#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Palitana
Distance (From Palitana): 57 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours
Place Location: Near Gadhula Village
Transportation Options: Bus
Travel Tips: None
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.