Here are the top 27 tourist attractions to see in Vadodara:

1. Laxmi Vilas Palace

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2 kms
from city center
1 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

The term Maharaja Palace actually refers to a series of palaces in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, constructed since the Gaekwad a prominent Maratha family started ruling the Baroda State. The first one was a building known as the Sarkar Wada. This building, not really a palace, was given up for the Nazarbaug Palace built in old classical style. (br) After this the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, an extravagant building of the Indo-Saracenic school, was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the year 1890.

2. Sayaji Gardens

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1 kms
from city center
2 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Sayaji Gardens, as the name suggests is dedicated to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III himself. It is the largest garden in the western region of India with a sprawling 45 hectares of land.

3. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

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41 kms
from city center
3 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Being included in the elite list of the World Heritage Sites across the globe, this marvelous archaeological park set in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills is one of the most sought after places in Gujarat.

4. Ajwa Nimeta Garden

22 kms
from city center
4 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Decked with green manicured lawns and adorned by towering palm trees, the Ajwa Nimeta Garden is the perfect destination to plan your leisurely weekend at. The crowd-puller here is the 100-meter row of perfectly aligned musical fountains that mesmerise us with coordinated water shoots in the background of lively colours. This garden is enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

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5. Baps Sri Swaminarayan Mandir

4 kms
from city center
5 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Adorned with immaculate architecture, flawless design and awe-striking grandeur, the BAPS Sri Swaminarayan Mandir is like the palace of the lord. The tranquil vibe of the temple instils a revitalising and deeply energising calm within you. Right outside the temple is a small and clean eatery that sells mouth-watering Indian delicacies prepared without the use of any onion or garlic.

6. Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery

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1 kms
from city center
6 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Constructed by the Gaekwads in 1894, the Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery is host to umpteen numbers of relics relating to a wide spectrum of fields right from archeology to geology.

7. Nazarbaug Palace

3.6 / 5

3 kms
from city center
7 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

8. Sursagar Lake

2 kms
from city center
8 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Decked with lush greenery on all sides, the Sursagar lake is an example of exemplary architecture and mesmerising beauty. Enjoy paddle-boating in these jade waters and go around the majestic 120-foot statue of Lord Shiva that looks upon the lake. Relaxing on the boundary wall under the starry night is a great way to get away from the monotonous, fast-paced city lives.

9. Kirti Mandir, Vadodara

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1 kms
from city center
9 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III was so powerful and affluent that he had an entire monument built to commemorate the cremation of his family members. This monument was called the Kirti Mandir.

10. Maharaja Sayajirao University

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1 kms
from city center
10 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

The heart-wrenching separation from the Baroda College of Science in the year 1949, gave birth to one of the most elite institutions in India, the Maharaja Sayajirao University.

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11. EME Temple

3.6 / 5

3 kms
from city center
11 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

EME seems to be a strange name for a temple. It stands for Electrical and Mechanical Corps, in honour of the people who built the temple. A symbol of the secularity practised in the Indian Army, the EME Temple in Vadodara is an aluminium-clad abode, constructed at the intersection of ancient and modern. Also known as the Dakshinamurthy temple, it primarily houses a massive idol of Lord Shiva, along with a miniature Lord Ganesha (specially brought in from Mahabalipuram). There is also a silver arch with the holy words "Om Namah Shivaya" engraved on it.

12. ISKCON Baroda

3 kms
from city center
12 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Spanning over a whopping 2500 ft in the city centre of Baroda, the ISKCON temple has been preserving Vaishnavism for decades now. Seek Lord Krishna's blessings at the Darshan Mandap which is adorned by tasteful traditional art on all sides. Right outside is a pure vegetarian restaurant - Govindas, that serves scrumptious Indian food without using any onion and garlic.

13. Sardar Patel Planetarium

1 kms
from city center
13 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

All your curiosities about outer space are waiting to be answered right in Sayaji Baug at the Sardar Patel Planetarium. With awe-striking video clips of space, state-of-the-art sound systems and a curved projection screen that imitates reality, this planetarium plays an hour-long session about the solar system, satellites and astronomical history thrice a day in English and Gujarati.

14. Kabirvad

61 kms
from city center
14 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

An awe-striking grove of banyan trees, Kabirvad, awaits you on the banks of River Narmada. This banyan grove is believed to have sprouted from a measly Datoon, and now spreads over more than 3 kms. Believed to have sheltered the famous poet Kabirdas for many years, this banyan grove holds tremendous religious significance and is ardently worshipped by the locals.

