For a weekend gateway, apart from a holiday resort or a beach, Chhota Udepur is a perfect place near Baroda. The small town sits at the edge of a big lake “Kusum Sagar”, with endless temples along its periphery. While spending a night at one of the heritage hotels, you can loiter around the place and know the kith and kin of the town.
Chhota Udepur is quite near to Vadodara. (122 Kms). The best mode of travel is by road. Your total travel time would be approximately 2 hours, depending upon the halts you take and the traffic. Another interesting way to reach here is through the narrow-gauge rail which functions thrice a week.
Night Out & Eat Out:
The Kali Niketan Heritage Hotel (Contact Tel: +91 79 26302019.) offers a luxurious stay besides Indian and continental meals and travel facilities. This mansion was originally called Nahar Mahal, built some 10 decades ago. The Mahal was also one of the summer residences for the inmates of the royal family. Amongst the sumptuous food orchards, his mansion has fountains, forecourt and a big courtyard. The palatial residence offers a comfortable stay.
Other fabulous option to stay is: Kusum Villas Palace.
The Jain temple here is an interesting paradigm of the Victorian art dominance. Besides this, you can have a look at the Kusum Vilas Palace (heritage hotel) and Prem Bhavan. Chhota Udepur has sightseeing destinations including the visit to the tribal villages at the Madhya Pradesh Border. In and around the town, there are some interesting old buildings and monuments including the tribal museum. One may also find the tribal Haats (Saturday weekly markets) worth visiting.
Other places of interest near Chhota Udepur are:
Pavijetpur, Soma Talav, Bear Sanctuary