30 Places to Visit near Surat: 2021 (Updated with Distance)

Tourist Places Near Surat

Hazira, Bharuch, Valsad, Udvada, Daman and Diu, Silvassa, Umbergaon, Vadodara, Kevadiya, Saputara, Vikramgad and many other amazing places.

Surat with its plethora of wild life sanctuaries, natural parks, ancient caves, and spectacular hill stations, is a perfect weekend getaway and vacation spot for many Indian and International tourists. There are many spectacular places near Surat adorned by the natural wonders, flora, and fauna. Its pristine beaches with their gorgeous sunrise and sunset views are mesmerizing. The tranquil waterfalls create a calm atmosphere in the adjacent environment.

Apart from its natural beauty, places near Surat host some of the ancient and prominent historical sites and monuments depicting the culture and history of the past. The important among them are the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, the Golden Bridge, Bhrigu Rishi temple, Swaminarayan Temple and Parnera Fort.  They showcase the traditions of ancient India and the immense skills possessed by the artisans and craftsmen. Another main attraction of the places in Surat is the cotton and silk mills and textile industries. The major tourist places near Surat are well connected with other parts of the state of Gujarat and major cities of India by road, rail, and air. 

Here is the list of best places to visit near Surat:

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Hazira

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Hazira is one of the major places to visit in Surat. Situated at the banks of the River Tapti, Hazira is a major port and industrial hub of India. Reliance Industries, GAIL, ONGC, NTPC, Essar, Larsen & Toubro and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation are some of the industrial and shipping giants who have their base in the city. The design of the port is unique being well-protected and with deep-water and multi-cargo facilities. It has an additional waterfront and two breakwaters for added protection.

As part of the future development plan, Hazira would have facilities for Shipyard, offshore exploration services, cargo terminals, liquid terminals and RoRo Car Carrier terminals. 
The port also has two wells rich in sulphur and iron. Being connected to the Arabian Sea via the Gulf of Khambhat and also due to its proximity to the Persian Gulf, Hazira hosts some of the popular petrochemical projects of India.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Hazira is between October and March when the temperature is pleasant and comfortable for a stroll across the port.

Distance from Surat- By road, the distance between Surat and Hazira is 28.5 km.
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Bharuch

Bharuch
Bharuch, known to India’s chemical capital, is one of the prominent places to visit in Surat. Situated at the banks of the river Narmada, Bharuch is the industrial and commercial hub of Gujarat, exporting pulses, wheat, cotton, tiles, and dairy products. 

The popular places to visit in Bharuch are the Bhrigu Rishi temple, Nav Nathas, Lallubhai Haveli, Dashahswamedh Ghat, Narmada Park, Swaminarayan Temple and many other buildings portraying glimpses of the ancient Greek and Roman architectures. One of the main tourist spots in the city is the Golden Bridge. Constructed by the British in 1881 across the river Narmada, it connects the cities of Ankleshwar and Bharuch.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Bharuch is between November and February when the ambiance around is pleasant and comfortable for visiting the tourist destinations. 

Distance from Surat- The distance between Surat and Valsad by road is 75 km and by train is 59 km. 
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Valsad

Valsad
Valsad is one of the beautiful places to visit in Surat. Also known as Bulsar, it is a small city situated along the Gulf of Khambhat. It is especially renowned for its handloom textile industries, the small scale industries of bricks and handmade pottery and a castor oil industry. It has a small port at the shores of the Arabian Sea and serves as one of the trade hubs of Gujarat exporting silk and cotton fabrics, chikoo, Alphonso mangoes and also timber and tiles.

Chikoo plantations and Mango orchards are very famous in Valsad. A popular tourist attraction in Valsad is the Tithal Beach, frequented by the locals and the visitors from different parts of India. Valsad is also famous for hosting many religious temples of Swaminarayan, Takdeshwar Mahadev, Sai Baba, and Shanti Dham Jain temple. You can also visit the Parnera Fort which belonged to the Great Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Valsad is between May and July during the summers because of the soothing winds and temperature not exceeding 30 degrees C. 

Distance from Surat- The distance between Surat and Valsad by road is 89 km and by train is 69 km.
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Udvada

Udvada
Udvada is a small coastal town in Gujarat, famous as the pilgrimage site for the Zoroastrian community. The main attractions in this small town are the Atash Bahram Fire temple of the Parsis and the stunning beach side. There is a holy fire inside the Fire temple known as Iranshah Atash Behram, which has been burning for centuries. The Udvada beach is a charming place to visit for a relaxed weekend.

Dotted by small cottages and huts along the coastline of the beach, the place presents a stunning experience. The sunset and sunrise at the beach are a treat to the eyes. 
The town is especially renowned for hosting the delicious authentic Parsi foods. You can find many restaurants and eateries serving Rava Sheera, Fish Curry, Ghosht, Macaroons, Nan Khatai, and other local dishes.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Udvada is between October and March when the weather is pleasant and comfortable for sightseeing. 

Distance from Surat- The distance between Surat and Udvada by road is 113.5 km and by train is 85 km. The aerial distance between Surat and Udvada is 79 km.
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Daman and Diu

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With a geographical distance of almost 650 to 700 kilometres in totality, Daman and Diu are a part of a single Union Territory in India. Located a little northward towards the state of Gujarat in western India, Daman and Diu lie along the western coast of the country. Lying amidst the many beaches of Maharashtra, Konkan Coast and Goa, this union territory of Daman and Diu is idyllic, tranquil and still quite unspoilt.

