Coordinates: 21°38′30.0″N 69°37′45.5″E / 21.641667°N 69.629306°E / 21.641667; 69.629306
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Kirti Mandir, birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi
Official logo of Porbandar
Porbandar is located in Gujarat
Porbandar (Gujarat)
Porbandar is located in India
Porbandar (India)
Coordinates: 21°38′30.0″N 69°37′45.5″E / 21.641667°N 69.629306°E / 21.641667; 69.629306[1]
Country India
 • BodyPorbandar - Chhaya Municipal Corporation
 • Total38.43 km2 (14.84 sq mi)
30.85 m (101.21 ft)
 • Total152,760
 • Density4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialGujarati
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationGJ-25

Porbandar is a city and the headquarters of Porbandar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and Sudama. It was the former capital of the Porbandar princely state. Porbandar and Chhaya are the twin cities of each other and both cities are jointly governed by Porbandar–Chhaya Municipal Corporation.


Late Harappan settlement (1600-1400 BCE)[edit]

Onshore explorations in and around Porbandar brought to light the remains of a Late Harappan settlement dating back to the 16th-14th centuries BCE. There is evidence to suggest that the Harappan legacy of maritime activity continued till the late Harappan period on the Saurashtra coast. The discovery of ancient jetties along the Porbandar creek signifies the importance of Porbandar as an active center of maritime activities in the past.[1]

Indian theology views Porbandar as the birthplace of Sudama, a friend of Krishna. For this reason, it is also referred to as Sudaamapuri or Sudamapuri.[1]

Princely Porbandar (1600 CE onwards)[edit]

Porbandar was the seat of the eponymous princely state in British India. Later the state belonged to the Jethwa clan of Rajputs and had been established in the area since at least the mid-16th century. The state was subordinate to the Mughal governor of Gujarat until being overrun by the Marathas in the latter half of the 18th century. After, they came under the authority of the Gaekwad court at Baroda and eventually of the Peshwa.

British influence[edit]

In common with the other states of Kathiawar, the state first came into the ambit of British influence in 1807, when the HEIC guaranteed security in the area in lieu of a fixed annual tribute to be paid to the Peshwa and the Gaekwad. In 1817, the Peshwa ceded his share to the HEIC; in 1820, the Gaekwad agreed to have the HIEC collect his due tributes in Kathiawar and remit the same to his treasury.

Huzoor Palace built by last ruler of Princely State of Porbandar, Rana Natwarsinhji, in the early 20th century, stands near seashore at Marine Drive in city.

During the British Raj, the state covered an area of 1,663 square kilometres (642 sq mi), encompassing 106 villages and a population, in 1921, of over 100,000 people. It enjoyed a revenue of Rs. 21,00,000/-. By 1947, the rulers held the style of "Highness" and the title of "Maharaj Rana Sahib". They were entitled to a salute of 13 guns as a hereditary distinction.

After Independence[edit]

Upon the Independence of India in 1947, the state was annexed into the dominion of India. It was merged with the 'United State of Kathiawar', effective 15 February 1948 and eventually came to form part of the present-day state of Gujarat. The last King of Porbandar was Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Maharaj.


Porbandar is located at 21°37′48″N 69°36′0″E / 21.63000°N 69.60000°E / 21.63000; 69.60000.[2] It has an average elevation of 1 metre (3 ft).


Like most of Gujarat, Porbandar has a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen BSh) with three distinct seasons: the “cool” from October to March, the “hot” in April, May and early June, and the monsoonal “wet” from mid-June to September.[3]

Almost no rain falls outside the monsoon season, except for a very few late-season tropical cyclones. The most powerful one occurred on 22 October 1975 and produced a storm surge of 4 metres or 13 feet. During the monsoon season, rainfall is exceedingly erratic: Annual rainfall has been as low as 32.2 millimetres or 1.27 inches in 1918 and 34.3 millimetres or 1.35 inches in 1939, but as high as 1,850.6 millimetres or 72.86 inches in 1983—when a cyclone caused over 1,100 millimetres (43.3 in) to fall over four days[4]—and 1,251.7 millimetres or 49.28 inches in 1878.

With a coefficient of variation exceeding fifty percent and an expectation of only 41 percent of mean annual rainfall in the driest year in ten, the Porbandar region is among the most variable in the world[5]—comparable to northern Australia, the Brazilian sertão and the Kiribatese Line Islands.[6]

An illustration of Porbandar's extremely variable rainfall can be seen from 1899 to 1905 when seven successive years produced annual falls of:

  • 83.4 millimetres (3.28 in) in 1899
  • 1,185.1 millimetres (46.66 in) in 1900
  • 99.8 millimetres (3.93 in) in 1901
  • 756.9 millimetres (29.80 in) in 1902
  • 575.2 millimetres (22.65 in) in 1903
  • 124.5 millimetres (4.90 in) in 1904 and
  • 134.4 millimetres (5.29 in) in 1905

Porbandar, owing to its coastal location, is the least hot of all major cities in Gujarat: Average high temperatures do not reach 35 °C or 95 °F in any month.

