Mandvi Tourism

Mandvi Tourism

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Mandvi Info

  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Kachchh
Mandvi is a small port city which comes under the administrative jurisdiction of Kutch or Kachchh District, in the state of Gujarat. This city was once a summer retreat for King Maharao of Kachchh. Tourists can see the remains of the ancient fort built during his reign, in the old city of Mandvi. It also features a more than hundred years old ship building industry, which is known for small ship manufacturing.

The chronicles of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas state that during the 15th and 16th centuries, several clans like Bhati, Solanki, Gohil, Jethwa, Visavaria Brahmins and Rathods shifted to the city of Mandvi. This city was formed during the late 16th century by the first Jadeja ruler, Rao Khengarji I. The ancient city also acted as a key junction of the trade routes of spices and desert camel caravan.

Mandvi Beach is the key attraction of the region which is located along side the 1,666 km long coastline of the state of Gujarat. This beach is a perfect holiday destination which has sunny beaches and warm tropical waters. Mandvi Palace is also situated near this beach, which features a museum of princely heirlooms.

The palace is also known as Vijay Vilas Palace and has featured in Hindi movies, such as 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'. The famous song of this movie 'Chand Chupa Badal Mein' was shot at the Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi. Mandvi Creek in the region is inhabited by flamingos and other bird species, making it popular among birdwatchers.

This port city is popular for the Swaminarayan Temple which lies on the main road leading to Naliya. The old bridge of Rukmavati, constructed on the Rumavati River in 1883, is also situated in Mandvi. Topansar Lake and Bandini Bazaar are other important tourist attractions in the region. In 1960, Keshavji Gabha Chudasama of Mandvi was the first to prepare the famous snack of Gujarat, Dabeli. Penda sweet is also easily available in the shops present throughout the city of Mandvi.

This city is situated at a distance of around 446 km from the main city of Ahmedabad, while it lies approximately 56 km from Bhuj. The main railway station from Mandvi is located at Bhuj, from where taxis and buses are also available to travel to the port city.

Ahmedabad Airport is the major international airbase from Mandvi which is connected with important cities and towns near the destination. The ideal season for travelling to Mandvi is the winter season, between October and March.

Mandvi is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bhuj and Dwarka.

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Mandvi Traveller Reviews

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Subodh Bisht

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  • Subodh Bisht
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  • 25 Reviews
  •  569 helpful votes
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"Wow !!! More than expectations - Mandvi Beach"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2016
Just travelled to Rann of Kutch and writing a review of Mandvi Beach to HolidayIQ readers. I knew about Mandvi Beach but I was not expecting like the view I really experienced. I liked this beach even not like, I loved this beach. When we reached at the point by Car and just after 10 15 footsteps the amazing view were there. Fantastic We all 4 friends were shocked that we supposed to miss this beautiful beach as we were trying to skip this destinations. This was more than our expectations. While sitting on a chairs and the view was like we are playing role in Hang over movie. My words can not describe the beauty we experienced there and Camel ride at Beach make this experience wonderful.
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Subahu Desai

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  • Subahu Desai
  • 5 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  148 readers

"Idyllic Mandvi Gujarat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2016
Visited this port city. Very quaint still maintains the old world charm. The vijay palace was disappointing. Beach was pristine We visited the boat building yards where dhows are built it was a amazing experience. Saw how Bandhani fabrics were printed an art handed down from father to son.
Icing on the cake was lunch at Zoraba the Buddha (OSHO)
The food is typical Kutchi. Very well cooked and served with a lot of love !! They charge 120INR per thali in which you get unlimited food ... Place is basic but owners and staff sense of humor and courteousness makes it special. A must visit.
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Meghana Hassan

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  • Meghana Hassan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Heritage, beach and bird watching"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 14, 2015
We started with 72 Jinalaya, Jain temple. It's a beautiful marble temple. A visit to shipbuilding ward is a must when you are at Mandvi. You also get to watch immigrant birds at the building yard. We also visited Vijay Vilas Palace and drove to Mandvi beach by sunset. Overall, it was a wonderful trip, which included heritage, beach and bird watching.
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Deepak Naik

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  • Deepak Naik
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  5267 readers

"Overall, a good place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2015
The palace is the main tourist attraction in Mandvi. Its a treat for photographers. Loved being here. First floor of the Palace hosts nice view point to the surrounding greenery. We stayed at Bhuj and covered Mandvi in Bike. Bhuj is 60km from Mandvi. Roads to Mandvi from Bhuj is nice and being expanded.
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Akshay Nakar

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"Nice experience of the sunset"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2014
I had gone to Mandvi to enjoy my holidays. It was an awesome experience, awesome view of sunset on beach. Camel riding was excellent. Our guide was so good and humble. Vijay Vilas Palace and Shyamji Krishna Verma monuments were damn good. You must go there once in a life
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