SOMNATH & VERAVAL BEACH

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Location: 75 Kms From Junagadh, Gujarat
Nearby Attraction: Somnath Temple.
Best Season: July To March.


The beach of Somnath is unshaded but lovely, the views stupendous, and one can enjoy cool, fresh coconuts, camel rides, and spray of the waves as one wade along the shore.

The most spectacular sight of Veraval is the fishing port, where thousands of trawlers, country crafts and dhows can be seen unloading their catch. Dhows are built in this region by master artisans who use simple tools to turn piles of rafters and timber into perfectly proportioned, symmetrical sea going vessels (the most modern instrument used is a measuring tape).

Somnath Beach,75 Kms from Junagarh - JunagarhThe Somnath temple is beautiful and quiet impressive. The aura of devotion is more awesome, but the high point is its location by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea.

Just 6 kms from Somnath, Veraval was a fortified port town of the royal family of Junagadh. The old walls have been pulled down but the impressive Junagadh Gate and Patan Gate, both with intricate carvings, can still be seen, as can the old Nawabi Palace with Gothic features facing the sea.

The beach near the palace, has benches and a jogging path, and is a popular place for strolls and swimming in the morning.

WHERE TO STAY
Accomodation can be availed at Hotel Park. Other hotels are near the bus or railway station and offer simple a/c or non a/c rooms. If one wants to be near the sea, there are some cheap hotels, guesthouses and 'dharamshalas' at Somnath.

GETTING THERE
Rail: The place is accessible by rail from Junagadh.
Road: City bus transport is available as are various city sightseeing buses.

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NEARBY CITIES
Junagadh: 75 kms.
Porbandar: 129 kms.



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