The shore temple of Somnath is one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas of Shiva'. The temple is believed to have appeared first in gold, at the behest of the moon-god, next in silver, created by the sun-god, a third time in wood at the command of Krishna, and finally in stone, built by Bhimdeva, the strongest of the five Pandava brothers from Mahabharata. It contains one of the 12 sacred Shiva shrines known as Jyotirlingas. Not surprisingly, temple wealth came to the attention of the Mahmud of Ghazni, who captured and plundered so many of western India's cities (997 -1030); the temple was battered and pillaged, and its riches taken to Afghanistan. The present temple was commissioned by Sardar Patel in the 1950s. The temple is impressive, the aura of devotion even more awesome, but the high point is it's location by the blue waters of the Arabian sea.
The beach of Somnath is unshaded but lovely, the views are just stupendous. The most spectacular sight of Veraval is the fishing port, where thousands of trawlers, country crafts and dhows can be seen unloading their catch. The most famous excursion from here is ofcourse Sasan,the headquarters of the 1412 sq km Gir national park & wildlife sanctuary, one of the most important wildlife preserves in India.
Mandvi is one of the finest beaches on the Gujarat shoreline. The beach is white and firm, ideal for walks, and the water perfect for swimming. Seemingly unending, with sands ideal for castle building by kids, and shallow waters for a wading, this is a great spot for a family holiday. A variety of water sports like water scooters, skiing, surfing, para sailing, speed boat trips ...... are on offer. Cottage Resort Magico Do Mar is one of the highlight of this beach offering air-conditioned rooms, pleasant lawns, palm groves. The resort bungalow facing garden towards sea offers wonderful sight which should not be missed.
Ahmedpur Mandvi is at the border of the Union Territory Diu, where u can visit. Diu Island lies on the offshore of Gujarat mainland, minutes offshore from the mainland of Gujarat, yet has it makes the feel of being on a mediterranean island. Nothing can quite prepare you for the treasure-trove of Diu reflects the Portugese colonial period architecture like the churches, public buildings, bungalows with pastel shaded walls, truss roofs, terraces, galleries, clean wide road, neat clean beaches etc. Nagoa Beach one of the most beautiful, white sanded, crescent shaped of quiet blue water perfect for swimming, wading, relaxing, water sports like jetskiing, knee board surfing, pony and camel riding. Other beaches here include Jalandhar a pleasant and quiet beach, Chakratirth Beach with sunset point, a Shiv Temple and a summer bungalow, Goghla Beach on the Diu union territory section, Simmer Beach promoting water sports, fishing, sailing etc., Gahirmata beach being made a resort soon.
Chorwad , a small fishing village is a great place to enjoy. Chorwad is famous for rocky shores and boat riding. It is also a base to visit places like Porbandar, Somnath etc. A resort is there which was previously a palace built by Nawab Saheb Mohabbat Khan as a vacation spot on hot summer days where he held weddings of his dogs, royal banquets and processions amidst cool breezes from the sea. Porbandar the historic princely state on the shores of the Arabian Sea is famous for being the birthplace of the Father of The Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. His old residence Kirti mandir is now a memorial museum having a series of memorabalia and library. The Daria Mahal Palace facing the sea, is a delightful work of architecture.
Kutch Mandvi Beach
Another fine beach in Gujarat is in Mandvi, a historic port town of the Maharao's of Kutch. The port of Mandvi was an important sea trade post between the near east and the far east which brought prosperity to the Royal family. Mandvi town was important city for the Maharaos of Bhuj being endowed with some splendid palaces and buildings. The Vijay Vilas Palace built in the 1940's depicts some splendid arcitectural features like umbrella domes and cupolas etc. For peace and tranquillity, visit the Maharao's private beach, accessible for a fee. Watch the sunset from the pavillion.
Mandvi beach has lovely blue waters, lots of birds, sandy beaches and colourful fishing points. Next to the beach are the docks where wooden ships are built. In the town one can see numerous old buildings, handicrafts like silverware, kutchi embroideries etc.
Gopnath by sea is just 80km from Bhavnagar, which has daily flights from Mumbai and overnight trains from Ahmedabad. It was the summer home of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji of Bhavnagar 75 kms from Bhavnagar, Gopnath is well connected by rail and bus to Ahmedabad. 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 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. Gopnath is the base for some spectacular sightseeing. Talja a jain temple spiralling on a 350 foot high volcanic hill, Alang- world's largest ship breaking zone. Besides this one can enjoy shopping for furniture, food stuff, crockery, utensils, textiles, home appliances salvaged from the ships. The 700 year old Gopnath temple is perhaps the only one in India with flags of 2 colours a white flag denoting a Vishnu temple and a saffron flag representing a Shiva temple.
Dwarka is an important city for Hindu Pilgrimage. This was the kingdom of Lord Krishna. The entire city was revealed by marine excavations. The city is famous for the Dwarkadish temple or Jagat Mandir. Today it is not only a major pilgrimage site but a pleasant spot for a beach holiday. Dwarka has fine stretches of beach and though crowded by pilgrims one can always find quiet spots too. Large number of birds could be seen on the coast. There is a small island covered with temples, a white beach, coral reefs and extensive marine life. Dolphins and porpoise can be seen surfacing to breathe, sea turtles, octopus, star fish, sea urchins etc. inhabit the beach.