Tourist Spot in Maharashtra
Occupying an islet in the Arabian Sea, Sindhudurg is a fortress which is just off the coast of Maharashtra in western India. It lies on the shore of Malvan town of Sindhudurg District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, south of Mumbai.
The Sindhudurg Fort was constructed using huge rocks on the Kurte Island in 1664 by Chhatrapati Shivaji and covers an area of around 44 acres. This protected monument is one of the best preserved forts of the Marathas having zigzag rampart with 42 bastions.
Apart from the huge stones, the building material involved 2000 khandis (72,576 kg) of iron erecting the massive curtain wall and bastions. The construction of Sindhudurg Fort is the notable feature. More than 3000 labourers, numerous skill artists, 500 stone splitters and around 200 blacksmiths were engaged in the construction of this fort. The fortification of this fort is around 10 m long and 3 m wide. It embraces a small temple inside it called the Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple. Built in honour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, this temple has small shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Goddess Bhavani and Jarimari.
It is the only temple famous for celebrating festival, Shivaji Jayanti. The ramparts of the Sindhudurg Fort, comprises three sweet water reservoirs that have water during the summer season. The fort has a hidden passage that goes under the Malvan Island for over 3 km and under the sea for around 12 km further extends over 12 km, up to the nearby village. It was used by Maratha women to escape if the enemy entered the Sindhudurg Fort.
The name of this fort is given to Sindhudurg district. This great sea fort attracts the tourists from all over the world. The amazing feature of Sindhudurg fort is its construction. Having built with the help of huge rocks surprise tourists and one appreciates the vision and foresight of Shivaji.
The fort is reachable from the Malvan pier by a boat through a narrow passable channel between two smaller islands of Dhontara and Padmagad. You can hire a guide to take you around inside. This fort is completely cut off during the monsoons.
The other nearby places which tourists love to visit are Tarkarli Beach, Dhamapur Lake, Bharadi Devi Angnewadi, Bhagwati Temple, Bhalachandra Maharaj Ashram, Kunkeshwar Temple and Beach, Bhogve Beach, Nivati Beach, Shiroda Velagar Beach, and Amboli Hill Station.
By air: The nearest airports are Mumbai and Goa.
By rail: Kudal is the nearest railhead, 45 km. away.
By road: Sindhudurg is approachable via Mumbai-Malvan, 546 km. Kolhapur-Malvan, 160 km.
Private and state transport buses continuously ply from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur.