5 Things to do in Mandvi, India

Mandvi is a port city in the Western Part of India in the Kutch, Gujarat region. It is famous for its beaches and centuries old ship building yard. Once upon a time walled city, the ruins of the walls can be seen while driving around. It is a good half day trip from Bhuj unless you want to spend more time on the beach. You can opt to stay in Mandvi and explore Bhuj and surrounds.

Travel Tip
  • Best Time: All year round but October to March is preferred for sightseeing around Mandvi and Great Rann of Kutch
  • Reach : Nearest airport is in Bhuj about 50-60 kms away. Ideally a day trip from Bhuj or a good stop over for a day if you are driving around Kutch.
Around Mandvi

1. Visit the Vijay Vilas Palace by the sea which is an amazing depiction of fusion architecture which has inspired the legendary Bollywood Movie – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. You can choose to stay in the luxury tents off the private beach of the Palace for some peace and quiet.Vijay Vilas Palace

2. Lunch at “Osho”. Located in a narrow building in the busy market area, the awesome food for less than Rs 100/- makes up for the location. The server appears sad if you happen to refuse second and third helpings. The market around is pretty vibrant. If you are a street foodie keep some space for that super soft dhokla, the famed Mandvi Dabeli(similar to Mumbai Vada Pao).Mandvi-Gujarat

3. Drive past the Ship Building Yard which Mandvi is famous for. If you are very adventurous, stop and try climbing one of those ships under works !!Mandvi-Gujarat

4. Spend time at the beach, the sand does not stick to the feet and the water is clear and cool. Watch the windmills and birds, take a short camel ride along the beach or simply walk along the soft sand enjoying the foot massage with cool sea water.Mandvi-Gujarat Mandvi-Gujarat

5. Visit the 72 Jinalay or Jain Temples, located in Khoday on the Mandvi – Bhuj Road about 15 kms from Mandvi.


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28 thoughts on “5 Things to do in Mandvi, India

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  2. Ankit Mehwala

    ‘vipassana meditation’
    ultimate peace!
    a mst hv exprnc (for atleast once), taught by th institution of hon. Lt mr. S. N. Goenka..
    10 day residential (entry level)course at their cntr! (they’r chargin not a single rupee)
    u hv to book ur place in advance, there are lots of centers in and out of india,
    bt read the rules carefully-a littl bit strict..
    visit, http://www.dhamma.org

    at last, one can’t explain ‘vipassana’, it is all about experience!

  3. Ankit Mehwala

    Thnk u Sngta! for ur intrst nd admiration..

    dnt hv good pics for nw, bt ofcrs thr is more to share abt ‘Mandavi’ nd anthr beutiful cty ‘Bhuj’..
    i hope more content will b avlbl aftr my nxt ‘vipassana’ course.. :-))

  4. Ankit

    I ws on 10 day ‘vipassana meditation’ course at village ‘Bada'(abt 22kms frm mandavi), bt spent a half day in ‘Mandavi’ due to ths post.. Hrtly thnks to Sngeeta!!

    few thngs to add
    ~ should try gabha ni dabeli
    ~ (ladies’ spcl)mst vst local ‘bandhani’ market for sarees, dresses, kurtis etc nd hndbags – beutiful work..colors…

    ~vry gnrous nd pure hrtd ppl

    thnk ‘u’ again Sngta for butiful beach nd osho lunch home..

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Thanks a ton Ankit. I would love to add this info on my post, please give me some more details and photos if possible else a link to your blog post on it. I am so glad to know that you did Vipassana, tell me your experience when you feel like sharing.

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