Kevadia Becomes A Holiday Hotspot With More Tourists At Statue Of Unity Than Statue Of Liberty

by Sanjana Shenoy
Kevadia Becomes A Holiday Hotspot With More Tourists At Statue Of Unity Than Statue Of Liberty

Statue of Unity, commemorating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s Iron Man, stands as a testimony of India’s unity. The Statue of Unity is fast becoming a popular destination for family holidays. Gujarat’s Kevadia has been drawing more tourists than the Statue of Liberty in the US. Kavadia has emerged as a holiday destination of international standard with a children nutrition park, Arogya Van, and camping and river rafting facilities. The town, nestled amid Satpura and Vindhayachal ranges along the banks of the Narmada river, has several small and big tourist spots. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, around 13,000 tourists visited the statue daily. On the other hand, 10,000 tourists visited the Statue of Liberty last month.

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Statue Of Unity Offers Corona-Special Wedding Packages

Coronavirus has taken a toll on tourist destinations worldwide. The Gujarat government has planned to promote the Statue of Unity and the Tent City as a destination wedding spot. This also helps in the state’s finances. According to the report, the authorities have decided to map the Statue of Unity Tent City 1 as a wedding venue. After all, its a compelling location for marriages. The wedding venue at Statue of Unity Tent City 1, is located on Dyke 4 of the Narmada Dam around 4 km from the tallest statue in the world. A couple in South India got married on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border amid the pandemic. 

The Statue of Unity Tent City-1 offers a Corona-special wedding package since mid-June, at ₹2.25 lakhs for up to 50 people. The one-night offer includes a welcome drink and all (vegetarian) meals from lunch until breakfast the next morning. This package includes starters and mocktails at the wedding ceremony, the wedding jaimala and wedding cake. It also offers the chori for the marriage ceremony with a seating arrangement for 50 people, and a royal cottage for the newlyweds and 17 rooms with triple-occupancy. Apart from this it also includes e-invites, a henna artist and soft music on the wedding day. This is really good, considering that the cost before the lockdown was about ₹7,000 per person.

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Safety & Sanitation Measures Are Taken Place

Krinal Raval, Assistant Manager, Marketing and Sales at Tent City-1 stated to a travel portal “Safety and sanitation measures are taken care of according to governmental guidelines. There’s contactless check-in, thermal scanning of everyone at the property, social distancing will be maintained, and masks and hand sanitisers will be handed out to attendees.” Tent City-1 has hosted three weddings with 500 people in attendance before the lockdown.

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As a safety measure, no buffet will be served, guests can place orders from the menu with a QR code. The wedding ceremony will be indoors at the 4,000 sqft banquet hall, with complimentary use for four hours. People can hold other events at an additional cost. The gardens are also available for hosting functions. The property is located on Dyke 4 of the Narmada Dam. The presidential villa and royal cottages provide views of the River Narmada.

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Wedding Package Includes Boating, Sightseeing & Eco-Tourism

Guests can also explore the grounds on the venue’s complimentary bicycles. The wedding package typically includes sightseeing, such as boating, an eco-tourism itinerary and visiting the Statue of Unity, a 14-min drive away. When restrictions ease, wedding guests will be able to visit at no additional cost. Travellers can also book a twin-sharing cottage on a two-night package from ₹ 10,000 per person; the rate is valid until September 30. And if you want a budget wedding, check out this video of a budget travelling couple who got married in a temple in Bangalore.