Vishwa Van was conceptualized by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. After guiding the construction of Statue of Unity in 46 months, he envisioned the integrated development of Kevadia on the theme of Unity. Vishwa Van (Global Forest) contains herbs, shrubs and trees native to all the 7 continents signifying the underlying theme of ‘Unity in Diversity’ in the global context.
Vishwa Van is a celebration of forests for their role in existence of all life forms on earth. The Vishwa Van developed in an area of 2 hectares is situated between the two bridges next to the Statue of Unity. It has a diverse assemblage of Flora representing every continent of the world. The vegetation is arranged in a way to resemble the natural forest of that zone.
The motive is to educate the visitors about biogeography – the study of distribution of species and ecosystems in geographic space. Clusters have been developed for maintaining suitable environment for raising the seedlings of forests of the world. It takes inspiration from the five Olympic rings with a distinct colour for each continent.
The design concept behind Vishwa Van is to combine the world’s forests and gardens. A path runs along the wavy margins of the continents with a spectacular view of the Statue of Unity on one side and the beautiful forested hills on other. This magnificent assembly clubbed with the splendour of foliage from all corners of the world make this place truly remarkable.
Structures representing the traditional abodes of folks from the remotest corners of the world will be erected here in the future to introduce visitors to their way of living. Such edifices at the sites are Fiji House, Bali House, African-Louisiana Conference Area, Molaka House and Pagoda. A Gazebo has also been planned for visitors to provide a seating area.