15. Zarwani Waterfalls

77 kms
from city center
15 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

If you’re a nature lover but have never been in an authentic wildlife setting such as the ones depicted in popular franchises like Tarzan or The Jungle Book and have also not enjoyed yourself amidst the distant hooting of birds, the serene flow of a waterfall along with the wide expanse of green canopy away from the noise of civilisation, then these waterfalls should be your next destination.

16. Surya Mandir, Vadodara

3.6 / 5

2 kms
from city center
16 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Sun Temple, Borsad is situated in the town of Borsad in Anand, Gujarat, dedicated primarily to the Sun God. The Sun Temple of Borsad is known to bestow divine grace upon those who visit and relives them from ailments which might cause them unhappiness. Hence, people from all over the world visit the Sun Temple enthusiastically. The history behind this temple is quite of a vague kind, which dictated that the temple is built at the instance of God himself.

17. Khanderao Market

3.1 / 5

2 kms
from city center
17 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

It pretty much seemed like Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, just needed a random reason to build an edifice. The Khanderao Market is an extravagant building built under his supervision in 1906 that was a gift to the municipality on the completion of 25 years of his authoritative administration.

18. Makarpura Palace

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5 kms
from city center
18 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Makarpura Palace was initially constructed with the motive that it will serve as a summer palace for the royal family of the Gaekwads.

19. Aurobindo Ashram

3.1 / 5

2 kms
from city center
19 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Basically built as a residence to Aurobindo Ghose who was the private secretary to the then Maharaja of Baroda, HH Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Aurobindo Ghose was a multitalented man and during his tenure as a private secretary, he decided to follow his passion of teaching and was the Professor of English and vice-principal of Baroda College.

20. Nyaya Mandir

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3 kms
from city center
20 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Nyaya Mandir, translates to 'Temple of Justice' is the District Court of Vadodara city in the state of Gujarat. Situated in the heart of the city, this marvelous piece of architecture was the brainchild of Madras architect Robert Fellowes Chisholm.

21. Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum

2 kms
from city center
21 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Originally built as a school for the Maharaja's children, the Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum now houses a wide range of antiques and art pieces that once belonged to the Maratha royal family. The exhibits range from portraits of the royal family and depictions of Hindu mythologies to flawless marble and bronze sculptures.

22. Statue of Unity

76 kms
from city center
22 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Statue of Unity is a memorial to The Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue has been erected to propagate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision of India and to inspire the Citizens of India through his patriotism and freedom struggle. The Bronze statue of the founding father of the Republic of India stands 182 metres tall grabbing the attention of the whole world as the 'Tallest statue in the World'. The statue of Unity is Located in Gujrat, by the banks of River Narmada on the River Island of Sadhu Bet overlooking the Narmada Dam (Sardar Sarovar Dam) from 3.2 km away.

23. Mandvi Gate

3 kms
from city center
23 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Believed to be used to collect tolls from merchants and traders, the Mandvi Gate in Baroda is an important testimonial of the celebrated Mughal era. Resting at the centre of the city, this square-shaped pavilion screams regality with it bold arches on all four sides. The entire structure is illuminated during festivals and is truly a sight to behold.

24. Nadalay Temple

3 kms
from city center
24 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

A Vaishnav Hindu Temple dedicated to Shrinathji, the Nandalay Temple is the perfect destressing destination in Baroda. Chanting slow and peaceful hymns in unison with the crowd as the tranquil aura of the temple calms you will revitalise you from within. Be sure to visit during morning or evening aarti and notice the temple's admirable architecture and Shrinathji's beautiful paintings.

25. Hazira Maqbara

4 kms
from city center
25 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Housing the tombs of Qutubbuddin Muhammad Khan- the tutor of Emperor Akbar's son; and his own son Naurang Khan- an influential administrator of Emperor Akbar's dynasty, is the Hazira Maqbara in Baroda. Displaying typical Mughal architecture styles with ostentatious arches and octagonal platforms, the real graves are inside an underground chamber while the replicas are in the tomb.

26. Hathni Waterfalls

59 kms
from city center
26 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

Jambughoda is home to one of the most breathtaking and magnificent waterfalls you can visit in the Indian subcontinent. About a 100 metres in length and flowing with rich greenery, Hathni Waterfalls are surrounded by a variety of beautiful flora and fauna. If you find the peaceful sound of flowing water from streams and falls incredibly relaxing, then this is the spot for you.

27. Navratri Festival

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0 kms
from city center
27 out of 27
places to visit in Vadodara

You just cannot come to Baroda and miss out on its most extravagant festival - Navratri. Vadodara is considered the cultural capital of Gujarat, and the most sought after location for celebrating Navratri.

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