About Surat

 
 
Map of Surat
 
General Information about Surat
 
Climate
 Max. 38oC  Min. 10 o
Best Time To Visit

 October to March

Languages Spoken
 Gujarati, Hindi, and English
STD Code

 0261

 
Surat's Natural Beauty
  • Dumas :
    Dumas is a beautiful sandy beach with palm-sheltered cottages. It is situated 15 Km from Surat. An excellent health resort which overlooks the Arabian sea, there are a number of cottages available for visitors to stay and relax.
  • Hajira :
    The industrial capital of South Gujarat, Hajira is situated 28 km from Surat. It is a well known health resort, to the south west of Surat on the creek of the Arabian sea. Hajira has two wells with water rich in iron and sulphur. The pleasant Hajira beach is fringed by feathery casurina trees.
  • Tithal :
    Tithal is situated 108 km from Surat and 5 km from Valsad on the Mumbai - Baroda Western Railway route, Tithal, is a beautiful sandy beach fringed with palm-sheltered cottages.
  • Unai :
    Another important landmark which gives antiquity to Surat is Unai with its hot springs some 64 kms from Surat. They find reference in the puranic literature and are believed to have been created by Lord Ram, the hero of the epic Ramayan, by shooting an arrow in the ground.
hajira
  • Ubharat :
    This is another fine, sandy beach with a backdrop of shady palm groves, situated about 42 kms from Surat.
  • Bardoli :
    Swaraj Ashram at Bardoli, about 34 kms from Surat has become a place of pilgrimage in India. Gandhiji had launched a farmer's satyagraha in 1921-22 under the leadership of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • Dandi :
    Along the coastline of Gujarat and about 50 - 55 kms from Surat, lies Dandi where the story of salt was scripted with the famous Dandi March Satyagraha, in 1930, led by Mahatma Gandhi. The Salt Sayagraha proved to be the beginning of the end of the British Empire in India.
  • Ukai :
    A major multipurpose irrigation project of Gujarat is situated at Ukai, about 94 kms from Surat.
  • Vansada National Park :
    The Vansada Nadonal Park, situated in valsad district is a home to leopards, tigers, panthers and wild boars. The best time to visit is between October and March.
  • Saputara:
    Gujarat's best known hill resort, Saputara - literally, the Abode of Serpents, is situated atop the second highest plateau in the Sahyadri range and in the midst of thick forests. Saputara has all the necessary amenities like hotels, parks, swimming pools, boat club, theatres and a museum to ensure an enjoyable holiday. Saputara is 164 kms from Surat.
 
Fairs & Festivals of Surat
In the month of January/February, a week preceding Holi, the local tribes have a major festival in the forested region. The festival is known as Dang Durbar.
 
How to get to Surat?
By Air:
Surat does not have an airport. Baroda, situated around 140 km from Surat, is the nearest airport.
Various domestic airlines connect Mumbai & Bhavnagar to Surat.
 
By Rail:
Surat is an important railway station on Western Railway's network and is connected to all parts of the country. It is on the western railway line of Mumbai - Delhi & Mumbai - Ahmedabad.
 
By Road:
The National Highway 8 connects Surat to all parts of Gujarat.

The distances to some important centers from Surat are
Ahmedabad, 267 km;
Baroda, 140 km;
Mumbai, 326 km;
Bhavnagar, 422 km;
Okhla, 706 km;
Junagarh, 550 km;
Jamnagar, 531 km;
Bhuj, 619 km;
Palanpur, 434 km.
 
Private hired cars and minibuses are available for local transport.