Places to Visit in Porbandar
Porbandar is a coastal city sharing its boundary with the Arabian Sea. The River Asmavati meets the Arabian Sea at Porbandar. The city has been mentioned in history since the time of Mahabharata, as the city is the birthplace of Lord Krishna’s friend Sudama. Traces of late Harappan civilization has also been found here, and hence the place becomes of prime importance throwing light on the maritime activities of that time. In the modern Indian history, the city is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and is also known as the ‘Janambhoomi.’ The city of Porbandar has also been a princely state during the times of the British rule. Being richly blessed regarding history the place has a coastline, hills, rivers, lakes, fields, and plains. The city of Porbandar has also been an important trading center and is a well-known port of Gujarat.
Rana Sartanji built this fortified palace of Darbargadh. The castle has a huge carved stone entrance gate flanked by high turrets and massive wooden doors. It is a typical example of such royal enclosures situated within the town of Gujarat. The nearby edifices on the left of the entrance are also good examples of large mansions with courtyards and intricately carved wooden elements.
Kirti Temple is memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The temple is a three-storied building that is built in the form of a haveli adjacent to the Gandhi house where Bapu was born and had spent some early years of his life. The ground on which the temple stands was initially an ancestral property of Gandhi family and was later purchased by a renowned industrialist of the area to convert it into Kirti Temple. The temple beholds life-size paintings of Mahatma Gandhi and his mother Kasturba Gandhi in the center. Pictures depicting his life have found a place on the walls and place is like a museum. The location of birth of Mahatma Gandhi is marked with a swastika.
Krishna Sudama Temple
Located in the heart of Porbandar, this is one of the few temples that are dedicated to Krishna-Sudama. Sudama was a devotee as well as a childhood friend of Lord Krishna. The construction of the temple was carried in the first decade of the 20th century AD. The central worshipping sculpture of the temple shows Sudama sitting on Lord Krishna’s throne and Lord Krishna and his wife, Rukmani showering love on the lost long friend of the Lord. The temple premises also has a maze, and it is believed that one should cross the maze puzzle in order of getting rid of all his past sins. The architecture of the temple is also spellbinding.
Sri Hari Temple
Constructed in the last decade of the twentieth century, Sri Hari Temple is one of the most beautiful religious places of the city. Sprawling in 85 acres of land the temple premises are clean and serene. With over 65 pillars the temple monument stands 105 feet high. Lined up with coconut trees and lush greens, the temple has a soothing aura. The temple houses the idols of Radha-Krishna, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Sri Janki Vallabh among others. The temple premises also carry out spiritual and cultural activities on a regular basis.
One of the most mesmerizing and peaceful beaches of the state, Chowpatty beach is a favorite hangout amongst the locals. The tranquil waters of the Arabian Sea and hypnotizing sunsets attract a lot of visitors during the dusks. The place is known for leisure walks and spending quiet time by the shoreline. Also, there are a lot of food joints in the vicinity and serve some lip-smacking Gujarati snacks and delicacies.
Porbandar Bird Sanctuary
Confined in an area as less as a km square, Porbandar Bird Sanctuary is one of the smallest bird sanctuaries. Laying in the periphery of a small lake this bird sanctuary is one of those places where birds have been provided with legal protection nests. The sanctuary is a home to both locals and the migratory birds. One can easily spot birds like flamingos, ibis, curlews, and fowls. Though lacking in the flora life, the sanctuary is richly blessed with its avifauna.
Bharat Mandir Hall
Bharat Mandir Hall is situated in a pleasant irrigated garden. This hall has a large relief map of India on the floor and bas-reliefs of heroes from Hindu legends on the pillars.
Huzoor Palace is located at the end of Marine Drive, in a huge campus. This sprawling palace is built in the European style with sloping roofs, several wings, and big windows, overlooking the sea. The wings are interspersed with the back and front yards, which bring nature and the building together by gardens and fountains. The semi-circular porticos with neo-classical pillars, decorated entrance gate, and the dominant view make this palace, a worth visiting place.