Mandvi, is well known for Ship building industry and clean beaches. It located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, just 1 kilometer away from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and was a summer retreat of Kutch Royals. Local traders and merchants had created a niche by trading precious stones and fine textiles. Evening leisure at Beach.
Vijay Vilas Palace
The palace was built during reign of Maharao Shri Khengarji III as summer resort for his son & successor, The Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji and is therefore, named after him as Vijaya Vilas Palace. The construction of palace started in year in 1920 and was completed in year 1929. The palace is built with red sandstone. It has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on the sides, the windows with colored glass, carved stone 'jalis', domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone-carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. The palace is set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The tiny intricate windows gives one feeling to be out in open, through which cool sea wind passes out The royal family of Princely State of Kutch now reside permanently in the palace, who earlier used it only as a summer resort. The Vijaya Vilas Palace has its own private beach and offers air-conditioned Suite Rooms accommodation in the name of Vijay Vilas Heritage Resort adjoined to Vijay Vilas Palace. The palace has been used as the set in many Hindi films and has now become a popular tourist destination.
Ship Building Industry
Mandvi is famous for a 400 year old ship building industry and craftsman who still use traditional techniques to build ships for domestic and international clients.
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