Mandvi Beach, Kutch, Gujarat

The Mandvi Beach can be easily reached from the heart of the city where one has to get over to the eastern side of the Rukmavati River after crossing a bridge. Thereafter one has to get past an area called Salaya to reach the Kashi-Vishwanath Temple that overlooks the beach. Owing to the proximity of the beach from the abovementioned temple, the sandy shores are popularly referred to as Kashi-Vishwanath Beach.

Mandvi is a coastal city that used to be a bustling port several centuries back. Nowadays, the port is mostly used as a construction site for manufacturing small country crafts and light ferrying vessels. Important export items including clay, oilcakes, salt, bauxite, and cotton seeds are ferried upstream for transporting to large cargo ships. Travelers and honeymooners rush to the Mandvi Beach after arriving in the town. Apart from the main beach, visitors also throng to the Wind Farm Beach to catch enchanting views of the Kutch coastline and go rolling in the waters. Seashore that goes by the name of ‘Vijay Vilas Beach’ is a private beach.

History

The very name ‘Mandvi’ conjures up visions of sun-kissed beaches with the waters of the seas or oceans splashing across your feet. Mandvi is actually a coastal city falling under the Kutch district in Gujarat. The old city in the municipality of Mandvi was confined within the walls of the fort bearing the same name which now lies in ruins. However, one can still see portions of the walls and ramparts of the fort during a walking tour of the city.
Foundations for the city of Mandvi as it stands today were laid by Khengarji I, Rao, who was a Rajput warrior belonging to the Jadeja clan. He assumed the title of ‘Rao of Cutch State’ and established the town of Mandvi in 1580. The fortress that goes by the same name was actually built much earlier, in 1549.

Where is it Located?

Mandvi doesn’t have its own railhead or airport. The nearest airstrip is in Bhuj situated approximately 55-60 km away from Mandvi. Bhuj is also well connected by trains with the rest of the country.

Ideal Visiting Time

Since the weather always stays pleasant, you can visit Mandvi anytime of the year. However, the months from October through March are ideal for sightseeing.

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