Statue of Unity - Guide of Sardar Patel Statue.

Statue of Unity

  • About Statue of unity.
  • Facts of Statue of unity.
  • How to reach.
  • Visiting time.
  • What to visit.
  • About Statue of unity.

    The Statue of Unity is a testimonial to the life of Sardar Patel, a role model of unity and statesmanship. The tallest statue of the world enjoys a splendidly scenic location facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam, 3.2 kilometers away. This colossal statue stands on the isle of Sadhu-Bet in River Narmada, at Kevadia, District Rajpipla in the Indian State of Gujarat, with the majestic Vindhyachal and Satpuda Mountain Ranges in the backdrop. The statue is fast becoming one of the country’s top tourist attractions.

    A tributary endeavor to the Iron Man of India, the Statue of Unity is an iconic 182-meter-tall statue situated on the isle of Sadhu-Bet. Located between the Mountain Ranges of Vindhyachal and Satpuda, this monument has many other attractive tourist spots in its proximity such as the Valley of Flowers, the Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary, and sacred temple, the Sardar Sarovar Dam and its water dikes, the scenic Zarvani Falls and majestic palaces of Rajpipla. The grand monument along with a picturesque backdrop makes it an ideal destination for eco-tourism.

    Facts of Statue of unity.

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    The Statue of Unity depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950), a leading figure in the nonviolent Indian Independence Movement and the First Deputy Prime Minister/ Home Minister of Independent India.

    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is highly respected for his leadership in uniting the 562 princely states of India to form the Union of India.

    The Statue of Unity is the world's tallest statue, with a height of 182 meters (597 feet) which is almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty, USA.

    The Statue of Unity has a viewing gallery at 135 meters, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time and offers an expansive view of the dam and the surrounding beautiful mountain ranges of Satpuda and Vindhyachal.

    The Statue of Unity was built in just 46 months.

    Statue of Unity is capable of withstanding wind velocity up to 50 meters/second (180 kilometers/hour speeds) and vibration. The statue has been designed for seismic Zone IV as an earthquake-resistant structure.

    70,000 metric tonnes of cement was used in the construction of the Statue of Unity.

    6,000 metric tonnes of structural steel and 18,500 metric tonnes of reinforcement bars were used to build the Statue of Unity.

    The thickness of the bronze cladding on the Statue is 8 mm.

    The diameter of the button on the vest of the Statue is 1.1 meters.

    The height of the toe of the Statue of Unity measures 3.6 meters.


    How to reach.

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    # City Airport Rail Distance Time(By Road)
    1 Ahmedabad Sardar Patel
    International Airport
    Ahmedabad
    Railway Station
    198 kilometer 3 Hours 30 Minutes
    2 Vadodara Vadodara
    International Airport
    Vadodara
    Railway Station
    91 kilometer 1 Hour 30 Minutes
    3 Surat Surat
    International Airport
    Surat
    Railway Station
    156 kilometer 3 Hours

    Visiting time.

    The Statue of Unity opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday.

    The Laser Light and Sound Show can be viewed from 7:30 PM onwards daily, except on Mondays.

    The Statue of Unity is closed on Mondays for maintenance work.

    What to visit.

    Exhibition Hall/ Museum and Wall of Unity.

    The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue with a height of 182 meters.

    A huge exhibition hall covering an area of 4,647 square meters has been set up on the pedestal of the Statue of Unity. The hall showcases the life of Sardar Patel, his contributions to the Freedom Movement against British rule, and his role in the merger of princely states. The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, the life, and culture of the tribal people of Gujarat and the Sardar Sarovar Dam are also displayed through an Audio-Visual show.

    A nation-wide campaign was initiated to collect soil from farmers towards this tribute to the extraordinary leader of India, who was born in a farmer’s family and had led several successful campaigns for farmers’ rights during India’s freedom struggle. Soil from around 169,058 villages was collected to build a wall (Wall of Unity, measuring 36 feet x 12 feet) which symbolizes unity in diversity.

    Laser Light and Sound Show.

