Narmada district is located in the south eastern part of Gujarat. It covers an area of 2749 sq. km and has a population of 514,404 in 2001.
Almost 90% of its population is rural and tribal while the main occupation of these people is agriculture. The district headquarters are located at Rajpipla. The name of the district is inspired on the name of “Narmada River”.
The district is bounded by Vadodara district in the north, by Maharashtra state in the east, by Tapi district in the south and by Bharuch district in the west. This district was carved out on October 2, 1997. The newly formed district consisted of Tilakwada taluka of erstwhile Vadodara district and 3 talukas of erstwhile Bharuch district.
Tourism in Narmada District is a marvellous fusion of numerous ecological spots as well as significant pilgrimage centres which are visited by millions of tourists throughout the year.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 tourist destinations in Narmada District Gujarat.
1. Ninai Waterfalls
This waterfall is situated near the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. The verdant and lush jungle around the waterfall which discharges water from a height of 30 feet is simply a fascinating site. The area exudes a serene and peaceful ambience and with a beautiful backdrop, visitors will have a great peace of mind. Ninai Waterfalls is also known as the Narmada Waterfalls as it astride the Narmada River. The place around the falls is an excellent site for camping, trekking, rock climbing and rafting. This is also a very preferred picnic spot for the visitors.
2. Harsiddhi Mata Temple
The world famous 400 year old temple of Maa Harsiddhi, one amongst the Shaktipeeths of Hindu Mythology upholds glorious history associated with the Royal Family of Rajpipla. Harsidhhi Mataji is believed to have enshrined Rajpipla compelled by deep faith expressed by then maharaja Shri Verisalji Maharaj. More than 200,000 tourists and devotees visit this temple every year. The Hindu Devsthan Committee has sparked a mission called ‘Maa Sarawati Vandana’ in the temple to train tribal students for employability and career opportunity in state of the art ‘Training Centre’.
3. Narmada Parikrama
The river Narmada is one of the seven holiest rivers of Hinduism. The source of the Narmada is Amarkantak and it flows over 1,312 km through the Gulf of cambay (khambhat) into the Arabia Sea. Thus the Narmada parikrama is suppose to be one of the most pious things a Hindu can do. As with all parikramas, one walks clock-wise around the river, walking from source to sea on the south bank and sea to source on the north side, so that the holy site is always on the right. Ideally the pilgrim carries no belongings and accepts gratefully whatever hospitality the universe shows along the way.
4. Sardar Sarovar Dam
The Sardar Sarovar project was a vision of the first deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The foundation stone of the project was laid out by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961. The project which has been the subject of much controversy for decades now is reported to be one of the largest dams in the world. Having a length of 1.2 kms and a depth of 163 metres, the dam is expected to be shared among the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Sardar Sarovar Dam is totally surrounded by mountains as the water is between Navagam and Saputara ranges.
5. Dediapada Range
In these beautiful forest range you find the Ninai waterfalls and Shoolpaneshwar wildlife sanctuary. There are excellent trekking and camping options, especially after the monsoon season, when the area is most lush. As a visitor to an area being developed as an “ecotourism” site, treat this as an opportunity to find out how your visit can have the least adverse impact on the area (as some impact is unavoidable), and how what you learn can potentially even be enriching for it, or for other areas of biodiversity around the world.
The Statue of Unity is an iconic 182 meters tall tribute to one of India’s foremost Statesmen and leader – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The monument has been recently constructed and located between the Vindhyachal and Satpura ranges, rising on Sadhu-Bet Island in the Narmada River, approximately 3.5 kms downstream from the famous Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat. This statue is spread over 20000 square meters and surrounded by an artificial lake spread across 12 Km of area. It is currently the World’s Tallest Statue.
7. Shoolpaneshwar temple
This is an old and beautiful temple of lord Shiva situated near the Narmada river at Sardar Sarovar dam. This temple is very well maintained and nice place tovosot for pilgrims. It has beautiful garden as well. The Shoolpaneshwar temple is famous for its scenic location and many people visit this temple in “Shravana” month of hindu calendar. This temple has lots of natural beauty which attract people more.
Junaraj campsite is located in Satpura mountain range, in the catchment area of Karjan Dam. Situated inside Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, “Junaraj” was once the administrative capital of Rajpipla. Junaraj eco tourism center is near to historical Nilkantheshwar Mahadev Temple. It’s also near to Aakashdevi and Dev Chhatra, which was old capital of Gohil dynasty. Remnants of the lost city can still be found in the area.
9. Rajvant Palace
The Vijay Palace was built by Maharaja Chhatra Singhji for his son Yuvraj Vijay Sinhji in 1910 AD., before he ascended the throne in September 1915. The Palace has a Victorian architecture with classical colonnaded semi-circular portico as the entrance, Corinthian pillars, Gothic arches, European domes and views of the river at the rear. Crested arch doors lead to a marble floored hall, that now serves as the reception of the hotel. The drawing room has retained its original character with European settees, elegant tables. The Rajvant Palace resort is without doubt one of the best hotels in Gujarat.
10. Nilkanth Dham Swaminarayan Temple
Nilkanth Dham Swaminarayan Temple is located at Poicha village on the bank of river Narmada which is about 80 kms from Bharuch and 60KM from Vadodara. It is a beautiful Swaminarayan temple constructed in a large area with gardens around and one of the most amazing pilgrimage attracts people around Gujarat. The water surrounding the temple makes it outstanding and eye soothing. Aarti and light decoration in the evenings makes the place surreal and divine.
Thus, as you can see above the Narmada district has some eye-catching and amazing tourist spots which you cannot afford to miss. So we suggest you keep these places in mind while planning your trip and go explore the beauty of Gujarat very soon.