Statue of Unity, Gujarat
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Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, was unveiled on October 31, 2018, in Kevadia, Gujarat, against the dramatic Satpura and Vindhyachal hills. The 182-metre (approximately 600-foot) statue honours Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the chief architect of India’s independence. The enormous monument stands over the Narmada River as a tribute to India ‘from the people of Gujarat’ to the ruler who prioritised the welfare of the populace. The expansive Sardar Sarovar dam and the Narmada river basin are both visible from the Statue of Unity. The statue is located on Sadhu Bet Island, which is connected to the mainland by a long bridge. The colossal statue almost seems to pierce the skyline as it is silhouetted against the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges.
India’s “Iron Man,” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is memorialised by this colossal statue in the Narmada delta. He towers over the surroundings as if watching over the country he helped gain independence. Sardar Patel is shown in his signature plain garb and in a walking pose. One can see the statue from as far as 8 km away, which is approximately 100 times the height of a person who is five and a half feet tall. It was built in a record time of 33 months by engineering giants Larsen and Tourbo.
Nearby Places to See
Unity Glow Garden
It’s a theme park set up within two kilometres of the Statue of Unity. Visitors are mesmerised by a spectacular light show that features a wide variety of plants, animals, and inanimate objects. This is a brand-new realm of nighttime entertainment.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam viewpoint, just 5 kilometres from the Statue of Unity, offers visitors a close-up look at the enormous dam.
This garden, which spans 17 acres, is located 6 kilometres from the Statue of Unity. The garden is intended to raise public understanding of the value that plants bring to human existence. There are nearly 5 million medicinal plants here, representing more than 380 different species. The garden’s main attraction is a life-size representation of the 12 postures of Surya Namaskara.
There are 170 different species of animals at this zoo, which is located near the Statue of Unity. More than 5 lakh plants have been planted in the park to help maintain the ecological balance. The park is openly laid out to make it easier for vehicles to move around while on a safari.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Souvenirs like pens, Statue of unity replicas, key chains, caps, t-shirts.
Foods to Relish