Surat - Place To See Around| January 29, 2013
Dumas: About 18 km from the city, Dumas is famous for its palm fringed beach. The beach offers a good escape for tourists looking for some peace and quiet.
Suvali Beach: About 20 km from the city, Suvali Beach is a serene black sandy beach which is a good place for people in search of solitude.
Hazira: About 28 km south west from Surat, Hazira is a seaside resort and a popular picnic spot. The beach is clean and quiet which makes it a good place to relax. There is a bird sanctuary near the beach which is worth a visit.
Bharuch: About 73 km north of Surat, Bharuch is the oldest city in Gujarat and is famous for the Swaminarayan temple here. Bharuch has a known history of over 8000 years.
Vansada National Park: About 120 km from the city, it was the royal reserve of the King of Vansada before India got independence. The area was declared a protected area in 1979. The park is spread over an area of about 24 sq km and is home to about 450 species of plants, 115 species of birds, 31 species of snakes and 21 species of spiders.
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary: About 147 km north east from Surat, the sanctuary covers an area of over 600 sq km. The Sardar Sarovar Reservoir and the Karjan Reservoir are located inside the sanctuary that borders the Narmada River. There are 575 documented species of flowering plants found in the sanctuary.
Purna Wildlife Sanctuary: About 142 km east of Surat, the sanctuary covers an area of 160 sq km of reserved forest that was notified as a sanctuary in July 1990. The Purna Wildlife Sanctuary has the thickest forest cover in the state of Gujarat and receives the highest average rainfall. The sanctuary gets its name from the Purna River that flows through the sanctuary.