Daman and Diu is best for those who wish to have a relaxing holiday. A coastal paradise, anyone who visits this place is guaranteed to have a blissful vacation while enjoying the sea breeze, resting on the beach chair and enjoying the waves of the sea. Mostly a weekend getaway destination, Daman and Diu has a lot of Gujarati as well as Maharashtrian population due to the close proximity to these two states.

There is a huge influence of Portuguese culture in Daman and Diu. This is because it was under the Portuguese rule for over 450 years, which has obviously left its mark on the districts. This is one of the main reasons why tourists flock to the region a lot. It is also due to this influence that you can find a lot of stunning architecture, lip-smacking food as well as breath-taking art and crafts in Daman and Diu.

One of the main tourist attractions here is Devka Beach in Daman. It has an amusement park right beside it, which boasts of vibrantly coloured fountains, a corner especially for kids as well as a food court. For those who wish to take a swim in the cool seawater, you can head to Jampore Beach, located south of Daman.

Additionally, you can also find the St. Jerome Fort on the northern side of the Daman Ganga River. It dates back to the 17th century and has an exceptional structure and architecture which will take your breath away. Furthermore, you can find many notable Portuguese churches scattered throughout Daman and Diu.

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Silvassa

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Silvassa was formerly a Portuguese colony but now it has become a popular tourist site flushed with wildlife sanctuaries, scenic destinations and beaches. It lies between Maharashtra and Gujarat and it comprises of 72 villages and many Roman-Catholic churches that stand as a testimony to the Portuguese rule during the historic times. Due to its rich Portuguese heritage it is also a famous spot for history enthusiasts who wish to explore the hidden treasures of this city.

Silvassa is extremely renowned for its exotic resorts, lush greenery, manufacturing industries and tax-free alcohol. It is also a haven for those looking for handmade and originally crafted products like Warli painting and paper bag. 

There are several natural attractions around the area that have made Silvassa a popular tourist getaway site. The Lion Safari Wildlife Park, spread over 25 hectares of land, is home to the majestic Asiatic Lion. The Vanganga Lake is a dainty reserve with flowers and gardens blooming around it. Often, visitors take boat rides to the lake and take in the surroundings in all their aesthetic appeal. Island Garden is another popular tourist destination in Silvassa with thatched and wooden huts decorating its premises. The island is visited via boat rides from ashore. 

Apart from a repertoire of attractions, Silvassa also constitutes of many popular activities, including trekking, nature walks and cultural explorations. There are museums built in the city for history enthusiasts who want to have an immersive understanding about the archaeology and past of the place. 

The summers here are hot and dry with the scorching heat making it impossible to sightsee during afternoons. The nights are cool and pleasant. Therefore, the best time to visit Silvassa is during winters, from September to February. The post-monsoon season also offers an ethereal view of the town as the showers wash everything clean. The monsoon here is highly unpredictable, as there are times with heavy showers, while the others are only light drizzles that recede with time.

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Umbergaon

Umbergaon
Umbergaon is one of the beautiful places to visit near Surat with its gorgeous beach and fishing harbor. It is a small town inhabited by the fishermen community. The town has earned significant prominence due to the construction of India’s first Nanotechnology manufacturing plant in 2017. The place is also famous for housing about 20 production houses of the Indian film industry.

The natural beauty of the Umbergaon beach is unparalleled with the magnificent views of the sunset, the shimmering waters of the sea and the golden sands. There are horse carriage rides available on the beach for an enchanting tour along the sea shores. You can also visit the fishing harbor and the lighthouse situated on the beach. The beach remains very crowded by the locals, especially during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Umbergaon is between December till February. The temperature is pleasant and comfortable at this time of the year, suitable for a perfect vacation. 

Distance from Surat- By road, the distance between Surat and Umbergaon is 143 km and by train, it is 123 km. The aerial distance between Umbergaon and Surat is 113 km.
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Vadodara

Vadodara
Vadodara or Baroda is the largest commercial and industrial city of Gujarat. The emergence of Vadodara as a cosmopolitan center was a dream of Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III, the great Maratha leader. The city exemplary flourished during the reign of the Gaekwad dynasty with industries of various sectors like Automation, IT, Pharma, Medical, Manufacturing and much more. The infrastructure facilities inside the city are also quite developed with all the modern facilities.

Situated at the banks of the River Vishwamitra, Vadodara is also popular as the cultural city of Gujarat. Navratri, the nine day festival, is celebrated with much grandeur and zeal in the city. The city excels in hosting one of the luxurious palaces and historical monuments of India, the renowned among them being the Lakshmi Vilas Palace. Maharaja Sayajirao University, one of the prestigious universities in India, is situated in Vadodara.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Vadodara is between October till March when the temperature varies from 15 degrees C to 30 degrees C.

