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Okha is a small coastal town in Jamnagardistrict of Gujarat. Okha has a sea port and is famous for the Krishna Temple Bet Dwarka that is dedicated to Krishna on the Bet Dwarka Island across a tiny creek from the Okha port.
Geography of Okha Town
This coastal town is located along the narrow strip of land that goes into the sea. Okha is surrounded with sea on three sides and a sandy beach on the Arabian Sea coast. There is a port on the lee side. On the other side of the small creek lies the Bet Dwarka.
Port in Okha Town
Okha is a very busy port, strategically located in Gujarat that has a lot of historical significance as well. According to the historical facts, Okha was the first port on the western coast on India. Ships travelling from the Arabian coast encountered the port. Gujarat marine police, Indian Customs, Indian Navy and the Indian Coastguard have their operational command in Okha.
Imports at Okha Port
The port mainly imports lignite from Indonesia for thermal power stations in Gujarat as well as for the soda ash plant of Tata Chemicals. There is an automobile-assembly plant in Okha. The major companies here in Okha are Tata Chemicals at Mithapur, situated at a distance of 10kms near the Dwarka city. Large scale export business is carried out from the port that consists of mainly aluminum ore bauxite as well as the chemicals manufactured at Tata Chemicals Limited.
Tourism in Okha
One of the most religious places in Okha is Haji Kirmani Pir Dargah. The Dargah is visited by more than a million people that include the Hindu followers and the Muslims as well. While nearly 1.5 million Hindu devotes visit Bet Dwarka, which is one of the most well known Krishna temple here. You can reach Bet Dwarka by the ferry services from Okha. Marine lovers are very well aware of Okha. You can find plenty of small islands in the surrounding region and the natural coral reefs. You can easily dolphins in their natural habitat. Dwarka city is situated at a distance of 30kn from Okha.
Facts about Okha Town
Okha is well connected by bus and railway
to the major cities of Gujarat as well as the rest of India. According
to the statistical reports, estimated population here is about 18,885 in
2001. Males constitute about 55% of the population and females around
45%. The average literacy rate is more than 60% that is higher than the
national average of 59.5%. The female literacy rate is 48% and the male
literacy rate in 70%.