Dwarka is a holy town in Gujarat and is the municipal headquarters of the Okha-Mandal district. You can clearly view another significant landmark of Dwarka from Okha pier as well as from Beyt Dwarka-the Dwarka Lighthouse. This lighthouse has been guiding ships and other seafaring vessels to sail safely to nearby ports as well as providing warning of shoals since the latter part of the 19th cent. Besides being a landmark for sailors, this place has always served as a rest area for the pilgrims.
The Dwarka Lighthouse continues to remain one of the most visited destinations in Dwarka. Besides the lighthouse, there aren’t much that visitors might be attracted to. However, you can go to the top of the lighthouse to catch a stunning view of the sunset.
Foundations for the present-day lighthouse were laid at Rupen Creek in the earlier part of the 19th cent. This structure was actually a mast that supported a flag and a lamp and functioned as an improvised beacon for the port. Later on in 1866, an 18m tall squarish stone tower was constructed at the spot that housed a wick lamp at the pinnacle.
The wick beacon was replaced by a powerful revolving optic light in 1881and the framework of the lighthouse underwent some modifications in 1900. Erection of a new tower using bricks and stone started in 1960 and by the time construction was complete in 1962, the lighthouse had an imposing height of 42m. Electrical lightning equipment was also installed. The last refurbishment was done on 5th April, 1996 when the incandescent lamp was replaced with a MH lamp. Till today it has remained a landmark for the sailors and offers spectacular panoramic views.
Where is it located?
The lighthouse is situated at Rupen Creek which is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea.
Ideal Visiting Time
The ideal time to visit Dwarka is during the winter months that last from November to February. The Dwarka Lighthouse remains open to visitors from 16:30 hours to 18:00 hours.