Dunny point – The hidden paradise at the western most part of the country, located at the end of Bet Dwarka. Bet Dwarka is a small island situated at the western coast in Gujarat. And Bet Dwarka is connected to the Gujarat through okha jetty. One can reach to bet Dwarka by daily boat services from Okha jetty that costs you as low as 10 rs. only from jetty.
How to Reach Dunny Point ??
First of all reach Jamnagar in Gujarat state which is connected to most of the major towns of India by air, train or by road. From Jamnagar you can hire a cab to okha or you can go by train. From Okha you have to go on a ferry(boat) to reach bet Dwarka island.
Dunny point is the end tip of the island. There are many local vehicles(mostly rickshaws) who takes you to the Dunny point. Than after few minutes of walk you will be there at the tip of the island which is known as Dunny point.
So, which time period is Best for camping at Dunny point ??
December to February, perfect time to visit any beach locations in India. Winter seasons are free from scorching heats of summer and stormy winds of monsoon. The ocean water are nearly crystal clear in winter. So it will help you to explore the wide bio diversity of corals and other marine creatures.
Do you Know Why “Dunny point” is named as Dunny point ??
To know the reason, check the geography of gulf of Kutch. You can see that the bet Dwarka is separated form kutch by the Arabian sea. And this sea route is used by fisherman and traders of kutch to reach the bet dwarka. So most of the population of bet Dwarka speaks Kutchi accent more than typical Gujarati.
In kutchi language, the large amount of aggregation of sand is known as “duno”. And hence over the period of time this area of sandy land is started being called as Dunny point.
Marine Campsite by CEE (Centre for Environment Education)
The night under the clear sky and glazing stars with soothing sounds of waves is more than a healing. That is the place we spent our first night at dunny point in a marine campsite by CEE.
The benefits of having a beach side camp is you don’t need to have heavy pockets for a beautiful beach view. How amazing it is to wake up to the sound of a roaring sea and see its vastness, to feel its warmness that welcomes you unconditionally !
The wave sound always reminds me this awesome quote by Henry Beston, “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”
If you are looking for beach activities, this place is not for you. Unlike walking around the sandy shoreline and having fun together under the star glazed night you don’t have much to do here. the place belongs to peace, stay with your friends, partner of family and enjoy the nature.
The camps are made of gunny sac, and washroom are temporarily built with same material supported by bamboos. The most pleasant thing you can find here is the naked sky, the glazing stars and emptiness around is a rare thing to see in this city oriented life.
We visited during the festival of holi, its the time of celebration at Bet Dwarka, people get together in a fair, meet each other and greets joy for each other. Many devotees of lord krishna visits this pilgrimage in large numbers on this festival.
Ecosystem At Bet Dwarka
Every place has their own ecosystem. Life is everywhere, from a desert to monsoon forests nature is present everywhere in form of creatures and leafs. Mangroves are the main plants around shore line. Apart from that algae covering the solid rocks, and other common seashore plants.
Birds mainly sand plover, oriental darter and seagulls. The large number of seagull found while going on ferry ride from Okha to bet Dwarka. They are mostly in groups.
How many of us really spend time in knowing what nature conveys ! probably none ! But this trip gave me the peace and an opportunity to connect what nature has to say. Apart from the sound of sea waves, there are amazing birds chirping there, you can connect easily.
You may not know what they are talking but you can definitely enjoy whatever they are saying. Its rare and thus is automatically pleasant to our ears. Its amazing how they constantly bicker and yet its soothing.
The marine creatures are nearly same as in pirotan islands or Narara if you have visited. Most of all are the coral reefs, crabs and sea cucumber.
Mangroves, the most common tropical coastal vegetation found at dunny point in vast area. There are very strict rules now for conservation of mangroves shrub. As the ecosystem over there has suffered once due to heavy cutting of mangroves wood by locals.
The sea cucumber found in large numbers. You just walk by shore line and along with tide these creatures come to the shore. Though they are not harmful. They Never Bites. But They are very sensitive to your touch. They shrink on your touch as a self defense mechanism.
Dolphins will be there… If You Are Lucky Enough !
Dolphins are the main attractions of dunny point. While going on the ferry from okha jetty to Bet Dwarka you can find many groups of dolphins. We were unlucky though to witness this beautiful creature due to seasonal effects.
According to locals residing there, if you want to see dolphins, visit in winter season and morning time especially. Its not like you visit once and you will have glimpse of dolphins. It may take many trips. Therefore I will visit again and again in winter to chase this beautiful fish.
Ultimately, its a memorable experience. Connect to the nature and you will find yourself, your existence and your inner potential. Live life freely, travel more and earn experiences.
I have met 2 frequent travelers on my trip to dunny point. And a guy who has voluntarily retired from his highly valued construction job at New York to travel the world. They are chasing their dreams…. Are you doing the same…???