Surat being a business hub has its pros and cons. The pros being the growing economic status of this place and the cons being the constant workload and the tiredness it imparts. But to take away your boredom and make you feel refreshed there are various small getaways surrounding the city which is always worth visiting. It is not just an amazing city to have incredible food and roam around; it is also encircled by a blend of a choice of trekking spots, wildlife sanctuaries and numerous beautiful beaches. Find here the top places to visit near Surat.
PLACES TO VISIT NEAR SURAT WITHIN 100 KMS:
Are you a beach person? Suvali Beach is a must to be visited 25 kilometres from the centre of surat. It is considered the cleanest beach in India. The black sand reflects the footprints of crabs revealing the finest texture to the beach enhancing its beauty. The beach is also quite famous for the entertainment it offers as well the way it is decorated at the Diwali festival attracting a lot of crowds.
Dumas Beach is a popular tourist destination. Its popularity increased when it was marked as one of the haunted places due to the ground for the burial site. The surti people are very fond of this beach due to the bhajiyas that they get to eat here along with bhel and other snacks.
Bardoli is located 35 kilometres away from surat. The historical context of the city has intrigued many keen visitors. Also, this place is great for a one day trip for those who love culture and architecture. If you want to revel on some entertaining sites and have a look at various historical monuments, you must visit Bardoli.
Dabhari Beach is a gorgeous beach with shiny sand, mesmerizing view of sunsets and sunrises prevailing with peace and calmness. This beach has a long coastline which is best suited for long walks by the beach; sports are played on the beach like cricket, volleyball, or football. Refreshments offered by various vendors on the beach are mostly loved by everyone visiting this place.
Dandi is the place where the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi complete his salt march as a protest against the repressive salt tax imposed by the colonial government. The Dandi beach is serene and pristine which attracts everyone along with its long history.
It is a campsite nuzzled amidst the Sahyadri ranges. It is most famous for trekking and setting up camps. Along with camping it is also known for the other activities it offers like tubing, river rafting, boating, etc. It is known to have booming natural wildlife.
It is a go-to destination for many people when in need of a small break and a rejuvenating experience consequently offering refreshment to the mind. Breaking the continuity of whiteness the Tithal beach glimmers with golden waves. It also offers other activities like all the other beaches like horse or camel riding, water sports or games. This beach also offers auspicious vibes due to the existence of three temples here. Not many of you know that Tithal is ready to become India’s first divyaang (differently-abled) friendly beach. We can say that it is one of the best beaches which offer us all.
8)MIRASOL LAKE GARDEN
Mirasol lake-garden situated close to Devka beach is a surprise treats for several visitors enjoying the beach as it is a buoyant place to engage your day with toy train rides and boating. It is a man-made marvel that is completely outfitted with eateries and drinks. It has the loveliest vibe because of which it is preferred by many people to visit it at least once.
Hazira is one of the major ports in the Surat city for transshipment.
It is a hill station which is nearest to Surat. Wilson Hills is located in a forested region close to a wildlife sanctuary along with a glance at the sea. It is well-liked during the summer season as it offers a cooler and a reduced amount of humidity.
Devka Beach is well known for its pure beauty and serene view that it offers. It is not spoiled and thus has clean blue water with well-maintained shores that mostly attracts the people to visit this place.
PLACES TO VISIT NEAR SURAT WITHIN 200 KMS:
Saputara is a hill station located in the Sahyadris about 164 kilometres from Surat. It is an ideal spot for trekking enthusiasts. It is a tourist spot for years and it remains minimally commercialized and unspoiled. The best season to visit Saputara is winter as it is quite enjoyable at that time of the year. It is mostly famous for Saputara lake, sunset point, Gira waterfalls, table point, Saputara tribal museum, Wagai botanical garden, town viewpoint, and many such other recreational places.
2)STATUE OF UNITY
The Statue of Unity is nowadays quite a famous place to visit for a one say trip. It is a 182- meter tall statue built to pay tribute to Sardar Patel also known as the ‘the iron man of India’. We strongly recommend visiting this place at least once in life. It is advised to visit this place at the earliest time of the day and enjoy all-day exploring the monument and nearby attractions and return in time for the infamous laser show.
Jawahar is a hill station that is relatively untouched and unexplored maintaining its originality. An abundance of scenic beauty with an assortment of flowers, dense forest, and a pleasant climate make it the most desirable place to visit. It is also endowed with historical monuments which include grand temples having their own significance and a beautiful panoramic view down the valley.
