Places To Visit In Surat For A Memorable Vacation
Set by the Tapti River, the city of Surat must be a part of every backpacker’s Gujarat trip. Named after the sun god, it was formerly known as Suryapur. One of the fastest-growing cities of India, it is worth a visit for not just its diamonds, textile, and embroidery, but for the many beautiful tourist attractions too.
Why visit Surat?
The name of this city is traceable even in Mahabharata. It is in Surat that Lord Krishna took a halt before proceeding to Dwarka. Besides, there are many historical travails and battles that took place in this diamond city of Gujarat. The beauty of this city lies in its medieval charm. So, visit Surat for its ancient ports, medieval architecture and modern malls. It is one Indian city that is progressing while retaining its old-world charm.
It’s the beaches, museums, malls, and monuments that will make a trip here truly epic. Whether it is the sun and sand experience, the quench to dig deep into history or touring holy places that are on your mind, this city can take care of all of this and more.
Top 15 Places To Visit In Surat
- Sardar Patel Museum
- The Science Centre
- Surat Castle
- Mughal Sarai
- Dumas Beach
- Hajira Village
- The Dutch Garden
- Ambika Niketan Temple
- Tomb of Khudawand Khan
- Chintamani Jain Temple
- Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium
- Sarthana Nature Park
- Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden
- Tapi River Waterfront
1. Sardar Patel Museum
Established in 1889, it is popularly known as the Sardar Sangralaya. Before independence, it was known as Winchester Museum’. There are old artifacts and maps housed in this museum. If you want to know about the rich culture and past of Surat, then a visit here is a must. There is also an exhibition room where you can get maps of travelers. You can round-up your trip here with a visit to the planetarium.
2. The Science Centre
Symbolic of the city’s rapid growth, the Science center or the planetarium is a part of the museum. It features a thematic gallery that displays a range of world factions. From space to cosmos, polar to textile, there are a number of sections here, which speak volumes about the growth of the city. Besides, there is an innovative 3D amphitheater and there are audio-visual shows that take place here giving you an insight into the creation of the universe. If you are looking for that museum and planetarium experience, then visit here and get the best of both.
3. Surat Castle
Standing tall on the banks of Tapi River is the old fort or Surat castle. Built-in the 16th century, by the Gujarath sultanate, the main intent was to protect the city of Surat from the Portuguese. Its walls are 4-metre-thick with 12-metre-high battlements. There are also iron strips for binding the different elements. The joints are filled with molten lead making it impenetrable. On its eastern wing, there is an imposing gateway. This historic fort got made on an earlier fort built by Ferozkhan Tuglaq of Delhi Sultanate. If ancient architecture and history interests you, then include a visit to this castle. Besides, this castle also offers an amazing view of the river and surrounding areas. So, go ahead get clicked at this ancient fort and don’t forget to get selfies clicked with the river and fort backdrop.
4. Mughal Sarai
There are so many iconic structures in this city of Surat that history lovers will surely have a great time here. Another important and ancient landmark is Mughal Sarai. It features rich Islamic art on its arches and domes. This Sarai or guest house was made in the mid-17thcentury by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for the pilgrims going to Mecca. During the revolt of 1857, it served as a jail.
5. Dumas Beach
Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this black sand beach is about 2km long and is a popular tourist attraction. It is the black sand which is characteristic of this beach. It is the high concentration level of iron that gives a black colour to the sand of Dumas Beach. The clear horizons and mesmerizing sunsets will captivate you. There are also various roadside eateries here and the place is popular for bhajiya. Along with amazing street side food and picturesque scenery, you can also take a camel or horse ride by the shore. However, a word of caution, avoid visiting the beach post sunset. It is believed to be among the most haunted places in India and there are several spooky stories around it.
6. Hajira Village
One of the best places to see in Surat by the Arabian Sea is the Hajira village. A picturesque town, it is popular for its idyllic beach. There is the Hajira beach with shallow water and golden sand, which remains popular among tourists and locals. It offers spectacular views during sunset. Besides, the beautiful seashells, casuarina trees and overall calming vibes by this beach make it an ideal hangout spot.
Along with the beach, this village is also popular for its health tourism. There are various hot water springs here, making it an ideal recreational destination.
7. The Dutch Garden
Located near the Kataragam gate, the Dutch garden or cemetery is a famous tourist attraction of Surat. It was built in the memory of Dutch and British officials who lived in Surat. Today, it is popular for ancient mausoleums and beautiful green landscape. When visiting this garden, you must view the tomb of Baron Adrian Van Reede. He was the director of the Dutch company. Besides, even the mausoleums of the Dutch cemeteries are worth a visit. It will be a unique and picturesque experience. Just taking a walk along the well-maintained shrubs and plants will be an experience of its kind. Don’t forget to make some picture memories here.
