Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beaches of Gujarat – Chorwad and Ahmedpur Mandvi Coastal Beach

The sea beach at Chorwad is 5 km long. The blue sky melts into the blue sea making the horizon a dreamland. Foamy waves kiss and caress the rocky shore. The Summer Palace or Chorwad Hawa Mahal founded by Junagadh Nawab in 1928 is in the shade of rows of coconut and palm trees. To the north is the Shiva Temple. On the way there are several graveyards. But above all, the sunset at Chorwad is memorable.

How to reach Chorwad

On Ahmedabad-Junagadh-Verabal Railway, 19 km from Verabal is Chorwad Railway Station. All trains, to and fro from Verabal run via Chorwad. The calm charming coastal belt of Chorwad shaded with tamarisk and coconut trees is 8 km from railway station, 35 km from Keshode Airport and 36 km from Somnath. Direct buses ply from Verabal daily in the morning and evening. Both bus and train come from Junagadh (78 km) to coastal beach. Porbandar is at the distance of 110 km and Gir at 70 km. Buses from Somnath along Somnath-Porbandar-Dwarka national highway go to Verabal/Gunda and from there to Chorwad junction ( Mor). From Chorwad Mor to sea beach is only 5 km by auto rickshaw. Auto on share runs from Verabal Bus Stand to Chorwad seabeach (30 km). One should preferably visit Chorwad sea beach on a day's tour from Somnath.

Where to stay at Chorwad:

One can stay at Junagadh Nawab's summer resort, TCGL's Palace Beach Resort, Chorwad- Ph: (02870) 288567.

Ahmedpur Mandvi Coastal Beach

How to reach Ahmedpur Mandvi Coastal Beach

Enthusiasts may find pleasure to visit, 120 km from Chorwad and 10 km from Diu at Diu & Gujarat border, the romantic Ahmedpur Mandvi Coastal Beach. The border of Gujarat and Diu remain inseparable. People say, the location of Chorwad invites Kenyan-Ethiopian-Somalian air currents from Africa to blow over Mandvi coastal beach. The beach is full of palm shade, the color of sand is pinkish. Various aquatic sports are held from 15 Oct to 15 June on different occasions. Buses are available from 410 km away Ahmedabad to sea beach.

Where to stay at Ahmedpur Mandvi Coastal Beach

For night halt, prefer PWD Guest House , another palace of Junagadh Nawabs, GTDC's Samudra Beach Resort Ph: (02834) 230516

At Ghogla in centrally ruled Diu is Diu Tourism's Tourist Complex, Advance Booking : Diu Tourism, Marine House, Diu-362520.

This article is originally published in Travel India and India Study Channel

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