Gopnath Beach is a beach situated in the Talaja Taluka of Bhavnagar district of Gujarat state of India. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Kambhat, at a distance of 75 km from the city of Bhavnagar. and 22 km. away from Talaja. Gopnath is a pristine beach known for its natural beauty. There is nice fort of king of Gohilvad in Gopnath.
About Gopnath Beach :Gopnath was once the summer residence of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji, the ruler of Bhavnagar. It once served as the "taluka" headquarters of Bhavnagar. Gopmath Beach is renowned for its natural beauty, its pristine limestone cliffs, and the brilliant flora and fauna that abound on its shores. The place offers an excellent place for relaxation far away from the din and hustle-bustle of "city pent". The gentle breeze of the sea, refresh the spirit and soothes the soul. The peculiar tidal variance of the coastal region does not provide a particularly attractive proposition for a long swim.
One of the major tourist attractions of the place is the Temple of Gopnath Mahadev. A beautiful mansion built by the Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji in the 1940's has now been converted into a heritage building with accommodation facilities for the guests. The majority of the tourists flock to this palatial building to admire its immaculate beauty.
Gopnath Temple Bhavnagar :Located at a distance of 89 km from Bhavnagar, Gopnath is beautiful hamlet on the coast of the Gulf of Khambhat. Vying for eminence on the tourist circuit in this place is a heritage hotel - Gopnath Bungalow. It was a pleasant sea-shore retreat of Gohil rulers of Bhavnagar. The bungalow built in a European colonial style with cottages and mansions surrounding the courtyard face the sea and offers a beautiful view of the gulf.
It attracts marine life and bird watching enthusiasts to the rocky shores on the coast. It is also renowned for the temple of Gopnath Mahadev, where Narsinh Mehta is believed to have performed penance.
Talaja TempleTalaja is another temple complex that rests on a very high volcanic hill. There are several Buddhist caves that belong too first century AD. Named after Jhanjhara Sinh, Jhanjmer fort is located near coast area. This fort is impressive structure that reflects the grandeur of Rajput clan. Alang is a tidal area that is known as the biggest ship breaking zone of the world. This harbor place of Gopnath beach is a great hanging out zone for the visitors. Here one can also do extensive shopping and buy household items and textiles that were once carried over in large ships.
Best Time to visit Gopnath Beach :You can visit gpnath beach months between July to March, but winter is the best time to venture in this area. Ideal months are July to March. Though the climate is never harsh, it remains between 20 - 28o C making it the best time to visit this are.
How to reach Gopnath Beach :BY AIR - The nearest airport to Gopnath is at Bhavnagar, Lots of flights are available to Bhavnagar from Mumbai, (which is an international airport of India) and Surat.
BY RAIL - The Western board-guage Railway line connect Ahmadabad to Bhavnagar, Bhavnagar has a railhead of its own and it is on Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar railway line, thereby aiding visitors to move from one place to another.
BY ROAD - Bhavnagar is well connected by road with towns and cities in Western and Northern India. Ahmedabad is 200 kms, Rajkot is 178kms and Vadodara or Baroda is 280 kms and 690 km from Mumbai (Bombay) from Bhavnagar. The main bus stand is about a kilometer from Ganga Jalia tank.