If you are one of those folks who envy the USA for its Statue of Liberty or China for its Spring Temple Buddha Statue, then embrace yourself for an architectural marvel from India that has made it into the book of world records. Gujarat Tourism has made history by unveiling the world’s tallest statue, The Statue of Unity, located in the town of Kevadia.
The 600 feet tall or 182 meters tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is located in Kevadia near the Narmada Dam in Rajpipla, and is one of the popular tourist attractions in Kevadia. Made of steel and bronze, the pride of Gujarat Tourism, the statue symbolises the message of unity Sardar always propagated.
Dawning the skyline, the grand statue of Patel is believed to be a major tourist destination for international travellers and domestic tourists. Standing tall in the heartland of Gujarat, the statue symbolises the message of peace and unity that the man himself believed till his last breath.
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Main Attractions for Tourist around Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat
- Sardar Patel Zoological Park
- Cactus Garden
- Sardar Sarovar Dam
- Valley of Flowers
- Butterfly Garden
- Unity Glow Garden
- Zarwani Waterfalls
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Legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel alongside other famous personalities like Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi played a vital role in India’s struggle for freedom from the British Empire. Even Britishers were aware of the determination of the man who was referred to as Iron man of India. A leader of Congress party pre-independence, Patel was a popular figure who was destined to be a great political leader post-independence. After independence, many wanted Patel to be India’s first Prime Minister, however, he believed Nehru would be a perfect choice for the post. He was appointed as a deputy Prime Minister of India.
A man known for working behind the curtains, avoiding the limelight, he played an important role in integrating all the princely state into the sovereign nation of India. He was assigned the task of unifying the princely states under a single democratic nation. He is highly acclaimed for his strategies which led to Hyderabad, Sikkim and Kashmir becoming part of Independent India.
Patel is also known for his contribution in drafting the constitution of India. While there were many suggestions for choosing a form of government and government officials, Patel was the one who argued and believed that the President should be elected by the people, hence, making President a representative of people. Despite his differences with Nehru and other leaders after independence, he never lost his vision of the great nation and worked tirelessly towards achieving all the dreams.
Despite his political differences, he was respected by leaders across the spectrum. A symbol of unity in India, the statue of Unity is aimed at paying homage to his act of unification and promote the cultural unity in the county.
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Here are some of the interesting facts about the Statue of Unity which will leave you surprised and impressed!
- Built at a cost of around INR 3,000 Crores, Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue.
- Built over a period of 5 years, which included planning and construction, it took more than 3,000 workers to construct the statue which is expected to be a big boost to Gujarat Tourism.
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust was assigned the task for arranging 129 tonnes of iron implements from 100 million farmers in more than 150,000 villages in India, under ‘Loha’ campaign.
- Incepted to pay homage to the Iron man of India, the statue can withstand wind up to 60m/s and earthquake up to 6.5 on Richter scale.
- The unique sculptor is carved by the Padma Bhushan awardee Ram V Sutar and bronze cladding work is carried out by the Chinese foundry, Jiangxi Toqine Company.
- The viewing gallery of the statue, at a height of 153 meters, can hold up to 200 visitors, providing a mesmerising view of Narmada Dam.
- The pride of Gujarat Tourism, Statue of Unity has a three-layered structure. The innermost layer is made of reinforced cement concrete, the middle layer is a steel structure and the outermost layer is 8mm bronze cladding.
- One of the major Tourist Destinations in Gujarat, the statue has two lifts near the legs of the statue which can carry 26 people each.
- The statue is said to be visible from a radius of 7 kilometres.
- Visitors can enjoy a film screening along with a light and laser show.
- There is a viewing gallery located at almost 153 meters, which offers spectacular views of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
- Tourists can also explore the Memorial Garden divided into 3 storeys along with an Exhibition Hall which showcases the life and legacy of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
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Popular Attractions around Statue of Unity
There are several tourist attractions located close to the Statue of Unity, and enhance the entire experience of sightseeing tour of the Statue of Unity. These tourist attractions comprise the Kevadia tourism circuit.
Sardar Patel Zoological Park
Sardar Patel Zoological Park is located just 3.3 kilometers from the Statue of Unity. Located in Kevadia, it is also known as Jungle Safari Park. Unlike other zoological parks, it’s created in an open design and recreates the feel of a wildlife safari. You get to see almost 170 species of animals from America, Asia, Africa and Australia in their natural habitat.
