When you go to the back side of the temple, you will find a newly built bridge named after Sudama. The bridge is on the Gomti River which meets Arabian Sea at a very short distance from here. The bridge is accessible during limited hours and has a nominal charge to be paid as entry fees. We reached there well in time to see sunset which is always fun to see with ocean to your west. Will recommend to take a walk on the banks of Gomti if you have plans to reach sea. The banks are well maintained and have seating provisions as well. By the time you walk around half a kilometre with river Gomti, you can see the formation of waves on the fag end of the river, thus amalgamating into ocean. You must see if you have never seen this natural phenomenon anytime in you life.
We reached at the end of the river to nestle ourselves on the rocks facing the sea which gave us a magnificent view of giant red ball of fire. Although this was not the first time I have experienced, but it was indeed mesmerising to see the sun dipping in the ocean and it will always be, even till the Nth time. By the time we left our sunset point, it was already turning gloomy and we had one more place to cover. On the left side of the Sudama bridge there's another small temple which, in its vicinity, has 5 small wells and colour of water in all of them are different (Although we were not able to see because we reached during dark). The legends also goes saying that this has something ominous behind it as it the only source or water in the surrounding area where the water is sweet, despite being on the beach. The water of entire Dwarka is not drinkable being salty and it is brought in through Narmada Yojna.
After doing this we decided to go to our hotel and freshen up for dinner. The locals suggested us to taste the meals at Dairo. We followed and reached there. The place has limited seating space and we waited for around 15 minutes for our turn to come. There are handful varieties of Thalis that you can choose from in here and the one we ordered, tasted good. Our bubble bursted only because we had huge expectations from this place listening to the reviews of the local people.
Overall I can say Dwarka was a good spiritual place with perfect blend of sugar and spice in terms of foods.
17:15- Started from Delhi
14:00- Reached Dwarka
Stay- Hotel Shree Darshan (5 minutes walk from Dwarkadhish and 10 minutes from beach). Nice hotel for family stays too. Must try Bread Toast in Breakfast!
18:00- Sunset and Badkeshwar Temple on beach
19:30- Market and evening snacks (Dabeli is must have)
20:30- Dinner at Shrinathji Restaurant
21:30- Retired for the day
07:15- Sunrise from Hotel Terrace
08:45- Left for Okha
09:25- Reached Okha and parked car at paid parking
09:45- Ferry started for Beyt Dwarka
10:05- Reached Beyt Dwarka
Hired Gopalbhai as guide for Temple tour
11:00- Done with Darshan
11:15- Left for Makardhwaj Temple
11:45- Done and left for Jetty.
13:15- Reached Okha and left for Nageshwar
13:45- Reached Nageshwar and queued for darshan
14:45- Dine with Darshan
15:00- Left for Dwarka
16:30- Reached Dwarkadhish main gate. Please note to keep all your electronic devices in the safe including smart watch as well.
17:20- Done with Darshan and left for Sudama Bridge
18:45- Left for Hotel
21:00- Left for Dairo for Dinner
22:00- Retired for the day
08:15- Checked out for Porbandar
Some important costs:
Hotel- ₹6000 for two days
Guide charges at Beyt Dwarka- ₹300
Overall cost for two days (excluding commuting)- ₹9-10k
Cost per person- ₹3k
You can find more economical and more luxurious stays at Dwarka as well.
P.S- It's only the tip of the iceberg, rest of the trip is another part and is surely gonna be more intensifying as it progresses. Game on!