The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Porbandar was the capital of an important princely state and has many historic buildings.

The creeks of Porbandar attract large flocks of flamingos, waders and wagtails. Spectacular flocks of wintering cranes can be seen at dams and wetlands near Porbandar. Porbandar also has a lake that has been officially notified a bird sanctuary. It is an excellent area for gulls and terns and one of the best places in Gujarat for great crested tern in winter.

Off the Sasan - Porbandar Road is the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary which is also good for birding and for reptiles.

What to see

  1. Arya Kanya Gurukul: An educational institution for girls;

  2. Bharat Mandir built within the precincts of an old house where Mahatma Gandhi was born, the Kirti Mandir, is dedicated to him;

  3. Planetarium: It has shows in Gujarati / Hindi of 20 minutes duration. (Timing: 0930 hrs to 1900 hrs);

  4. Sudama Mandir.

Getting There

Air: Probander is connected by private airlines with Mumbai.

Rail: Porbandar is a railway station on the Western Railway directly connected With Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Road: Porbander is connected by motorable roads with Ahmedabad 394 Km, Bhavnagar 300 Km, Junagadh 107 Km, Rajkot 178 Km and Somnath 118 Km.

General information

Area: 10.36 Sq.Km Temperature: Summer - Max: 391 Deg.C Min: 27.6 Deg.C Winter - Max: 33.5 Deg.C Min: 16.6 Deg.C Rainfall: 47.8 Cms (June - September) Altitude: 7.01 Mts STD Code: 0286. Best Season: November - March.

Excursions

  1. Barda lion Sanctury (14 Km): This sanctuary covers an area of 200 Sq.Km and is inhabited by the Lion, Wild boar, Panther, Spotted deer, Sambhar and Neelgai.

  2. Khamballa Hills and Palace (24 Km): Permission to see the palace may be obtained from the Secretary, Maharana of Porbander.

  3. Mul-Dwarka (35 Km): This place is associated with Lord Krishna.

  4. Bhuleshwar (35 Km): The temple here is partly in ruins.

  5. Harshad Mata Temple (38 Km): The temple is situated ar Marine, an ancient port on a creek and is dedicated to Har Siddhi Mata.

  6. Mahadevpur Temple (64 Km): According to legend, lord Krishna’s marriage was solemnised here. The Madhavrai fair is held every year on the 9th day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra (March/April) to commemorate the event.