This mighty fort of Murud Janjira is situated near Murud coastal village
of Maharashtra, on an island. This fort has surpassed the test of time and that
of resilience in the historic times while standing high on a huge rock in the
middle of the expanse of the Arabian Sea.
This huge fortification is standing on the sands of a beach with a
gentle breeze that sways the palm trees and exudes serene vibes. The backdrop
of the fort is the glistening blue sea and the charming clear skies, making it
an awe-inspiring destination. For anyone who travels on the Maharashtra coast
of Konkan, this fort is a must-visit destination.
The fort reflects its glorious history with utmost pride with 19 of its
bastions still standing, even today. Within the distance of a few minutes of
boat ride from the coast, this fort is the standing remnant of a forgotten yet
strong and powerful part of our Indian history. Its huge figure looks like it
is riding from the waves moving towards the sky, giving the impression of an
untamable and unbeatable ‘Herculean Leviathan’ within the aquatic territory.
The roof offers a view of the glorious history of the fort and also
offers a mesmerizing look of the surrounding Arabian Sea- which is shinning and
brilliantly blue in the light of the sun. The profuse history of the Murud
Janjira Fort offers an intriguing experience for the history and academic
enthusiasts, and the scenic beauty and views encapture the heart of nature
lovers and shutterbugs alike. Basically, it has something for everyone.
More about Murud Janjira Fort
The history of the fort
Murud Janjira’s history goes
long back, to the time of the 15th century, at a time when the local fishermen
belonging to Rajapuri had to build Medhekot, a small fort out of wood on a
giant rock in the sea in order to save their families and themselves from the
pirate attack. Later, a Sultan from Ahmednagar, Nizam Shahi, expressed that he
wishes to make the fort as one of the strongholds for his empire due to its
strategic location and humungous area.
According to the wishes of the
Sultan, Piram Khan, a general, helped in capturing the fort and afterward, the
wooden garrison was replaced by a solid rock fort construction ordered by Malik
Ambar, a Siddi origin Abyssinian regent, and his administrative spokesperson.
Renovations targeted at creating an impregnable construction led to Burhan
Khan, the successor of Piram Khan to name the fort Jazeere Mahroob Jazeera.
Janjira, its current name, is derived from an Arabic word called Jazeera, which
translates to an island, referring to its location offshore. The Konkani word
Murud probably refers to the Ahmednagar Shahis.
This sea fort stood unconquered
for a long time as the mighty forces of the Marathas, the Portuguese army and
even the Britishers failed to cross over the walls of the Murud Janjira fort.
The overlords of Siddi gained immense power here and could withstand all
attacks to defy its sovereign status of Janjira Sultanate.
Janjira Fort: The Structure
Except for some internal ruins,
this fort has most of its constructions intact since the last revamp during the
17th century. The Chavri, Kalal Bangadi, and the Landa Kasam are the colossal
canons that stand as the three main attractions to the fort. During one point,
the fort stood roaring strong in defense with the power of 572 canons, but one
can only witness these three now. As per the word of mouth, the canons had the
power to shoot as far as 12 kilometers into the Arabian Sea and were made out
of a combination of five types of metals. They were essential in defense from
There are two significant
entryways to the fort. The main door entrance is facing the jetty which is used
to take people to and fro the coast and the fort. It is an arched entrance with
images of might animals. One side shows one tiger with six elephants trapped in
its claws and the other side shows locked tusks of two huge elephants with two
lions standing on the side. The main door opens to the three-story structure of
Durbar Hall or the court, which is now a ruin. The ‘Darya darwaza’ or the
second gate opens to the west directly into the sea and served as an escape
during emergencies in the past.
The fort opens at 7 AM and
closes by 6 PM. The boats stop carrying people to and fro sometime before 6 PM
so it is advisable to have at least one hour spare.
Entry Fees: Murud Janjira Fort
Even though the fort entry is
free, one needs to pay for parking if they have traveled by a vehicle and for
the boat ride. The parking fee is INR 30, while the price of the boat ticket
may vary depending on the size of the boat from INR 20 to INR 300.
to Visit the Fort
The summers of Maharashtra are
not so popular because of the heat. As the way to the fort is through the sea,
it is not advisable to visit the fort during monsoon because the boat service
is stopped for safety reasons if there is any storm or anticipation of heavy
rains, The most pleasant months are the perfect time to visit the fort, that
is, between October and March.
Visiting Murud Janjira Fort
The boatmen also accompany
tourists for a guided tour in exchange for a fee. If you do not want a tour
guide, you can talk to the boatmen during the ride to find out some interesting
stories about the place.
For big groups traveling to the
fort, some negotiation might lead to discounts on prices and getting a separate
boat for the group.
There are no shops inside so it
is advisable to carry your own snacks and water.
Even if you are not among the photography enthusiasts in
your group, carry a camera to capture the views and architecture.
reach Murud Janjira Fort
The boats to the fort leave from
the Murud beach off the Rajapuri jetty. TheMurud Janjira fort is located on an
island and there is no other way to travel to and fro the fort. The boat
service usually gives people a couple of hours to finish the tour before taking
Nearest cities of Alibag,
Raigad, Mumbai, and Pune also have bus services that can take you to the fort.
The nearest train station is Roha but the closest major junction is in Mumbai.
The Mumbai airport is also the closest to Murud. One can easily hire cabs or
private taxis from all the nearest cities and airports, especially if it is a
The price of the boat from the
Rajapuri jetty varies from INR 20-50 per person as per the season and other
things. Also, it is economically beneficial to book an entire boat for a large
group. The boat will lead you to the primary entrance of the Murud Janjira