Chorwad is a popular tourist destination situated in the state of Gujarat. Chorwad is located along the west coast of India at a distance of about 18 km from Veraval and 68 km from Junagadh.
Chorwad is famous as an idyllic beach destination in Gujarat. The beach of Chorwad used to be a favourite summer retreat of the Nawabs of Junagadh. The beach at Chorwad has a beach palace resort.
Initially, Chorwad was a fishing village. Chorwad shot to fame when Nawab Saheb Mohabbat Khan, the Regional Governor of Junagadh, built a palace on the Chorwad Beach, facing the sea. The Nawab used to retreat to this palace on hot summer days.
The Chorward Palace or the Daria Mahal Palace was constructed in the 1930s and it exhibits a unique blend of colonial, Muslim and Italian architectural styles. The Nawab conducted royal banquets, processions, etc. at this summer palace. In the year 1974, the Tourism Corporation of the state of Gujarat took over the summer palace on the Chorwad Beach and transformed it to a holiday resort.
Chorwad Beach is one of the most visited beaches of India. The proximity of Chorwad to places like Somnath, Porbandar, etc. makes it a popular relaxing spot for both weekend getaways and family picnics. Visitors can go trekking along the rocky shores or boat riding. The fishermen who live in the adjacent fishing villages also offer catamaran rides and fishing trips.
Kirti Mandir, the old residence of Mahatma Gandhi at Porbandar, is just a few kilometers away. Kirti mandir is a popular place that attracts tourists as it is a museum now, which has a series of memorabilia and library.
It was Nawab Saheb Mohabbat Khan of Junagadh who realised the potential of Chorwad Beach to become a summer resort, where the cool breezes from the Arabian Sea could keep the scorching summer at bay. Today, Chorward Beach has become a major tourist destination of domestic as well as international tourists.