Planning a trip to Ahmedabad? Why don’t you add a day or two to your itinerary to visit some of the most popular beaches near the city? It would definitely be a refreshing experience to relax with the sight of the sea and sound of the waves after a frantic sightseeing trip through the myriad places to visit in Ahmedabad including religious centres, monuments and museums. The best part is you can easily drive to any of these beaches. So who’s up for a fun road trip and an even more fun day spent at the beaches near Ahmedabad?
List of top 8 beaches near Ahmedabad perfect for a short vacation:
Beaches near Ahmedabad
1. Dumas Beach
Just a little to the southwest of Surat is the beautiful Dumas Beach. It might look like any other with hordes of holidaymakers frolicking in the waters but this is only during the daytime. You won’t see people walking on the beach at night… because it’s haunted! One of the most unusual beaches near Ahmedabad, Dumas is quite popular despite the foreboding stories of hearing wails and sounds of laughter when there’s not a soul to be seen around. Tourists brave the supposed hauntings for Dumas’ black sandy shores, boat rides and picnics on the beach. Do you have it in you to spend a night on this remarkable beach?
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 284 km
2. Hazira Beach
Camel rides and picnics on the black sand, the surf kissing the shore and the general fun vibe make Hazira one of the most visited beaches near Ahmedabad. Located close to the city of Hazira, which is one of the major ports of India, this beach is perfect for a family day out – playing cricket, catching up, and spending time together. There are no sunbeds or umbrellas available so it’s best to visit on a pleasant day. Also, be cautioned that the beach is partly rocky and the currents are vigorous, so swimming in the sea is a big no-no. But you do have ATVs, shacks selling light snacks and drinks, and a clean beach waiting for you.
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 289 km
3. Tithal Beach
Famed for its black sand (and thankfully, zero ghost stories!), Tithal Beach is a great option when you are looking for weekend getaways from Ahmedabad. The water is clear, the beach is clean and well-kept, and you could spend a day here walking, snacking at the many food stalls close by or just building sandcastles with the kids. There are a few temples close to the beach that you could visit, and also a play area for the little ones when you want a change from the seashore.
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 337 km
4. Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach
Located near Nargol, Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is another great place near Ahmedabad to spend a day in the lap of nature. Full of fun activities like ATV rides, parasailing and more, this beautiful beach is not very crowded and lets you relax with a book, some food from the shacks and calming views of the Arabian Sea.
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 347 km
5. Ghogla Beach
One of the few beaches near Ahmedabad that offer water sports facilities, Ghogla Beach is frequented by families and youngsters looking to spend a fun weekend. You could rent speed boats to test the waters or have a gala time riding banana boats with friends. The beach is very clean as are the waters and if weather permits, you could even take a dip in the Arabian Sea. Famous for beautiful sunset views, Ghogla Beach is also quite a romantic place, perfect for lovebirds who’re done with places in Ahmedabad for couples.
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 348 km
6. Jampore Beach
Camel rides, horse-cart rides, parasailing and chilling on the beach with a drink…want all that? Go south to Jampore Beach, located in Moti Daman (which translates to Big Daman but is actually the smaller one!). It is a regular beach with the usual golden-ish sand, tall trees at the end and glorious waters you just have to jump into. But that’s where the ‘regular’ ends. For this is perhaps the only beach in Gujarat where you can try your hand at car racing! A must-go, just for this feature, Jampore Beach also offers Goa-like shacks, an expansive coast for playing cricket or football, and clear waters that let you take a long walk along the Arabian Sea.
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 368 km
7. Mandvi Beach
Want a beach near Ahmedabad with a rich history associated with it? Take a flight to Bhuj and drive down to Mandvi Beach. Looking out on to the beautiful Arabian Sea, the enthralling Mandvi Beach is frequented by tourists for not just its sandy shores but also the remains of a 16th-century fortress built by the king of Kutch and the centuries-old shipbuilding yard that still functions today. Once a major port of India, Mandvi saw trade with merchants from East Africa and Persia. Today, the beach is a welcome change for visitors with its wide expanse of sand, camel rides, its views of windmills in the distance and its huge variety of birds and plants.
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 384 km
8. Beyt Dwarka Beach
Some 30 km away from the main town of Dwarka, the small island of Beyt Dwarka is dotted with temples dedicated to various deities. It is considered to be the only remaining part of the legendary Dwarka city, built by Lord Krishna. While a lot of tourists come here for the shrines, the sandy beach at Beyt Dwarka is also one of the most popular attractions. It sees holidaymakers from all over the world for its silvery white sand and abundant marine life. Dunny Point – an eco-tourism site on the beach where you can camp – is a big hit even though it’s only open in summer. You could also explore its coral reefs, take a boat out onto the sea or have a simple picnic on the beach with friends and family.
- Distance from Ahmedabad: 462 km
These are some of the most popular beaches near Ahmedabad perfect for a weekend getaway. Have you discovered some new ones that not many know about? Share your discovery with us in the comments.