Veraval is cluttered and chaotic, and smells strongly of fish – not surprising given that it’s one of India’s major fishing ports (nearly 4000 boats work from here) and its busy harbour is full of bustle and boat building. On the south coast of Saurashtra, Veraval was the major seaport for Mecca pilgrims before the rise of Surat. In the west of town is the eerie Old Nawab’s Palace (closed to public). The main reason to come here is to visit the Temple of Somnath, 6km to the east.
JP Travels International (220110) changes travellers cheques and cash. The State Bank of Saurashtra (221266) will also change these on occasion. Magnet Cyber Café (Chandra-Mauli Complex; per hr Rs 25; 9.30am-midnight), in the same building as Hotel Ustav, allows you to slowly surf the internet. There’s an HFDC ATM near the municipal gardens.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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