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    A Light and Sound show using laser technology projected on the Statue of Unity takes place every evening except Monday. The colorful laser lighting system is accompanied by an excellent narration of the history and life of Sardar Patel, his contribution to the Independence Movement, and the unification of India as one nation.

    Tour of Valley of Flowers.

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    The Valley of Flowers is spread across 600 acres with a length of 6 kilometers from Vindhyachal and 11 kilometers on Satpuda side. The Valley of Flower began with 48,000 plants in 2016 and has now reached up to 2,400,000 plants. There are five unique creations at the valley in the form of thematic parks-gardens namely: Garden of Senses & Panchatatva Garden, Green Energy & Upcycling Park, Sardar Park, Butterfly Garden, and Adventure Park.

    Besides the parks, several photo booths and selfie points have been developed to take back memories of the visit. Two beautifully located lotus ponds enhance the visitor experience.

    Tour of Sardar Sarovar Dam and its dikes.

    Sardar Sarovar Dam

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    The Sardar Sarovar Dam is the third highest concrete dam (163 meters) in India after Bhakra (226 meters) in Himachal Pradesh and Lakhwar (192 meters) in Uttar Pradesh. In terms of volume of concrete involved for gravity dams, this dam is ranked as the second-largest in the world with an aggregate volume of 6.82 million cubic meters; only after Grand Coulee Dam in the USA with a total volume of 8.0 million cubic meters being the largest. This dam, with its spillway discharging capacity of 85,000 cubic meters per second (3 million cubic feet per second), stands third in the world, Gazenba (113,000 cubic meters per second) in China and Tucurri (100,000 cubic meters per second) in Brazil being the first two.

    The reservoir occupies an area of 37,000 hectares and has a linear stretch of 214 kilometers of water and an average width of 1.77 kilometers. The Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of the Sardar Sarovar Dam is fixed at RL 138.68 meters (455 feet).

    The River Bed Power House is an underground powerhouse stationed on the right bank of the river located about 165 meters downstream of the dam. It has six Francis type reversible turbine generators with 200 MegaWatt installed capacity each.

    The Godbole Gate releases water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam back to the river Narmada, thus sustaining the downstream eco-system.

    The Head Regulator of Main Canal is an off-taking structure and is 82.6 meters long having 5 radial gates of size 12.20 meters x 13.50 meters. It is the origin of 458 kilometers long Narmada Main Canal which is one of the world’s largest concrete-lined irrigation canals with a capacity of 40,000 cubic feet/second. Annually, 11.7 billion cubic meters of water is conveyed through this canal.

    Boating.

    The Narmada, the largest west flowing river of the Peninsula, rises near Amarkantak range of mountains in Madhya Pradesh and flows into the Arabian Sea.

    Visitors can enjoy a boat ride at a specially designated spot on the upstream of the dam on River Narmada. The one hour boat ride takes the visitors right up to the border of Maharashtra.

    Helicopter Ride.

    Visitors can enjoy the full splendor of the Statue of Unity by a helicopter ride. This joy ride of 10 minutes is truly exhilarating and gives a panoramic aerial view of the scenic mountain ranges, Sardar Sarovar Dam and the valleys around the Statue of Unity.

    The helipad built for this ride is managed by Heritage Aviation. Tickets can be booked either at the helipad or through the website of Gujarat Tourism.

    Sight-seeing of historical Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary and Temple

    Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 607.70 square kilometers. It includes a major watershed feeding two major reservoirs with the Rajpipla hills as a backdrop. The thick vegetative ground cover not only provides endless greenery but also a huge habitat to a variety of life forms. The sanctuary derives its name ‘Shoolpaneshwar’ from the historic temple of Lord Shiva, which once existed in this region on the banks of river Narmada.

    The flora of the ecosystem consists of semi-evergreen to moist deciduous forests. There are more than 575 species of flowering plants like Timru, Amla, Khair, Aritha, Sadad, Tanachh, Karanj, Bamboo, Mahuda, Bor, Herde, Amaltas, etc. The sanctuary is home to 32 species of mammals, several species of reptiles, 198 species of birds and many animals like sloth bear, leopard, rhesus macaque, common mongoose, Indian civet cat, Indian porcupine, four-horned antelope, barking deer, chital, pangolin, flying squirrel, python, snakes, lizards, tortoises, etc. The sanctuary has the rare distinction of having flying squirrels.

