Surat, a city in Gujarat is the hub of diamonds and textiles. It is a city where you will get to taste the finest of foods and visit the best places. While Surat city in itself offers tourists so many places to see, there are places nearby that can be visited for a one or two-day trip, especially on the weekends.
Check these 5 tourist places near Surat that can be easily accommodated during weekends-
1. Dandi, Navsari
Synonymous with the famous Gandhi salt satyagraha, Dandi in Navsari has plenty to explore for a day. The Salt Satyagraha Memorial depicts beautifully the story of salt satyagraha from its conceptualization to the final picking up of salt grains to symbolize the breaking of salt laws. The Dandi beach along the Arabian Sea and the Saifee Villa that displays the pictures of Mahatma Gandhiji are the places to visit in Dandi. The nearby town of Navsari is also beautiful and you can visit this en route Dandi.
2. Saputara, Dang
Located in the Western Ghats or Sahyadris, Saputara is the only hill station of Gujarat in the Dang district. Rich in natural beauty, Saputara is frequented by the people of Gujarat and neighboring Maharashtra throughout the year. The month-long Saputara Monsoon Festival showcases the rich customs and traditions of its native tribal population. This is one of the famous tourist places near Surat and is a weekend getaway for the Surtis.
3. Daman Beach, Daman
Another in the list of visiting places near Surat is Daman. The capital city in the Indian union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, it was once a Portuguese colony. The Daman fort, beach, Jain temple, and the Church of Bom Jesus are the main attractions. If you are a food lover, try the various sea-food options here. Also available are the adventure sports along the seashore that will help you spend quality time here.
4. Statue of Unity, Narmada
A must in the list of tourist places near Surat is the Statue of Unity. At 182 meters, the Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue. Constructed on a river island, this statue faces the Narmada Dam downstream. The statue houses a museum and audiovisual gallery. There is a memorial garden at the base of the statue. The Sardar Sarovar Dam, Tent City, Butterfly Park, river rafting, and Valley of Flowers are added attractions near the statue.
5. Udvada, Valsad
The hometown of Parsis in India, Udvada is rich in Zoroastrian heritage. This quaint little coastal town has the sacred fire temple inside which lies the ‘Victorious Fire’ or the Atash Behram. The tourist places in Udavada are the Zoroastrian heritage museum and the beach. Fit for an idyllic holiday, visitors must try the mouth-watering Parsi food and the delicious snacks from the Irani Bakery here.
We have listed the 5 best tourist places near Surat to help visitors plan their travel while visiting Surat. The other places to explore in and around Surat that may be included in your travel itinerary are Tithal Beach, Dharampur, Vansda National Park, Pavagadh, Umbergaon, and so on.