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Hidden beauties of 720 KM long Sea Coast

Maharashtra, the state which has one of the "most populous urban area (Mumbai)" in the world, "the Oxford of the East (Pune)", "Wine capital of India (Nashik)" and "Orange city of India (Nagpur)". Maharashtra is bordered by Arabian Sea in west which is around 720 KM in length. This long coastal area has some beautiful places for you. So, let's buckle up and starts exploring these places.



1. Underi Fort

It is also known as "Jaidurg" fort. It is located around 20 KM south of Mumbai and around 7 KM from Alibaug. The fort was built by Portuguese and later occupied by Marathas.


2. Khandheri Fort

This fort is sister fort of Underi. These two forts formed the major fortification along the coast of Maharashtra. The fort has wells, old canons, a temple and tomb.



How to Reach:

You can reach to forts only by boat. You need to reach Thal village near Alibaug from where you can take boat. One can directly take early morning boat from Mumbai till Mandhwa. From Mandhwa, take bus to Alibaug. And from Alibaug, shared Auto Rikshaws are available till Thal village.

Alibaug is around 94 KM from Mumbai and 144 KM from Pune. State transport buses are available frequently from Mumbai as well as Pune. Roads are in good condition hence one can drive with personal vehicle.

Avoid traveling in rainy season as due to high tide, boating service might be not available.

Food and Stay:

You will get restaurants in Thal village. You will get more and better options in Alibaug.

Nearby:

Some good beaches (Kashid Beach) are available in Alibaug. Resorts and temples nearby Alibaug will make your day. You can plan two days trip to Underi and Khandheri.

3. Padmadurg

This fort is also known as "Kasa Fort". This fort was built by Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to challenge another sea fort "Murud Janjira" which was controlled by Siddhis. The rock, on which fort was built, was called Kasa hence it is also known as Kasa Fort.


How to Reach:

The fort can be accessed by boat. There are no frequent boat available so one need to hire a personal boat. Murud is main village from where you can hire boat. This is the same village from where you will get boats to visit Murud Janjira fort.

Food and Stay:

Murud is the main village to reach Padmadurg so food and stay options are available here. One can plan day trip to Murud from Alibaug. Murud is around 80 KM from Alibaug.

Nearby:

One can visit another sea fort Murud Janjira. There are several serene beaches available nearby Murud to spend your day.

4. Suvarnadurg

This fort is located on a small island near Harnai in Konkan. This fort was built by king of Maratha empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1660. The literal meaning of "Survarnadurg" is "Golden Fort" as it was considered as feather in the golden cap of Marathas. The fort also includes another small land fort called the Kanakadurga at the base of headland of Harnai post.



How to Reach:

Harnai is the main village to reach the fort, boats are available from here. Road connectivity is good from major cities like Mumbai and Pune. Dapoli and Khed are major towns near Harnai where you can reach by state transport buses.

Food and Stay:

Harnai is one of the famous tourist destination so you will get food and stay options here. Dapoli and Khed are major towns and also tourist destinations near Harnai so here you will get better food and stay options that Harnai.

Nearby:

Harnai Beach, Dapoli, Khed, Anjarle, Kelshi are some famous tourist destinations near Harnai.

"Never bend your head always hold it high" - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

5. Kolaba Fort

It is an old military fortification in Maharashtra, India. It is situated around 1-2 KM from shores of Alibaug. Kolaba fort is one of the famous tourist destination in Maharashtra. The construction of fort was started by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1660 and it was completed by Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj in 1681. There are still people who lives inside and take care of the fort.



How to Reach:

One can reach to fort on foot during low tides from Alibaug beach but during high tides, you need to hire a boat to reach fort. The walk is quiet and scenic as the area is scarcely populated. Alibaug is major town near fort which is well connected by state transport buses from Mumbai and Pune.

Food and Stay:

Alibaug, the nearest town from the fort which is also a major tourist destination. Many food and stay options are available in Alibaug for every budget.

Nearby:

Alibaug, Kashid Beach, Underi and Khandheri Sea Forts

6. Kavda Rock

It is a small island located near Malvan, Sindhudurg. The island is formed of a single rock which can be visited in single day.


How to Reach:

To visit a Kavda Rock, one needs to hire a boat from Malvan beach. There are no regular boat service available so one needs to talk to local people for guidance. There are some small groups who arranges one day trip to Kavda Rock.

Food and Stay:

Malvan is one of the famous tourist destination in Maharashtra so there are many food and stay options are available.