Distance from Surat- By road, the distance between Surat and Vadodara is 153 km and by train, it is 129 km. The aerial distance between Bhavnagar and Surat is 131 km.
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Kevadiya

Kevadiya
Situated in the district of Narmada in Gujarat, the town of Kevadiya has gained significant importance due to its vicinity to the “Statue of Unity”, the mighty statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Apart from the statue, the other main tourist attractions of Kevadiya are the Tent City, the Sardar Sarovar Dam, Valley of Flowers and Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Sardar Sarovar Dam provides water and electricity to the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary attracts wild life photographers and nature admirers with its exquisite flora and fauna. Tourists often stay at the Narmada tent city in Kevadiya. It is a unique resort consisting of 250 luxurious tents equipped with all modern amenities.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Kevadiya is in October and November when you can enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the place. 

Distance from Surat- The distance between Surat and Kevadiya by road is 150.5 km.
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Saputara

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Saputara is a tourist destination situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. It offers a spectacular view of the Western Ghats residing amid the undulating mountains at a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, and 4 km from the Mumbai border. Being the only hill station in Gujarat, it is located at a height of 1,000 meters and attracts tourists, especially during the summers. 

In recent days, it has become a pioneered tourist destination. The tribal community residing here, known as Adivasis, evacuated the area at the request of the government and settled in the nearby Nawanagar, thus making the place an exclusive tourist destination.

Saputara is a haven for art and nature lovers alike. Artist Village, a place only a few kilometers from Saputara, is a benevolent place of artwork by various national and international artists. It displays handicrafts and craftsmanship of various artisans in the area around. There are local traditional stores, and stalls selling Bamboo artifacts that work as thoughtful souvenirs. The Hatgadh Fort is an admirable site of historical significance built by Shivaji during his reign. You can find the statue of Lord Shiva resting on the top of this fort which exudes the aura of sanctity

For those who are wanderers of wilderness, Saputara has an oasis of exotic wildlife at the Vansda National Park inhabiting carnivores, herbivores, avian fauna and reptiles like python and crocodiles. Purna Sanctuary is another such site of exploration. One can seek the remnants of the city’s rich heritage trekking through the forts and hillocks surrounding the place. 

The maximum temperature of Saputara is an astounding 30 degrees Celsius, even during summers. This acts to the benefit of many, who seek escape from the otherwise imposing heat of the sun. During winter the temperature drops down over here to a very low level due to which people do not resort to visiting this place during winters.

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Vikramgad

Vikramgad

Vikramgad is a small village in the district of Palghar in Maharashtra. It is one of the popular tourist places near Surat for a picnic or weekend getaway. Encircled by a dense forest with exotic flora and fauna, Vikramgad is famous among nature admirers and wild life enthusiasts. The mango orchards and the chickoo plantations adorn the lush greenery of the forests.

It offers a plethora of adventurous activities like biking, fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, nature walks and many more. The village is a trekker’s paradise, offering a picturesque hiking trail from Vikramgad till Bhupalgad. It also has a beautiful waterfall, the Pilucha Dhabdhaba, which flourishes during the monsoons.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Vikramgad is between November and February during the winters when the temperature reaches a minimum of 17 degrees C and a maximum of 25 degrees C. The humidity is low and the place blooms with the greenery and nature’s beauty.

Distance from Surat- By road, the distance between Surat and Vikramgad is 194 km. The aerial distance between Surat and Vikramgad is 158 km.

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Pavagadh

Pavagadh
Pavagadh is a hill station near Vadodara in the district of Panchmahal in Gujarat. The place has gained immense popularity due to its picturesque landscape and archaeological monuments and buildings of historical significance. The word “Pavagadh" in colloquial language means fire-hill. As per Hindu mythology, the right food of Goddess Sati fell at this place which created a huge crater.

At the request of Sage Vishwamitra, Pavagadh hill was sent by Lord Shiva to fill up the crater. 
At the foothills of Pavagadh is Champaner, the famous historical town that resulted in the creation of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. The park was enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 2006. The other popular attraction of Pavagadh is the Mahakali Temple, an auspicious site visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. 

The natural beauty of Pavagadh is also gorgeous with rivers, lakes, waterfalls, meadows, gorges, hills, and forests. The famous among them are the River Vishwamitra, the Khuniya Mahadev Falls, the Dudhia Talab, and Teliya Talab.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Pavagadh is between October and March when the temperature ranges between 12 degrees C and 29 degrees C. The weather is pleasant with clear blue skies and soothing breeze. 

Distance from Surat- The distance between Surat and Pavagadh by road is 206.6 km.
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Jawhar

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Nestled in the lap of nature, Jawhar is a popular tourist station laced with numerous waterfalls and scenic beauty. Popularly known as the town of waterfalls, the unexplored hill station is an ideal gateway for people residing in major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. 

While the hill station is popular for waterfalls, it is also dotted with several temples and heritage structures which will interest history buffs. Explore the grand Jai Vilas Palace constructed in 1940, which tells tales of the erstwhile Mukane king and gives a peek insight into their royal tribal culture. Immerse yourself in the unprecedented views of the setting Sun at the Sunset Point, or simply indulge in adventurous activities like trekking, mountaineering, and camping to excite your adrenaline levels. 

Jawhar is also popular for its cashew nut plantation and thick forests, which make the climate pleasant throughout the year for visitors. Unwind in nature as the rustic charm of Jawhar enthrals your body, mind and soul with its enchanting landscape and interesting culture. 