    The original Shoolpaneshwar Temple was submerged due to the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir. However, a new Shoolpaneshwar temple was later built near Rajpipla. The word ‘Shoolpaneshwar’ refers to Lord Shiva portrayed as having a ‘Shool’ or ‘Trishul’ in his hand or `Pani’.

    Rajpipla is 36 kilometers away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam. It was once the center of a princely state and famous for its palaces. The palace is a favorite location for Bhojpuri film shoots throughout the year.

    Chanod is a city of temples located at the confluence of the Narmada, Orang and Saraswati rivers, and is therefore considered highly sacred. The temple of Kashi Vishwanath Mahadev, the major attraction of which is its interesting wall paintings, can be visited here.

    Garudeshwar is home to the temple of Garudeshwar Mahadev. This ancient temple of Lord Shiva is situated on the Northern bank of Narmada River, near the town of Rajpipla. It is around 2,000 years old. It is based on the story that Lord Shiva took the form of an eagle to destroy evil forces and thereby is named Garudeshwar.

    Karnali is famous for its Kuber Bhandari Temple which is said to be around 2,500 years old. At this temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kuber Bhandari.

    The Karjan Dam, located on a tributary of River Narmada in Gujarat, is a 903 meter long and 100-meter high concrete gravity dam. The dam stores 630 million cubic meters of water for irrigation purposes. The dam is located 10 kilometers from the town of Rajpipla.

    Trekking in Zarvani Eco-Tourism Area

    Night Trekking, an exciting activity for visitors of the Statue of Unity, offers an opportunity to be closer to nature and experience the creatures of the dark in the wooded environs of Kevadia. Join the hands of the Forest Department to patrol the forest in the night hours, on foot!

    Gifted with some of the most beautiful scenery of the jungle at the confluence of Vindhyachal and Satpuda ranges and nurtured by the holy waters of Narmada, this forest embodies the monsoon grandeur of the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Experience the adrenaline rush from the thrilling trek through the nocturnal life and explore the hidden facets of nature's beauty.  Forest guards accompany you and ensure safety and security.

    Bird Watching

    Bird watching, the observation of live birds in their natural habitat, is a popular pastime and also is a scientific sport that has developed almost entirely in the 20thcentury.

    India’s rich natural landscape has long been the refuge of birds from all over the world. And there is no better way to enjoy the natural splendor of the birds of India than by undertaking bird watching tours.

    Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary is one such location in India near the Statue of Unity which provides an excellent opportunity to Bird watching enthusiasts. With the thickly wooded forests and perennially flowing Narmada River, it provides an ideal habitat for birds. Crested serpent eagle, shikra, sparrow hawk, great-horned owl, grey hornbill, red and gray jungle fowls, and variety of birds can be spotted in this forest.

    Bird Watching tour allows you to enjoy the magnificent natural landscapes where these birds dwell, along with the sights and sounds of these beautiful species.

    Cactus Garden

    The Cactus Garden is a unique botanical garden at the Statue of Unity site, created to exhibit a huge variety of Cacti, the true miracles of adaptation.

    The cactus is a fascinating plant that occurs in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  These plants are usually succulents and can withstand extremely harsh environments. They are also found in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth. With thickened, fleshy parts adapted to store water, most species of cacti have spines which are highly modified leaves. These protect them from plant-eating animals and prevent water loss by reducing airflow close to the cactus while providing some shade. In the absence of true leaves, enlarged stems carry out photosynthesis. Cacti are native to America, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north, but some cactus species are also found in Africa and Sri Lanka.

    This initiative by Geer Foundation is spread across 836 square meters of land and is home to more than 500 species of Cactus and Succulent plants. Visitors will be able to get a glimpse into this amazing plant.

    River Rafting.

    River rafting in India is emerging as a popular sport and a recreational activity. Steering through the unbridled water and passing through treacherous rapids, is something that every adventurer seeks. River Rafting on the River Narmada would provide an excellent opportunity to experience this utterly exhilarating water sport.

    Experience River Rafting for the first time in Western India.

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