Nearby:

Malvan, Sindhudurg and Vijaydurg Fort, Tarkarli Beach are one of the famous and most visited places in Maharashtra. Scuba Diving is available at Tarkarli Beach.

7. Arnala Fort

Arnala Fort is built on a small island of the port town of Arnala. Being an island fort, it is also called Jaldurg or Janjire-Arnala. This fort was contructed in 1516 by a local chieftain. In 1737, the fort was won by Marathas and they controlled it till 1817. The fort has Water Reservoir which is Octagonal in shape, Temples and Watch Tower.



How to Reach:

Being an Island fort, one has reach fort by boat. Ferry services are available to fort from Arnala Beach. Arnala is around 10 KM from Virar which is well connected by Mumbai Suburban Railways. From Virar, buses and auto rikshaws are available to reach Arnala.

Food and Stay:

There are many options available for food and stay in Mumbai. If you are visiting Mumbai, you can plan for a day trip to Arnala fort.

Nearby:

You can visit Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra state and one of the most populous urban area in the world. Jivdani temple is also one of the famous temple in Mumbai which is near to Arnala.

8. Murud Janjira Fort

It is a one of the famous tourist destination in Maharashtra. This fort is situated on oval shaped rock near Murud village. The fort is considered as one of the strongest marine forts in India. The main entrance of the fort can be seen when one is about 40 feet from it. There are many bastions, three big cannons, water reservoirs available on the fort.


How to Reach:

The fort needs to be visited by boat. Regular ferry services are available to visit the fort. Murud is well connected by state transport buses. Boat Services might affect during rainy season and high tide.

Food and Stay:

Murud is the main village for visiting the fort so food and stay options are available here. One can plan day trip to Murud from Alibaug. Murud is around 80 KM from Alibaug.

Nearby:

There are several serene beaches available nearby Murud to spend your day. One can plan a day trip to Murud Janjira from Alibaug.

9. Sindhudurg Fort

The fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fortress lies on the shore of Malvan town of Sindhudurg district in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Over 4,000 pounds of lead were used in the casting and foundation stones were firmly laid down.


How to Reach:

The fort needs to be visited by boat. Regular ferry services are available to visit the fort. Sindhudurg is very well connected by Roads and Rails.

Food and Stay:

Many food and stay options are available near beach as per budget.

Nearby:

Tarkarli beach is one of the famous tourist attraction especially for Scuba diving. Vijaydurg fort can be also visited which is near to Sindhudurg.

10. Vijaydurg Fort

This fort is oldest fort on the Sindhudurg coast which was constructed during the regime of Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar dynasty in 1193 and reconstructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Earlier, the fort was surrounded by sea on all the four sides. Over the years, road was constructed to reach the fort. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won the fort from Adilshah of Bijapur in 1653.


How to Reach:

The fort is situated a coastal town Vijaydurg in Devgad. There is narrow road constructed which can take you to the fort. Devgad is accessible by state transport buses.

Food and Stay:

Food and stay options are available near Fort and in Devgad as well.

Nearby:

Devgad is famous place for Alphonso Mangoes so if you are visiting this place in summer make sure you are buying Alphonso. Kunkeshwar, one of the famous temple is located near the fort.

11. Elephanta Caves

It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a collection of cave temples dedicated to the lord Shiva. They are on Elephanta Island or Gharapuri (city of caves) in Mumbai about 10 KM east of Mumbai. It consist of five hindu temples, few Buddha stupa mounds that date back to the 2nd Century BCE. The Elephanta Caves contain rock cut stone sculptures that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography.


How to Reach:

Elephanta Caves needs to be visited by boat. Ferry services are available from Gateway of India, Mumbai till caves. Elephanta caves remains closed on Monday.

Food and Stay:

There are many options available for food and stay in Mumbai. If you are visiting Mumbai, you can plan for a day trip to Elephanta Caves.

Nearby:

You can visit Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra state and one of the most populous urban area in the world. There are many famous places, food streets which can be visited in Mumbai.

India is notable for its religious diversity. Each state of India has its own culture, language, cuisine, attire still we live united. India has rich history which needs to be remembered. The Maratha King, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who formed the Maratha empire, had won many battles. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has gifted us many forts which needs to be remembered, renovated and we need to secure it.


We are starting a series in which we are going to write about historic forts in India. The first blog, we are writing about sea forts which are rarely founded anywhere in the world. We are gifted with such beautiful forts which we needs to keep clean. We need to help towards preserving it's beauty.


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