Even when you know that it’s the tallest statue in the world, it’s hard to comprehend how tall it actually is until you witness the Statue of Unity yourself. I was definitely taken aback by the statue and how every little detail is so well thought out. I was also surprised how a whole city was built around the Statue of Unity to attract tourists and to make sure they have a good time!
Here are the most interesting things to do Around the Statue of Unity.
Statue of Unity Light and Sound Show
I have watched laser shows around the world and this was no less. It’s a world-class laser light show depicting the life of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Loved the narration, and visuals – just about everything about this show.
The show starts at around 6:45 pm and takes about 30 minutes. Must watch when you are at the Statue of Unity.
Translating to Global Garden, it features plants from all seven continents.
The garden is divided into 7 sections with each section representing a continent. And the plants found in that continent are grown in that garden.
I was particularly fascinated to see the iconic trees of Madagascar – Baobab planted here.
Every day except Monday. From 8 am to 6:45 pm.
And like with attractions around the Statue of Unity, this can be pre-booked on the SOU website.
Take a ride on the Pink Electric vehicle
When in Ekta Nagar, I’d suggest you hop on a ride in the pink electric autos. Local women from Kevadia village are trained for a month and they drive these pink electric autos. It’s nice to see how these local women are empowered and make a living through this great initiative.
The prices are fixed based on the distance and you can visit places around the Statue of Unity through these pink electric autos.
When you are in Ekta Nagar, you are going to notice the Flame of the Forest. Those flowers that pop out in the bare background during spring — yes I’m talking about those red flowers. And as it turns out, they are quite special.
Known by many names such as Khakhro or Palash, this tree occupies a special place in Indian forests. It’s a native tree of the Indian subcontinent. A medium-sized deciduous tree that grows in grasslands, forests, and even in wastelands. Because of its vibrant color, you could even spot it from a mile away.
Kesuda tour involves a trek for around 3-4 km along the valleys and ravines watching the miraculous world of pollinators and their association with Kesuda flowers.
7 am to 10 am in the morning
4 pm to 7 pm in the evening
Rs. 300 for adults and Rs. 200 for children (3-15 years)
Tickets can be booked online from the SOU website. It’s better to book ahead to confirm your slot.
This has to be definitely one of the most thrilling experiences to do around the Statue of Unity. Passing through whirlpools and rapids through the Narmada river is sure to leave adventure enthusiasts wanting more! The rafting is for about 5 km and takes about 2 hours to finish.
Cost: Rs. 1000/-
However, keep in mind that this activity is quite seasonal. I went to the Statue of Unity in March and river rafting wasn’t available then. It’s supposed to be available from September. It’s best to check beforehand as it depends on the weather conditions.
Have you been to the Statue of Unity? What’s your favorite thing to do here? Let me know in the comments below.