Dandi Beach

Dandi Beach is one of the prominent beaches located in Dandi village, Gujarat. Dandi beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the Arabian Sea. Dandi Beach is historically prominent as Mahatma Gandhi led the salt satyagraha from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi. This is the beach where Mahatma Gandhi broke the salt tax law of the British after the Salt March.

History Of Dandi Beach

Dandi has a huge historical significance in the fight for freedom against British Rule in India. The Dandi March or the Salt March was an act of Civil Disobedience in colonial India and was initiated by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. After the introduction of the salt tax by the British officials, all salt-producing activities by the locals were deemed illegal which was in gross violation of the rights of the people. When Mahatma Gandhi chose Dandi to be the location to protest against the imposed salt tax, the village was put on the map and gained historical importance in 1930.

The march began in Sabarmati, Ahmedabad on 12th March 1930 with Mahatma Gandhi and a group of 78 people. It went on for 24 days, until 6th April 1930. As the march progressed, the news of the protest spread all over the country, and followers from different parts of India joined Mahatma Gandhi.

By the time they reached Dandi, there were thousands of followers protesting the forceful imposition of Tax on Salt. When the Satyagrahis reach Dandi, Mahatma Gandhi produced salt from the waters of the Arabian Sea and addressed the followers with announcements to attain Purna Swaraj (Complete Sovereignty and Self-Rule) through this act. The march aroused a countrywide Civil Disobedience Movement and became the building block of India’s freedom from British Rule.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Dandi Beach is between October and March as the weather is pleasant to explore the location.

Sunrise and sunsets are the best time to visit dandi beach.

How to get there

By Road: Surat lies 234 km from Ahmedabad, 154 km from Vadodara and 297 km from Mumbai. Bus stations, both ST and private, are on the eastern edge of the city.

By Rail: Surat in on the main broad guage line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

By Air: Various domestic flights connecting metros and other major cities are operational from the Surat Airport.

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