After enchanting trip to white Rann of Kutch, we moved to another exotic destination – Mandvi.
Not knowing in detail what Mandvi has to offer, we set out towards Mandvi with no expectations but it turned out to be mind blowing experience. The cool breeze of Mandvi beach soothed the soul and chilly winds on the beach reminded us of Niagra falls’s wind chill. We returned to our destination H & V Beach Resort, which offered a pleasant stay which really made the stay memorable. After some rest and hot water shower, we moved to the beach once again to enjoy the cool breeze at the beach and very enjoyable camel ride. Our daughter Tanyaa loved the camel ride so much that she took four rounds. Our beach resort was located on the beach and easy access to beach right from morning to evening was quite enchanting….
So first thing when most people should think of when they visit Mandvi is visiting the seashore. Mandvi Beach is the closest to the town centre, across the bridge to the east side of the river, then down the road past a place called Salaya, accessed from just near the Kashi-Vishvanath Temple (sometimes the beach is called Kashi-Vishvanath Beach.) Wind Farm Beach is 7 km west of town, named for the windmills that line it to generate electricity for the area. You can get fresh coconuts and other snacks, swim in very pleasant water, and enjoy a nice view of the coastline. Wind mills on the beach provided unique sight…we loved the wind mills all over.
Mandvi is a port city located at 22°49′N 69°22′E22.81°N 69.36°E where the Rukmavati River meets the Gulf of Kachchh. It is about 56 km south of the regional capital, Bhuj. It is approximately 446 km from the major Gujarati city of Ahmedabad. Because Mandvi has no rail transport, the nearest public airport and train station is Bhuj.
Our family had an amazing time at Mandvi, smaller version of Marina beach. One of India’s best-kept secrets, the deluxe camp at Mandvi Beach is part of the private beach estate of the Maharaos (rulers of Kutch) which is completely safe, secured from outside visitors and privately-owned. While the sun-kissed sands and warm tropical waters make Mandvi Beach a great holiday destination, Mandvi’s Palace is one of the grandest in Gujarat state and has a museum of princely heirlooms. The palace estate has been the location for filming many Bollywood Blockbusters.
Mandvi offers you the opportunity to enjoy the beach, the palaces of Mandvi, the handicrafts and monuments of the rest of Kutch district, and bird watching along the northern coast of the Gulf of Kutch including the flamingo-rich Mandvi creek.
The resort’s owner Mr. Jadeja offered great hospitality; he was a great companion and told us about Mandvi as a place and his restaurant offered great multi-cuisine. He encouraged us to Vijay Vilas Palace which was a very royal experience. More updates on Vijay Vilas palace later…
You too can plan a visit to Mandvi if you are in Kutch and plan your stay at: H & V Beach Resort and for bookings call: +91 9879984444