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Sindhudurg Fort (Sindhu = sea, Durg = fort) is a fort which is an islet in the Arabian Sea, off the west coast of Maharashtra. The fortress lies on the shore of Malvan town of Sindhudurg District. This fort was built by the great Maratha warrior King Shivaji in 1664.

Sindhudurg fort is spread over an area of 48 acres with 3 km long rampart, and walls that are 30 feet high and 12 feet thick. The massive walls were designed to serve as a deterrent to approaching enemies, waves and tides of the Arabian Sea. The main entrance is so concealed that no one can easily pinpoint it when seen from outside.

Huge sea rocks of Malvan have easefully shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg & Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit through out the year to see this Maratha glory. In 1664 Shivaji erected this fort on 44 acers of land. It took 500 stone splitters & stone breakers, 200 blacksmiths , 3000 labourers & hundreds of skilled artists who toiled very hard to complete this fort in three years. This is evident from stone inscriptions. Initially 3 km long outer wall was built. Average height of wall is about 10 meter and 2-4 meter wide in which liquid lead was used in the foundation. This wall stands impenetrable till today. The idea used in the construction of entrance door appears to be mastermind work. The technique was so deceptive for the enemy that they could not realize from where the entrance door opened. Outer zigzag wall also built in such a way that if the enemy would come to attack it would be visible from any side so that troops inside the fort could fire their guns and cannons effectively and humble the enemy . Crores of Goldcoins were then spent to build this impenetrable fort.

In Sindhudurg Fort there is ‘Shri Shivarajeshwar temple the only temple of King Shivaji. Also there are temple of Jarimari, Hanuman & Goddess Bhavani. Impressions of Shivaji’s fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall . Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions. There is one rare coconut tree inside the fort which has two branches. There are three sweet water reservoirs in ramparts of the fort and they always contain water in them.

How to Reach Sindhudurg Fort:

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Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur are the nearest Airport for Sindhudurg Fort. Further journey may be performed by road.

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Kudal and Sawantwadi are the nearest railway station. Further journey may be performed by road.

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You may take private cars or MSRTC buses from Kudal or Sawantwadi railway junctions to reach Sindhudurg Fort. There are Maharashtra state government ( MSRTC ) buses running from Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur.Pune, Sangli and Kolhapur.

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