Harshad: A temple town situated about 65 Kms away from Dwarka, it is the place where Harsiddhi Mataji is believed to reside. She is considered to be the Kuldevi of Shri Krishna The temple stands on a small hill known as Koyla Dungar which is about 400 steps higher than the modern one. She is also known as Vahanvati or Sikoter in the region and worshipped not only in Gujarat but also certain parts of Madhya Pradesh and Aurangabad.
The place also has a great view of the sea and natural terrain from the top of the Koyla Dungar. It is a great place to spend quality time with the family and has a balanced mix of spiritualism as well as leisure.
Porbandar: This is a port city about 105 Kms from Dwarka and apart from the ancient/ modern port it is also famous as the birth place of Sudama, the best friend of Shri Krishna. This city is also the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi and has historical ties to the Harappan Settlements found out during excavations of ancient jetties around the coast. The city has a list of tourist attractions including the Kirti Mandir, Sudama Mandir, Huzoor Palace, Porbandar Bird Sanctuary and its beaches or Chowpati as they are known locally. It also has a rich marine life. There are a few sites where the endangered marine mammal Dugong is found. Marine turtle breeding and care centers are also found along its coast which can be easily accessed via public/ private road transport.
Somnath – Bhalka – Gir
Somnath is located about 235 Kms from Dwarka and is one of the 12 prominent Jyotirlings. The place is also animportant pilgrim destination due to the confluence of 3 rivers namely Hiran, Saraswati and Kapila (triveni sangam). The temple has an interesting history where it was demolished and reconstructed several times because of foreign invasions. The latest temple construction dates back to India’s post-independence era of 1950-51 and was done by our then Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Today it is reachable from Dwarka via train or by road.
Bhalka is the place where Shri Krishna breathed his last. This place is located 4 Km away from Somnath and is a very significant place from Shri Krishna’s life perspective. Devotees throng the place to get a darshan of the spot where Shri Krishna left the earth one final time.
Gir or Sasan Gir is the only abode of the Asiatic Lions and is a place of leisure and adventure tourism, located about 42 Kms away from Somnath. It has several resorts from which tourists can choose according to their budget requisites. It also has a very well planned and managed safari program to take tourists inside the forests and give an opportunity to see the King of the jungle. Gir can also be reached from the town of Junagadh. Junagadh is home to the Girnar Mountain hosting several spots of religious and historical importance.