Places to visit

Places to Visit


Vijay Vilas Palace

The centre of attractions at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a Royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD. The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on the sides, the windows with coloured glass, carved stone 'jalis', domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone-carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. The Vijay Vilas Palace has its own private beach which offers air-conditioned tented accommodation. Being private with conditional access it is a must visit for all beach lovers who want to enjoy their solitude and admire its Eco-friendly pristine beauty. For these reasons, this palace has been used as the set in many Hindi films and has now become a popular tourist destination.

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Swaminarayan Temple

This scenic temple is on the main road of Mandvi - Naliya. The foundation stone for new temple was laid on 19/5/1991, Sunday by His Holiness Acharya Maharaj Shri Tejendraprasadji and Mahant Swami of Bhuj and under sincere effort of the followers of this area. The new temple was completed within 8 years, with white marble under Indian art, having attractive dome and high crowns of temple. Shree Vrindavanvihari Maharaj being in the centre, where as on south side Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj and Sukhsaya of Shree Sahajanand Swami on North side. On the entrance of initial temple, Shree Ganapati Dev are installed on north side, having crown whereas 'Shree Hanumanji' on the south side. One large sized 'Ghumat' (Dome) is constructed in the centre of the temple where on its each column, the pictures of Saints and well known Bhaktas are carved on the marble. Similarily each and every pillars in the temple are decorated with art. There is one large sized Sabha mandap (auditorium) which is on north side of the temple where more than thousand persons can be addressed during the Katha programmes. In the center of the Sabha mandap, one thrown (Sinhasan) is made out of white marble where the outlooking idols of Shree Radhakrishna Dev, Shree NarNarayan Dev and Shree Hari are installed. On west side of this, main office of the temple as well as residential accomodation for Saints are made. Santos stay here permanenty who come from bhuj mandir and change as per yearly shift. On the same area a ladies temple is also built for ladies to have religious discourses.

View Darshan Part 1 and Darshan Part 2 courtesy of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Mandvi.

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Rukhmavati Bridge

The bridge on the Rukhmavati River was built in 1883. It is the longest existing structure of its kind in India today. This bridge was built by Vishram Karman Chawda of Chandiya belonging to the Mistris of Kutch community.

Mandvi Beach and Windfarms

The Wind Farms Beach and Wind-mills, which line the horizon of Mandvi, offer a spectacular view from the Mandvi sea-beach. The Wind mills projects running in this beach was Asia's 1st Wind-Mills Projects in 1983. Click here for more details,

Mazar-e-Noorani

Here is the resting place of the 37th Dai-al-Mutlaq (vicegerent) Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin (R.A.) of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, a subsect of Shia Islam. People of Dawoodi Bohra Community come here in large numbers for Ziyarat (a kind of paying tribute).

In the heyday of maritime trade, before the arrival of steamboats, Mandvi was a rich and prosperous town, earning four times more revenue from export than import. It was a profit-making centre of the Kutch state, surpassing the capital city of Bhuj in terms of wealth.

Shyamji Krishna Varma Smarak

The smarak (monument) is located near Lohana Mahajan Wadi. Shyamji Krishna Varma was a scholar and freedom fighter. He established India House in Britain to support Indian student going UK for studying, eventually India house become a foreign hub of nationalist activity for freedom of India. Shyamji Krishna Varma was born in Mandvi.

Kranti Trith

The Smark of Shyamji Krishna Varma was newly build just 3 km away from Mandvi on Mandvi-Dharbudi Road. This is Gujarat's 2nd Kranti Trith. Kasi Vishvanath Beach, Salaya: This is another beach near Mandvi. It derives its name from a Shiva temple nearby.

Other places in Mandvi

Topansar Lake: Sitting in the heart of the city, this lake forms and important landmark.

Bandhni Bazaar: Mandvi is known for the production of its famous Bandhani (tie-dye) and other country crafts.

Light House: Newly contracted Light House for Country Craft Sea Transportation, this structure was newly contracted after earthquake.

Traditional Ship building: Mandvi is a 400 year old ship building centre. The ships built here used to sail up to England and return back. Even today, master carpenters build fishing boats by traditional techniques.