The entire district of Bhavnagar is replete with villages and talukas that are situated beside scenic beaches and have numerous religious/historical structures which draw visitors round the year. Talaja is one such taluka of Bhavnagar that can boast of a picturesque and spectacular beach known as the Gopnath Beach. This beach lies on the coastline that straddles the Gulf of Khambat and is known throughout the world for its incredibly high tidal waves that lash the shore. The landscape around the beach is accentuated by gaunt and atavistic limestone cliffs, palm trees, coconut trees, and numerous man-made structures that add to the beach’s splendor.
The prime attraction is of course the beach where one can go for a leisurely amble early in the morning to catch the cool breeze. The entire coastal region including the Gopnath shore is a paradise for birdwatchers as numerous species of exotic birds can be spotted here. One can visit the fort constructed by Maharaja KK Sinjhi that has now been turned into a heritage building and also has lodging quarters for tourists and guests.
Of course, a visitor cannot miss visiting the Gopnath Mahadev Temple that lies on the approach way to the coast. One can also visit the Jain Temple at Talaja perched atop a volcanic hil that is 350-feet high. There is a seacoast adjoining the Rajpara hamlet which is quite near to the Gopnath coast that one can easily reach to get to the Jhanjmer citadel built by the Kathiawar Rajput chieftain Jhanjhara Sinh.
The beach gets its name from the Gopnath Temples that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The temples located at the background of the beach are believed to have been built nearly 700 years ago. The Gopnath Beach once used to be the summer retreat of the kings of the Gojil dynasty. Narsimha Mehta, the distinguished devotional poet of Gujarat sat in meditation in the premises of the Gopnath Temple and had a spiritual experience about 5 centuries back.
Where is it Located?
The beach skirting the Gopnath Temple and the Fort built by Maharaja Krishna Kumar Shinjhi is located at a distance of 22kms from Talaja and 75kms from Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar district is part of the Saurashtra region bordering the Gulf of Khambath (Cambay).
Ideal Visiting Time
The ideal time to visit the coastal area bordering Talaja is during the winter months of November, December, January and February.