Amreli is located near the Gulf of Khambhat in Arabian Sea. Initially, Amreli was a small village with an ancient history, and part of various kingdoms and empires established in the area. It shot into prominence turning from village to town when the Marathas began establishing their reign over the region in 1780s. Besides levying taxes on the other rulers of the Kathiawar Peninsula, the Gaekwads acquired their own territory and chose Amreli as the headquarters for their "Kathiawad Pranth", which included Dwarka mandal. After independence, the district became the part of Bombay State and thereafter a separate district in Gujarat State following the bifurcation of Bombay State.