The blue water turned white as it bubbled over my toes The soft sand had my feet got enclosed. Even from a distance, I clearly saw the friendly fins Waltzing with the gentle waves were the lively dolphins. They seemed far but still within my reach But then, that was how everything was - on Shivrajpur beach.
How could I not be charmed when the clear blue water made me feel as if I could just reach out and touch the bottom of the ocean? Walking on the soft white sands of Shivrajpur beach and spotting colorful cowries of all sizes, witnessing an enchanting play of colors as the sun drowned into the sea and getting tempted by the choice of things to do – there is no way I could stop my own endorsement to the claim that Shivrajpur beach is the best beach in Dwarka. If my word is not enough, then an international certificate of being a Blue Flag beach will definitely add the temptation to visit Dwarka Shivrajpur beach.
Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka is actually 12 km from the main city on the Okha-Dwarka highway. After it earned its blue flag recognition, several eco-tourism initiatives were taken up for the Shivrajpur beach Dwarka. The Gujarat government has earmarked substantial investment to convert this blue flag beach into an attraction that will attract visitors from all across the world. With my recent trip to the Dwarka Shivrajpur beach, I saw the initial development here. I must say that it is quite impressive – done in a manner that enhances the natural beauty of Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka.
Before I take you through what made me fall in love with the best beach in Dwarka, a quick note on what are blue flag beaches.
What is a Blue Flag beach?
Blue Flag certification is an international recognition that is awarded to beaches, water bodies and sustainable tourism operators when they pass certain criteria. This was started by a Denmark-based non-profit organization called Foundation for Environmental Education. It began in France in 1985 and slowly spread to over 47 countries across the world.
The certification is based on the following parameters – water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety. All the applicants for the certificate must pass the stringent requirements in each of these parameters. Once they do so, they are termed Blue Flag beaches/ bodies. This Blue Flag status is valid only for a year and is reviewed at the end of the term. Currently, there are around 4500 bodies that have been given Blue Flags.
Which are the Blue Flag beaches of India?
Currently, there are eight Blue Flag beaches in India. These include –
- Radhanagar beach, Havelock Island – Andamans
- Shivrajpur beach, Dwarka – Gujarat
- Ghogla beach – Diu
- Kappad beach, Kozhikode – Kerala
- Kasarkod, Honnavar – Karnataka
- Padupadri, Udupi – Karnataka
- Rushikonda, Vizag – Andhra Pradesh
- Golden beach, Puri – Odisha
Considered as the cleanest beaches of the world, these beaches pass 33 of the measures required for a Blue Flag. In fact, they say that for a country to get 8 such beaches in a single attempt is quite a feat. Something that as an Indian, I am quite proud of.
Shivrajpur beach activities
A complete destination in itself – that is what Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka is. Not only do you get to enjoy the Arabian sea but also, get to do tons of beach activities. That is what makes this place even more attractive for travelers. So go on and find the complete list of things to do on Shivrajpur beach.
Swimming at Shivrajpur beach Dwarka
Seems a little obvious but I had to mention it as a separate point. For one, the clear water and the gentle waves make it an ideal place to enjoy the warm sea. The quality of water is monitored every day as required by the Blue flag certification process. What makes it even safer to swim on Shivrajpur beach is the fact that the depths and the swimming areas are clearly marked. You are allowed to only get into the water at those points. There are lifeguard stations at various points to ensure that the swimmers are safe and well within the shallow swimmable areas.
Even for those who are not adept at swimming, the sea near the Shivrajpur beach is safe. The sandy floor is devoid of stones and corals making it easy for people to just wade in and have some water fun.
Shivrajpur beach scuba diving & snorkeling
Ah-ha! Here comes my favorite activity. The dive sites around the beach are fairly easy for beginners, making this an ideal spot to learn diving too. There are quite a few PADI dive shops that can arrange these dives for you. These operators also, offer snorkeling. Remember to book this at least a day in advance and try to head there for the first dive or snorkeling trip of the day. That is when the clarity is the best!
The easy dives make it also, perfect for any looking to do a PADI certification course. If you are an advanced diver, you might want to give the Shivrajpur dive sites a skip and head to Bet Dwarka – just a few kilometers away. The Bet Dwarka dives will allow you to see the mysterious remains of the underwater city of Dwarka and sunken ships.
Boat rides & Jet Skis
If speed is your thing, then try out the Jet Skis and motorboat rides on the Dwarka Shivrajpur beach. I know of a lot of my friends, who just cannot resist these and they sure will be thrilled to feel the spray of the clean waters of this beach. You can even try the banana boat rides and the couch surfing out here.
ATVs on the shore
The flat expanse of the white sands makes ATV rides a pleasure on Shivrajpur beach Dwarka. There are a few operators on the beach itself that you can sign up with for that wet sandy ride. Trust me when I say, you can really go fast. I had to actually jump out of the way when a little guy suddenly sped up on his ATV. 🙂
Parasailing on Dwarka Shivrajpur beach
It is not just parasailing on the sea. At the Dwarka Shivrajpur beach, you can go parasailing over the sand too. The parachutes are attached to a jeep that takes you along the entire stretch of this magnificent beach.
Long walks from the lighthouse on Shivrajpur beach
Not everything on Shivrajpur beach is about adrenaline. A long stroll on the beach is a perfect way to enjoy its calm picturesque settings. For one, you can definitely get closer to the lighthouse that marks the beginning of Shivrajpur beach. This one called Kachchigarh lighthouse has an interesting history.
It was first built by Kachchh Maharao Deshalji in the 1720s. The tower was just 11m high and was a part of a fort. The tower acted as a beacon for the Kutchi ships but it did not have a proper lighting system. It was only in 1977 that a battery-operated light was placed on this tower. In 1983, the lighthouse got a facelift and was raised to a level of 30m. The lighting was changed to beam lamps. The lighthouse on Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka was affected by the 2001 Bhuj earthquake but thankfully, was restored quickly to its present shape.