8. Ambika Niketan Temple
Situated on the banks of Tapi River, this temple was built in 1969 and dedicated to goddess Ambika. A famous pilgrim spot, there are two shrines inside the temple, one is dedicated to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, and the other to Laxminarayan. Decorated with fresh flowers, the positive vibes and heavenly feel make it worth a visit.
Remember the famous Dandi March? It started from Bardoli, which is at the eastern end of Surat. It is for this reason that it is also called as the Bardoli Satyagraha. Visit Bardoli to relate with history in a better way. There is Swaraj Ashram, Sardar Patel National Museum and Khadi workshops here. Along with the historical link, this part of the city is also famous for its restaurants and showrooms. Close to Bardoli is the Suvali beach. This beach is very clean and pristine. If you are looking for solitude, this beach is just for you. A perfect picnic spot, do visit the beach for black sand and a calming experience.
10. Tomb of Khudawand Khan
The tomb was built in the honour of Khudawand Khan, the former Governor of Surat. Located near Chakla Bazaar, the highlights of this tomb include Islamic architecture and caricature. There is also a plaque near the tomb which has a lot of information about the life of Khudawand Khan. After visiting the tomb, you can head for some shopping at Chakla bazaar.
11. Chintamani Jain Temple
This temple built in the reign of Aurangzeb is an architectural marvel and worth a visit. The design is simple yet exclusive. Boasting of exclusive craftsmanship, it has some unique works of Jain Acharya Hemachandra. Moreover, housing some wooden paintings, you can experience and feel them with bare hands as they are not laminated or framed. Visit this 400-year-old temple for its vegetable dye paintings. Some of the paintings are also done by Jain Acharya Solanki King and King Kumarpala.
12. Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium
A first of its kind, a multidisciplinary aquarium of India, it offers an absolutely striking experience. With 52 massive tanks, you can see over 100 species of fresh, marine and brackish water here. The main attractions include jellyfish pool, a shark tank which is double storied, and a dolphin tunnel, which is amazing. The other aqua life that you can see here includes stingrays, ghost fish, turtles, snowflake eel, alligator gar, lionfish, cichlid, man-eater piranhas and American lobster. Named after the Bengali scientist Jagdishchandra Bose, this well-maintained place with its world-class infrastructure will truly mesmerise you. It is a must among the places to see in Surat.
13. Sarthana Nature Park
Explore the flora and fauna of Surat and Gujarat at this nature park. It is spread across 81 acres, and you can see the most exquisite wild creatures. The Tapi River flows on the northern side of the park, adding to its grace manifold. Along with the many zoo inhabitants, making this nature park a true delight is the vegetation of mango, eucalyptus and Casuarina. Plan a visit to this park to see various endangered species and unique plantations. Nestled in the north-east side of Surat, you can reach here via the Kamrej road.
14. Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden
There is plenty for the nature enthusiasts in Surat. This business and commercial hub is evolving while maintaining its flora and fauna. A visit to this charming garden will bring you close to the exotic species and flora of Gujarat. This place has over a 1000 plant species and can be the right place to visit if you want some time away from the hustle-bustle of everyday life. There is also a pond in the middle of the garden that enhances its grace. Besides, there are various fun activities that take place here and add to its value. Among others, one can try a toy train ride, hot air balloon ride and more. A perfect place to spend a day with your family and children, one must include it in their Surat itinerary.
15. Tapi River Waterfront
Your visit to Surat will be incomplete if you don’t take back home memories of the Tapi River waterfront. Just sit by the river and indulge in natural therapy. You can stroll around the banks of the river and enjoy some delicious snacks. It can be the perfect last day plan. You can visit here early morning or for sunset. Even spending some time in the lap of nature under the night sky will be a calming and enjoyable experience. Spend some time with your family and friends and take back home the best riverfront memories.
There are many places to see in Surat, and you must include the ones that excite and interest you the most. The list mentioned above is an exhaustive and inclusive one. It mentions famous monuments, landmarks, parks, forts and more. You can use it for planning your trip to this land of diamonds and textiles. This list will help you take back home some memories worth diamonds from this beautiful city in India. Of course, along with these tourist attractions, you can explore the textile, diamond and embroidery work of this city. These can be the perfect souvenirs for loved ones.
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