Jawhar offers a range of accommodation options with amenities without burning a hole in your pocket. Visit the quaint hill station and munch on some local delicacies for a memorable sojourn in the mountains, not far from the hustle-bustle of your city. 

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Matheran

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Known as the” cutest little hill station of India”, the Matheran hill station is the best place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view along with some mind blowing sceneries to keep you fresh and up front. This extraordinary hill station offers the best tourist places in Matheran which are untouched and undisturbed by the rustling city life that surrounds the town. The place is actually located on the Western Ghats that ranges in an elevation of around 800 meter above the sea level. The place always has a pleasant weather to enjoy during any time of the year, but its beauty gets added up during the season of rain and thunderstorm.

 Another thing about the beautiful hill station is that it is eco friendly and has no rush of cars and buses honking on the street. The major was taken by the government of Maharashtra in order to protect Matheran. The best thing about this place is that it is like a quiet and relaxing place with no buzzing of horns and pollution and along with that it contains some mesmerizing places and views of the extraordinary nature that will leave you bewitched of its beauty and make you feel relax and stress free.

 Just not only trekker, Matheran is a treat for the photographers also to explore and capture the best of the beauty of the beautiful hill station. The beauty of Western Ghats, Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. Travellers and tourists who visit the place love exploring the place by walking on foot. By which it becomes more exciting to get lost in the scenic beauty of the town while finding your way. Plan your trip to Matheran and indulge yourself in various activities that Matheran provides like camping, trekking, rappelling etc.

Matheran town is the best option for a person who loves getting lost in the nature and also for those who wants to take a break from their busy city life. The tourist places in Matheran are absolutely breathtaking.

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Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad, also known as the 'Manchester of India' is an apt weekend destination amongst tourists who want to unwind themselves amidst nature and capture the beautiful essence of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is the western India's most vibrant city known for its cotton industries mushrooming into the cities and its cotton products burgeoning across India. The best tourist places in Ahmedabad offer an array of activities as ­ a known shopping destination for fabrics, an exciting and pleasing vista of flora and fauna, an essence of true Gujarati cuisine and an amalgamation of architecture.

The Sabarmati Ashram situated in 1917 was the abode of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or better known as Mahatma Gandhi during the years of Independence struggle. The ashram on the banks of and named after the river 'Sabarmati' has a very subtle architecture with a soothing and tranquil atmosphere.

The ashram has served two purposes quintessentially as the epicenter of freedom struggle and as the place that united a group of people who committed to 'ahimsa' or non-violence to secure independence. Tourists get to explore nature and the place does immense justice to tourists with its varied ecosystem and an enriched heritage that provides fun, frolic, adventure and a sneak peek into India's ancient history. The city offers a number of sanctuaries, national park and lake rides with beautiful sunsets that was inhabited by Bhil king of Ashaval in 11th Century, Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 C.E. and later by Shahjahan.

The marvelous architecture juxtaposed with breathtaking view serves the tourist places in Ahmedabad as a popular destination for tourists with a mixture of fun, food and frolic. The standalone architecture essays a great trip down the lane of history and magnificence.

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Mumbai

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Mumbai, the city of dreams. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. Mumbai, the old world charm and fast pace of the modern life. There is so much that one can say in the praise of the one city in India that everyone wants to visit at least once in their life. That maybe because of the grandeur of this city or because of the history it has seen. Nonetheless, this city has a lot in store for everyone who visits. The USP of places to visit in Mumbai is that they are all iconic and all you need is a picture to recognize them, that is the charm of this city. Some places here are pieces of history, some are spiritual hotspots, and others are mesmerizing places to relax, chill or munch on the famous streets of Mumbai, like the ever famous Chowpatty Beach.

You can see the Gateway of India, Marine drive or the film city of Goregaon, or visit the Siddhivinayak temple and Haji Ali Mosque for your fill of the spiritual. You can even get to see the new addition to the roster of mesmerizing and intimidating places in Mumbai, the Bandra Worli Sealink. And be it a group hangout, a solo search of solace or just a couple's getaway, Chowpatty, Juhu, and Aksa Beach are names that almost everyone in the city knows and crowds on various occasions. They are equally coveted by the many who come to Mumbai from outside for the frolicking and snacking experiences that are available at these locations. One more thing that Mumbai is famous for is the shopping district at Colaba, where you can get everything from high brand store clothes to cheap knock-offs to add to your wardrobe as part of your fashion statement.

 Always bustling with energy, a trip to Mumbai should be on your travel list to understand the best way of how India portrays unity in diversity. Visit the hidden temples or pay a visit to famous monuments to explore the most cosmopolitan city in India. Enjoy the perfect blend of festivities, religions, music, food, music and theatres with a trip to Mumbai. Some of the best places to visit in Mumbai are the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Cave, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel world, Elephanta Island etc. 

While you are in this amazing city you can also visit the Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mount Mary Church, Banganga Tank etc. Make a stop at the Marina Beach in the evening and have lip-smacking street food while you witness the best sunset being greeted by splashing waves of the sea. Find out all you need to know about the best places to visit in Mumbai on your vacation here.

