Things to Do in Somnath – A Complete Travel Guide

Somnath is one of the most revered and ancient pilgrimage sites in India. Located in Gujarat, it holds great significance in Hindu mythology and history. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in Hinduism, and attracts millions of devotees and tourists worldwide.

Table of Contents

  1. Things to do in Somnath
  2. How to Plan a Trip to Somnath
  3. About Somnath
  4. Hotels in Somnath

Things to do in Somnath

Prabhas Patan Museum

Here are some interesting things to do in the holy site:

  • Visit the Temples – There are many temples that are considered sacred – Old Mandir by Ahilyabai, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Veneshwar Mahadev Temple, Mahadev Temple and Mahakali Maa Temple. Thousands of pilgrims visit the sacred town every year to pay homage. Don’t miss the chance to revel in the history and architecture of the magnificent temples. 
  • Visit the Museums and Forts – There are many historical structures and forts that are still present narrating tales of the years gone by. The Prabhas Patan Museum has some interesting relics telling you about the events of the 12th century.
  • Unwind at the beaches – Being a coastal town, it has many beaches to help you unwind and relax. 
  • Shop at the local bazaar – The pilgrimage site has an interesting handicrafts market offering a range of products to buy. Spend some time at the local Bazaar and get ready to be mesmerized. 

Tourist Places

Chorwad Beach

The pilgrimage destination has a lot to offer to all types of tourists. Here are some sightseeing places:

  1. Shree Jyotirlinga Temple – A must-visit to experience the history, architecture, and divinity of the town.
  2. Chorwad Beach – While swimming is not recommended here, it is a great place to unwind and witness the majestic skies during sunrise and sunset.
  3. Prabhas Patan Museum – Established in 1921, this museum has a collection of more than 3500 objects including sculptures and objects from ancient times.
  4. Laxmi Narayan Temple – A gorgeous replica of the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple in Badrinath, this temple has an architectural design that is filled with intricate carvings. It sits on the serene shores, offering some amazing views of the sunset.
  5. Shree Parshuram Temple – The temple is believed to have been made on the spot where Bhagwan Parshuram performed penance for killing Kshatriyas. The temple also houses shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesh.
  6. Sana Buddhist Caves – The pilgrimage site also had a Buddhist influence in ancient times. The Sana Caves stand testament to those times. With a complex network of 62 caves, you can spend a lot of time admiring these man-made shelters.

Places to visit nearby

If you are in this coastal town for a few days, then here are some tourist places near the pilgrimage site to consider:

  • Sasan Gir – Located at a distance of around 70 km, Sasan Gir is a National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat. You can go for a Jungle Safari and explore the wide variety of flora and fauna offered by the region.
  • Dwarka – Located at a distance of around 240 km, Dwarka is one of the Char Dhams in India. It is also one of the seven most ancient religious cities in India.
  • Porbandar – Located at a distance of around 131 km, Porbandar is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. From religious places to beaches, Porbandar has something to offer to all kinds of tourists.
  • Diu Island – Located at a distance of around 75 km, Diu Island is a perfect holiday destination with family and friends. 

Famous Places to Eat

Sana Caves

The pilgrimage site holds a lot of surprises for foodies. Here are the most recommended places to eat :

  • The Grand Daksh, Bypass road – for a fine dining experience
  • Triveni (The Fern Residency), Talala Road – a multi-cuisine restaurant
  • Sugar and Spice, Bypass road – for casual dining
  • Aditya Restaurant, Talala – for Indian food
  • Real Taste Restaurant, Opposite S. T. Stand – for Punjabi food

How to Plan a Trip to Somnath

How to Reach Somnath

Here is how you can reach this pilgrimage town:

By Train

Veraval is the closest railway station to Somnath. It is well-connected with major cities of the country. The distance between the Veraval Railway Station and Somnath is around 6 km. You can avail of a taxi from Veraval to Somnath and reach there in no time.

By Road

Somnath is well-connected with most cities in Gujarat. You can reach Somnath from the following cities with ease:

  • Junagadh to Somnath – the shortest route is via the Junagadh-Mendarda Highway – around 85 km
  • Rajkot to Somnath – the shortest route is via the NH27 and NH151 – around 200 km
  • Ahmedabad to Somnath – the shortest route is via NH47 – around 410 km
  • Porbandar to Somnath – the shortest route is via NH51 – around 140 km

By Flight

The nearest airport is Keshod which is at a distance of around 55 km. It has flights from most major cities in India. You can also book a Ahmedabad airport taxi to Somnath.

For best offers and discounts from all the above mentioned cities and towns, download the Savaari car Booking app.

Best time to visit Somnath

Being a coastal town it receives heavy rainfall and winds during the monsoon. Summers are particularly hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 24 to 41 degrees C. The best time to visit is during the winter months from October to March.

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About Somnath

Somnath Temple

Situated at the shore of the Arabian Sea, Somnath or Prabhas Patan is the oldest pilgrimage destination in India. It is on the confluence of three rivers – Hiran, Kapila, and a mythical river called Saraswathy. The ghat overseeing this confluence is called the Triveni Sangam Ghat. It houses the Somnath Temple, the first of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and Hari Har Tirthdham – the holy place of Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s Neejdham Prasthan Leela. It also holds historical significance as Aryans were believed to have settled here in ancient times. 

Somnath Temple


Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple is the first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlingams of India. It is located in Veraval, Saurashtra, in Gujarat, and is an important pilgrimage destination in India. There are various legends associated with the Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple. The word ‘Somnath’ means ‘Lord of the Soma (Moon)’ – an epithet of Lord Shiva.

Best Time to Visit the Somnath Temple


The winter months of October to February are the best time to visit Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple with temperatures ranging between 10 and 28 degrees C.

Triveni Sangam

Triveni Sangam

The site has been a pilgrimage destination for many years due to the confluence of the rivers Kapila, Hiran, and the mythical Saraswathy. The confluence of these rivers or Triveni Sangam is believed by Hindus to be symbolic of birth, life, and death. It is also believed that the Moon God – Soma was once cursed which had led to him losing his luster. He had bathed in the River Saraswathy to regain it.

Interesting Facts

No land between Somnath Temple and South Pole
  • The temple is believed to be the first of the 12 Aadi Jyotirlingams in India.
  • The location of the temple is highly intriguing. There is no land between the temple and Antarctica (south pole). 
  • The location of the Temple is also believed to be the spot from where Lord Krishna ended his earthly lila and left for his nij dham.
  • According to legendary tales, there was a magical stone in temple called Syamantaka Mani that could convert anything it touched into gold. 
  • The Triveni Sangam had made it a pilgrimage spot much before the temple was built there.

Hotels and Resorts


Here are some popular hotels for a memorable stay:

  • The Square, Somnath Bypass
  • Sarovar Portico, Somnath Bypass
  • The Fern Residency, Veraval Bypass
  • Regenta Central, Near Veraval Bypass
  • The Grand Astoria, Somnath-Junagadh Highway
  • The Somnath Gateway, Somnath-Junagadh Highway
  • The Grand Daksh Mansingh Inn, Junagadh Highway

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Last Updated on October 20, 2023 by blogadmin

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