Designed as a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity has been thrown open to tourists from 9 am today. Located in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the world’s tallest statue (about 600 feet), is just 3.5 km away from Kevadia town and about 200 km from Ahmedabad. For Gujarat tourism, which already has the Great Rann of Kutch and the Gandhi circuit as big attractions, the Statue of Unity is on its way to being added to the list.
Although lying in a remote corner, the Gujarat government has already started promoting the Rs 3,000 crore statue as a major tourism destination. On an average, 15,000 visitors are expected daily to the site. Since it is double the height of New York’s world-famous Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Unity is also likely to draw a decent number of foreign tourists besides domestic visitors from all over India.
Besides the statue itself, there are several other tourist attractions around including the valley of flowers, natural beauty of the Satpura and Vindhyachal hill ranges besides the Sardar Sarovar dam on the mighty Narmada river. To get the best view of the picturesque environs of the Statue of Unity, you will have to shell out Rs 350 per person.
The observation deck ticket takes you to a height of about 400 feet close to the chest of the Sardar Patel statue using high-speed elevators. This gives you a panoramic view of the entire Narmada river, surrounding hills and dam.