And that is not just it. If you are looking for things to do and places outside the city, there is a lot of scope to plan weekend getaways near Mumbai. At just a small drive away from the city is the favourite picnic and night stay spots of Lonavala and Khandala. You can even visit the famous Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. With so much to offer, there is no wonder why Mumbai has been a favourite of everyone in the country for so many decades.

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Lonavala

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Lonavala is a hill station near Pune district of Maharashtra. At the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 kilometer square of land, Lonavala is an escapist city from the fast-paced and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat to the city dwellers through its serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include vivid and picturesque lakes, cliff-tops, eluding caves, and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneer attraction during and immediately after the monsoon. Some of these places are Rajmachi Point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Della Adventure Park, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

If you dive into the history of Lonavala, you will find that it was a part of the Yadava dynasty. Khandala is another hill adjacent to Lonavala, both of which were discovered by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone. The Maratha and Peshwa empires played a prominent historical role with its Malva warriors. But its history is not the only reason to visit Lonavala.

Lonavala is 96 km away from the city of Mumbai and only 64 km from the modern city of Pune. It falls in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, thus making commute all the easier. And if you can’t find a rental car, then you have buses and trains to rely on.

Train journeys are comfortable and filled with lush green passages, especially during the monsoon. If this has aroused you enough to visit the hill-station once, then here is a detailed guide on how and when to go about.

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Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Situated in the district of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Ajanta and Ellora Caves are the ancient rock-cut caves of India listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. There are 29 caves in Ajanta and 34 caves in Ellora, dating back between the 6th and 11th centuries AD. The caves are embellished with artistic paintings, sculptures, and frescoes. The man-made caves are mostly monuments with an amalgamation of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religious influences and beliefs.

The key attraction of the caves is the Kailash Temple, part of Cave 16 in Ellora. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is World’s largest monolithic structure. The caves portray the magnificence and skill of the artists and craftsmen of ancient times. The carvings on the walls and pillars are worthy of appreciation, mesmerizing the visitors with their intricate works. 
Each of the caves consists of shrines or Chaitya Halls which were used by the Buddhist monks for prayers, meditation, and teachings. The paintings on the walls illustrate the life of Lord Buddha and his various incarnations. 

Best time to visit- The best time to visit the Ajanta and Ellora Caves is during the winters between October and March and the monsoons between June and September. The temperature is pleasant and moderate with lush greenery prevailing around the caves.

Distance from Surat- By road, the distance between Surat and the caves is 374.1 km. The aerial distance between Surat and the caves is 306 km.
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Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar

Popularly known as the cultural city of Gujarat, Bhavnagar is one of the popular tourist places near Surat. The history of the city dates back to the 18th century when it was renowned for being a major port city conducting merchandising and trading operations with various countries in the world.Eminent poets and writers like Ganga Sati, Kavi Kant, Narsinh Mehta, Govardhan Tripathi and other renowned personalities of the literary world were born and resided in Bhavnagar.

The city has some of the brilliant architectural marvels from the 19th century, the key ones among them being the Ganga Devi Temple, Takhteshwar temple, Nilambag Palace, Bhav Vilas Palace, and Barton library. Bhavnagar is also popular for hosting the diamond cutting and polishing factories of India. The city is also significant in housing the famous and oldest college of India, Samaldas Arts college attended by the legendary Mahatma Gandhi in 1884.

Best time to visit- The best time to visit Bhavnagar is between October till January during the winters when the temperature is moderate.

Distance from Surat- By road, the distance between Surat and Bhavnagar is 338 km and by train, it is 498 km. The aerial distance between Bhavnagar and Surat is 104 km.

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Aurangabad

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The city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra is the sixth most populated city in the state and is an important cultural hub. The city has a hilly landscape and is the centre of art, education and commerce. Aurangabad is also famous throughout the country for its silk and cotton clothes.

Despite not being a metropolitan city, it is well-connected internally via urban transport facilities. It has a well-developed network of buses, metered taxis and chauffeur-driven cars for hire. Auto-rickshaws are also available in plenty to travel locally. Well-organized bus service is also provided if one needs to travel to and from Aurangabad and other cities.

The most famous and important place to visit in Aurangabad is Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is the most historically significant asset of the city. These caves are situated 99 km from the main city of Aurangabad and are some of the finest specimens of rich Indian heritage. The Ajanta caves were built around the 2nd to the 6th century A.D. and Ellora Caves were built sometime during the 6th and 11th century A.D. These caves were carved out from a single rock and cave paintings inside that are thousands of years old, give you a breathtaking insight into the history of art and culture in India. Other important sites to visit in and around Aurangabad are Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Jama Mosque, Grishneshwar Temple, Himayat Bagh, Salim Ali Lake and Panchakki, to name a few.

The best time to visit Aurangabad is between October and March. The weather during this time of the year remains pleasantly cool which makes it ideal for exploration and sightseeing. Winters are cold as the temperature drops down to a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius, which is relatively pleasant. There are several hotels, resorts, home-stays and inns in the area to accommodate all your needs comfortably when you visit Aurangabad.