Start here near the rocky outcrop and walk to the other end of the beach. You will be surprised by the tiny things that you are likely to find along the way. Find the ones that I saw in the next section.
P.S: Shivrajpur beach is disabled-friendly, making this stroll and the shore perfect for everyone to enjoy!
Spotting dolphins & unique shells
What did I spot on my Dwarka Shivrajpur beach stroll?
Tons and tons of cowrie shells – of different sizes and colors. A few clams and even tiny conch shells. Scuttling around there were vibrant crabs – some that I honestly have not seen earlier. As they ran into the water, I heard some more screams – “Dolphins”. I only saw a few disappearing fins but they were definitely there. Shivrajpur beach Dwarka definitely delighted me with its sights.
Catching the sunset on Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka
It is fascinating to see how the azure water gets a tinge of orange as the sun begins to move towards it. The shade turns into a crimson red and bright orange when the sun begins to touch it. As the sun drowns the orange fades into shades of purple and deep blue -finally turning to black when it swallows the ball of fire.
The entire scene unfolded within 15 minutes at dusk. Definitely, a sunset movie that you would want to catch on the Shivrajpur beach.
Play area and loungers
Having traveled with kids, I do know that there are a few who just do not like water. As a result, a lot of parents avoid beaches. With Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka, they no longer need to do that. The kids would just be as happy as their parents. The younger ones get to play in the designated playground on the beach but away from the water. At the same time, the parents get their dose of beach – not just by being on it but also, by taking up one of those sun loungers to relax and keep an eye on their wards.
Other facilities at Shivrajpur beach Dwarka
Besides the list above, you will find the following facilities on the Shivrajpur Dwarka beach.
- First aid stations
- Changing rooms that even rent out swim suits to you
- Drinking water stations
- Jogging tracks and a gym (yes, you can work out by the beach)
- Wheelchairs for the aged and disabled
There are no major food outlets here but a few quick bites are available. Shivrajpur beach is a no-plastic zone. The waste here is to be segregated into dry and wet waste. Appropriate dustbins are kept around the beach.
For the beauty that you enjoy at this pristine beach, the least we can do is keep it the way it is. That way not just you, but the future generation gets to enjoy this stunning shore. So, go on and get ready for your holiday to this blue flag beach of Gujarat. Share the post around so that the others get inspired too.
How to get to Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka?
Shivrajpur beach is located 450 km from the capital of Gujarat -Ahmedabad. From Ahmedabad, you can take a road trip or book a train to Dwarka. If you plan to go by road, then you can follow this route –
Ahmedabad – Limbdi (via NH 47) – Doliya – Chotila – Rajkot – Jamnagar – Dwarka – Shivrajpur
The entire journey will take you around 9 hours. Most people go to Shivrajpur via Dwarka as they prefer checking into their hotel in the town. However, if you do not want to do the same, you can just by pass Dwarka and head to Shivrajpur via this route.
Ahmedabad – Limbdi (via NH 47) – Doliya – Chotila – Rajkot – Jamnagar – Gurgadh – Charakhla – Tupani – Nageshwar – Shivrajpur
In case you plan to fly down, then the closest airports would be Jamnagar or Porbandar. From either of these two towns, you will have to hire a car or hop onto a train for Dwarka. The Jamnagar route is as mentioned above. The Porbandar route is as below –
Porbandar Airport -Kuchhadi – Bhogat (via NH 51) – Baradia – Dwarka
The total journey time is 1 hour 30 minutes if you opt for Porbandar.
When is the best time to visit Shivrajpur beach?
In terms of season, the best time to get to Shivrajpur beach Dwarka is winter – that is from October to early April. September too, would not be a bad time to try the beach. Summers are very hot here and monsoons can get a little harsh.
Shivrajpur beach timings are from 8 am to 7 pm. I highly recommend staying here for the sunset. Hence, if you have limited hours, do keep aside the 2nd half of the day to enjoy Dwarka Shivrajpur beach.
What are the entry fees for Shivrajpur beach?
The Shivrajpur beach entry fee is INR 30 per adult.
Where to stay on Shivrajpur beach?
The only possible accommodation on Shivrajpur beach is tents. Shivrajpur beach camps can be booked using the booking resources below. Other than this camping option, there are no other hotels by the beach. Your next option is to book a hotel in Dwarka. There are several options in the town that cater to all possible budgets.
What should I pack for Shivrajpur beach, Dwarka?
Here is a handy list of things that you should pack for Shivrajpur beach –
– Beachwear & swimsuits. You can even hire a swimsuit at the beach
– Snacks and water. There are no major food outlets on the beach. Water is, however, available.
Which are the other places to see near Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka?
- You can book a Shivrajpur beach camp by contacting the resort. Here is a link to Tripadvisor that gives you details on the stay.
- Booking.com has good listings for hotels in Dwarka. You can use this link to book one for yourself.
- For any of your travel needs or general shopping, consider using Amazon through this link.
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P.S: I was at Shivrajpur beach by invite from Gujarat tourism
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I am a Post-Graduate in Marketing by qualification and a travel blogger by passion. Besides travel, I enjoy photography and if you don’t find me at my desk, I would be out playing badminton or swimming or just running. I believe in planning for every long weekend through the year. And when I cannot travel physically, I travel virtually through this travel blog. My travel stories have also, got published on various websites and magazines including BBC Travel, Lonely Planet India and Jetwings. I have recently published my first book – When Places Come Alive – a collection of stories that are based on legends, landscapes, art and culture of a place which is available in both ebook and paperback format.