Surat, located on the banks of river Tapti, the rich economic hub of the state Gujarat is one of the cleanest cities in India. An ancient developed port enabling its people to trade far and wide, the city has always been prosperous, carving a niche for itself in textiles and diamond cutting. The coastal city has a beautiful beach, water parks, shopping malls, bazaars and lots more to keep its guests entertained. Here is the list of few of the best places to visit in Surat.
Beaches are the most preferred choice when one looks for relaxation and chillouts. For the sun, sand and water are natural healers, rejuvenating the tired body. Surat has quite a few beaches
Managed by SMC Surat (Surat Municipal Corporation), Dumas Beach is one of the must-visit spots in Surat. The best part is its cleanliness, thus attracting locals as well as outsiders in huge numbers. Dumas Surat is an ideal picnic spot in the city, one can enjoy the view or play in the water and gorge on the street food available at one of the many food stalls serving mouth savoring snacks from pav bhaji and Pani Puri to jalebi and gaathiya you get it all here in the open beach.
Suvali beach is located in the town of Bardoli. It is famous for its black sand and the peace and solitude that it offers to its visitors. Visit this place to be lost in your own thoughts. Also, this place is handy with many options for food and drinks(not alcohol) and thus makes it one of the suitable places for picnic places near Surat.
A family beach, known for its serenity. The beach is an ideal picnic and family spot for the city wanderers.
Sarthana Nature Park
Spread across a massive 80 acres, Sarthana Nature Park is home to exquisite wildlife I’m the city. The temperature of the park is kept cool by the shades of Eucalyptus, Casuarina and mango trees. This is one of its kind wherein a zoo is developed with natural habitat for animals also provided for their breeding. A not to be missed zoo in Surat and some of the best places to visit in Surat.
Amaazia Amusement Park
Amazia Surat is the first integrated indoor amusement park of the country. Amazia Surat includes recreation, leisure entertainment, fun and lots of joy. Amazia is suitable to any age group as it has many rides suitable for different age groups. There are special rides for childrens and some thrilling adult rides too like Drop tower, thrill coaster and spinning coaster. It is one of the most thrilling water parks in Surat and one of the most sought-after tourist places in Surat.
Jagdish Chandra Bose Aquarium
An underwater marine aquarium, first of its kind in the country. Jagdish Chandra Bose Aquarium is popular amongst kids, youths and adults equally for it has 100s of species of fishes. Major attractions being jellyfish pool and shark tank. The fishes are well looked after and there are separate fish tanks for different fish kinds. A must for the nature lovers and families.
Also known as Old Fort, Surat Castle standing on river Tapti, is one of the oldest historical monuments of the city. The city view from the top of the castle js picturesque. The fort was built to safeguard against the Portuguese invasion by the Sultanate of Gujarat and is based on that of Delhi Sultanate’s Ferozkhan Tughlaq.
Vansada National Park
Located at a distance of 120kms from the city, Vansada National Park is spread across 24 sq.kms and is home to a rich variety of plants, animals, birds, reptiles and mammals. It is situated on the bank’s of River Ambika and is bordered by Sahyadri hills on western and northern side. The thick bamboo cover make it a natural habitat for the species nestled in the National Park.
A place for the geeks and technology lovers, Science Centre Surat amuses kids and adults. It is one of the best tourist places in the city.Science Centre houses an art gallery, planetarium, amphitheater and an auditorium. Visit this place to learn while having fun.
A beautiful and well-maintained garden is the cemetery of the Dutch officer’s who settled in the city for their business ventures. Each tomb is different from its counterparts and tells a unique story leaving you awestruck. The pleasant walk amidst the shrubs and bushes asks for nothing more.
Protected by SMC Surat (Surat Municipal Corporation), these are the wetlands of great significance. They serve as home to the many migratory birds that can be sighted here. A paradise and a must visit for bird watching and bird lovers. Purple Sunbird, Indian peafowl, yellow fronted pied woodpecker are few of the many migratory birds that make Gavier lake their home.
Swami Narayan Temple
Dedicated to Swami Narayan of Vaishnava sect, Swami Narayan Temple is located on the banks of river Tapti. Intricate fine carvings and aesthetic architecture make it a must for the devotees and art lovers. The night view is splendid with the light reflections of river Tapti. The temple complex consists of 3 temples dedicated to different Hindu gods.
Situated at a distance of 34 km from the city, Bardoli has a rich history to boast of, for it was here that the Salt March( Sandi March) started from.
Bardoli is one of the most important historical places in and around the city. The Swaraj Ashram, Sardar Patel National Museum, Khadi workshop and the Aitihasik Ambo( a mango tree under which Mahatma Gandhiji declared for home rule) are the popular crowd pullers. Bardoli also attracts the young crowd of the city as it is the home for swanky showrooms and high-end restaurants.
Chintanamani Jain Temple
Situated near Rani Talab, Chintanamani Jain Temple is a 400-year-old Jain Temple in Surat. It contains some of the rare aircrafts, including the vegetable dye paintings of Acharya Hemachandra. It is an architectural marvel in the commercial city of Surat. It attracts huge Jain devotees and others from across the Country.
Located at a distance of 25 km from the city, the town of Hazira is an ideal destination for peace lovers far from the noise and disturbances of the city. It is also famous amongst the health enthusiast as it has numerous hot water springs. The golden sand and the sparkling waters are a treat to the body and to your eyes too. The serenity of the place is added up by the casuarina trees all along the perimeter of the beach making it the perfect choice for a break far from the city.
Saputara is a planned hill station near Surat. An ideal choice for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Saputara offers trekking, hiking, sightseeing and lots more.