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Anand

Anand

Located in the Charotar region, this ‘Milk capital of India’ is known not only for being the center of India’s milk revolution but also for its architectural heritage and rich food, making it one of the best places to visit near Surat. The most famous attraction here is the Amul Dairy Museum and Amul Chocolate Factory for its tanks full of chocolate. Other must-visit places include the magnificent temples like the ISKCON and the 17th-century Ranchhodrai Dakor Temple and Flo Art Gallery for its terracotta artwork. Don’t miss trying the rich dairy products, sweets, and the famous Kathiawar cuisine here.

Best Time to visit: Winter months (October-February)

Distance from Surat: Approximately 202 kilometers.

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Palghar

Palghar

Lying in Maharashtra’s Konkan area, Palghar is an important place both historically & culturally, known for its almost 1000-year-old Warli art made by the indigenous Warli tribes here. Some of the must-visit places here are the scenic Kelva Dam for its sunset views, the 16th-century Portuguese Kelva Fort and Shivaji Maharaj’s Shirgaon Fort, the calm motorable Kelva Beach, and the ancient Ram Temple.

Enjoy trekking to the top of Kaldurg Fort, one of the most beautiful places to visit around Surat, for stunning views of the Arabian Sea and spend a day with the Warli tribesmen in their village getting to know their intriguing traditions and culture.

Best Time to visit: Winter months (October-February)

Distance from Surat: Approximately 216 kilometres.

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Bhandardara

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Perched beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges in the state of Maharashtra, Bhandardara is a wonderful hill station for nature lovers. It is often called the Queen of Sahyadri ranges for its lush green natural landscapes. The name Bhandardara literally translates to valley of treasures and it is not a doubt to say that the natural beauty of this place certainly justifies the name. It is a picturesque retreat for the backpackers in Ahmednagar district and boasts of some scintillating natural attractions for those who are fond of raw beauty of nature.

The village has prominent places like Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls and Arthur Lake where you can plan a picnic with your loved ones. The village is also a delight for history lovers as there are places like Ratangad and Harishchandragad Fort. Another famous tourist attraction of Bhandardara is Mount Kalsubai which is also hailed as the highest peak in Maharashtra. There are also many local villages where one can visit to relax and enjoy the pleasant weather of this scenic hill station in Maharashtra.  

For the adventure lovers, there are some enthralling activities where you can explore Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks to soak in the serenity of nature with the views offered by Sahyadri ranges. 

There are numerous trekking and hiking places in the Sahyadri ranges where you can savour an adrenaline rush. Bhandardara also has various resorts where one can enjoy the panoramic views and just relax with their loved ones. The gorgeous hill station offers a soothing environment with a cool climate throughout the year where you can refresh yourself and see some of the most eye-catching vistas of the Sahyadri ranges. 

Bhandardara is a small village where the tourists are in for a treat as they are surrounded by mountains and enchanted by gurgling waterfalls away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The place is a wonderful respite when you are looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway near the city of Mumbai.

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Khandala

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Made popular around the world all thanks to Bollywood, the city of Khandala is tucked amidst the Western Ghats. Located near Mumbai, Pune as well as Lonavala, this hilly city serves as a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city limits. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country.

Khandala is also home to several picturesque peaks, age-old caves as well as pristine and crystal-clear lakes. It has many different viewpoints, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, in addition to a few peaks which resemble a pointed nose and a leaping tiger. The Buddhist Caves at Karla and Bhaja in Khandala are also very famous. They are the preludes and interludes to the Ajanta and Ellora caves and tend to attract a lot of tourists. Khandala is also home to the Bedse Caves, which date back to 60 B.C. and are amongst the oldest caves in the country.

Along with this, Khandala boasts of many other beautiful attractions, such as the Kune Waterfalls, which is the 14th highest waterfall in India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with an overall height of 200 metres. Other such places include the Lion’s Point, a cliff between Aamby Valley and the Bhushi Dam which gives scintillating views of the Tungarli Lake.

One of the best things about this city is that it caters to all kinds of tourists, from adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers or even those who simply wish to have a relaxing holiday. One of the most common activities one can enjoy in Khandala is hiking and tourists from all over India come here to partake in this activity. One can also arrange for picnics at the several vantage points or swim in the many waterfalls here.

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Alibag

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The tourist places in Alibag makes for the perfect weekend getaway with friends or family. It shares its boundaries with the majestic Arabian Sea and is popular for its magnificent sea forts, its virgin beaches and local seafood cuisine. It’s an ideal weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy Mumbai. It is located only 9 Km from Mumbai and can be easily accessed via NH 66. The driving distance to this paradise is just under 2 hours.

 Alibag literally means the ‘Garden of Ali”, it is in Raigad and is ideal for those who are looking for some peace, serenity and sun soaked beaches. Alibag is commonly referred to by the locals as the Goa of Maharashtra and rightly so as it's surrounded by the beautiful Arabian Sea on all sides. A lot of people don’t know this, but, Alibag shares its borders with a famous Israeli-Jewish region, which is home to numerous Jewish families. So, if you are a cultural buff then you might want to head that way and try and scoop up some of that rich Jewish culture and heritage. Alibag is also home to a popular Jewish Synagogue referred to as Israeli Ali.

 Alibag provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of fun and relaxation as it's surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Arabian Sea on all sides and is lined with virgin sun kissed beaches. Although the drive to Alibag is a must do as it's laced with picturesque views, it can also be accessed by ferry from Mumbai. It is the perfect tourist spot enjoyed both by the young and old. There is no dearth of things to do and explore tourist places in Alibag as there are huge no. of forts, beaches, and even some celebrity bungalows.You may even sight a few celebrities while you are there.

