Have You Been To These Lesser-known Places in Gujarat?

The next time you are in Gujarat, go off the regular path to explore some of the hidden gems consisting of architecturally splendid temples and palaces to marine wonder lands
Navlakha Sun Temple, near Dwarka
Navlakha Sun Temple, near DwarkaShutterstock

Home to the only wild lion country outside Africa, Gujarat is also known for its beaches, temples and handicrafts, which make it a popular tourist choice. But if you are keen too step off the beaten tourist circuit, here are a few destinations that perfectly fit the bill.

Narara Island

Narara Island, situated close to Vadinar, forms a significant portion of the Marine National Park. Here is your chance to encounter a range of sea creatures, including starfish, jellyfish, octopus, and crabs. Visitors must obtain prior permission from the Conservator of Forests in Jamnagar to explore the island. To ensure a safe and informative experience, hiring a knowledgeable guide, who can lead you to the heart of the sea during low tide, is advisable.

Ninai Waterfall

The beautiful waterfall lies in the Dediapada taluka of the Narmada district, offers a rejuvenating one-day escape from Bharuch. The picturesque journey from Bharuch takes you through river streams and scenic barnyard millet farms, passing through Ankleshwar, Valia, Netrang, Dediapada, and Sagai. Plummeting from a height over 30 feet, the waterfall is situated within the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ninai Waterfall inside Shoolpneswar Wildlife Sanctuary
Ninai Waterfall inside Shoolpneswar Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat Tourism/Facebook

Navlakha Temple

Located in Ghumli village, about 45 km from Dwarka, it is said to be the oldest sun temple in the state. The temple, devoted to the Sun God and constructed by the Jethwa rulers in the 11th century, showcases the Maru-Gurjara architectural style. The name "Navlakha" is said to have been derived from the vast sum of money invested in its construction. Adorned with exquisitely carved stone sculptures, this temple is a true marvel. Adjacent to the main temple is a miniature 10th century shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Pirotan Island

This isolated island, located about 10km from Jamnagar, in the Gulf of Kutch, is known for its exotic creatures and rare coral reefs such as finger coral, moon coral, and brain coral. During low tide, visitors can explore the tidal flats and observe the fascinating marine life.


A former princely state, Wankaner is known for its incredible built heritage. One of its prime attractions is the Ranjit Villas Palace, a grand structure constructed in 1907 by Maharana Raj Shri Amar Singh, showcasing the Indo-Gothic architectural style. Another heritage property in Wankaner is the Royal Oasis, built during the 1920s and now converted to a hotel. It is known for its art deco-style interiors and a three-storied stepwell. Both places offer a memorable experience for visitors interested in history. Wankaner is about 40km by road from Rajkot.

Architectural splendors of Wankaner
Architectural splendors of WankanerGujarat Tourism/Facebook

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