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The discovery of ancient jetties along the Porbandar creek signifies the importance of Porbandar as an active centre of maritime activities in the past.
Past Harappan age and classical Vedic ages, Indian mythology says it is the birthplace of Sudaama (friend of Lord Krishna in Dwaparyug): hence, it is referred to as Sudaamapuri or Sudamapuri.
Porbandar's beach locally known as 'Chowpati' has a long, sandy expanse along the ocean.
Construction activities to provide attractions and manage litter and facilities on Chowpati Beach started in around 2003.
Sudama Chowk is the main hub of city buses and private taxis.
Porbandar is well-connected by road, rail and air to cities across the country.
In Porbandar, 9.11% of the population is under 6 years of age. At present it has an all-weather port, with direct berthing facilities up to 50,000 DWT ships.
During the British Raj, the state covered an area of 1,663 square kilometres (642 sq mi), encompassing 106 villages and a population, in 1921, of over 100,000 people. By 1947, the rulers held the style of "Highness" and the title of "Maharaj Rana Sahib".
During the monsoon season, rainfall is exceedingly erratic: Annual rainfall has been as low as 32.2 millimetres or 1.27 inches in 1918 and 34.3 millimetres or 1.35 inches in 1939, but as high as 1,850.6 millimetres or 72.86 inches in 1983 — when a cyclone caused over 1,100 millimetres (43.3 in) to fall over four days — and 1,251.7 millimetres or 49.28 inches in 1878.
With a coefficient of variation exceeding fifty percent and an expectation of only 41 percent of mean annual rainfall in the driest year in ten, the Porbandar region is among the most variable in the world Porbandar, owing to its coastal location, is the least hot of all major cities in Gujarat: Average high temperatures do not reach 32 °C or 90 °F in any month.
Porbandar was the seat of the eponymous princely state in British India.
In ancient times Porbandar was known to be Pao Bandar, due to its bread factories that used to export Pao ruti to Arab nations across Arabian sea.The city is connected through National Highway 8B, connecting to Rajkot and Ahmedabad.