Things to Do in Surat


One of the top places to visit in Surat for couples is the Dumas Beach which is situated at a distance of 20 km from the town. The sand of this beach itself defines its uniqueness from all other Indian beaches. As it is rich in its iron content, the sand of this beach appears to be more or less of eerie black colour.

While the beach is famous for its serene atmosphere, locals often associate many haunted stories too with the beach. Beachside street foods are the best to try here as you have a good count of the local delicacies available like Gathiya, Pav Bhaji, Bhajiya, etc.

20 km from the town of Surat.

Best time to visit:
Morning and evenings on tidal days.

Jagdish Chandra Bose Aquarium
An eco-friendly vivarium, Jagdish Chandra Bose Aquarium features an extensive collection of invertebrates, marine animals, fishes, amphibians, turtles, and aquatic plants. There are more than 36 aquarium boxes here at work to display more than 36 varieties of the marine fishes simulated within a safe and secured environment.

There is a separate section entirely dedicated to freshwater where you can explore the exotic and indigenous aquatic fish varieties. Man-eater piranha, alligator gar, starfishes, stingrays, fold fishes, ghost fishes, and lionfishes are the essential marine forms to be traced here.

Small sharks can also be found here to a considerable extent. Nonetheless, this aquarium is a great boon for all those who are actively in search of scientific information and marine education on aquatic biodiversity conservation. So, if you have kids along with you, Jagdish Chandra Bose Museum might turn out to be a famous tourist place in Surat for your family weekend.

Kasturba Gandhi Bal Udyan, Surat, Gujarat.

-For Adults (18 to 65 years)- 50 INR per head,
-For Children (3 to 17 years)- 20 INR per head.

10:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Swami Narayan Temple

If you want to include a religious excursion in your list of tourist places in Surat, SwamiNarayan Temple is the best one. This Hindu shrine is entirely dedicated to the Swaminarayan Section of Vaishnavism. It is considered to be highly auspicious by the locals of Surat. Initially built in the honour of Sahajananda Swami, the temple was constructed beautifully with pink coloured stone and embellished with marvellous carvings.

The architectural representation of the temple carvings itself signifies the influence of Swaminarayan Sampraday here. Swaminarayan devotees spread across the world who believe in his divinity spare some time free from their routine schedule for visiting this holy shrine of Surat.

Swaminarayan Marg, Swaminarayan Chowk, Surat, Gujarat.

07:30 am to 08:15 pm.

Best time to visit:
October to March.

Dutch Garden

One of the most popular tourist places in Surat, the Dutch Garden is a captivating beauty of the city. Besides refreshing the busy city souls with its calm and fresh breeze, the garden owes a substantial historical significance too. Featuring a European style of architecture, the garden is both well-planned and well-maintained till date.

This gorgeous recreational space is an excellent hub for the locals to go for a walk either in the early mornings or during late evenings. As the River Tapi flows calmly along one side of the park, it never fails to soothe the park strollers with its refreshing breeze.

Nanpura, Surat, Gujarat.

-06:00 am to 12:00 pm and
-03:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Best time to visit:
October and March.

The Science Center

Nestling amidst the busy streets of Surat, The Science Centre adds on its worth to glorify the scientific zest of the state. From a state of the 3D amphitheatre to numerous housing galleries showcasing space, diamonds, cosmos, textiles, etc., The Science Centre has it all.

The ‘Fun Science Gallery’ puts to display over 50+ exhibits contributing towards a fun element to the various scientific disciplines. The fully functional extra-ordinary planetarium within this magnificent Science Centre can help you virtually teleport yourself through space and interact with the moons, stars, and planets.

The exhibits at this Science Centre are enough for raising the scientific curiosity of your child and inspire him to acknowledge his journey through astronomical interventions.

Besides Shree Maheshwari Bhavan in Surat, Gujarat.

Approx 100 INR per head.

09:30 am to 04:30 pm.

Sardar Patel Museum

Housed within the premises of Moti Shahi Mahal, the Sardar Patel Museum is entirely dedicated to the artefacts and all the belongings of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The two multimedia halls within shows numerous exhibits shedding light on the life and work of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel through an extensive collection of interactive and experimental presentations.

Here, all the information displays are available in 3 different languages – English, Marathi, and Hindi to aid the easy understanding of the museum strollers. The light and laser show, 3D effects, and permanent set-ups are key attractions of this museum. The shows here represent a seamless blend of 3D mapping projection techniques, sound and light effects, voice narration, and laser projection.

City Light Road behind the Science Centre in Surat, Gujarat.

20 INR per head.

-09:00 am to 11:00 am and
-02:30 pm to 05:00 pm.

Chab Chaba Chab

Located on the outskirts of Surat in the Indian State of Gujarat, Chab Chaba Chab is one of the most popular water-parks. Chab Chaba Chab in English translates to Splash-Splash-Splash. Chab Chaba Chab is India’s largest water fun park and is home to more than 50 water slides and other amazing fun rides.

