely vanish all sorts of darkness. Get ready to glow & bask in fluorescence as you make your way to India’s first glow theme park located on the Narmada river. Unity Glow Garden is a One of a kind park with 35,00,000 LED lights that is crafted in animals, tress, flowers and other interesting & beautiful art.
Besides all these, there is a mall and numerous food courts affiliated with both national and international brands and various souvenir shops.
Generally, its just 2 nights and 3 days itinerary required for one to experience the most of it and to the fullest.