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Mandvi Tourism And Travel Guide
24.4° C / 75.9° F
November to March
2 to 3 Days
Bhuj- Rudra Mata Airport (64 kms)
Bhuj Railway Station (63 kms)
"The most beautiful place in the world is, of course, the world itself." – Wallace Stevens
Studies have revealed that traveling can improve your creativity and overall health. Exploring new places in the world builds up our understanding and helps us learn many things about different cultures and traditions. And that’s how we develop respect and admiration towards each other. So keep traveling and learning.
In our attempt to make you aware of different places to travel, we bring you one of the smallest but one of the most beautiful towns in Gujarat, Mandvi. Situated along the coast of the Arabian Sea in the Kutchh district of Gujarat, Mandvi is the place that you should look forward to visiting. Initially developed for trade purposes, Mandvi has one of the best beaches in Gujarat and over a 400-years old heritage shipyard. There are several tourism spots to blow your mind away. Below we present a travel guide to help you know more about the city of Mandvi.
How To Reach
Mandvi is a small town and therefore, it doesn’t have its own railway station or an airport. Roadways are the only direct means of transportation to this city from other places in Gujarat and India. Still, many people travel to this beach destination every year. Trains, of course, are the best option to get here, whereas airways are a little expensive but the fastest mode of transportation. Here is a quick summary of how to reach Mandvi.
The nearest airport to Mandvi is at Bhuj known by the name “Bhuj- Rudra Mata Airport”. At a distance of 64 km from Mandvi, it is the fastest way to get here. Then, you can either hire a cab or a bus to get to the Mandvi city center or to your hotel. The domestic airport in Bhuj has connectivity with Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, and other major cities in India at regular intervals.
Due to the unavailability of a railway station in Mandvi, you will have to board a train till Bhuj as Bhuj railway station which is at a distance of 63 km is the nearest railways station for Mandvi. You can get direct trains to Bhuj from Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and other major cities in India.
The city of Mandvi is well connected by roads with its neighboring cities in the state of Gujarat such as Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, and Bhuj. Both private and state-operated buses are available at regular intervals for important cities such as Surat, Vadodara, and Ahmedabad. Self-drive is another convenient option if you may prefer.
Getting around the city is quite easy. You can hire cabs if you want a comfortable travel to visit the neighboring regions. For quick hops in the city, you can use auto-rickshaw, tuk-tuk, or even the city buses. These aren’t expensive, but if you are using auto-rickshaws or a cab, remember to bargain to grab a good deal for a day or two. Otherwise, they usually demand more; but bargain, and settle on a price you are comfortable with.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The fascinating city of Mandvi has moderate and tropical climatic. Summers are generally hot and can be difficult to deal with at times. The monsoon season is a little better time to visit, but July and August may get heavy rains. Winter is the best time to visit the city and you can explore the city without any difficulty to its fullest.
Summer (March – June):
Summers start from the end of March and remain until June. Occasionally, the temperature sores up to 40° C in extreme conditions. Otherwise, the temperature remains in the high 30s. Generally, people avoid visiting Mandvi during this time but being a holiday season many people still visit and you can mostly find them at the beaches. The minimum temperature in summer is 27° C and the max is 44° C.
Monsoon (July – September):
Mandvi receives decent rainfall from the south-west monsoon. The season starts at the beginning of July and remains active till September end. The climatic conditions are moderate but humid during the monsoon. The minimum temperature in monsoon is 25° C and a max of 34° C.
Winter (November – February):
Winter is without a doubt the best time to visit Mandvi. The temperature at this time is at its most pleasant. The lush green atmosphere of the city makes it even more alluring. The climatic conditions are extremely pleasant and you can easily get to travel without any inconvenience. The minimum temperature during this time is 12° C and a maximum of 24° C.
Things To Do
Mandvi is a famous port town in Gujarat situated at a distance of 64 km from Bhuj. It is a fascinating beach destination well-known for the heritage shipyard and cottage industry. It is visited by thousands of travelers who enjoy their stay here. There are many things that you can do to make your trip memorable. Below we present a quick overview of exciting things to do in Mandvi.
Camel Ride at Mandvi Beach:
Situated adjacent to the resonant city of Mandvi, the sublime Mandvi beach is one of the most visited places in Mandvi. The sunset at the Beach of Mandvi will make you spellbound with its extreme and authentic beauty. There are certain activities which you can enjoy at the pristine beach apart from the scenic magnificence such as horse riding, water sports, and camel rides.
Explore the Heritage Shipbuilding Yard:
The Mandvi shipbuilding yard is situated at the meeting point of river Rukmavati and the Arabian Sea. Exploring this heritage site is another thing that you can do here. It is stated that the yard is 400 years old and therefore has many things to be known about. The tradition of shipbuilding is still on here though on a small scale, but, large wooden ships are carved out wholly by the hands of these expert craftsmen.
Visit the Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial:
The Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial is located on the outskirts of Mandvi at a distance of 5 km from the city center. It was built in 2010 by the Government of Gujarat as the mark of respect to the iconic freedom fighter Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma. Visit this place to learn more about his work and explore the literature.
Learn More About the Natural Therapies:
Navjivan Nature Care is a healing center where naturopathy is offered. Here the treatment equipped by the center is based on MK Gandhi’s principle that is nature care. This is a must-visit place once in a lifetime. Here, various kinds of treatments for different conditions are provided as per naturopathy that is Ayurveda, homeopathy, and yoga.
When it comes to roadside food, the famous Dabeli is one of the most classic roadside snacks which you cannot miss. Interestingly, the origin of this roadside snack has its roots in Mandvi. So try this snack from where it originated. It has an authentic and classic taste which creates a flavourful crack to our taste buds. The Gujarati Thalis are also popular here. Dhokla, Khichdi, and other staple Gujarati items are available here too. Apart from that, you can also try South Indian, North Indian, and Chinese delicacies along with the authentic Gujarati food.