(Last Updated on : 19/09/2014)
Chorwad Beach is recognized amongst the exquisite beaches of the state of Gujarat
, endowed with spectacular natural beauty. Located at a distance of 66 kilometres from Junagadh
, the beach is famed all over the country for its royal palaces exhibiting architectural grandeur. Art enthusiasts have a merry time in exploring the magnificence of these ancient architectures which dot the beach. The white sandy beach is highly preferred for vacations. It also serves as a centre for visiting prominent places like Somnath and Porbandar
. Set along the Arabian Sea
, Chorwad Beach is adorned with scenic charms. Rocky hills along the shoreline and exciting boat rides are the added attractions of the beach which allures domestic as well as international tourists.
Chorwad Beach once served as a popular retreat for the Nawabs of Junagadh and was recognized as a symbol of leisure, relaxation and rejuvenation. The beach also hosts the renowned Chorwad Palace which was constructed by the emperors of the city. The palace presently also serves as the only beach palace resort of India. The palace was converted to a beach resort palace with the initiative of a Nawab of Junagadh, Mohabbat Khan. The architecture of the palace is an amalgam of Muslim, Italian and colonial features. The palace boasts its elegant interiors and balconies along with beautiful projecting porticos. Another tourist attraction of Chorwad Beach is the Kirti Mandir
, located nearby, which was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi
. Currently it has been turned to a memorial museum which exhibits several artefacts associated with him. Daria Mahal is also situated nearby.
Chorwad Beach is not much safe for swimming
but its serenity is immensely pleasing and is ideal for spending an invigorating time. A number of intriguing activities can be enjoyed in the beach such as fishing, boat riding and enjoying the rocky shores. Parasailing, skiing and scooting in the beach are also delightful.
Chorwad Beach is very popular among tourists for its natural beauty. Strolling along the beach in its moderate climate is very pleasing. The beach can be visited any time of the year but the best time to visit is the winter season, from October to March. Nearest railway station is located at Verangal and nearest airport is at Diu
, located at a distance of 90 kilometres from the beach.