Kachchh is an Ancient land with an Important Historical age. The name Kachchh was derived from its Geographical Characteristics and particularly resemblance of its earth surface with tortoise. Ancient literature mentioned this name. Mallinath, in his treatise of Sanjivani defined Kachchh as during ancient time marsh land or fallow land. The foreign travelers who visited the region had mentioned in various records about the name Kachchh. It was also mentioned in rock inscriptions, copper plate inscriptions, ancient writings and manuscripts.
Kutch State was formed out of the territory of the former princely state of Cutch, whose ruler (Maharao Sri Vijayaraji) hadacceded to the Dominion of India with effect from 15 August 1947.  The administration of Kutch after accession, however, remained in the hands of its former ruler until his death on 26 February 1948, when it then passed to his son, Maharao Shri Meghraji. On 1 June 1948 the administration was transferred to theGovernment of India, working through a Chief Commissioner.
Initially Kutch functioned as a province. Upon the Constitution of India coming into force on 26 January 1950, Kutch became a "Class C" state, i.e. its administration was under the direct control of India's central government.
On 1 November 1956, Bombay State was re-organized under the States Reorganisation Act, absorbing various territories including Kutch State, which ceased to exist.
Kutch at Glance
45,674 sq km