These rides include a lazy river, Tsunami pool, pool dance, high-speed and long water rides and many more. Because of its unique water rides and fun games, Chab Chaba Chab has attracted many tourists from all parts of the country.

At the water park, one can also stay in the hotel which is located in the water park premises. Stay in a hotel and enjoy a fun-relaxing day in the water park. Chab Chaba Chab also provides its visitors with other services like swimming costumes, souvenir shops, locker service, etc.

Chab Chaba Chab is more than a water park. It has many hotel buildings, a disco and a film studio on the premises. If you wish to visit the water park in groups or plan to organise an office party, there are special packages like Corporate Combo Package, School Combo Package and Family Picnics.

Fun Funta Fun
Fun Funta Fun is one of the most popular amusement theme parks near Surat, Gujarat. The ideal spot to bring your family for fun and entertainment, Fun Funta Fun is perfect for a quick weekend getaway, especially during summers.

From safe and fun rides for small children to adventurous rides for adults, it has something for all age groups. Let your kids have their first taste of a ride on Ocean Spin, get in the air with your family on Flying Chair, or enjoy the adrenaline rush on Spiral Jet.

Fun Funta Fun also offers free wi-fi facility, parking facilities, first aid, and free bus service for complete ease of travel. Their package offers are ideal for those who want to book the venue for an office off-site, or a school trip, or for weddings and events.

But the water park is closed for a month every year for maintenance, and on certain festivals, so it is best to check with the park authorities before you visit, or make any plans. Since this is the most popular getaway near the city, the tickets sell out fast. It is best to make advance bookings on their website.
Amaazia Waterpark

Counted among the biggest water parks in Asia, Amaazia Waterpark is also considered as the best one in its city Surat. This great combination of amusement park and distinct buying options makes up for a great weekend escape for your entire family.

You can enjoy its various sections and choose to get either drenched in water, fly in the sky or satiate your shopaholic soul. Not just that, you can expect the best quality rides from around the world as all the rides in the park are exclusively designed and imported for the park from Australia’s Sanderson Group.

With which the park has ensured the safety and durability of the rides without compromising on the thrill. In inclusion to numerous water slides, thrilling rides, drenched dance floors and cosy cafeterias the park also has a big LED screen near the wave pool which synchronizes its music with the waves in the pool.

The fun isn’t restricted to the rides in this beautiful park based on Amazon Jungle theme as you can enjoy various other options laid by the park. These options include a Bird Park, Snow Park, Shopping Mall, a 3-star Hotel, Halls various programs, a three-screen cinema and a 7D theater. You can do what-so-ever you feel like doing, just in the same premises. With this, it ensures everything for each member of your group.

Gopi Talav

If nothing suits you best amongst other places to visit in Surat, reserve one evening at Gopi Talav with your friends and family. This is an urban recreational space of Gujarat which is also famous for its spiritual significance. The surroundings of this lake boast lush greenery to keep you relaxed and unwind all your stress and anxiety. The gorgeous fountain built in the centre of the lake adds-on to a picture-perfect spot for all the photographers.

Besides, the lake is also a popular spot for many recreational activities and games to keep the momentum of the visitors. There are thrilling bull rides, mini trains for kids, bumper boats, zip lines, and water tricycles for your entertainment. Also, boating experience here is something you should never afford to miss.

Regular Days:
Adult -20 INR per head.

-Rs. 10 per head.
-Rs. 50 per head.

10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Jawaharlal Nehru Garden

Jawaharlal Nehru Garden or Chowpati happens to be one of the oldest and largest gardens in the entire city. The garden features a musical garden within its centre which witnesses a flock of both locals and tourists from far away places. Although there is not much to do here, you will surely enjoy the soothing effect of the beautiful flowers and trees around.

Jawaharlal Nehru Garden, Surat-Dumas Road, Chowpati, Police Line, Surat, Gujarat.

06:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Best time to visit:
Morning, Evening.

Iskcon Temple

The Iskcon Temple of Surat sprawls across a land stretch of 13,600 square feet and is renowned as one of the largest complexes built in town. Locally, the temple is famous as Shri Shri Radha Damodar Mandir and is tucked close to the banks of the River Tapi.

Although the architecture of the temple appears simple in its appearance, yet it defers a captivating style to impress your eyes. The main shrine of the temple features some beautifully carved idols both of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. Besides the main shrine, the temple complex also features a guest house, and few souvenirs and bookstores for the visitors to carry some souvenirs as memorabilia of this shrine. Locals consider this place as highly auspicious for post-marriage rituals amongst the other places to visit in Surat for couples.

Ashram Road in Jahangir Pura, Surat, Gujarat.

-07:30 am to 01:00 pm and
-04:30 pm to 08:30 pm.

