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Gopnath was the summer home of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji of Bhavnagar. 75 kms from Bhavnagar, Gopnath is well connected by rail and bus to Ahmedabad. The breathtakingly beautiful sea coast with it's spectacular limestone cliffs and great views, sea breezes and colourful birdlife, must have made an excellent break from the city during the summer months. The Gopnath beach has lovely, firm, sands for walking and shallow shore waters for wading, but the high tidal difference of the coast, makes the water murky and not very inviting for a long swim. Gopnath is the base for some spectacular sightseeing. Talja is a jain temple spiralling on a 350 foot high volcanic hill, Alang is the world's largest ship breaking zone. Besides this one can enjoy shopping for furniture, food stuff, crockery, utensils, textiles, home appliances salvaged from the ships. The 700 year old Gopnath temple is perhaps the only one in India with flags of 2 colours a white flag denoting a Vishnu temple and a saffron flag representing a Shiva temple.