Coastline of Gujarat / X-Pulse's First Long Ride / Beaches, Temples, Villages, Lighthouses and Ports of Coastal Gujarat.

nndp87

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D5: Good Morning from Pipavav
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By 7.30 AM we were on our way to Pipavav Port, Pipavav Port is private port owned and maintained by APM Terminal, entry inside the port is restricted, however there is an island off the coast of the Pipavav known as Shiyalbet, one can get the permission to enter the premises of the port on pretext of visiting Shiyalbet Island. The road to Shiyalbet Jetty goes through Pipavav Port area. Just before the entry point into Pipavav Port Terminal, a small road towards right will take you to Shiyalbet Jetty. Shiyalbet Island is connected to main land through small boats, surprising thing about Shiyalbet Island is, it got electricity connectivity in 2016, and the moment was similar to what we have seen in movie Swades wherein light comes for the first time in the village. The frequency of the boat depends upon frequency of passengers, there are no fixed timings.

Pipavav Port
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Actual Entry Point, on the left is the office for obtaining permission for Shiyalbet
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Permission for Shiyalbet
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A small road which branch offs from main road and takes you to Shiyalbet Jetty
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Offshore exploration unit, please elaborate if anyone has more details
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Shiyalbet Island
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Boat coming from Shiyalbet with passengers
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Some photo session for memories
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Actually they are parking the boat
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This is Pipavav Terminal from distance
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Navy Frigate
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Rajula Pipavav Railway Line
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Beautiful internal village roads
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Welcome to Jaffarabad
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And we arrive at light house
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Jaffarabad light house
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Road towards temple
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View of breakwaters
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The Beautiful temple
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This is the end of the road
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Picturesque location
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Temple stands on the edge
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You can see the erosion
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Light house in the background
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Random Click of the stone
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For memories
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You can see the bike parked
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Breakwaters
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View of temple from breakwaters side
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It was time to move ahead towards our next destination for the day, Fort St. Anthony of Simbor. Simbor village is divided into two parts, first part is Fort of St. Anthony of Simbor, it falls under Diu Administration (Before independence: Portuguese Administration) and second part is Simbor Village, it falls under Gujarat Administration (Before independence: British Rule and Junagadh State). The fort is located off the coast of Simbor and can be accessed only through local boats, currently the entire fort is in ruins. The island fort, along with two small plots of land on either side is about 1 square km. Along with Diu and the rest of Portuguese India, it was absorbed by India in December 1961. Nevertheless the fort looks amazing from Simbor Beach. Enjoy the pictures. If anyone is more interested in the History part of this area, please click below link from Wikipedia.

History of Fort St. Anthony of Simbor: Fort St. Anthony of Simbor - Wikipedia

X-Pulse always ready to pose
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We found this in almost every village. They seat together under the tree / chowk area of the village, discuss and talk about various topics, they are under no hurry, neither they are worried about the future, they just enjoy their present.
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Simbor Beach
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Fort St. Anthony of Simbor
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Erosion of rocks due to waves
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Voluntary promotion of Quechua Brand
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When you are forced to smile
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Road to Simbor Beach
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nndp87

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From Simbor, we move towards a small hamlet called Nava Bandar, located 5 Kilometers from Delvada. It is beautiful coastal town with fishing port, light house and beach facing temple called Lahereshwar. We were able to explore only fishing port, due to scarcity of time.

Nava Bandar fishing port
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From Nava Bandar we proceed towards Diu, when you first enter the town, entire look and feel of the surrounding changes, you feel like you are in city like Delhi, then it clicks, yes it's a Union Territory, directly administered from New Delhi. We entered from Ghoghla side and crossed over to Diu through Dr Shamji Bridge.

Welcome to Diu
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Directions
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Dr Shamji Bridge connecting Diu and Ghoghla
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Random click, somewhere in Diu
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First major attraction is Diu fort. We were shocked when we entered Diu Fort, it was densely populated, yes in last 5 days we were not used to this kind of crowd. After visiting Diu fort, we explored the residential area of Diu and thereafter it was time to fuel up the bike, cheap fuel you see.

Diu Fort
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Diu light house
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View of the Arabian Sea
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Diu City
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If you are in Diu, please make sure you visit INS Khukhri Memorial. INS Khukhri sunk off the coast of Diu on 9th December 1971 due to attack by Pakistani Submarine. 18 officers and 176 sailors were lost in the sinking. Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla was in charge INS Khukhri. He is the only Indian Navy Captain who decided to go down with a vessel. He was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. The memorial consists of a scale model of Khukri encased in a glass house, placed atop a hillock facing the sea. Currently Memorial is under renovation, however it can still be visited.

INS Khukhri Memorial
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Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple is another beautiful place to visit if you are in Diu. The Lord Shiva Temple is located 3 km away from Diu in the Fudam Village of Diu. It is quoted that temple has been built by the Pandavas, this temple is famous for its five Shiva Lingas, i.e. rocks in the shape of Lord Shiva which are present in the middle of the sea. Only the tip of these rocks can be seen whenever there is a high tide because the sea water submerges them.

Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple
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Time to leave Diu and proceed ahead towards the last destination for the day, Madhvad light house, we wanted to see the sunset from the top of the light house, we made it to Madhvad Village before Sunset, however it took time for us to reach the Light house as GMaps shows incorrect way. We made it to the top of the light house and sun disappeared, but let me tell you, the view from Madhvad light house was by far the best in entire trip. We spent some 30 minutes on the top and enjoyed the view around.

Madhvad Light House
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Next town en-route is Kodinar, which is 20 kilometers from Madhvad, the roads were decent and by 7.30 PM we made it to Kodinar and found the accommodation near bus stand. What a wonderful day it was.

Today's View from my GMaps Timeline
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GMap Link: Pipavav to Kodinar APM Terminals Pipavav to Kodinar Bus Station
Accommodation: Hotel Sun View Regency, Kodinar Hotel Sun View Regency Kodinar
Just besides Hotel Sunview Regency, there is Restaurant named Hotel Krishna Park, which serves amazing food, it serves everything breakfast, lunch and dinner. Location: Hotel Krishna Park, Kodinar

A quick recap of the Coastal Gujarat Ride up till now
D1: Mumbai - Dahanu - Gholvad - Bordi - Umbergaon - Nargol - Tadgam - Mangelwad - Daman - Udvada - Umarsadi - Tithal.
D2: Tithal - Dholai - Billimora - Dandi - Navsari - Hazira - Suvali - Shree Vamleshwar - Hansot - Ankleshwar - Bharuch.
D3: Bharuch - Jambusar - Shree Stambheshwar Mahadev - Dhuvaran - Khambhat - Vataman - Sanes - Bhavnagar.
D4: Bhavnagar - Nishkalank Temple - Alang Shipbreaking Yard - Gopnath Temple - Mahuva - Chanch Bungalow - Pipavav
D5: Pipavav - Shiyalbet Jetty - Jaffarabad - Fort St Anthony of Simbor - Nava Bandar - Diu - Madhvad - Kodinar.

In next 5 days we would be covering Somnath, Veraval, Mangrol, Dwarka, Okha, Beyt Dwarka, Jamnagar, Mandvi, Jakhau, Koteshwar and Lakhpat.
 
D5: Good Morning from Pipavav
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By 7.30 AM we were on our way to Pipavav Port, Pipavav Port is private port owned and maintained by APM Terminal, entry inside the port is restricted, however there is an island off the coast of the Pipavav known as Shiyalbet, one can get the permission to enter the premises of the port on pretext of visiting Shiyalbet Island. The road to Shiyalbet Jetty goes through Pipavav Port area. Just before the entry point into Pipavav Port Terminal, a small road towards right will take you to Shiyalbet Jetty. Shiyalbet Island is connected to main land through small boats, surprising thing about Shiyalbet Island is, it got electricity connectivity in 2016, and the moment was similar to what we have seen in movie Swades wherein light comes for the first time in the village. The frequency of the boat depends upon frequency of passengers, there are no fixed timings.

Pipavav Port
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Actual Entry Point, on the left is the office for obtaining permission for Shiyalbet
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Permission for Shiyalbet
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A small road which branch offs from main road and takes you to Shiyalbet Jetty
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Offshore exploration unit, please elaborate if anyone has more details
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Shiyalbet Island
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Boat coming from Shiyalbet with passengers
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Some photo session for memories
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Actually they are parking the boat
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This is Pipavav Terminal from distance
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Navy Frigate
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Rajula Pipavav Railway Line
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Beautiful internal village roads
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Welcome to Jaffarabad
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And we arrive at light house
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Jaffarabad light house
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Road towards temple
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View of breakwaters
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The Beautiful temple
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This is the end of the road
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Picturesque location
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Temple stands on the edge
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You can see the erosion
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Light house in the background
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Random Click of the stone
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For memories
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You can see the bike parked
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Breakwaters
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View of temple from breakwaters side
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It was time to move ahead towards our next destination for the day, Fort St. Anthony of Simbor. Simbor village is divided into two parts, first part is Fort of St. Anthony of Simbor, it falls under Diu Administration (Before independence: Portuguese Administration) and second part is Simbor Village, it falls under Gujarat Administration (Before independence: British Rule and Junagadh State). The fort is located off the coast of Simbor and can be accessed only through local boats, currently the entire fort is in ruins. The island fort, along with two small plots of land on either side is about 1 square km. Along with Diu and the rest of Portuguese India, it was absorbed by India in December 1961. Nevertheless the fort looks amazing from Simbor Beach. Enjoy the pictures. If anyone is more interested in the History part of this area, please click below link from Wikipedia.

History of Fort St. Anthony of Simbor: Fort St. Anthony of Simbor - Wikipedia

X-Pulse always ready to pose
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We found this in almost every village. They seat together under the tree / chowk area of the village, discuss and talk about various topics, they are under no hurry, neither they are worried about the future, they just enjoy their present.
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Simbor Beach
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Fort St. Anthony of Simbor
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Erosion of rocks due to waves
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Voluntary promotion of Quechua Brand
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When you are forced to smile
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Road to Simbor Beach
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The Location of the Temple and your photographs are simply superb............
 
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