|The Surat Fort||Located on the coastline near the Surat city|
|The Chintamani Jain Temple||Located in the Shahpor area|
|Ambika Niketan Temple||Positioned close to the Citylight Road|
|Swaminarayan Temple||On the banks of the river Tapi near the Sardar Bridge|
|Sarika Sadan||At Amliran Mohalla in Gopipura|
|Mughal Sarai||Near Surat Port|
|The Dutch Cemetery||Located near Kataragam Gate about 4 km from the heart of the city|
|Jawaharlal Nehru Garden||Located in the Athwalines area of Surat on the banks of the river Tapi|
|Rangupavan||Near the Makaipool Nanpura Ring Road|
|Gopi Talav||Located close to the Navsari Bazaar|
|Vansada National Park||Situated in the Valsad District of the state of Gujarat approximately 122 kilometers from Surat|
|The Sardar Patel Museum||Situated in the Sonifalia area of Surat|
|Science Centre||Located at City Light Road near the Parle Point|
|Gaurav Path||Located in the Piplod|
|Dandi||Located in the Jalalpore District near Navsari located just 25 kilometers from Surat|
|Bardoli||Located about 33 kilometers from the Surat city|
|Hajira||Located about 25 kilometers to the west of Surat|
|Dumas||Positioned roughly 10 kilometers from Surat|
|Suvali||Just 22 kilometers from Surat|
|Ubhrat||Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from the heart of the city|
|Tithal||Stationed about 100 km from Surat along the Arabian Sea|
|Navsari||Just 35 kilometers to the south of the city|
|Ukai||Nestled about 94 kilometers from Surat|
|Unai||Situated nearly 77 kilometers from Surat in Navsari district|
|Udvada||Located 120 kilometers from Surat|
The Surat Fort
The Surat Fort, haughtily standing on the banks of the river Tapi is said to have been erected by Muhammad Tughlak in 14th century AD on the site of the older fortification constructed by Firoz Tughlak. This stronghold had been raised to protect the city against the constant attacks of Bhil tribes who wanted to plunder Surat. The colossal structure of the Surat Fort is built in enormous strong ramparts and sturdy iron bars. The utmost level of security from the defense point of view is evidently integrated in the construction of this fort. The magnanimous entrance of this garrison is so designed that the gigantic structure of the gateway is furnished with well-built door shutters having projecting spikes at its outer façade. The Surat Fort, one of the masterworks amongst the historical monuments of Surat is a must visit destination indeed. Presently various government offices are housed in the Surat Fort.
The Chintamani Jain Temple
The Chintamani Jain Temple located in the Shahpor area of Surat is dated back to 17th century AD. This 400 years old Jain place of worship established during the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb is highly venerated and regularly visited by the Jain community of the city. Very well maintained by the Jains of Surat over all these centuries, the Chintamani Jain Temple apart from its religious significance is celebrated for its ostentatious wooden carvings and its rare vegetable dye paintings. These paintings preserved here are believed to have been created by the revered Jain scholar Acharya Hemachandra Suri and the famous Solanki King and the disciple of Acharya Hemachandra, Emperor Kumarpal. A sandalwood replica of the Chintamani Jain Temple of Surat has been placed in the ‘Museum of London’ for past 90 years.
Ambika Niketan Temple
Ambika Niketan Temple positioned close to the Citylight Road of Surat on the banks of the river Tapi is amongst the widely renowned pilgrim destinations of the city. One of the recent additions to the religious quotient of Surat, the Ambika Niketan Temple was constructed in the year 1969 by late Smt Bharati Maiya, an ardent devotee of Goddess Ambika. The sanctum of this temple enshrines an arresting idol of Goddess Ashtabhuja Ambika gracefully seated on her lion holding various weapons in her eight hands. Other then the main shrine of Ashtabhuja Ambika, the temple also houses several sub shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ram & Devi Sita and Lord Laxminarayana. The Ambika Niketan Temple is particularly thronged by the devotees on the auspicious occasion of Navaratri Festival. The garba and dandiya ras organized in the premises of the temple are enjoyed with unlimited fervor by everyone.
