Porbandar was a historic port of the Jetwa Rajputs, a dynasty that ruled vast areas of the Kathiawad peninsula for approximately 2000 years.
After facing defeat at the hands of the Jadeja Rajputs in the late 16th and early 17thPorbandar centuries, the Jetwas came back to power in the 1630s
They shifted their capital from Ranpur to Chaya during that time and by the 18th century, the Jetwas finally settled in Porbandar, which occupied a unique position as a port city. It was strategically situated south of the ports of Nawanagar and the Kutch state, and north of Veraval in Junagadh state.
The Walker Treaty in the early 19th century brought peace in Saurashtra and this was the time of development for Porbandar. The period saw the construction of a fresh water reservoir, separate schools for boys and girls, a post office, the old fort walls were pulled down to enlarge the city and a town hall, railway station, light house and Jubilee Bridge were constructed.
The Gandhi family were the hereditary Diwans of Porbandar. On October 2, 1869, Karamchand Gandhi had a son, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi as he later came to be known the world over. But Mahatma Gandhi was not the only mahatma associated with Porbandar. Swami Vivekanand had done much of his research in Porbandar, and Rabindranath Tagore visited the city for a considerable period in 1923.
Places to Visit:
Kirti Mandir (birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi),Sudama Mandir,Bharat Mandir,Gita Mandir,Gayatri Mandir,Ram Dhoon Mandir ,Rokadia Hanuman temple,Sandipani Vidyaniketan,Bird Sanctuary,Rana Bapu's Mahal,Chowpati Beach,Satyanarayan's Mandir ,Zaveri Bungalow,Kamla Nehru park.
By Air :-Porbandar is linked by air directly from Mumbai by Jet Airways, which operates a daily flight. Ahmedabad airport is 455 kms away and Rajkot airport is 178 kms away.
By Rail :-Porbandar is linked by daily train service from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata..
By Road :-Ahmedabad -394kms,Bhavnagar -300kms,JUnagarh - 107kms,Rajkoth -178kms,Somnath -118kms.
Best time to Visit:From November to March.