4)NILKANTHDHAM SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE
Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan is a beautifully engraved temple establishes on the ground of Poicha dedicated for auspicious reasons to lord Swami Narayana. The unique thing about this temple is that it is constructed at the riverbank of the sacred river Narmada. It looks spectacular at night times when it is brightened up with lights.
5)SARDAR SAROVAR DAM
It is a concrete gravity dam on the Narmada River. The best time to visit this dam is October and November. The Sardar Sarovar Dam is surrounded by natural beauty and embraced in the foothills of mountainous terrain.
6)SHRI STAMBESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE
It is a lord Shiva temple immersed in the Arabian Sea. It submerges the shiva linga during high tides which are considered a very holistic view.
It is an ancient fort having the statue of Lord Ganesha on its top. To reach this fort a small trekking trip is essential as the path is very narrow. The fort offers a scenic view of the entire valley and Surgana village from the top. A tombstone along with a water tank and remnants of a mansion is visible inside the fort.
The drive through the lush green forest to the Gira falls is truly mesmerizing embarked with the flow of the Ambika River. It is best advised to visit these falls at the peak of the monsoon season. Gira Falls is a great stopover for people travelling from Saputara to Surat. It is a viable spot for a small one day picnic. Tourists also visit the beautiful Waghai Botanical Garden nearby which has a variety of plants and trees, providing a marvellous view of different varieties of bamboo groves.
9)PURNA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is present in the Western Ghats mountain range moist deciduous forests ecoregion offering a great deal of nature for picturesque exquisiteness. This wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna which is beneficial for tourists as it offers a multiplicity of different things.
Pandava Caves are believed to provide shelter to the five Pandavas during their expel period also they were created by Buddhist monks by cutting caves into a low hill. They are roughly carved but gravely attractive. It mostly attracts people with a keen interest in ancient structures and ancient tales associated with it.
11)VANSDA NATIONAL PARK
Vansda National Park is an amazing place located in Navsari. It is a unique protected area of Gujarat which is rich in flora and fauna. The best time to visit this place is between October and February.
It is a breathtaking waterfall situated at Girmal village near Saputara. It has a beautiful picturesque in monsoon season veiled in the dense forests of Dangs. The Gira River takes a complete u-turn and the view from above is totally worth it.
The water of Udvada Beach is not very worth attracting to get a bath or enjoy the water but it is most appropriate for a walk on the beach or clicking pictures. It gives a charming experience around sunset time. There is a backdrop for the beach lined by old houses spread across the coast.
There are various places to visit in Daman which leave a long-lasting impression on one’s mind. There are various beaches in Daman like Jampore beach and many more such beaches. It also has a fort named St. Jerome and other monumental building called the Cathedral of Bom Jesus.
It is the capital of union territory Dadra Nagar Haveli with an ideal indulgence into the wild side for a lot of tourists. The top places to visit in Silvassa are the lion safari wildlife park, Vangana lake, Island Garden, Khanvel, Hirwa van gardens, Dudhani, Tribal Museum, our lady of piety church, and many more. Silvassa is a delicacy for quest enthusiasts with several water parks based activities available to its visitors. It is also a delight for those looking for handmade products.
PLACES FOR COUPLES TO VISIT IN SURAT:
This is an added bounce for all the couples out there. Below mentioned are the few places that couples can go to, to spend some alone time in the company of each other and in the lap of nature enjoying to the fullest.
All the beaches are a great place for couples to visit to have a lovely evening at the beach walking along the coastline, sand slipping through their toes and enjoying the serenity of the picturesque beauty. Dumas beach, Suvali beach, Dabhari beach, Dandi beach, Tithal beach and others mentioned above.
Want to spend some cosy time? Wilson hills, Saputara and Jawahar are some miraculous options for a hill station visit.
Finding solace in nature and diving in its tranquillity is a rejuvenating experience. Saputara and Padamdungri are the perfect places to dwell in the beauty of nature and have a beautiful time with your partners. Also, waterfalls like Gira falls and Girma falls can be considered and are rather favourable.
LIST OF PLACES TO VISIT NEAR SURAT WITHIN 300 KMS:
- CHAMPANER- PAVAGADH ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
- GIR NATIONAL FOREST AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY