Gujarat may be more famously known for Garba, Modi and dhoklas, but the State is taking a new leap. With a budget of `1,200 crore designated for coastal development, Gujarat is all set to give a major boost to its tourism. Here’s a list of places you can expect to see revamped by the end of this much-hyped project.
The first thing most people think of when they visit Mandvi is visiting the seashore. Mandvi Beach is the closest to the town center. It is also called as Wind Farm Beach and it has been named so because of the windmills that line it to generate electricity for the area. You can get fresh coconuts and other snacks, swim in very pleasant water, and enjoy a nice view of the coastline.
Ahmedpur Mandvi, a coastal town, is situated along the west coast in the state of Gujarat. Famed for its beach, the township in the Junagarh district receives a large influx of tourists from across the world. The destination is at a distance of around 300 km from Ahmedabad.
About 36 km from Porbandar City towards Dwarka, along the Coastal NH 8E, Miyani is a coastal village which boasts of a beautiful beach, five temples and a dargah of Kokanshah Pir of archaeological interest, with some of them dating back to the 8th century. Both, the Harsiddhi Temple across Meda Creek and Bramha Temple in Miyani have great religious importance. A dam on Meda Creek has led to the development of a freshwater reservoir leading to a greener catchment that attracts a large variety of local as well as migratory birds.
Madhavpur Beach is dwelling to the name of Madhav Raoji. The temple of Madhav Raoji is a cynosure of all eyes together with the Madhavpur Beach. The Haveli temple of Madhavraiji is the principal attraction.It is said that Lord Krishna had married Rukmini in Madhavpur. The locals have keept this legend alive by holding a fair on Chaitra Sud 12 each year.
About 17 km from the Coastal NH 8A (Extension), Pingleshwar is an immensely beautiful beach with closed proximity to Nalia Bird Sanctuary. Located at a distance of about 145 km from Bhuj, Pingleshwar has the uniqueness of being the westernmost beach of India. Pingleshwar is a beautiful golden-sand beach. It has numerous wind farms and seasonal wetlands that attract local as well as migratory birds.
Nargol is a small beach town which is rarely visited by locals and is not very crowded. It is an interesting holiday destination and sees a few tourists, who come there to enjoy the isolation. The seaside is part of the Gulf of Cambay (Gulf of Khambhat) and it has almost no visibility. This is because of the large rivers that bring their humus to the sea around the bay. But with the budget allotted to this beach, we can see this beautiful beach thrive once again.
Gopnath Mahadev Beach
Located on the shore of the seaside on the Gulf of Khambat, this Shiva temple is where the devotional poet Narsinh Mehta supposedly had his spiritual experience almost 500 years ago. Set on the seashore, the temple is an ideal spot for all wanting a spiritual and natural trip. The coast in this area is full of tiny islands and offers a picturesque delight to the onlooker.
About 12 km off the NH 8 and 4 km from Valsad Town, Tithal is an immensely popular beach of South Gujarat.The beach is essentially a black sand beach.Tithal Beach, with well-developed access roads and infrastructure, is an established tourist attraction.