Places to Visit in Amreli
Amreli district located near the Gulf of Khambhat in the Arabian Sea. There are 11 Talukas and 7 Municipalities in the district. It covers an area around 7381-sq.km.
It is believed that during the year 534 AD, Amreli existed as a city with name Anumanji. After that, the name was Amlik and then Amaravati. The name Amreli came out of ancient Sanskrit name Amarvalli. After independence, the district became the part of Bombay State and a separate district in Gujarat State after the bifurcation of Bombay State. Amreli is also known for its various industries like Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Cement and various ports.
Pania Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the chief attractions in Amreli and century located in the Pania, this thick hilly region is the part of the Gir protected area. A natural habitat for Chinkaras, there are also other animals found here like Indian Gazelles, leopards, and lions. The region has dense vegetation with a perfect blend of flora and fauna. Not only this, but one can also witness different species of grasses namely gorad, khair, dhav, bordi, hermo, saladi, and many others.
Gir Lion Sanctuary
In the southwest of the peninsular state of Gujarat, lies the 116 square-mile Gir sanctuary created to protect the last wild population of Lion outside the African regions. When the Lion population over Gir Wildlife Sanctuary fell drastically to just 20 animals during 1913, the numbers have increased to around 300.
Bhurakhiya Hanuman Mandir
A holy shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman is amongst the important places of worship in Amreli. But, somewhere, ancient inscriptions depict that the temple is related to Shri Damadordasji who was a keen follower of Shri Raghuvirdasji. During Chaitra Poornima, priests perform special rituals and devotees flock the temple heavily.
Khodiyar Mandir Dam Site
The Khodiyar Mandir Dam is regarded as on of the best tourist places in Amreli. Biggest dam in Gujarat with the height of 75ft., it is built across the river Shetrunji in the Saurashtra Region. The Khodiyar dam holds the great importance as the entire city gets its supply of drinking water from here.
With an occupied area of 6760 sq. Km, this is India’s first private port and third largest container terminal operator. Pipavav port has three dry cargo berths out of which one is LPG / liquid cargo berth. All three cargo berths have a length of about 725 m, which are equipped with instruments capable of handling multipurpose cargo.
Nagnath Mandir is a famous temple constructed by Late Diwan of Amreli in the 1600s. This prominent ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees of Lord Shiva visit the holy place from different parts of India. Nagpanchmi and Shivratri are the best times to visit as entire edifice is illuminated with the colorful lights that mesmerize the architecture when you see the temple.
Shri Girdharilal Sangrahalaya Children Museum
An ideal location in Amreli, Shri Girdharilal Sangrahalaya Children Museum encompasses a fully furnished library, especially for children. The museum is reputed for its excellent collection of literary works related to astronomy, archeology, art, and history. Informative shows are also conducted for children on Tuesdays.