Climate data for Porbandar Airport (1981–2010, extremes 1969–2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.9
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 29.3
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 14.2
Record low °C (°F) 2.0
Average rainfall mm (inches) 1.1
Average rainy days 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 3.3 9.4 7.7 3.0 0.9 0.5 0.2 25.4
Average relative humidity (%) (at 17:30 IST) 40 43 49 57 68 72 77 77 70 52 42 41 57
Source: India Meteorological Department[7][8]


Porbandar city

As of 2011 India census, Porbandar (City and urban outgrowth) had a population of 152,760.[9] Males constituted 51.4% of the population and females 48.6%. Porbandar has an average literacy rate of 86.46%, higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 91.69%, and female literacy is 80.92%. In Porbandar, 9.11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

According to the Census in 2011, the population of Porbander contracted 3.85% in 2011. i.e. the growth rate was negative. The sex ration of the city was 943 in 2011.[clarification needed]

Government and politics[edit]

Porbandar city is governed by a municipal council.[10] The municipality is responsible for supply of water to the city using Narmada as the main source of water supply.[11] The municipality supplies around 14 MLD everyday to the city. As per records available from 2008, the city had a coverage of 39% in terms of water supply connections though the coverage of distribution system was reported as 80%.[12] As per another assessment in the year 2016, Porbandar ranked the lowest in terms the volume of water supplied per capita at 59 lpcd (liters per capita per day) as compared to Gandhinagar which ranked the highest at 245 lpcd.[13] Municipality is also responsible for waste management in the city and generates about 66 tonnes per day of waste.[14]

The current member of Parliament is Rameshbhai Dhaduk.


Tourist attractions[edit]

Hari Mandir
Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi
Courtship of Lesser Flamingos at Chhaya rann

The best time to visit is October to March.

  • Kirti Mandir, It is located at the Main bazaar, Manek Chowk. Timings 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM Everyday. Website : GandhiBapu - Home Page
  • Bharat Mandir (A permanent exhibition of culture, history and geometry about India. It was established by Shri Nanjibhai Kalidas Mehta)
  • Tara Mandir (one of the oldest planetariums of India)
  • Shree Sudama ji Mandir: One of the few temples built in India in his name
  • Shree Hari Mandir or Sandipani temple (handled by Ramesh Oza): a temple complex
  • The Huzoor Palace, Daria Raj Mahal Palace, Darbargadh and the Sartanji Choro
  • Porbandar Chowpati
  • Porbandar Bird Sanctuary (birds like teals, fowls, flamingos, ibis, curlews can be seen)
  • Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (about 15 km from Porbandar, ideal for trekking)
  • Porbandar has many wetlands ideal for birdwatching.[15]
  • Janmashtami Mela (5 days), celebrated in the month of Shraavana as per Hindu calendar. There are rides, food, and other attractions.
  • It is also one of the last coasts remaining where the threatened marine mammal dugong can be found.[16]

Notable people[edit]


New terminal at Porbandar Airport

Porbandar is well-connected by road, rail and air to cities across the country.


Porbandar is an ancient port city. At present it has an all-weather port, with direct berthing facilities up to 50,000 DWT ships.[17][18]


"NH8b" Highway

The city is connected through National Highway 27, connecting to Rajkot and Ahmedabad. National Highway 8E Ext (also known as State Highway 6) connects to Jamnagar, Dwarka in the north and Veraval, Bhavnagar in the south.

Major public transport is covered by the private and government buses.

Many private coaches are available daily to Rajkot, Dwarka, Veraval, Junagadh, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Vadodra, Surat, and Mumbai.


Porbandar railway station connects Porbandar with major cities of state and the country. There are daily trains to Rajkot (via Jamnagar, Bhanwad and Upleta, Dhoraji, Gondal as well), Somnath (via Junagadh) and Mumbai (via Ahmedabad, Vadodra and Surat). There are also trains to Delhi, Muzaffarpur and Howrah connecting to major cities of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha and West Bengal. A weekly train service connects Kochuveli, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and Secunderabad (Hyderabad) with Porbandar via Mangalore, Calicut, Kochi and Quilon(Kollam).


From August 2022, no flights are operational.



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  3. ^ "Porbandar - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ Francis P. A. and Sulochana Gadgil; ‘Intense Rainfall Events over the West Coast during the Summer Monsoon Season’ (CAOS REPORT 2002 AS 1); published by Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
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  6. ^ Van Etten, Eddie J.B.; ‘Inter-annual Rainfall Variability of Arid Australia: greater than elsewhere?’ Australian Geographer; 40 (2009), pp. 109-120
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