Swaminarayan Sampraday, based in India and today spread world wide is a sect that worships Sahajanand Swami or Swaminarayan as the incarnation of Lord Narayan i.e. Lord Vishnu. The Swaminarayan Temple of Surat set up on the banks of the river Tapi near the Sardar Bridge is one such Vaishnavite pilgrim destination of this diamond city. The foundation stone of this temple was laid by the hands of the ‘Pramukh Swami Maharaj’ on 27th April 1985. The construction work attained completion in the year 1996 and the idols of the presiding deities were consecrated on 16th December 1996 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The Swaminarayan Temple of Surat has three distinct shrines. The first shrine is dedicated to Harikrishna Maharaj and Radha-Krishna Dev. The central one enshrines Lord Swaminarayan, Gunatitanand Swami and Gopalanand Swami. And the third shrine is devoted to Ghanshyam Maharaj. The brilliantly colored Swaminarayan Temple, hailed for its intricate wooden carvings is an astounding sight to behold. The temple can be visited from 6 in the morning till 7 in the evening.
Sarika Sadan stationed at Amliran Mohalla in Gopipura area of Surat is a house where Kavi Narmad (Narmadashankar Lalshankar Dave), one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Gujarati poetry resided. This building also served as a venue where the freedom fighters and artists used to assemble during the struggle of independence. Veer Narmad, a promoter of nationalism, patriotism and socialism and the celebrated poet of the song ‘Jai Jai Garavi Gujarat’ was born in Surat. This abode of Kavi Narmad built in the year 1866 is lately renovated by SMC and reinstated as a memorial. The Narmad library located opposite the Umra Police Station along the Ghod Dod Road of Surat is a famous library of the city which houses a large collection of books including a considerable number of books for the blind.
As it is commonly known, Surat furnished as a major sea port during the Mughal Era from where pilgrims sailed to Mecca. The Urdu term ‘Sarai’ means ‘a guest house’. Mughal Sarai of Surat constructed in the mid 17th century under the dominance of the great Mughal Emperor ‘Shah Jahan’ served as a lodging house to the pilgrims bound for the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. Boasting of its peerless architectural ingenuity, the beautifully crafted archways and the magnificent dome of Mughal Sarai allure its perceiver to no extent. Mughal Sarai also served as a jail for a short span of time in 1875 AD. Today this historical edifice of Surat is under the administration of Surat Municipal Corporation. A number of SMC offices at present function in the premises of the Mughal Sarai.
The Dutch Cemetery
The Dutch Cemetery, also famous for its Dutch Gardens located near Kataragam Gate about 4 km from the heart of the city is a worth mentioning tourist destination of Surat. The Dutch Cemetery of Surat is particularly distinguished for its antique mausoleums consecrated in the memory of Dutch and British officers who alighted at Surat for business ventures and eventually settled and died here. These architecturally notable cenotaphs are set up amidst the well landscaped gardens laid down in Dutch fashion. Out of the tombs at the English Cemetery, the most remarkable ones are those of Christopher Oxenden and George Oxenden. The mausoleums at the Dutch Cemetery of Surat are featured with huge Domes, prominent pillars and extensive galleries. Underneath the mausoleums are constructed the burial chambers, which bear an adequate amount of toughness to withstand plenty of weight from the top. The major attraction of the Dutch Cemetery is the tomb dedicated to the director of a Dutch company in India; Sir Baron Adrian Van Reede who died in the year 1691.
Jawaharlal Nehru Garden
Jawaharlal Nehru Garden popularly known as the ‘Chowpati’ of Surat is the largest and one of the oldest gardens of the diamond city of Gujarat. Inaugurated in the year 1965, this garden is principally noted for some of its major attractions including the musical fountain and the jogging track. Moreover, this garden rightly christened after India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who loved children very much is well equipped with various games, slides and rides that enchant kids to no limit. Located in the Athwalines area of Surat on the banks of the river Tapi, the Jawaharlal Nehru Garden is a favorite hangout juncture of the city. The additional feature of this garden is that it is strategically positioned in the middle of the most famous eating joints of the city where almost everything starting from the mouth watering Indian chats to South Indian and Chinese food is served.
