Formerly known as Suryapur, Surat is a clean, port city of India. It is popular for textiles and diamonds. In fact, Surat is the location where up to 90% of the world's diamonds are polished. Located in the glorious state of Gujarat, Surat has a few places of interest which can be visited during the weekend like the Dumas Beach, Dutch Garden, Sardar Patel Museum, etc.
But living in the same city premise might get boring after a while, due to which we seek for something more. We look for places to unwind and have a good time during the weekends. If you're looking for the same, then here are 5 getaways from Surat to help you have a wonderful weekend.
Relax In The Tithal Beach
Situated in the Valsad district of Gujarat, Tithal Beach is a beautiful spot for a getaway which is just 97 km from Surat. The golden sand and the blue water of the beach, surrounded by palm trees makes for the perfect weekend trip.
The beach, however, might be crowded since it is the closest beach to Surat. You may witness remnants of Portuguese structures, since they had a port in Surat during their reign in Goa.
Explore The Monuments Of Champaner
Champaner is a land of many magnificent monuments, forts and palaces, due to which it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It is located 200 km from Surat and the main attraction of the region is the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.
Some of the places that you will get to explore in Champaner are Jama Masjid, Kavada Mosque, Kalika Mata Temple, Jain temples, etc., all which have simply breathtaking architecture.
The innumerable monuments found here at Champaner are spread across an area of about 3,000 acres, which might take more than just a day to completely explore.
Wine Tasting At Nashik
Nashik is a regal city that is popular for growing the best wine grapes and other agricultural produce. Sula Winery in Nashik is definitely a must visit, where you get to see the winery and even taste the classic Sula wines.
Apart from its winery, Nashik is a place with a lot of temples. If wine is not your thing, plan a pilgrimage to the many temples of Nashik such as Trimbakeshwar Temple, Kalaram Mandir, Sundarnarayan Temple, Kailash Math, etc.
Unwind In The Hill Station Of Saputara
Gujarat's offbeat hill station, Saputara, is a fantastic getaway located about 160 km from Surat. A 3 hour drive to the hill station is definitely what you should do on a lazy weekend.
Since Saputara is settled on the plateau of Dangs Forest, you get to witness the beautiful sunset and sunrise from certain points. Visit the Vansda National Park, or even stroll in the many gardens like the Lake Garden, Rose Garden and Step Garden.
Revel In The Portugal History Of Silvassa
Silvassa used to be under the rule of Portuguese for quite some time, due to which a distinct influence can be seen in the form of churches spread across the city. It is located 132 km away, which is just a 2 h 30 min drive from Surat.
The city is also known for its greenery and water parks. You can visit places like Hirwa Van Garden, Vanganga Lake Garden or go on an exciting lion safari at Vasona. All in all, Silvassa is a great weekend destination for the whole family.
PC: Ashish Gupta