SOU Light and Sound show
After visiting the Valley of flowers, glow garden and the Dam its time to return to the statue of unity for the laser light and sound show.
I suggest you to first visit the Museum and the viewing gallery during the broad daylight hours to get the best view of the surrounding hills and the dam. Then 1 hour before sunset proceed to the valley of flowers. Spend your time in valley of flowers till the sunset. At Twilight hours watch the glow garden which otherwise not look so great during the day time. After visiting valley of Flower and Glow Garden return to the statue before 7:30 to see the laser light and sound show.
Light and Sound show
A Light and Sound show using laser technology projection on the Statue of Unity takes place every evening except Monday at 7:30 PM. This light and sound show can be watched without any ticket from any place between valley of flower to statue of unity or the roads connecting them. But the ideal place is near the statue of unity where sitting arrangements are made and you can listen the narration also. The colorful laser light show is accompanied by an excellent narration of the history and life of Sardar Patel, his contribution to the Independence movement and the unification of India as one nation. The 30 minutes show is narrated in Hindi.
Things to explore nearby
Other than the Statue of Unity monument there are many more attractions nearby which are worth visiting and many more activities you can do if you have a full day at your disposal.
Dam View points
Other then the Statue observation deck there are three more Dam view points which can be reached by the bus. Dam view points and transport is included in all the tickets. In my opinion the best time for visiting the dam is during or at the end of monsoon season when dam management is releasing water.
It contains herbs, shrubs and trees native to all the 7 continents signifying the theme of 'Unity in Diversity' in the global context.
This is a garden beautifully landscaped with more than 450 varieties of Cactus collected from different part of world. The cacti plants exhibited here are in different shape size and color which attract the visitors. You can even buy a few varieties of cactus from here. Entry ticket for Cactus garden is ₹40.
This is also a beautiful landscape Garden next to the cactus Garden. As per the garden management there are some 25 varieties of butterfly which you can spot there. There are many specific varieties of flowers to feed the butterfly and grow them. Pathways are built around Flower plants with big butterfly frames for taking selfies. Entry ticket for Butterfly garden is ₹40.
Helicopter Ride around Statue of Unity
If you wish to get an aerial view of the Statue of Unity, helicopter ride is available at the Statue of Unity to fulfill you wish. A 10-minute helicopter ride will cost you ₹ 2,900. The helicopter ride is available from 9:30 AM to 1 hour before sunset on all days expect Monday and carry a group of 5-7 people at a time. Helicopter ride can be booked from SOU website.
Visitors can enjoy the boating in the lakes around the Statue of Unity. A 1-hour boat ride cost ₹ 290 per person and tickets can be purchased in advance from SOU website. You can reach the location by the SOU buses.
Adults, kids and tandem cycles are available on rent to cycle along the Narmada river, across the picturesque Sardar Sarovar Dam service road network. Cycles can be reserved in advance from the Statue of Unity website.
Other than these there are few more attractions to keep Adults and children engaged like Children Nutrition Park, Sardar Patel Zoological Park and Safari.
How to Reach Statue of Unity
The statue of unity can be best explored from Vadodara which is connected to every part of the country directly with the rail network. The nearest airport is also Vadodara which is connected with the metros. From Vadodara the Statue of Unity is about 90 km away and can be reached via State Highway 11 and State Highway 63.
If you wish to go there by state transport bus, you can plan you journey and buy tickets at GSRTC website. You need to catch the bus for Kevadiya colony Bus Stop. If there is no direct bus service then come via Vadodara or Dabhoi.
There is no train service to the statue of unity. There is a proposed railway line up to the Statue of Unity which will take few years.
Where to Stay
The best option is to stay in Vadodara city and visit the statue as a day trip. Hotel in all budgets are available in Vadodara. If you start early you can visit almost all the spots at Statue of Unity in a day.
If you want to stay near the statue there are two tent city accommodation available near the two lakes beside the Sardar Sarovar dam. First tent city is near the main canal gates and the second is near Panchmuli Lake. The stay option there is all inclusive and costly for families.
There any few budget hotels in Kevadiya colony. After leaving SH 63 towards Kevadiya colony there are many new hotels along both side of the road.