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Kamshet

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Kamshet is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats of India. The place is famous for paragliding, a beloved adventure sport of India and the numerous flying schools located in the vicinity. The small but picturesque hill station is surrounded by the breathtaking Western Ghats which form a major part of the tourist places in Kamshet and regularly finds itself in many top 10 lists that name destination for the ultimate thrill-seekers. 

Kamshet is a paradise not just for the eyes but also for the adventures junkie in you. But don’t think this place is just for those who seek thrill and excitement. There are numerous other activities to do in Kamshet as well as tourist hotspots that make this an ideal place for a family getaway or even a romantic getaway. 
Kamshet is ideally located just 45km from the main town of Pune city. The locals refer to it as a paragliding paradise. There is no better place in the region to indulge in this thrilling adventure activity.

But if you are not much of a thrill-seeker then you can spend your time enjoying the natural scenery, fresh air a luxury these days and stroll through the small villages laced around this quaint hill station. If you want to experience the quintessential Indian village lifestyle then a visit to one of the villages is a must. 
There you can interact with locals, have a feel of what it’s like to live in muddy huts and even have a small shopping spree at the local village markets.

The hills station is surrounded by gorgeous sunflowers fields and you can enjoy some amazing views while paragliding over them. Other tourist places in Kamshet include 
Bhairi CavesBedse CavesPavana Lake, Kondeshwar Temple, and Shinde Wadi Hills. If you have more time at hand you can perhaps extend your trip to other hill stations such as Khandala and Lonavala, which are located at short distances from Kamshet.

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Kolad

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If you’ve ever dreamt about backpacking off to green pastures and cascading waterfalls among the lush mountains, you don’t have to travel all the way up north to experience setting like that anymore. Kolad – a humble village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra – is home to some of the most imposing valleys and natural beauty that were hidden away from the rest of the world until recent times. Nature enthusiasts and hikers already know of this gem in the Sahyadris that has been gaining impetus by day as a popular destination for adventure sports, but there’s more to this quaint settlement than just that. The primary tourist places in Kolad shout out loud white water rafting and trekking into the wild.

Fondly referred to as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad has been lately getting attention as one of the best white water rafting spots in Maharashtra. In fact, the stunning landscaping valleys of Kolad have a charm of their own during the monsoons in Maharashtra. The village is located alongside the banks of the magnificent River Kundalika, the fastest flowing river of the South. This provides varying degrees of difficulty levels for those fascinated by water sports. Apart from that, the rugged topography of this village makes it a great hiking destination among those eager to explore the thriving faunal side of Kolad.

Kolad’s scenic locale makes it a popular hotspot during the monsoons. Apart from the daunting sports, you can experience the true spectacle of nature. In fact, courtesy the varied climatic conditions in Kolad, every season gives you a chance to unwind in several ways. There are numerous hotels, resorts, farmhouses and peaceful home-stays tucked away into this tranquil village for those who wish for a peaceful time away from the city.

So, round up a group of friends, or simply hang out with your loved ones, Kolad is perfect for those looking forward to a delightful picnic in a land not so far away. Don’t forget to visit tourist places in Kolad which include Tahmini Ghat Waterfalls, Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort and Tala Fort amongst others.

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Kashid

Kashid

This scenic beachside village located in Maharashtra’s North Konkan region is famous for its rich landscape of beaches, wildlife, and heritage landmarks. The most visited place here is the white sandy Kashid Beach, one of the most scenic places to visit around Surat, surrounded by cliffs and palm trees that offers amazing experiences like beachside camping, scuba diving, parasailing, etc.

See exotic wildlife like Bombay Earth Snake, Hyenas, and Sri Lanka Frogmouth at the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, visit the 15th-century forts like Korlai, Revdanda, and Murud Janjira, and soak in the serene ambience of the red-hued Datta Mandir.

Best Time to visit: Winter months (October-February)

Distance from Surat: Approximately 394 kilometres. 

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Pune

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If Mumbai is the most happening place in Maharashtra, then it’s neighbour Pune is the cultural hub and the biggest city in the state. An upcoming IT centre and a fascinating city, Pune has no shortage of things to intrigue the interest of almost anyone who has ever been here or has heard of the city. With being in the proximity of many major cities and acting as a centre seat for when getting to major attractions of the state is concerned, the places to visit in Pune and around will never cease to amaze you with their unique roster of features. 

From treks to Lohagarh and Rajmachi Forts, to the canoeing and white water rafting adventures in Kolad River, from a fascinating Scuba Diving experience to the unique experience of trekking in Andharban, the city is in a proximity of some of the most fascinating things to do in Pune and near.