‘Rangupavan’ set up amidst the beautifully pastured gardens near the Makaipool Nanpura Ring Road in Surat is the largest amphitheatre of India. The immense stage of Rangupavan is 18 meters by 10.5 meters in its size and the arena has the capacity of accommodating about 4000 spectators at a time. Rangupavan regularly hosts various cultural programs and music concerts organized in Surat.
Gopi Talav, located close to the Navsari Bazaar of Surat is a water reservoir named after Gopi, the founder of the city ‘Suryapur’ (Surat). This lake doesn’t exist anymore as it was filled with deposits a long time ago. It is said that during the life span of the great Gujarati poet Premanand the ruined stones of the Gopi Lake were used in the restoration of the ‘Sharpanah’ and ‘Alampanah’ forts. Even these forts have not survived the test of time except for some of its ruins.
Vansada National Park
Vansada National Park, situated in the Valsad District of the state of Gujarat approximately 122 kilometers from Surat was declared a protected area in April 1979. This sanctuary flourishing with towering teak trees and categorized under the tropical moist deciduous forest is spread over a small quarter of land, nearly 24 square kilometers along the Ambika River. Predominantly acclaimed for housing tigers, leopards, panthers and wild boars, the Vansada National Park also provides secured shelter to a number of wild animals and birds such as rhesus macaque, hanuman langur, small Indian civet, common palm civet, Indian porcupine, barking deer, four-horned antelope, flying squirrel, hyena, jungle cat, black woodpecker, yellow back sunbird, Malabar trogon, pompodour pigeon, shama, jungle babbler, common grey hornbill, forest spotted owlet, Russel’s viper, python, and so on.
The Sardar Patel Museum
The Sardar Patel Museum and Planetarium also known as the ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sangrahalaya’ is yet another inviting attraction of the city Surat. Situated in the Sonifalia area of Surat, this museum established in the year 1889 was formerly known by the name ‘Winchester Museum’. It was rechristened after the ‘iron man’ of India after the Independence. This museum boasts of its rich collection of more than 10,000 specimen and relics of the rich cultural and artistic history of Surat. The mementoes exhibited in the Sardar Patel Museum include wood, stone, sandalwood, ivory, metal, terracotta, porcelain artifacts, old oil paintings, miniatures, textiles, manuscripts and many other pieces art and craft. The Planetarium was added to the museum later which today runs a daily show on the Genesis of the Universe. The Sardar Patel Museum of Surat can be visited from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm daily. It remains close on Sundays and public holidays. The Planetarium can be visited between 11:15 am and 1:45 pm from Wednesday to Saturday and between 2:45 pm and 5:45 pm. on Sunday and Tuesday. It remains closed on Mondays.
The Science Center of Surat located at City Light Road near the Parle Point is developed by SMC (Surat Municipal Corporation). The Science Center is divided into various sections such as a planetarium, art gallery, science models, museums, and auditorium and so on. The museum at the Science Center provides an eloquent record of the history of Surat. The auditorium of the Science Center has the capacity of over 240 spectators at a time while the amphitheatre set up here has the seating facility for 200 people together. The SMC has recently proposed to establish a gallery especially dedicated to diamonds, textile as well as the space parts.
Gaurav Path of Surat is a well planned and well laid down six lane avenue in the Piplod area of the city. This road connects the city to the Surat Airport and also to the Magdalla Port. Dotted with shopping malls, multiplexes, show-rooms and restaurants on both the sides, the Gaurav Path also leads us to the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology. Expanding this road till Dumas is in progress.
Dandi, a small coastal village in the Jalalpore District near Navsari located just 25 kilometers from Surat is the historical venue of the Salt Satyagraha undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi as a protest against the tax on salt. Gandhiji, along with some of his followers marched from the Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad on 12th March 1930 and reached Dandi on 6th April 1930. He picked up some salt at Dandi Shore and broke the salt law imposed by the British.
