Beaches in India

Porbandar Beach, Gujarat

Nestled in between the Veraval and Dwarka, Porbandar beach lies towards the southwest coast of the state of Gujarat. It is mostly known across the country for its various tourist attractions. It has an ancient port that enhances its beauty and implication. Porbandar is the birth place of Mahatama Gandhi, the father of the nation. Other than this, this place is also believed to be the birth place of Sudama, who was a close friend and devotee of Lord Krishna. Earlier during the British rule in India, this place was a part of the opulent states. The remains of ancient seawalls and ports along the Porbandar brook certify that the city was earlier a center of marine activities.

Porbandar was earlier a flourishing trade center for centuries and merchandized with Arab, Persian and East African countries under the rule of British, Mughals and Marathas. And today there are lots of chemical and cement factories located on the outskirts of the town. The history of this place is linked with many great historical personalities.

Travel explorers can go for sightseeing activities as there are many monuments and temple of popular historical importance like Kirti Mandir, a memorial to the Father of the nation. So, come and escape to the secluded beauty of beautiful paradise, Porbandar beach.

Tourist Attractions in Porbandar

Porbandar calls for a visit to experience all its bewitching attractions that rejoice the mind completely. Whether it's about shopping, sightseeing, festivals or about viewing the nature and wildlife of the Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, everything you get here to make your holidays memorable. Its breathtaking spots and picturesque view will simply let you go in the world of fantasy.

Here comes the list of some major attractions of Porbandar:

Sightseeing in Porbandar

The best way to discover in and around the Porbandar is by foot. There are lots of tourist places that captivate everyone. Some of the popular ones are:

Kirti Mandir- Also named as the 'Temple of Fame', this place is one of the major attractions of Porbandar that has become a museum. You will find memorabilia along with a library, a spinning hall and a prayer hall.

Tara Mandir- It is also known as the Nehru Planetarium, where planets, stars and other natural objects are visually designed overhead in a theatre. Regular shows are held at this place to explain in detail to the visitors.

Porbandar's Coastline- Also known as Chowpatty, it is the famous spot for tourists and locals. This place is well known for strolling as you can view flamingos, scenic beauty and other shore birds all around the vicinity.

Krishna Sudama Temple– It's the temple of India dedicated to the friendship between Lord Krishna and Sudama, which showcases pictures, symbols, and sculptures representing Indian culture and religion. Located in the center of the Porbandar, it was built by the name of Sudama, who was the Lord krishna's childhood friend and devotee.

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary- It's a popular attraction that was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1988. The water body in the sanctuary captivates many birds namely geese, ducks, pelicans, ibis, spoon bills, and many more. For birdwatchers, it's a must-visit spot where you can discover birds all around.

Sartanji Choro- It's an architectural and historic attraction of Porbandar, which is popular as the Darbargadh Fort. This palace was built in the Rajput style by Rana Sartanji.

Other tourist attractions include the Nehru Planetarium, Rana Bapu's Mahal and Kamla Nehru Park. Other than these, there are also some other interesting places located nearby Porbandar that should be visited once while holidaying in this city. Tourist places like Dwarka, Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Gir National Park, Girnar, Junagadh, etc., have thronged large number of travel junkies from all over the world.

Shopping in Porbandar

Shopping at this beautiful city is another leisure activity as Porbandar is known for its 'bandhani' works. You will find a rich variety of accessories, watches, shoes, clothing, etc. You can get local handicrafts and textile from MG Road that offers a complete range of shopping outlets. Other accessories like silver jewelry, clay/brass and iron items, terracotta figures and mirror works are few things which you can also purchase from markets located on Kedareshwar Road and Sudama Road.

Eating Out in Porbandar

The best food to taste in Porbandar is Gujarati delicacies like Khandvi, dhokla, etc. There are many restaurants that serve authentic Gujarati cuisine and no doubt you'll also get seafood over here. Fast food joints and restaurants located nearby MG Road offer Punjabi, Continental, and South Indian cuisines at reasonable prices.

Some of the popular restaurants in Porbandar include following:

  • Hotel Flamingo
  • Adarsh Restaurant
  • Swagat
  • Moon Palace
  • Kadambari Restaurant

Festivals & Events in Porbandar

There are many festivals like Navaratri, Holi, and Dussehra that are celebrated with great eclat and show. You can enjoy the biggest fair and event which begin from August-September every year.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of options to accommodate that ranges from luxury to budget hotels. You can find many hotels that are thronged near the railway station, which are in budget and they offer good facilities too. While, there are some mid-range hotels located nearby MG road and Cross Road, which are also good in the terms of service and comfort. For gracious hospitality and luxury, you may look for reputed hotels that offer luxurious facilities.

Here comes the list of some popular Hotels in Porbandar:

  • Lila's Hotel
  • Kaveri international Hotel
  • Hotel Kuber
  • Hotel Indraprastha
  • Hotel Harmony

Budget hotels in Porbandar include:

  • Hotel Moon Palace
  • Natraj Hotel
  • Indraprasth Hotel

How to Reach

By Air- The nearest airport is at Mumbai to reach the Porbandar.

By Rail- Porbandar is well connected with cities like Delhi, Surat, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Agra, Jaipur, Gaya, Mumbai, Jamnagar, Lucknow, and Kolkata. Nearest railheads are Bhanwad, Rajkot (via Jamnagar), Okha and Mumbai (via Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Surat).

By Road- NH8 is well connected with major cities like Rajkot and Ahmedabad. State Highway 6 (NH 8E Extension) is well connected to Jamnagar and Dwarka to the north and Veraval & Bhavnagar to the south. Apart from these, regular bus services are available from Dwarka, Rajkot, Junagadh, Veraval, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Mumbai to reach the destination. Hence, all the major cities of Gujarat are linked with Porbandar via the State transport buses.

Best Time to Visit- October to March

So, come on…plan for your next trip to this beach paradise. For online bookings from Tour My India, you may choose the best offers on holiday tours and enjoy holidaying in Porbandar with pleasure.