Porbandar is the administrative center of the Porbandar district of Gujarat and the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. It even finds mention in Skanda Puran as Sudamapuri and Ashmavati. According to Hindu mythology, Porbandar is the place associated with the friendship of Lord Krishna and Sudama. The present day city was established by Rana Sartanji in 1785 AD, who made it his capital. This confirms the fact that Porbandar was initially a fortified town of India. In 1888, under the orders of Colonel Lally, it lost its fortification.
The city is situated on the west coast of India and was therefore a
major trade & travel center in the Mughal period. In 1531 AD, it was
attacked by the Portuguese, to attain control over the sea trade of the
region. In 1807 AD, the Walker Treaty of was signed between the ruling
clans of Saurashtra and the British. It put an end to the conflict and
helped in the development of the city. The most fascinating feature of
Porbandar tourism comprises of the city's architecturally impressive
buildings. The city is remarkably planned with stone structures and rich
It is dotted with numerous religious places and public buildings,
overlooking the serene waters of the sea. This has made Porbandar one of
the most sought after tourist destinations along the coast. There are a
number of places in the city for the tourists to visit. These historic
buildings stand as a reminder of the glorious bygone era. The port of
the city was built in the 20th century and is regarded one of the
important sea ports in the state.
Kirti Mandir is built near the birthplace of Mahatama Gandhi. He was
born here in the year 1869 AD. The place is visited by thousands of
tourists every year. One can see the residence of Mahatma and his wife
Kasturba here. Kirti Mandir also houses a Gandhian library and a prayer
According to Hindu mythology, Sudama was a dear friend of Lord Krishna.
The friendship of two is an example sited between friends even today. To
pay homage to the great soul, a beautiful temple was built in the center
of Porbandar. This temple is the only temple in the entire country that
is dedicated to Sudama.
Darbargadh is the fortified palace of the city. It was built by Rana
Sartanji and has a huge stone entrance, with high turrets and massive
wooden doors. The splendid palace is one of its kinds in the whole
state. The nearby edifices on the left of the entrance resemble large
mansions with courtyards and intricately carved wooden elements.
It is a three storey summer pavilion built by Rana Sartanji,
constructed in Rajput architectural style amidst sprawling gardens.
There are pillars adorned with the images of musicians, profusely carved
foliated arches and a single dome at the top. It reminds the bygone
days, when Rana Sartanji used to sit under this pavilion and compose
poems in Braj language.
Huzoor Palace is a mammoth palace situated at the edge of Marine Drive.
It is a European structure overlooking the sea, adorned with sloping
roofs, huge windows, sprawling gardens and carved fountains.
Other royal and public heritage buildings of the colonial period are
Public Library, old Raj Mahal (now a college), Victoria Jubilee Madrasa,
Collectorate, Bhavsinhji High School, Natwarsinhji Sports Club, etc.
How to reach Porbandar
By Air: Porbandar has its own airport. It is connected to Mumbai
and other cities by air.
By Rail: The railway station of Porbandar lies on the Ahmedabad
By Road: State transport buses connect Porbandar with the other
cities in the state.