Bhavnagar was founded in 1724 by Bhav Singh Gohil (1703–1764, its founder and ruler. It was the capital of Bhavnagar State, which was a princely state.
In 1822–1823, forces led by Khanthaji Kadani and Pilaji Gaekwad attempted to raid Sihor but were repelled by Maharaja Bhavsinhji Gohil. After suffering defeat, Khanthaji realised the reason was the location of Sihor (old Bhavnagar). In 1823, he established a new capital near Vadva village, 20 km away from Sihor, and named it Bhavnagar. It was a carefully chosen strategic location because of its potential for maritime trade. Naturally, Bhavnagar City became the capital of Bhavnagar State.
The old town of Bhavnagar was a fortified town with gates leading to other important regional towns. It remained a major port for almost two centuries, trading commodities with Africa Mozambique, Zanzibar, Singapore, and the Persian Gulf.
Villages in Bhawnagar district
Adapar, Adhewada, Agiyali, Akhegadh, Akwada, Alampar, Alang, Amargadh, Ambla, Ambla, Amrutvel, Anida, Anida, Ankolali, Avaniya, Ayavej, Bagdana, Bahadurpur, Bajud, Bakhalka, Bambhaniya, Bapada, Beda, Bela, Bela, Belada, Belampar, Bhadavav, Bhadbhediya, Bhadi, Bhadla, Bhadli, Bhadra, Bhadravadi, Bhadraval, Bhadrod, Bhaguda, Bhalar, Bhamariya, Bhambhan, Bhandariya, Bhandariya, Bhandariya, Bhandariya, Bhankhal, Bharapara, Bharoli, Bhatakda, Bhavnagar, Bhimdad, Bhinkada, Bhojavadar, Bhojpura, Bholad, Bhumbhali, Bhundarakha, Bhuteshwar, Bhutiya, Bhutiya, Bila, Bildi, Boda, Bodi, Bodki, Borda, Bordi, Bordi, Borla, Botad, Budhana, Budhel, Chabhadiya, Chaddika, Chamardi, Chhapariyali, Chhapri, Chhaya, Chiroda, Chogath, Chok, Chokva, Chomal, Chorvadala, Chuna, Dadva, Dakana, Damrala, Dantrad, Dared, Datha, Dayal, Dedarada, Degavda, Depla, Devaliya, Devaliya, Devgana, Devli, Dhankan Kunda, Dhankaniya, Dharai, Dhardi, Dharuka, Dharwala, Dhasa Vishi, Dhinkwali, Dhola, Dhrufaniya, Dhrupka, 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