Sindhudurg

About Sindhudurg (
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If indeed you would like to know how visionary, intelligent and resourceful the Maratha rulers were in Maharashtra, a visit to the Sindhudurg Fort in the Konkan region should be a must. It was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji on an island two kilometers into the sea and had the advantage of rock formations around it to give it natural protection. Apart from the beauty and historical value of this fort, the surrounding landscape in itself is a tourist’s delight with several options for adventure too.

Located in the Malvan taluka, Sindhudurg is one of the excellent sea forts in Maharashtra whose construction was started in 1664 and completed in 1667. The structure of the fort continues to remain as strong as ever, maybe because its foundations were laid down in lead. The fort is situated on an island called Kurate which is two kilometers from the Konkan shore. Surrounded by rocks, it provided natural protection from enemy ships and gave the Maratha naval ships a secured base in the western sea. In fact, Shivaji was the only Indian ruler at that time who possessed a strong navy.

Sindhudurg was mostly under the command of the Kolhapur branch of the Maratha Empire till 1765 and was then conquered by the British who re-named it Port Augustus. It was again handed over to the Marathas and finally in 1792 it came under British rule as per their treaty with the Marathas. The fort is a masterpiece, surrounded by 42 strong bastions which are still standing tall. There is a temple dedicated to Shivaji on Sindhudurg, in which his idol is depicted as a fisherman sitting in a boat. The ruler’s hand and foot marks have also been preserved here. The fort at Sindhudurg is surrounded by some smaller forts such as Padmagad, Rajkot and Sarjekot which together were the guardians of the region.

Distance from Mumbai: 495 kms

How to reach

By Air
Nearest airport is at Ratnagiri (134 km).

By Rail 
Nearest railheads are Kudal and Kanakavali which are 32 km from Malvan.

By Road
The Mumbai-Goa road leads you right through the heart of Sindhudurg. The pace of the drive is more than made up for by the views you get. From Pune, the drive is a bit quicker via Kolhapur, where you should turn onto the Mumbai-Goa highway via Gaganbavda towards Sindhudurg.

 

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    Warm white sands, a pristine beach and waters you can see through. That’s Tarkarli, the heart of Malvan hospitality. This undiscovered little alcove of sun, surf and sand is an idyllic getaway for every season. Whether you want to let the waves wash over your stress or get an adrenalin-rush with water-sports, Tarkarli, the lullaby of the ocean is the perfect vacation. A cool ocean breeze blowing through lush-green palm fronds and wet sand from gigantic waves, makes this a serene, secluded, seductive paradise.
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    If indeed you would like to know how visionary, intelligent and resourceful the Maratha rulers were in Maharashtra, a visit to the Sindhudurg Fort in the Konkan region should be a must. It was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's on an island two kilometers into the sea and had the advantage of rock formations around it to give it natural protection. Apart from the beauty and historical value of this fort, the surrounding landscape in itself is a tourist’s delight with several options for adventure too.
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    Just stand facing the sea from atop a small hillock; witness the golden ball submerging in the ocean; and enjoy the breeze wafting in from the ocean. And behind you will be the ancient temple of Shiva. To experience this supreme moment of being in absolute communion with nature and the forces that rule the universe, go to Kunakeshwar. Assuredly, there is no other place that will fill you with this feeling of tranquility and peace.
Things to Do
  • Enjoy the Ocean
  • Malvan is surrounded by many interesting places that you can add to your itinerary. As for example, the beaches of Tarkarli and Devbaug are close by. The MTDC has also made arrangements for tourists to enjoy such adventure activities as snorkeling and scuba diving near the Sindhudurg Fort. A rock garden in Malvan is also worth a visit. You can also take off on a dolphin sighting tour in the deep sea and more often than not there is a good chance of spotting these wonderful creatures arcing in and out of the waters. On can also explore the places like Dhamapur, Vijaydurg, Vengurla and Nivti.
  • Add a Spiritual Touch
  • Visit Kunkeshwar known for its temple of Lord Shiva. Considered a very holy place, it is also referred to by pilgrims as ‘Konkan Kashi’. The town of Kunkeshwar is built along the sea and is known for its produce of mangoes. The temple has an interesting legend attached to it. A sailor who had come ashore at the beach of Kunkeshwar saw a huge storm in the ocean that threatened to sink his ship. A Muslim by religion, he suddenly sighted a lamp on the beach and without further thought he prayed to it saying, “I don’t know who you are. But if you will help me and stop the havoc, I will build a temple for you.” The storm died away immediately and the sailor built the temple as promised.
  • Enjoy Konkani Cuisine
  • Malvani cuisine is the standard fare of the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa, and some northern parts of West Karnataka. Although Malvani cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian, there are many vegetarian delicacies too. There is a distinct way of cooking food and Malvani cuisine uses coconut liberally in various forms such as grated, dry grated, fried, coconut paste and coconut milk. Many spices have dried red chilies as well as coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, etc. Some dishes also use ‘kokam’, dried kokam (amsul), tamarind, and raw mango (kairi). Fish dishes dominate the Malvani cuisine. The fiery seafood curries may be a bit too spicy for some people, but are quite tasty. Sol Kadhi is a pink-coloured appetizer drink made from the kokam fruit and coconut milk, often drunk after particularly hot and spicy Malvani meals.
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