Sardar Sarovar Dam
The lifeline of Gujarat and second largest dam in the world regarding volume and size is Sardar Sarovar Dam; the first largest dam being the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States. It has helped a lot in agricultural output and revenue of the region. The dam has two powerhouses – the river bed powerhouse and canal head powerhouse, which can produce a lot of electricity that goes to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. It is a nature education camp for students.
The dam is well connected by road through Bharuch, Rajpipla (famous for Rajvant Palace which is being filmed by several production companies), Chanod, and Dabhoi which are easily accessible by buses and private vehicles. The nearest railway station is Bharuch, and the closest airport is at Vadodara. The place is surrounded by lush green forest and is beautiful to visit during the rainy season. The jewel of Narmada attracts various tourists due to its natural beauty. It has some places that can be visited only with the prior permission, and the major attractions are RatanMahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary (make sure that you don’t visit this place alone, it is bit dangerous place and must be attended with the group), Kanjeta Eco Campsite, Chandod, and Vishal Khadi Eco Campsite.
The tourist can explore one-way tourist route that starts from Narmada Darshan Model Room coming next Shoolpaneshwar wildlife interpretation center with the documentary at the audio-visual room with the Statue of Unity next comes the different viewpoints that offer a close view of the dam, front view of dam and closure to the dam to capture the moments. The trip doesn’t stop here next comes the sunset point followed by Dykes & Lakes next Narmada Main canal. There are many religious places, eco-tourism sites, and educational tourism.
The dam provides the guided tour facility in the dam reception and has six points to cover which are a garden, the foundation stone, a lake for boating, the first lock gate and a trekking point for students participating in nature camps. The best time to visit the dam is the starting of winter, i.e., October and November. Every tourist must visit this new Narmada Tent City to explore one of most revered rivers of India; dam is nestled in the foothills of mountainous terrain and surrounded by natural beauty. It is mesmerizing to visit in monsoon when the Sardar Sarvor Dam overflows in all its magnanimity. The overall place promises to be one of the top tourist places in the world.