At a distance of 64 km from Bhuj, 100 km from Gandhidham, 141 km from Rann of Kutch, 281 km from Rajkot, 386 km from Junagadh, 386 km from Ahmedabad, 506 km from Vadodara, 625 km from Udaipur and 638 km from Surat, Mandvi is a little town on the coast of Arabian Sea in Kutch district of Gujarat. Situated at the estuary where the river Rukmavati meets the Gulf of Kutch, Mandvi is one of the popular beach destinations in Gujarat and among the top places to include in Gujarat Tour.
Famous for its ship building and cottage industries, the port town of Mandvi was founded in 1580 AD by Rao Khengarji, the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch. The city Mandvi was named after Sage Mandavya, who lived here. It was a major trade center of the time. The town was built within a walled fortress that had an 8 m high wall, many gates and 25 bastions. Presently the wall is almost destroyed, but one can see the largest bastion on the southwest which still acts as a lighthouse.
In the peak of maritime trade, before the arrival of steamboats, Mandvi was a prosperous town and a profit-making center of the Kutch state, surpassing the capital city of Bhuj in terms of wealth. This place happened to be a famous seaport in Gujarat before the rise of Mumbai or Surat as ports and it had trade links with South Africa, China, Malaysia, Zanzibar and Japan. This port was also a point of entry to the states of Marwar, Sindh and Malwa. The town has a four-hundred-year-old ...
Distance from Ahmedabad: 386 Kms
At a distance of 13 km from Dwarka and 23 km from Okha, Shivrajpur Beach is a serene beach located near Shivrajpur village on the Arabian coast of Gujarat. Situated on Dwarka - Okha Highway, it is one of the famous beaches in Gujarat and among the must visit Dwarka Tourist Places.
Shivrajpur Beach is a beautiful beach with clear waters and white sands. The beach offers stunning sunsets and picturesque views to the tourists. The beach is not much commercialized which makes it an ideal place to spend some peaceful time with family and friends. One can spot Dolphins and some beautiful birds on the sea here. For making it an ideal tourist destination, the beach management has introduced water sports, food and shopping areas for the visitors. Be careful while venturing into the water as there is no rescue team available.
There is also a lighthouse near the beach. The ruler of Kachchh Maharao Deshalji built a small fort along with an 11m high black masonry unlit beacon known as Mojap beacon in 1720-21 here to provide shelter and safety to the Kachchhi vessels. A battery operated flashing light was installed and operated on the top of the cabin since 1977 and was the first light in this region. This followed commissioning of a Racon in 1978. The present 30 m RCC structure was built and installed the PRB-21 lighting equipment in 1983. In order to save energy the imported sealed beam lamps were replaced in 1997 by auto head lamps with 100W halogen lamps. The light house was ...
Distance from Ahmedabad: 453 Kms
Beach | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 33 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Beyt Dwarka is an inhabited island located off the coast of Dwarka on Gulf of Kutch. Also known as Beyt Shankhodhar, it was one of the main ports of the town before the development of Okha and is among the popular places to visit in Dwarka.
Bet Dwarka or Beyt Dwarka is an extremely sacred pilgrimage destination as it is believed to be the original home of Lord Krishna during his ruling years at Dwarka. It is said that lord Krishna resided with his family at Bet Dwarka. The place derived its name from the word 'beyt' which means meeting and this is the place where Sudhama came to meet his friend Lord Krishna. Beyt Dwarka is also mentioned in the ancient epic, 'Mahabharata' as 'Antardvipa' to which people of the Yadava clan needed to travel by boat. The island is also known as Shankhodhar as the island is source of conch shells.
The ASI explorations revealed that the presence of certain settlements whose age can be traced back to the era of the Harappan civilization and that of the Mauryan rule. Dwarka is mentioned in the copper inscription dated 574 AD of Simhaditya, the minister of Vallabhi under Maitraka. The region was previously under the administration of the Gaekwad clan of the state of Baroda. During the revolt of 1857, Vaghers attacked the region and captured it. After independence of India in 1947, the region became part of the Saurashtra state which later merged with the state of Bombay. When the state ...
Distance from Ahmedabad: 464 Kms
At a distance of 25 km from Dwarka and 78 km from Porbandar, Okha Madhi Beach is a pristine beach on the Arabian Sea coast near Okha Madhi village in Gujarat. Located on Dwarka - Porbandar Highway, it is one of the secluded beaches in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Dwarka.
Okha Madhi or Madhi is a beautiful coastal area located between Bhatiya and Dwarka and is very isolated marine site. If you are looking for the less crowded beach then Okha Madhi or Nexon Beach is the best place for you. The tidy, long beach with thunderous waves, golden sands, coral reefs and clean blue water is an ideal destination to have fun with family and friends in peace. Also known as Bechtel Beach, this beach is famous for turtle conservation.
Swimming is not safe at this location as tides are really huge at times. Being a secluded place, there is no shops so better to carry water and snacks. Hotels are available within a few kilometers.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 430 Kms
At a distance of 57 km from Palitana and 74 km from Bhavnagar, Gopinath Beach is a beautiful beach situated near Gadhula village in Gujarat. Along the coast of the Gulf of Khambat, it is one of the popular beaches in Gujarat and among the must visit places near Palitana.
Gopnath was the summer home of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji of Bhavnagar. The beach offers awe-inspiring scenes with its stunning limestone cliffs and great views. The gentle breeze of the sea, refresh the spirit and soothes the soul. The beach has exquisite, firm sands for walking and shallow shore waters for wading. However, it is not an ideal place for swimming as it has a high tidal disparity of the coast which turns the water murky.
One can also visit 700 years old Gopnath Mahadev Temple situated near the beach. Set on the seashore, it is perhaps the only temple in India which hoists two color flags - a white flag denoting a Vishnu temple and a saffron flag representing a Shiva temple. This Shiva temple is the place where the devotional poet Narsinh Mehta supposedly had his spiritual experience almost 500 years ago.
The place is also home to a mansion built by the Maharaja for his comfortable stay. It was built in European colonial style in the 1940s and has a huge complex, comprising of official chambers, residential quarters and cottages for the guests. Now, it has been converted into a heritage hotel.
Distance from Ahmedabad: 246 Kms
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