KEVADIYA TOURISM | STATUE OF UNITY & PLACES TO VISIT IN KEVADIA
#100 of 17 Places to visit in Gujarat
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Kevadiya: Vadodara (85 Kms), Ahmedabad (189 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Kevadiya: October to March
Peak Season: November to February
At a distance of 23 km from Rajpipla, 85 km from Vadodara, 147 km from Surat, 189 km from Ahmedabad, 316 km from Indore, 331 km from Nashik, 367 km from Rajkot, and 415 km from Mumbai, Kevadiya is a census town in the Narmada district of Gujarat. It is one of the must-include places in Gujarat tour packages as the Statue of Unity is located here.
The tribal village of Kevadia is home to the Sardar Sarovar Dam built on the Narmada river and was a popular picnic spot even before the Statue of Unity came up. Nestled between the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the gigantic statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, built at a cost of Rs 2,989 crore, was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in 2018. The project was carried out by the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET). Designed by the Indian Sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar, the construction was taken up by the Indian company Larson & Toubro. It is the must-include place in Kevadiya tour packages.
The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and the Ironman of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950) who was the first Home Minister of India. Surrounded by a 12 km artificial lake, the monument compound is spread across 20,000 square meters. The Bronze statue of the founding father of the Republic of India stands 182 m tall grabbing the attention of the whole world as the 'Tallest Statue in the World'. The statue has been erected to propagate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision of India and to inspire the citizens of India through his patriotism and freedom struggle. It can be visited as part of Ahmedabad tour packages.
Since the Statue of Unity inauguration, the state government has worked to bring Kevadia on the world map of tourism with a cluster of theme-based projects. The government inaugurated 17 tourism projects around the Statue of Unity (SoU), now called the 'Kevadia Tourism Circuit'. The circuit covers 35 tourist places in Kevadiya, out of which the Valley of Flowers, Vishwa Van, Jungle Safari, Cactus Garden, Butterfly Garden, Ekta Nursery, Tent City, Khalvani Eco-tourism, Zarwani Eco-tourism, Nauka Vihar, and River Rafting, located around the periphery of the statue and the Narmada Dam, are already open. A ropeway is also coming up across the Narmada Dam, connecting the two banks of the Narmada River.
Vadodara International Airport is the nearest airport which is about 89 km from Kevadiya. It has well-connected flights from Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Kevadiya Railway Station is well-connected by trains with Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chennai, Mumbai, Surat, New Delhi, Varanasi, Indore, and Rewa. Kevadiya is well connected by road with all the major cities of Gujarat along with Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Surat, Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi, and Indore.
The best time to visit Kevadiya is during the winter months i.e. from October to March. The temperatures are mild and the weather is pleasant during these months. Better to avoid visiting Vadodara during the monsoon and summer months as the town experiences heavy rains between June to September and an extremely hot and humid climate during the summer months.
Statue of Unity is closed on every Monday.