Adventure never stops in Pune as you can embark on an exhilarating underwater experiences in the Sangam safari and maybe, if you are a daredevil, pay a visit to the Crocodile Island. And even if you are not well acquainted with the adventures around, don’t be disheartened as there are many places near Pune where you can take on things at a beginner level, like the Kundalika river that serves as the perfect place for beginners in rafting or the famous Rajmachi fort which is most suited for people who wish to start on an easy trek

And for places to stay in Pune and around, there are innumerable options to choose from. You can choose to stay in a luxurious resort in Pune or go for a hillside resort in the embrace of Maharashtra’s favourite hill stations like Khandala, Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar for the true weekend getaway from Pune, not so far away from the city. And for the ones who like mix adventure with their stays and take it all to a whole new level, Pune is not going to disappoint you. With options ranging from a camp stay on the banks of Pawna Lake to a village stay experience in Junnar, there is just no stopping the fun that one can have in Pune. Pune is the whole deal, everything around it is just a pleasant add-on, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?

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Gir National Park

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Famous for being the last natural habitat of the endangered Asiatic Lion and as a place that saved this regal animal from getting extinct, Gir National Parkis one of the top places to visit near Surat. Its unique landscape, comprising of plateaus, ridges, valleys, and water bodies houses nooks and crannies where several other species of wildlife like leopards, Ruddy mongoose, honey badgers, cobra, Bonelli’s eagle, Crested treeswift, etc. have found a habitat.

There is a Gir Interpretation Zone for people to see feeding areas and learn more about local wildlife. All of this can be explored through exciting jeep safaris that take you deep into the wilderness close to the majestic wildlife.

Best Time to visit: Winter months (December -February).

Distance from Surat: Approximately 533 kilometres.

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  1. Which are the famous hill stations to visit near Surat?

    Wilson Hills: The closest hill station to Surat, this unique hill station is one of the few in the country to offer views of the Arabian Sea. Its hills covered with dense forests, acres of green farms, charming villages, and beautiful trekking trails make this place a must-visit to escape into the serenity of nature.

    Saputara: Located on a plateau in the Dang District, this hill station nestled amidst the Sahyadris offers round-the-year cool weather and scenic countryside views. A must-visit place at this ‘Abode of the Serpents’ is the snake temple at the Sarpanganga riverbanks, Vansda National Park, Artist Village, Gira Falls, and the pristine Saputara Lake.

    Igatpuri: Perfect for nature & wildlife lovers, Igatpuri houses natural attractions like the Vaitarna Dam, the lush Bhatsa River Valley, and the Camel Valley. Hike in the rugged terrain to reach the majestic Tringalwadi Fort and meditate at the Vipassana International Academy, considered to be the biggest meditation centre in the world.
  2. What are some of the popular places to visit near Surat with family?

    Matheran: This beautiful hill station has numerous things to keep the whole family engaged like the serene Charlotte Lake, viewpoints like Monkey Point & Louisa’s viewpoint, and the Neral-Matheran toy train. Don’t miss trying the famous chikki while here. 

    Umbergaon: This beachside village is perfect for a family getaway due to its numerous luxury resorts, eating options, temples, and charming markets. The most famous attraction here is the Umbergaon beach famous for its scenic beauty, food stalls, and fun activities like horse riding. 

    Anand: This rustic place is known for its heritage landmarks & chocolate industry, is a must-visit especially with children in the family. Visit the Amul Dairy Museum, Amul Chocolate Factory, and the serene Swami Narayan Mandir. 

    Palghar: Palghar is famous for several forts of Kelva and Shirgaon that were important fortifications during the Maratha regime along with ancient temples like the Ram Temple and Sheetla Devi Temple.
  3. What are the best places to visit near Surat within 300 Kms?

    Champaner: Champaner is famous for its Archaeological Park, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site for its ancient excavated structures. Other places that make Champaner a must-visit are the 15th-century Jami Masjid and Nagina Masjid, the ancient Pavagadh Fort famous for offering panoramic views of the place. 

    Mumbai: A city that needs no introduction, is a must-visit for its beautiful beaches, food, and nightlife. Entrenched in glamour, the film studios here are a must-see along with iconic theatres and landmarks like the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminal, Haji Ali, and the Mahim Dargah. 

    Nasik: Whether you are a wine aficionado or seeking peace, Nasik has endless choices for everyone. The Sula Vineyards here is a must-visit for tasting some of the best wines in the country along with other beautiful attractions like the spectacular Dudhsagar Falls and the 3rd-century Nasik Caves. Visit the serene temples like Trimbakeshwar, Saptashrungi, and the famous Panchvati.
  4. What are the best places to visit near Surat for long drives?

    Silvassa: This scenic place is known for its rich & varied landscape that includes the pristine Vanganga Lake, the charming Island Garden, and the Dadra & Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary that is the home to the Asiatic Lion. Also visit the 18th-century Our Lady of Piety Church and the Tribal Museum to see interesting artefacts like musical instruments, jewellery, and pottery. 

    Saputara: One of the most picturesque hill stations in the regions, Saputara is bound to mesmerise you with its beautiful attractions like the calm Saputara Lake, Gira waterfall, and the Waghai Botanical Gardens. Visit the beautiful Artist Village for tribal bamboo products, the majestic Hatgadh Fort, and the Vansda National Park for its leopards, four-horned deer, giant squirrel, etc. 

    Daman: Drive over to the beautiful Daman to spend time at pristine beaches like Devka and Jampore and see the old lighthouse located near the 15th-century Fort of Moti Daman. Visit the Cathedral of Bom Jesus, Mirasol Water Park for super-fun rides, and the local markets for bamboo products.