Bardoli, a municipal corporation in Surat District and the eastern most end of Surat Metropolis is located about 33 kilometers from the Surat city. Bardoli is a civic that holds tremendous significance in the history of Indian struggle of Independence. Bardoli Satyagraha was one of the most important episodes of civil noncompliance carried out by the farmers of Bardoli under the leadership of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the year 1928 as a protest against the ruthless agriculture revenue imposed upon the poor farmers by the British Government. Apart from that, Bardoli is also a home to a number of famous tourist destinations including Asia's number one Sugar Factory, Swaraj Ashram, Satyagraha Hospital, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Museum, Jalaram Mandir, etc.
Hajira, located about 25 kilometers to the west of Surat is a transshipment port in the Surat District. Located on the banks of the River Tapi just eight kilometers from the Arabian Sea, Hajira is a thriving industrial hub of the country. Hajira Port a home to major industrial and shipping companies like Reliance, Shell, Essar Group of Industries, Larsen & Toubro, Kribhco, etc is India’s largest deep-water LNG terminal and multi-cargo port.
Dumas, positioned roughly 10 kilometers from Surat is a popular palm and casuarina fringed beach much visited by the citizens as well as the tourists of Surat. Nestled amidst the pictorial background towards the southeast of Surat, Dumas is a renowned health resort where pristine nature beauty, soothing weather and charming cottages set up at the seafront render it a revitalizing retreat for each and every guest.
Suvali, a tiny coastal hamlet nested just 22 kilometers from Surat is a beautiful casuarina fringed beach much sought after by peace lovers and solitude seekers. The black sandy beach of Suvali is a perfect place to relax and speculate in the proximity with the tranquil Mother Nature. The Suvali village has two wells that ooze the water rich with sulfur and iron. Adding to all that, Suvali is also the historical site of the ‘Battle of Swally’ that took place between Portuguese and British in 1612 AD which resulted into the conquest of British and marked the onset of British Raj in Surat.
Ubhrat is a popular destination of the tourists visiting Surat. Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from the heart of the city, Ubhrat is notable for its extensive palm fringed sandy beach. Bathing in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea at Ubhrat is an incomparable experience of ultimate fun and rejuvenation.
Tithal, stationed about 100 km from Surat along the Arabian Sea is a famous sandy beach and a popular tourist destination in southern Gujarat. In addition to the black sandy beach skirted with palm fringes, Tithal is also noted for its Shri Sai Baba Temple and Shri Swami Narayan Temple.
Navsari, the twin city of Surat is placed at the distance of just 35 kilometers to the south of the diamond city of India. Navsari, a predominantly Parsi civic is a birth place of two of the noteworthy personalities of our country; the Grand Old Man Dadabhai Navroji and the founder of the Tata Group Jamsetji Tata.
Ukai, nestled about 94 kilometers from Surat along the NH 6 is the berth of the Ukai Dam, the largest reservoir built in the state of Gujarat. Popularly known as Vallabh Sagar, the Ukai Dam was constructed in the year 1971 across the river Tapi.
Unai situated nearly 77 kilometers from Surat in Navsari district is a well known pilgrim destination for the followers of Hinduism in Gujarat. It is believed that Lord Rama had performed a Yagna here. He shot an arrow in the land and hot water springs pounced out of it. These hot water springs are still alive in Unai. A temple dedicated to Goddess Unai Mata (Ushar Ambaji) is situated next to the hot water ‘Kund’ where the idol of the Goddess consecrated by Goddess Sita herself is enshrined. This temple of Unai is currently undergoing a renovation.
Udvada located something like 120 kilometers from Surat along the Arabian Coast is a widely known pilgrimage center of Parsi and Zoroastrians. Udvada is acclaimed for housing the oldest Parsi sacred fire in India in its Zoroastrian Atash Bahram Fire Temple.