The Madhavpur Beach is indeed one of the loveliest sandy beaches you can find in Gujarat. This stunning beach presents a visual that is hard to compare with anything else. Sandy beach with coconut trees lining it is ethereal and transports you to a world of paradise.
The beach has been named after the ruler Madhav Rao. It also has a temple named after the same ruler. Tourists visiting the temple therefore make it a point to visit the beach as well and vice versa. The majestic aura of the temple is too compelling to keep away. There is another Haveli temple nearby that is equally grand and a must visit.
Legend has it that Lord Krishna married Rukmini right here in Madhavpur. This belief is kept alive through the holding of a fair every year. This is held on Chaitra Sud 12th day and a Shrimad Bhagwad discourse by Mahaprabhuji who takes the seat that had been occupied by Shri Vallabhacharya that runs for a week is held concurrently each year, making it a complete trip for those interested in religious discourses and events.
It is the Mer community that conducts this fair each year. This place is special for Hindus in particular as it finds a place of mention in scriptures where the wedding of Lord Krishna has been described. The beach, its tranquility and the magnificence of the temples makes this place a complete package for the tourist looking for peace and inner satisfaction.
The beach remains the best attraction here but you can also visit the Damodarji Temple, the Satguru Rohidass Ashram and Uparkot also.
The best time to visit this place is in the months July – March. The months of April and May are generally too hot and humid and therefore not recommended though there are many tourists who do come to this place during these months to take advantage of the relative calm that prevails here due to lesser number of tourists.
How to get there
By road: Junagadh is 327 km from Ahmedabad, 102 km from Rajkot, and 113 km from Porbandar, and is accessible by ST bus from each of these places, as well as from other cities in Gujarat by way of Veraval and Rajkot. Bus is recommended as the best way to get to Junagadh.
By rail: Two express trains run on the Ahmedabad-Veraval line, one at night (with a rather inconvenient schedule) and one by day. Ahmedabad is 7.5 hours away by train. Junagadh is also on the Rajkot-Veraval line, with Rajkot 2.5 hours away, and Veraval 2 hours.