Have You Heard of The Sunken City of Dwarka

Bet Dwaraka


I read about archaeologists discovering the remains of a sunken city – Dwarka beneath the sea off the western coast of India and my interest was piqued and I set off on a journey of exploration.

Dwarka

My quest brought me to Dwarka, a small city situated in the western state of Gujarat, India. Dwarka is a famous pilgrimage centre of India and is identified with the ancient kingdom of Krishna, one of the most popular and famous Hindu deities. Dwarka is home to a 2,500 year old temple dedicated to the God Krishna.

 

Dwarka temple


The Legend 

For many years, the legend has prevailed and Indian mythology is replete with accounts of how the original kingdom of Dwarka looked like. The Indian epic Mahabharata says that Dwarka had 900,000 royal palaces, all constructed with crystal  and silver and decorated with emeralds. The city was connected by an elaborate system of boulevards, roads, market places , assembly houses and temples.

Recent marine archaeological explorations of the sea here have thrown light on a number of stone structures  of different shapes, also discovered were stone anchors and other artifacts. The exploration also found sandstone walls, a grid of streets and remains of a sea port, some 70 feet beneath the sea. The evidence points to the fact of the existence of a city some 9,000 years ago.

 

Dwarka

 

Is this the mythical and grand city of Dwarka, the kingdom of Krishna? Scientists, scholars and historians discuss and debate on this. But the thought of a dazzling city destroyed by a flood and submerged under the sea creates a compelling visual imagery.

Bet Dwarka

Dwarka


This is a small inhabited island off Dwarka, about 1 mile in the sea. There are regular boat services to get to the island from Okha port which is about 32 kilometers from Dwarka. There is a 500 year old temple dedicated to Krishna here, which is the main attraction. To me, however the main point of interest was the fact that this island is considered to be a part of the ancient city that sunk under the sea. Most of the ancient ruins of the sunken city have been found around this area.

 

Dwarka


As I sat in the boat and looked at the sea water gushing past me, I peered down at the water and wondered about the grand city of Dwarka that lay buried deep under the sea. I wondered how it must have been in those times, how people lived their lives, how the city must have echoed to the happy sounds of children playing, the thumping of hooves as horses galloped with soldiers astride. A vibrant and throbbing kingdom. And then one day, everything washed away and submerged under water. Only to live as a legend and a myth till some day Man rediscovered its remains.

This interesting video of 14 odd minutes throws light on the sunken city of Dwarka. Do watch it to know more.

 

 

How to get to there

  • The nearest airport is Porbandar which is 95 kilometers away
  • Well connected by train to all major cities of India
  • Well connected by Road to all major cities of India

Activities 

  • Surfing
  • Scuba Diving

There is a Scuba diving center in Dwarka and there are associations that organize scuba diving activities. If you plan to do scuba diving, then it is advisable to go with a group of divers as it works out economical.  

Dwarka is an important destination owing to its association to Krishna. Do check out our post about the Krishna Janmasthami festival, which is an annual celebration of the birth anniversary of Krishna.

Have you heard stories of sunken cities? Do share with us in the comments section.

 

Dwarka temple

Dwarka temple

 

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60 thoughts on “Have You Heard of The Sunken City of Dwarka

  1. Samantha | There She Goes Again Reply

    You had me at sunken city! I think that’s my favorite part about wandering around ancient ruins or learning about lost cities, it’s fascinating to imagine the lives that once went on. I mean we’re looking at these remains, and we can only use our imagination to turn them into the places they once were and wonder what people like us were doing when they looked like they did!

  2. Cori Reply

    I had not heard of this, so I’m so glad I read your post. This sounds very cool! I don’t have an India trip planned yet, but this is going on the list of things I have to do when I finally book my flights.

  3. Carlie Reply

    Thanks for shedding some light on archaeology. My partner is an ancient archaeologist, and I can honestly say that he doesn’t get the credit he deserves when it comes to adventure!

  4. Carol Cassara Reply

    Dwarka sounds like an amazing place full of sights to see and stories to hear! You can’t help but stare at the lovely pictures, I’m sure it looks even better up close!

  5. Tara Reply

    What a beautiful temple. I love the myth about the 900,000 palaces. Or perhaps it isn’t a myth!

  6. Momina Arif Reply

    I have seen this place in so many films andI cannot explain how bad I wanna see it for myself. Specially the temple. The temple gives me chills, its so hauntingly beautiful

  7. Maggie Reply

    I’ve never heard of this! What a great place to visit. I would have totally missed this in India if it wasn’t for your post.