The park also consists of an Indian Aviary, which is the largest geodesic geodesic dome in the world. The aviary consists of 500 birds belonging to 30 species, in addition to 30 types of plants and grass for their food. The Sardar Patel Zoological Park will open at 8:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM.
Cactus Garden is located almost 7.3 kilometers away from Statue of Unity, and is one of the top tourist attractions in Kevadia. Here, you get to see a wide variety of cactus plants of all shapes and sizes. There are over 500 species of cactus plants spread across 836 square meters.
Sardar Sarovar Dam
Sardar Sarovar Dam is located almost 4.8 kilometers from the Statue of Unity, and is believed to be one of the largest dams in the world. It is also the third highest concrete dam in India. The foundations for the dam were laid by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on 5th April, 1961.
Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is located just 1.9 kilometers from the Statue of Unity, and always finds a place in any Kevadia Travel Guide. The reason is its breathtaking beauty. The garden is spread across 600 acres and located almost 11 kilometers from Satpura Range. The garden consists of almost 2,40,000 plants.
The Butterfly Garden is a part of the Valley of Flowers, and should be a part of your sightseeing tour of Kevadia. The garden consists of 38 species of butterflies and is spread across an area of almost 6 acres with 45 species of plants. There are designated spots for butterflies to lay eggs and plants for caterpillars to grow.
Unity Glow Garden
Unity Glow Garden is a part of the Valley of Flowers, and is famous for being a unique theme park. Inside, there are a wide interesting variety of installations, optical illusions and figures. The park is spread across an area of 3.61 acres.
The Zarwani Waterfalls are located in the Satpura mountain range, almost 13.8 kilometers from the Statue of Unity. You should visit this famous tourist attraction while visiting Kevadia because the water is so clean that you can actually spot small fishes swimming inside. If you put your feet inside the water, you can even see your feet being tickled by the fishes.
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Timings of Statue of Unity
The visiting time of the Statue of Unity is that it is open all days of the week from 9 am to 6 pm, so you can visit it all 7 days of the week.
Entry Fee for Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity ticket price for the exhibition deck would cost you INR 350, which would include the trip to the top of the Statue of Unity. If you wish to not opt for an observation ticket, the ticket would cost INR 120 for adults with age 15 and above, for children, it’s INR 60.
How to book tickets for the Statue of Unity
There are two ways to book tickets for the world’s tallest statue, one is offline and other is online. You can buy the ticket on the spot, near the entry gate of the statue or you can book it online.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.Where is the Statue of Unity located in Gujarat?
The Statue of Unity is located in Kevadia, near Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Statue of Unity Road in Gujarat.
Q.What are the visiting timings of the Statue of Unity?
The Statue of Unity is open on all days of the week, from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Q.What are some of the things to do at the Statue of Unity?
Apart from enjoying the grandeur of the Statue of Unity itself, visitors can visit the Memorial Garden, Exhibition Hall, Viewing Gallery and Film Screening along with Laser Light and Sound Show.
Q.What are the ticket prices for the Statue of Unity?
The Statue of Unity ticket price for the exhibition deck is INR 350, which will include the trip to the top of the Statue of Unity. If you wish to not opt for an observation ticket, the ticket will cost INR 120 for adults with age 15 and above, for children, it’s INR 60.
Q.Will international tourists have to buy a separate ticket?
No, international tourists will not have to buy a separate ticket to visit the Statue of Unity.
Q.Are tourist guides available at the Statue of Unity?
Yes, plenty of tourist guides are available at the Statue of Unity.
Q.Are there washrooms/restrooms at the Statue of Unity?
Yes, washrooms/restrooms are located at multiple locations at the Statue of Unity.
Q.Are there elevators to reach the top of the Statue of Unity?
Yes, there are elevators that take you right up to the Statue of Unity.
Q.Are food, drinks and refreshments available at the Statue of Unity?
Yes, there is a Food Court at the Statue of Unity.
Q.Is entry free for kids?
Entry is free for kids only below the age of 3 years.
Q.What are some of the other tourist attractions located near the Statue of Unity?
Some of the tourist attractions located near the Statue of Unity are Cactus Garden, Valley of Flowers, Butterfly Garden, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sardar Patel Zoological Park.
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