Chorwad Beach, Somnath

Owing to its varied natural and man-made attractions, the seashore in Chorwad attracts holidaymakers and tourists from near and far, and is easily one of the most popular seacoasts in Gujarat. The rough and boisterous seafront in Chorwad makes it unsafe for swimming, but you’ll surely get a high if you just amble across the sands which is somewhat jagged and allow the cool waters wash your feet.

Plan your Chorwad Beach well in advance so that you don’t have any trouble finding suitable accommodation in a hotel, lodge or resthouse situated close to the seashore that are very few.

Horse-riding on a Kathiawar thoroughbred on the sandy shores of the beach is one of the most sought-after tourist activities. One can also opt for enjoying a range of aquatic sports including water skiing, parasailing, and water-scooting. Those with a religious-bent of mind can visit the Chamunda Temple, Kankai Temple, Ramdev Peer Temple, and the Somnath Temple.

History

The Chorwad seacoast since time immemorial had stood out as a shore that was too risky to visit even for taking a dip in the waters. Mohabbat Khan, one of the Nawabs of Junagadh, upon visiting a sleepy and quaint fishing village in the area in the 1930s, decided to turn the place into his summer retreat. He had a grand palace built for himself that serving as an ideal nesting place in the summers when the heat in Junagadh became unbearable.
Slowly and gradually beach started to gain popularity as a tourist destination. The Chorwad Palace was turned into a luxury resort hotel that offers accommodation facilities which suit the pockets of all categories of tourists. Putting up at the palatial hotel not only allows you to relax in the lap of luxury but also gives you the opportunity to steep yourself in the aura of a bygone era that was exclusively imperial.

Where is it located?

Chorwad Beach is one of the numerous shores on the long coastline that Gujarat shares with the Arabian Sea. Chorwad, in local parlance means ‘unpredictable quicksand’ and the coast is infamous for its steep, rocky terrain that gives an adrenaline rush to adventurous travelers and vacationers. Chorwad beach can be accessed from the Junagadh-Somnath highway from where it is approximately 8kms away (from some vantage points).

Ideal Visiting Time

The ideal time to visit is during the winter season which lasts from October to March. Weather is relatively cool during these months making it congenial to visit all tourist attractions in their full splendor.

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