  8. SAMANTHA | INSPIRED BY MAPS Reply

    Nothing is quite as captivating as a tale of the rise and fall of power…This one however is even more grand given its scale and captivates the imagination! However is there much to see when you are there given that most of the finds are under the ocean? Do you know if its possible to dive there recreationally…? I’d love to do something like that one day!

  9. JORDAN | INSPIRED BY MAPS Reply

    Nothing is quite as captivating as a tale of the rise and fall of power…This one however is even more grand given its scale and captivates the imagination! However is there much to see when you are there given that most of the finds are under the ocean? Do you know if its possible to dive there recreationally…? I’d love to do something like that one day!

  10. Jennifer Reply

    I love finding out about places I never knew existed. This definitely is somewhere I would love to visit one day.

  11. Joe Reply

    Just when I thought India could not surprise me any further! It just goes to show that there is an endless amount to see in this rich tapestry of a country 🙂 Sunken cities are something I know zero about – this, with its Krishna associations and possible 9000(!) year history looks like a great place to start.

  12. Chris Reply

    Wow!

    I love this sort of stuff.

    Is it open to all divers, or at the moment merely the archaeologists?

  13. Hallie Reply

    Very cool. I love that photo with the birds flying against the blue blue sky. Really stunning. Too bad the divers didn’t find any of that silver and emeralds to really make the tale travel. ^^

  14. Ami Reply

    I have heard of this and ever since then I have been wanting to go see it for myself. It is so close to my home town and can you beat this – I still have not managed to go there!! Am ashamed to say that but I hope to remedy it soon. Thanks for the video. Definitely an interesting watch.

  15. Chaitanya Kapu Reply

    Very interesting post, would really love to visit Gujarat some time.

  16. Marge Reply

    My former boss is named Dwarka hahaha.. To answer your question though, nope haven’t heard of it. The story of it reminds of the story of Atlantis. It amazes me that there’s a possibility that some cities that used to be progressive and used to be livable are not under water. I’d love to go diving there and discover the sunken city for myself. Man it would be an adventure.

  17. Kemkem Reply

    I had never heard of Dwarka or sunken temples. How amazing. It always makes me wonder what other marvelous things are lost deep in the sea or earth. Amazing!

  18. Elaine J Masters Reply

    As a diver and mythology lover, this is tickling my underwater wanderlust big time! Thanks for alerting me to this wonder. India here I come (one day.)

  19. Kat Reply

    I’m fascinated about sunken cities and lost civilizations, but at the same time I feel like they should be left as is. I remember reading about Atlantis and Lemuria and how there are valid reasons that these ceased to exist. Nonetheless I can understand how the rest of this generation want to explore places such as Dwarka, discover artifacts and find out what really happened thousands of years ago.

  20. Kevin Wagar Reply

    Wow, what a cool story! I love the mystery behind sunken cities, and the though that this one lies close enough to the surface to dive it has me fascinated! I’ll be looking more into this as a possible destination.

  21. Tracie Howe Reply

    Ooh! A sunken city is always intriguing! I have never heard of this place, but I’m glad you got a chance to go there yourself and explore.

  22. Joanna Reply

    Every time I read one of your posts I remember about how much I loved my trips to India. This place is amazing and the legend of it even better. I could almost imagine how the entire city looked like, with all those crystals shining in the sun. Who knows what else the water is hiding…

  23. mark wyld Reply

    It never ceases to amaze of the amount of history that lies under the seas. What a city it must have been back in the days when it was on land. It’s great learning about places that i have never heard of

  24. Evan Kristine Reply

    It is always interesting to discover such place. I wonder the same thing as well, how did they live back in the days when Dwarka was not covered with water yet. It boggles me. Such a mystery!

  25. Joe Ankenbauer Reply

    This is really cool! I’ve read about Dwarka and the battle between darkness and light. It makes you think, doesnt it? I have to go check it out, diving in Dwarka would be incredible!

  26. Janna Reply

    Wow. I’ve never seen a sunken city before. I’ve snorkeled and seen a sunken ship in Palawan and I thought it was pretty cool. This is really interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Lala Reply

    I have never heard of it, but it looks like a place I should visit. Beautiful pics.

  28. Rob Taylor Reply

    I love that every time I’m on your site I learn about a new place. Thank you. And Dwarka sounds fascinating. I wonder how many other places like this exist just below the waves??

  29. L Reply

    This sounds like a fascinating location! Very similar to the Atlantis myth, which is interesting, to say the least. 🙂

  30. Jerny Reply

    interesting..
    I’ve heard sunken cities stories before but never on india. this is the first time I’ve read about this. I’m quite sure I’ll be visiting Drawka as you have mentioned it has a 2,500 year old stuff for Krishna. I’m kinda interested in Indian Gods and Goddesses.

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