It was a good opportunity to go for a 5-day family trip during the Covid-19 breather in December, 2021 with Kulkarnis and Banerjees. Visited Silvassa, Daman, Kuber, Nilkantheshwar, Garudeshwar and Kevadia. The main attraction for all of us was to see the world’s tallest statue. of Sardar Vallbhbhai Patel. But when we roamed around the Kevadia for three days and still we could not visit some places like Vishwa Van, Valley of Flowers, Ekta Cruise, Children Nutrition Park, adventure sports and so on.
Visited Madhuban Lake View Point on 25-Dec-2021 which is built on Daman Ganga river and did the boating in the silent water with the family members. Very scenic, silent and nice place which is about 20 km from Silvassa.
Jampore Daman Beach on 25-Dec-2021 is famous for its blackish mud-colored water. Sunset on the day was very soothing. The beach is about 5 km and has many water-sport activities. We enjoyed camel and horse-cart ride and of course good walk on the beach. The ambiance on the beach was very live as a lot of tourists had come to the beach on the Christmas holiday. The Sunset was very scenic and clear.
Visited Kuber Bhandari Temple at Karnali near Poicha on 26-Dec-2021: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, named here as Kuber Bhandari-the god of food and water.
Visited Garudeshwar Temple on both 26 and 27 Dec-2021 which is located on on the banks of Narmada river. Garudeshwar, a sacred place of Lord Dattatreya, where Samadhi of Sree Vasudevananda Saraswati Maharaj’s is located. An important place for the devotees of Lord Dattatreya. We felt privileged to attend the morning aarati ( Kakada Arati).
Nikanth Dham Temple on 27-Dec-2021 is a spectacular temple on the bank of Narmada river. This huge temple was built completely in solid rock according to ancient Sthaapatya Shastra style.
Site-seeing of Kevadia area covered the following places around Kevadia on 28 and 29 Dec-2021
Area surrounding Kevadia is developed to create a world class tourism site which will be symbol of national unity and provide infrastructure for the development of the tribal area. In conjunction with the Statue of Unity, several projects are being undertaken with objectives such as
- Livelihood generation
- Social Infrastructure
- Employment Generation
- Environment Protection
- Tribal Development
The local community is privileged with having livelihood opportunities like e-riksha operators, nursery, restaurants, sport advantures, gardens and so on.
We could visit the following attractions in 1 and half days.
River Rafting at Khalwani in Kevadia : Adventure enthusiasts who can now enjoy river rafting in 4.5 km. stretch with whirlpools, rapids and many turns which provide an exciting and unforgettable rafting experience. We could not undertake this activity but nice spot developed for this purpose.
his colossal statue stands on the isle of Sadhu-Bet in River Narmada, at Kevadia, District Rajpipla in the Indian State of Gujarat, with the majestic Vindhyachal and Satpuda Mountain Ranges in the backdrop. The statue is fast becoming one of the country’s top tourist attractions.
Aimed to inspire generations, the Statue showcases Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s vision on unity, patriotism, inclusive growth and good governance.
Arogya Van on 28-Dec-2021 : is spread over an area of about 17 acres. Arogya Van has different medicinal plants and health-related landscapes. The aim of this attraction is to raise awareness about the important role played by plants in the wellness of human beings. Emphasis is also laid on Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation for being an integral part of a person’s well-being.
The key highlight at Arogya Van is the ‘Aushadh Manav.’ This is a giant three dimensional layout of a human body in a resting posture. Each human organ is represented by a medicinal plant which is beneficial for that particular organ. So these plants are planted on the specific part of the body to make the visitors understand the specific plants used for therapeutic treatment of that particular organ.
There five gardens inside Arogya Van are Garden of Colours, Aroma Garden, Yoga Garden, Alba Garden and Leutea Garden. very well developed garden developed in some months. A must see for all…!!!
Ekta Nursary Ekta Nursery is being developed in the vicinity of the Statue of Unity, in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision that visitors, when they return, should take back with them seedlings as a plant of unity. Out of the one million plants targeted, 0.3 million plants are in ‘ready to sell’ stage and the other 0.7 million are likely to be ready soon
Cactus Garden The Cactus Garden is a botanical garden exhibits a huge variety of Cacti and succulents, the true miracles of adaptation. There are 6 lakh plants of 450 species spread across 25 acres of open land and inside the dome having an area of 836 square meters.
Butterfly Garden has more than 70 species of butterflies. The garden is covering 10 acres of area with 150 species of nectar plants and larval host plants. We could not see many butterflies as we reached the garden in the afternoon rather than reaching early in the morning.
Sardar Sarovar Dam is the third highest concrete dam (163 metres) in India after Bhakra Dam (226 metres) in Himachal Pradesh and Lakhwar Dam (192 metres) in Uttar Pradesh. In terms of volume of concrete involved for gravity dams, this dam is ranked as the second largest in the world with an aggregate volume of 6.82 million cubic metre; only after Grand Coulee Dam in the USA with a total volume of 8.0 million cubic metre being the largest.
Zarwani Water Fall located in dense forest of Shoolpaneshwar wildlife sanctuary near Statue of Unity, Kevadia, Gujarat. Though it is small waterfall but with crystal clear water and is surrounded by Satpura Mountains forest.
Statue of Unity on 29-Dec-2021 located on the bank of Narmada against the backdrop of the dramatic Satpura and Vindhyachal hills in Kevadia, Gujarat. The 182-metre (600 feet) statue is of to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the architect of independent India. A Light and Sound Show using laser technology projected on the Statue of Unity takes place every evening.
The Statue of Unity Project was complete in about 57 months and the total cost was around Rs. 3,000 crore. Main attractions are the Statue of Sardar Patel, exhibition hall, convention centre, etc. The Statue Site was created by flattening the Sadhu Island hillock from 70 meters to 55 meters.
The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue at 182 metres (597 ft). It rises 54 metres (177 ft) higher than the previous record holder, the Spring Temple Buddha in China’s Henan province. The previous tallest statue in India was the 41 m (135 ft) tall statue of Lord Hanuman at the Paritala Anjaneya Temple near Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The statue can be seen within a 7 km (4.3 mi) radius.
The statue is divided into five zones of which only three are accessible to the public. From its base to the level of Patel’s shins is the first zone which has three levels and includes the exhibition area, mezzanine and roof. The first zone also contains a memorial garden and a museum. The second zone reaches up to Patel’s thighs, while the third extends up to the viewing gallery at a height of 153 metres. The fourth zone is the maintenance area while the final zone comprises the head and shoulders of the statue.
The concrete towers which form the statue’s legs contain two elevators each. Each lift can carry 26 people at a time to the viewing gallery in just over 30 seconds. The gallery is located at a height of 153 metres (502 ft) and can hold up to 200 people.
Jungle Safari on 29-Dec-2021 : The Jungle Safari covers 375 acres on the bank of the Narmada River, near Statue of Unity. The park is a home to more than 186 species of fauna, covering various biomes of Africa, Australia, Asia and America. It was really enjoying to walk through the raised walkway of the Fly High Aviary. We, especially children, enjoyed seeing variety of the colorful birds. .
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