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Beaches in Gujarat

Diu : Across 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.

Mandvi : Mandvi, 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.

Somnath : The shore temple of Somnath, believed to have been built by the moon God in gold, Ravana in silver, lord Krishna in wood and Bhimadeva in stone. Waves of destruction engulfed Somnath as tales of it's riches in the 6th-10th century spread. The Caravan Serai of Muhammad Ghazni in the 10th century ransacked the temple and took back precious stone studded images and silver doors, restoration by the Solanki kings was nulified by the conquests by Alla-ud-din and Muhammad Bin Tuglaq brought in fresh destruction, and finally, Auragzeb in one of his many fanatical moments had it destoyed.

Gopnath : 275 kms from Ahmedabad, 75 kms from Bhavnagar which is well connected by rail and bus to Ahmedabad, Gopnath was the summer home of Maharajah Krishna Kumar Sinhji of Bhavnagar, one of the 50 richest of the 565 rulers of India. And it is easy to imagine why-the breathtakingly beautiful sea coast with it's spectacular limestone cliffs and great views, sea breezes and colourful birdlife, must have made an excellent break from the city during the summer months. The Gopnath beach has lovely, firm, sands for walking and shallow shore waters for wading, but the high tidal difference of the coast, makes the water murky and not very inviting for a long swim.

Porbandar :The historic princely city of Porbandar, on the shores of the Arabian sea has some beaches and creeks rich in flamingoes and other shore birds. "It stands in the most magnificent position overlooking a lake with hills all round and a view over the plain towards the sea," wrote William Barton, a British official. The Daria Mahal Palace facing the sea, is a delightful work of architecture. The city's greatest claim to fame is as a birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, whose old residence, Kirti Mandir, is now a memorial museum that traces his life through a series of memorabalia and library.

Chorwad : a small fishing village is a great place to enjoy views of rocky shores, boat riding and also a base to visit places like Porbandar, Somnath etc. Chorwad is a delightful beach with its resort on the sunny coast of Gujarat. 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.

Dwarka : Dwarka is an important center for Hindu pilgrimageThis was the kingdom of Lord Krishna, who came here with the Yadav clan from Mathura, and marine excavations have revealed a grand city. The Dwarkadish temple, or Jagat mandir, the main reason for visiting Dwarka, is said to be thousands of years old, but the present incarnation is 17th century and the shikara dome dates from the 19th century. Intricate sculpture lines the facade. Krishna's consort, Rukmani, has been honoured by a fabulous temple, with exquisite carvings, dated to the 12th-13th century.


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