A 1600km. long coastline, the
longest in India, binds the state of Gujarat from the west. It is dotted
with some really fine beaches like those of Ahmedpur-Mandvi, Kutch-Mandvi,
Chorwad and Gopnath. The coast was also a historical centre with
interesting Portugese forts, shore temples, princely port cities and beach
Rozi & Bedi Ports
These are attractive seaside picnic spots and offer good fishing
A ferry ride from Dwarka to the Island of Bet, near Okha, makes for a
good picnic. About 30 km. from Dwarka is the famous pilgrim-centre of
Vaishnavas. Here we have Rancchodrai Temple, Devki Temple and Temples of
Chief Queens of Krishna, Mahaprabhuji Bethak, Bala Hanuman and Shankh
Talav are other attractions. Situated about 35 kms. from Dwarka and 150
kms. from Jamnagar.
Set amidst virgin beaches Ahmedpur Mandvi's main attraction is the
seaside resort, a renovated palace of the Nawab. A few kms. away is a sun
kissed beach, offering a safe haven for swimming and water sport
Built in 1928 by the erstwhile Nawab of Junagadh, Chorwad was a summer
Palace retreat. It is 66 kms. from Junagadh and 23 kms. from the fishing
centre of Veraval. It is a holiday resort with an isolated beach and is
away from bazaars, crowds etc.
The sea here is not always calm but the pleasant climate invites a host of
tourists every year.
Chorwad is perfect for long beach walks and a quiet holiday.
Ahmedpur Mandvi lies the island of Diu, a sensuous blend of sun, sand and
deep blue sea. Diu is situated 125 kms. from Junagadh.
It is one of the country's finest beaches, and tourists who keep falling
in love with it have spread its name all over the world.
The island is also dotted by three Portuguese churches one which has been
converted into a museum housing some rare Portuguese artifacts.
Another cynosure at Diu is the Fort of Diu, an imposing statement of
founded in 1581 A.D. is an ancient seaport. It is well known for its
production of handicraft items particularly its relief, filigree and
enamel work and its virtually unspoilt sea beaches. The Rukmavati bridge
is the longest stone bridge, built in 1883 A.D. and the Vijay Vilas palace
are the major tourist spots in this destination.
Mandvi is situated about 75 kms. from Bhuj.
Endowed with beautiful sandy
beaches lined with coconut trees the town finds mention in scriptures as
that of great antiquity, for it is believed that Krishna had married
Rukmini at this place, the legend is kept alive by the Mer community by
holding a fair on Chaitra Sud 12 every year. The Haveli temple of
Madhavraiji is the chief attraction. There is also a Bethak of
Mahaprabhuji as Shri Vallabhachrya had given discourse on Shrimad Bhagwat
for seven days over here.