Surat Castle

For all those who wish to add a historical flavour to their Surat trip, do not forget to add Surat Castle to your list of places to visit in Surat. Representing one of the chief historical monuments of Gujarat, the Surat Castle is tucked proudly on the banks of River Tapi.

The shape of the castle is somewhat irregular with a short wing facing the west direction; while the oblique wing faces the north-west region. Across each of its corners, the castle displays a large round tower measuring about 12.2 meters high and 4.1 meters thick. The bastions display Portuguese style architecture at its top edge.

Dakka Ovara, Makkai Pull of Chowk Bazaar, Surat, Gujarat.

10:00 am to 06:00 pm.


Hazira is a transhipment town of Surat featuring a beautiful serene beach with shallow waters. Located at a distance of 30 km from Surat, you can easily plan on a road trip to the town of Hazira to enjoy the water sports at the beach there. The city of Hazira is equivalently famous both for its beach and mineral springs.

Due to its clean surroundings, this is one of the top picks amongst other places to visit in Surat for couples. The availability of the local seafood and some phenomenal homestays lined all along the shoreline of Hazira makes it a great weekend respite for the locals nearby.

30 km from Surat.

Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden

Situated on the banks of River Tapi, the Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden features an extensive collection of 1000+ plant species. These vibrantly coloured plant species are used in carving other key attractions within the botanical garden such as Free Fall Jump, Rocket Space, Toy Train, Injecto, Crazy Jump, and hot air balloon ride.

There are wide varieties of exotic flowers, ornamental plants, and herbs at display here. Besides, the botanical gardens are also famous for their tropical plant species, and various breeds of cactuses.

Ugat in Bhesan Road, Jahangirabad, Surat, Gujarat.

10 INR per head.

10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Best time to visit:
Early mornings or evenings on all days of the week.

Ambika Niketan Temple

Ambika Niketan Temple of Surat is one of the most prominent religious places to visit in Surat. Located on the banks of Tapi River, this temple exhibits mini shrines dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, Laxmi Narayan, and Goddess Sita. Throughout the year, you will find this temple to be flooded with devotees from across the globe. The famous Hindu festival of Navratri is a key attraction of the temple’s celebration.

Dumas Road, Parle Point, in Athwa, Surat, Gujarat.

07:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Best time to visit:
06:00 to 05:00 pm on all days.

Gavier Lake

The Gavier Lake of Surat is no less than a treat to the eyes of every nature lover. This pristine spot has been acknowledged as a real paradise for all the bird watchers. The presence of multi-coloured lotuses spread all along the top surface of the lake and hundreds of migratory birds hovering all the way around relaxes your body, mind and soul.

The sight of overwhelming greenery, melodious song of the birds, and beautiful butterflies will inevitably force you to fall deeply in love with nature.

Gavier Lake, Dumas Road, Surat, Gujarat.

06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

Best time to visit:
June to September.

Sarthana Nature Park
Sprawling over 81 acres of land, the Sarthana Nature Park is one of the biggest parks and scenic places to visit in Surat. If you are a wildlife lover then this is a one-stop destination for you. It features a wide range of fauna like the deers, Bengal tigers, and countless other zoological creatures that can be seen here.

Apart from this, here you can also witness a range of flora like the mango trees, eucalyptus, and casuarina trees that add up to the charm of the beautiful park. Something that sets this park apart from other nature abodes is the Tapi river that flows adjacent to the park. It gives a combination of serenity and freshness, where you can just relax and soak the natural beauty.

Location:  Sarthana Jakat Naka, Surat

Best Time to Visit: Early in the morning or evening hours between December to February months.
Ambaji Temple

Crowded by worshippers throughout the year, the Ambaji temple is one of the most quaint places to visit in Surat. This is the only Shakti Peeth of India that is dedicated to the Mother Goddess. It was built back in the year 1969 and is a great pilgrim spot to tour with your family. The best time to visit this temple is at the time of Purnima days when its charm is enhanced with a local fair and it is traversed by all kinds of travelers at this time. Something that makes this temple even more fantastic is the fresh air from the River Tapti that it is situated on.

Location: Ambaji Rd, Havadiya Chakla, Gopipura, Surat, Gujarat 395003

Best Time to Visit: Ideal hours to visit this temple is early in the morning or in the evening. 

Tapi River Front
Drawing travelers from different regions, the Tapi Riverfront is indeed one of the unmissable tourist places in Surat. The astounding view of the gushing Tapi river flowing through the rocks and the soothing sound of water moving is a true delight for everyone.

The vicinity of the river is dotted with a number of cafes and lounges, where you can either relish the local cuisine or just have a quick bite with your friends. While this place is mesmerizing in the daytime, the night makes it even more beautiful with the star-studded sky. If you are looking for an escape from the chaotic tourist spots, then this is a must-visit place for you.

Location: Swami Vivekanand Bridge, Bapu Nagar, Adajan Patiya, Surat, Gujarat 395008

Best Time to Visit: 6 am to 11 pm

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