The Statue of Unity, a 182 meter tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was unveiled on 31 October. On his 143rd birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled in a grand ceremony. Due to its height, this statue has now become the tallest statue in the world. The second place in the world now has a statue of Buddha in the Spring Temple in China, whose height is 153 meters. This statue is located 3.5 kilometers from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River. "While the Statue of Unity is a symbol of national pride and unity, it is also an honor for India's engineering skills and project management capabilities." The chief architect of this statue is 92-year-old Ram V. Sutar.
Interesting Facts and Highlights of the Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity is located in Sadhu Island in Kevadia in Narmada district of Gujarat.
The 153 meter tall Buddha statue of Spring Temple in China had the record of being the tallest statue so far. But the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has now left this idol installed in China in another place. The 182 meter high 'Statue of Unity' is twice the size of New York's 93 meter high 'Statue of Liberty'. It is so large that it can be seen even from a distance of 7 kilometers.
Larsen & Turbo and Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited of the state government got constructed in four years with the help of 250 engineers, 3,400 laborers. For the construction of the statue, craftsmen had to seek help not only from India but also from China. However, it took 11 years to build the 153 meter tall Bhagwal Buddha statue made in China.
This statue has been made so strong that it can withstand a typhoon coming at a speed of 180 kilometers per hour, if an earthquake strikes, it can withstand a shock of 6.5 magnitude at the reactor scale.
This statue of Sardar Patel has been designed by the sculptor Ram V Sutar of Noida, for this he studied about 2000 old photographs of Sardar Patel. Looking at the statue from a distance, it seems that Sardar Patel is slowly moving towards the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
There is an L elevator inside the statue which can take the tourists to the middle of the statue, 200 passengers can be carried through the elevator at one time.
To reach this statue to tourists, the Gujarat government is also preparing a 3.5 km long highway from Kevadia town to the statue.
About 135 tonnes of iron were collected from millions of villages in the country to prepare the statue.
For selfie lovers, the government has prepared some selfie points near this statue.
You will have to spend Rs 350 to see Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity. Also, if you take the bus facility in the campus, then you will have to pay 30 rupees more.
This statue is located at a distance of 3.5 km from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River.
The foundation stone of this memorial was laid on October 31, 2013, on the occasion of Patel's 138th anniversary. When PM Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The statue covers an area of 20,000 square metres and be surrounded by a 12 square kilometre artificial lake.
Beat the statue of liberty: On 31 October 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity, the world's tallest statue at Kevadia in Narmada district. After this, tourists from all over the world started coming to the Statue of Unity. The Statue of Unity also surpassed the Statue of Liberty in comparison to the number of tourists. The prestigious Time magazine of the world has enhanced the pride of Gujarat by including 100 best places to visit in the Statue of Unity. In the Time magazine's list of the year 2019, the world's highest statue Statue of Unity has been given an advance position. Within a short span of construction, the Statue of Unity has become the best choice for tourists around the world.
The Statue of Unity is located in Sadhu Island in Kevadia in Narmada district of Gujarat. It is called the dream project of PM Modi.
After knowing its specialty, if you plan to visit the Statue of Unity, then we are telling you how and when you will be able to see this magnificent statue up close.
How to reach Kevadia
At present, Vadodara is the nearest airport and rail line. It is 89 km from Kevadiya. From here you can reach Kevadia via road. Apart from this, Bharuch is also the nearest railway station. If you come from Ahmedabad, you will have to cover a distance of 200 km.
To reach Sardar Patel Statue from Kevadia
After reaching Kevadia, you have to come to Sadhu Island. A 3.5 km long highway from Kevadia to Sadhu Island has also been constructed. After this, a 320 meter long bridge link from Main Road to Statue is also built.
Get tickets in two categories
The Statue of Unity will be open for public viewing every day of the week from 9 am to 6 pm. You can book tickets online to go here. For this you can book tickets online from https://www.soutickets.in. Here you will see two categories. Deck view and entry ticket. Entry is free for children under 3 in the Statue of Unity.
You have to pay Rs 350 to buy a deck view ticket. This can include the entry into the observation deck, the Valley of Flowers, the Sardar Patel Memorial, the museum, the Audio-Visual Gallery with the Statue of Unity site and the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
The same entry ticket is Rs 60 for children aged 3 to 15 years. At the same time, the price of this ticket for the elders is 120 rupees. With this ticket you can enjoy the Sardar Sarovar Dam along with Valley of Flower, Memorial, Music and Audio-Visual Gallery.
-If you have bought an entry or deck view ticket, you will not have to pay a separate fare for the bus. A bus fare of 30 rupees is added to the entry ticket.
Online ticket facility
For online ticketing, there will be no charge for payment through net banking or debit card, while booking with credit card will attract 1% GST on the total amount.
Memories related to Sardar Patel in the museum
There are jharokas near the chest of the statue, from where you will be able to see the Sardar Sarovar Dam completely. There is a museum under the statue, where many things related to the memory of Sardar Patel will be kept. Laser lighting has been arranged in the statue, so that its brightness will remain equal throughout the day and night.
A selfie point has been made within 5 km radius near the statue, which is a major attraction here. It has been developed as the Valley of Flowers.
High Speed Lift Facility
To welcome tourists, the Gujarat government has also built a shopping center and a research center in the Sardar Patel Statue Complex. Apart from this, high speed lifts have also been installed in the feet of the statue, through which you will be able to see the statue by reaching a height of 400 feet.
Nearest Airports/Railway Stations
Distance/Time (By Road)
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Ahmedabad Railway Station
198 kilometre/3 Hours 30 Minutes
Vadodara International Airport
Vadodara Railway Station
91 kilometre/1 Hour 30 Minutes
Surat International Airport
Surat Railway Station
156 kilometre/3 Hours
Kevadia Railway Station
0 Kilometre/0 Minutes
How To Reach To Statue of Unity from Ahmedabad Airport