Mandvi is an important principality in the Kutch district of Gujarat and was founded by the Rao of Cutch State, Khengarji in the year 1580. It was once upon a time a major port in the region as well as serving as the summer retreat for the king of the Kutch region. The old city was enclosed in the walls of the fort; in fact, the ruins of the fort wall are still on display even to this date. The city is still famous for its four hundred year old ship building industry which was initiated by the Kharva caste. The industry still thrives as small ships are still built here. In fact, the Mandvi merchants are believed to have possessed 400 trading vessels collectively while trading with the Persian Gulf, Malabar Coast as well as East Africa.

Mandvi also served as an important trade centre for two vital trade routes including the spice trade route as well as the desert camel caravan route. The popular food Dabeli is also believed to have been invented here in the 1960s.

Travel Tips

Since most of the tourists in the area would be interested to tour the town on foot, they would require light clothing and footwear.


Around 7C – 42C

When to visit

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sprinkles Pleasant
  • 37° Max
  • 27° Min
  • 2.5 mm
Things to do

For tourists who visit the area, some of the important things to do in Mandvi are centred on water. Some of the interesting things to do here for tourists include paying a visit to the nearby beach, taking a tour of the historically significant ship building area or just taking a walk along the river. The town can be explored by foot and it would be well worth anyone’s time to visit some of the old buildings in the area which stand as testimony to the throwback architecture. Barons who lived in the city had palatial houses which were European inspired. The town is also dotted with bazaars which sell different types of goods – from bandhani to fresh produce.

A visit to the Vijay Vilas Palace is a must for all tourists as it has a grand setting located right in the middle of gardens, marble fountains and water channels. The palace was constructed in 1920 AD and has elements of Rajput architecture infused in it. The palace has its very own private beach which offers air-conditioned tented accommodation. The palace has also been used for Hindi film shoots.

The Winds Farm Beach and windmills which form a perfect backdrop against the Mandvi horizon offers a beautiful view of the Mandvi beach. The wind mills project was the first such project started in India in 1983.

Getting Around

There buses and taxis available for tourists who want to explore the area. Also, jeeps are available from certain points for excursions. Auto rickshaws also ply to various pockets in the area.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport to Mandvi is situated at Bhuj which is around 50 kms away. Taxis and autos are available from the airport. Flights from major cities in and outside of Gujarat ply here.
  • The nearest railway station to Mandvi is at Gandhidham located around 95 km away
  • Mandvi is well connected to major cities by road in Gujarat like Bhuj (about 50 km) and Rajkot about 268 km.

Surrounding Attractions

Some of the best surrounding places to visit include the following :-

  • Ambedham, At : Godhara
  • Prena Dham, At Godhara
  • Jain Ashram, At Nagalpur
  • Shitlamata Temple, Layja Road
Important Numbers

Police station :-  +912834223008