Mandvi is situated at a distance of 446 km from Ahmedabad and virtually lies on the brink of the Arabian Sea. The city was once the summer retreat of Kutch Maharaos. It is believed that it was founded by the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch, Rao Khengarji, in the late sixteenth century. Mandvi tourism is quite delightful throughout the year, as the city experiences a nice and pleasant climate throughout the year.
One of the reasons for this is the location of Mandvi i.e. on the banks
of the River Rukmavati, near Gulf of Kutch in India. Initially, Mandvi
was a fortified town and was enclosed within the fort walls. With time,
the walls have disappeared, leaving behind a bastion on the southwest
which acts as a lighthouse. During its glorious times, it served as an
important trade center.
Mandvi earned a great deal of revenue from export. In terms of wealth,
the city even surpassed Bhuj, the capital of Kutch. It was a major port
for trading with Malwa, Marwar and Sindh. Mandvi is also a 400 year old
shipbuilding center. There were a number of ships built here, which
sailed up to England and return back. One can still see small boats
being made here, as per the traditional techniques.
Vijay Vilas Palace
Vijay Vilas Palace is one of the main attractions of Mandvi. It is a
splendid monument set amidst sprawling gardens and dotted by a number of
marble fountains. The palace was constructed by Rao Pragmalji and
designed by a Jaipur architect. Vijay Vilas Palace was built in the year
1920 AD. It contains all the elements of Rajput style of architecture
and is a must visit destination.
Another hot spot here is the Private beach of the Vijay Vilas Palace.
It is maintained by the tourism department. Consequently, it has been
the location for many film shootings. The pristine beauty of the beach
is a huge crowd puller.
Other Places of Interest
The girls' high school built by Rao Lakhpat (1741-60 AD) and a light
house are also worth seeing. The school was a former palace and is a
replica of the Aina Mahal of Bhuj. It is adorned with intricate stone
carvings. There is also a wind farm on a picturesque beach nearby. The
Swami Narayan Temple is also a popular tourist spot with bright painted
exterior and elaborate plaster decorations. Other interesting religious
buildings at Mandvi are the Vaishnav Temple at Sundarvan, Rameshwar
Temple, Laxmi-Narayan Temple, Swami Narayan Temple, Jami Mosque.
How to Reach Mandvi
By Air: Nearest airport is Bhuj, situated at a distance of 50
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Gandhidham, situated at a
distance of 95 km.
By Road: State buses available from Bhuj, Ahmedabad and Rajkot.