Khambhat, Gulf of


Khambhat, Gulf of

geographical name

Definition of KHAMBHAT, GULF OF

inlet of Arabian Sea in India N of Bombay

Variants of KHAMBHAT, GULF OF

Khambhat, Gulf of or Gulf of Cambay

Khambhat, Gulf of

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inlet, Arabian Sea, on the western coast of India, southeast of the Kathiawar Peninsula. It is 120 mi (190 km) wide at its widest but narrows rapidly. It receives many rivers, including the Tapti and Mahi. Its orientation to the southwestern monsoon winds produces a high tidal range. All its ports have suffered from silting caused by tides and flood torrents. On its eastern side are Bharuch, one of India's oldest ports, and Surat. At the gulf's head is the city of Khambhat (Cambay; pop., 2001: 80,452), which was mentioned by Marco Polo as a busy port.

Variants of KHAMBHAT, GULF OF

Khambhat, Gulf of or Gulf of Cambay

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