The Statue of Unity is the massive statue in the world build in the name of independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with a height of 182 meters (597 ft), located on the banks of the River Narmada, overlooking Sardar Sarovar Dam, in the state of Gujarat, India. The statue inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018, on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary. The Prime Minister announced its construction on October 7, 2010, and the statue constructed on record time. As many people visit this place every year, it has become one of the best places to visit in India.
About Statue of Unity
Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India. He was the chief supporter of lawyer M.K. Gandhi also famous as Mahatma Gandhi, during the non-violent Indian Independence movement. Sardar Patel was responsible for the association of 562 princely states to form the modern Republic of India; that is why he was known as the “Iron Man of India.”
Which company builds the Statue of Unity?
The Statue of Unity built by the Larsen & Toubro Company won the contract with the lowest bid to construct it.
How many employees worked in the statue’s construction?
L&T Company employed 3000+ laborers to build and about 250 engineers in the statue’s construction.
How many years took to construct the Statue of Unity?
It took 3 years and 9 months to build the [Statue of Unity].
What materials used to build the Statue of Unity?
Materials used to build the statue were 2,12,000 liters of concrete, 18,000 tonnes of reinforced steel, and 6,565 bronze panels.
What is the cost of making the Statue of Unity?
The total cost of making the statue was INR 2,989 crore.
How to go inside the Statue of Unity?
Four high-speed lifts installed inside the legs of the statue, and each lift can accommodate about 26 people to reach the top in just 30 seconds.
How much money does the statue earn till now?
Lakhs of tourists visit the place every year, and till now, the Statue of Unity earned approximately 80 crores.
What is the Statue of Unity Entry Fee?
The entry ticket costs around INR 120 for adults and INR 60 for kids between the ages of 3 to 15 years. This entry ticket valid to places like the valley of flowers, memorial, museum, and audiovisual gallery. And the ticket for the observation deck costs around INR 300 for adults and INR 200 for kids.
Which day, the Statue of Unity is closed?
On Monday, the [Statue of Unity] is closed due to maintenance work.
Best time to visit Statue of Unity
October to March is the perfect time to visit the statue as the weather conditions expected during those months.
What are the timings of the Statue of Unity?
The [Statue of Unity] opens six days a week except on Mondays, and the timings to visit the place are from morning 8 to evening 6.
Who designed the statue?
An Indian artist, Ram.V.Sutar, designed the [Statue of Unity[.
Things to know about various notable statue heights (approx)
- Statue of Unity – 240 m (790 ft) (incl. 58 m (190 ft) base)
- Spring Temple Buddha – 153 m (502 ft) (incl. 25 m (82 ft) base and 20 m (66 ft) throne)
- Statue of Liberty – 93 m (305 ft) (incl. 47 m (154 ft) base)
- The Motherland Calls – 87 m (285 ft) (incl. 2 m (6 ft 7 in) base)
- Christ the Redeemer – 38 m (125 ft) (incl. 8 m (26 ft) base)
- Michelangelo’s David – 5.17 m (17.0 ft) (excl. 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) base)
Areas to glance within the statue
Level 1 – From the base up to the statue’s shins – museum taking down Sardar Patel’s contribution, and a memorial garden.
Level 2 – This extends up to the thigh area of the statue at 149 meters.
Level 3 – This level consists of the viewing gallery with breath-taking views of the River Narmada and the surrounding Satpura and Vindhyachal mountains.
Places to visit near Statue of Unity
There are 10 most important places one should not miss during their visit to the statue.
#1. Sardar Sarovar Dam
The dam supplies water to four states in India explicitly Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. The main attractions here are bird watching and spotting crocodiles.
Distance from Statue of Unity: 3 km
It is a small and scenic town to explore heritage palaces and museums near the statue. The main attractions here are Rajvant Palace, Pramod Villa Palace, and Harasiddhi Mata Mandir.
Distance from [Statue of Unity]: 25 km
#3. Boating & Helicopter Ride
One can get an aerial view of the statue with a helicopter ride for 10 minutes carrying 5 to 7 people at a time.
Price per person: INR 2,900
Timings: 9:30 AM to 1 hour before sunset.
Boat ride for 1 hour in the River Narmada.
Price per person: INR 290
Distance from [Statue of Unity]: 2.5 km
#4. Valley of Flowers
One can see several hundred species of various shrubs and flora. To witness the flowers blossoming at their best, monsoon season is the best time to visit.
Distance from Statue of Unity: 2.7 km
#5. Riverfront Cycling
One can cycle beside River Narmada, across the scenic Sardar Sarovar Dam service road, mountains, rivers, forests, waterfalls, and more.
Price: Kids cycles or solo adult cycles for INR 250 (2 hours). Tandem two-people cycles for INR 400 (2 hours) and electric cycles for INR 400(2 hours).
Distance from Statue of Unity: 2.5 km
#6. Sardar Patel Zoological Park and Safari
It is home to splendid big cats, which includes an Asiatic Lion, a Royal Bengal tiger, and Leopards. And also home to twelve species of deer, antelopes, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, bison, and other exotic animals.
Distance from Statue of Unity: 2.5 km
#7. Zarwani Waterfall
One can witness various species of plants and birds at Zarwani waterfalls. It is one among the perfect place for nature lovers and also for bird watchers.
Distance from Statue of Unity: 15 km
#8. Panchmuli Lake
One can witness most chin dropping views of Vindhyachal mountain range that forms the backdrop for the statue and the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Distance from Statue of Unity: 7 km
#9. Children Nutrition Park
The park offers a fresh take on the healthy eating habit for growing children. Children can play interactive games, mirror laze, Nutri-train, and more.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM during weekdays and on weekends from 9 AM to 9 PM.
Distance from Statue of Unity: 6 km
#10. Ninai Waterfall
The waterfall locates in the Dediapada taluka of the Narmada district. The waterfalls from 30 ft high, which look beauty to all nature lovers.
Distance from [Statue of Unity]: 100 km
How to Reach Statue of Unity?
Located in Kevadiya, the [Statue of Unity] can be easily accessible through various modes of transport.
Vadodara is the nearest railway station to the statue.
To reach Gujarat, the nearest airport is Vadodara airport.
Buses run till Kevadia bus stop, from their one can hire an auto to reach the statue.