Amidst the other famous cities in Gujarat state, Porbandar is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was born and where Sudama was born. Porbandar was the princely state's capital and the administrative center of the Porbandar District. Porbandar has a significant economy and infrastructure based on tourism since it is the home of one of the world's most famous leaders. A temple of peace has been built around Mahatma Gandhi's home.
The beach in Porbandar is known locally as 'Chowpati'. Tourists and commuters can sit comfortably in well-arranged areas, and children can skate on a skating rink. A festival held annually on Chowpati ground is called Janamastmi Fair. Visitors to this place can stay in a range of hotels nearby, as well as at the circuit house. In the city and in neighboring districts, fisheries provide significant employment opportunities. Additionally, there is a threatened marine mammal known as the dugong in Porbandar. A conservation policy is being developed to protect the mammal.
The present-day Porbandar city was named after Goddess Porav and located along the banks of the Asmavati river, as it is mentioned in Sudama Charitra of Skanda Purana, a religious text with abundant geographic information. In and around Porbandar have been found early Harappan sites dating to the 16th-14th century BCE. Evidence suggests maritime activity continued along the Saurashtra coast in the Harappan era. In the past, Porbandar was a center of maritime activities, as evidenced by the discovery of ancient jetties along the Porbandar creek.