Dandi Beach lying on the coastline that Gujarat has with the Arabian Sea is one such spot. The very mention of the name ‘Dandi’ evokes nostalgia as one is instantly reminded of the Independence Movement that the site spearheaded. The entire stretch from Sabarmati to Dandi has been given a facelift in order to promote the area as a holidaymakers’ hub.
Remembered for the famous movement of Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1930, this beach saw the protest against the British Monopoly of salt production. Today it serves as a popular tourist attraction and is among the well-developed beaches in the state of Gujarat.
The Dandi Beach is undoubtedly the key attraction of your tour. You can capture captivating views of the sun rising as well as setting while you hike along the sandy shores. Long walks, family picnics and host of other activities are available at this beach. Other spots that are a must-see include the dargah of Sayed Sadat, Padamdungari Eco campsite, Shri Chintamani Parshavnath Temple, Somnath Mahadev Temple, Unai Hotspring, Vansda National Park, and the Waghai Botanical Gardens.
It was in the year 1930 that the ‘Father of the Nation’-Mahatma Gandhi undertook a long and arduous trek starting from Sabarmati Ashram situated in Ahmedabad that terminated in Dandi Beach. Gandhi, along with those who had joined him in the march vowed to end British rule in India by picking up a handful of brackish mud with water. Gandhiji and his acolytes walked almost continuously for nearly 25 days before reaching Dandi seacoast. This onward march came to be known as the ‘Dandi March’ or the ‘Dandi Salt March’. There is a sleepy hamlet by the same name near the beach.
Where is it Located?
Dandi village is part of the Navasari district which was formerly known as Jalalpore. Navasari lies in the Southeastern region of Gujarat and Navsari town which is the district headquarters is located at a distance of 16kms from the beach and hamlet.
Ideal Visiting Time
Visit Dandi in the months from October to March when the weather is perfect for touring and sightseeing.