Sindhudurg Fort is an ancient fort situated in
one of the islands of Arabian Sea, near to Malvan town in Konkan Region. The
fort is built over an area of about 48 acres with its humongous walls guarding
it against the fierce waves of the sea.
The most fascinating aspect of the fort is its entrance. The gateway of
the fort is constructed in such a manner that nobody can identify it out from
It was constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji and
has immense strategic importance. One of the few remains of the Maratha Empire,
this castle symbolizes the fearless attitude of the Marathas. The rocky terrain
around this structure provides natural protection to the fort. In addition to
its historical significance, the region is also known for its scenic beauty hence,
making it one of the popular weekend destinations for the residents of Pune and
The place resonates with a perfect blend of
nature and history and hence, is mostly visited by those who keep a keen
interest in history and nature. The forces of nature have not been able to
challenge the sturdiness of the fort as most parts of the forts are still
intact. This structure was built in a unique way with the foundation laid down
in lead and the surrounding rocky terrain acting as a shield against the enemies.
There are around 42 bastions in Sindhudurg
Fort which are still standing tall and are in shape. The fortress is also
surrounded by other smaller establishments such as Sarjekot Fort, Padmagad Fort
and Rajkot Fort. A beautiful temple devoted to Shivaji Maharaj is also built
within the fort premises.
More on Sindhudurg Fort
History of Sindhudurg
Sindhudurg Fort was built under the
supervision of Chhatrapati Shivaji by an architect named Hirojee Indulkar in
1664. The main motive behind the construction of this fort was to provide
protection to the residents of the Maratha Empire from the rising assault of
foreign powers including British, Dutch, Portuguese and French and to confine
the activities of Siddis of Janjira.
The fort was annexed by the British forces in
later years and was renamed as Fort Augustus. A treaty was signed between the
British and Marathas in 1792 according to which the fort was to be officially
handed over to the British Empire. The rich history along with picturesque
views will surely mesmerize to a great extent.
Architecture of Sindhudurg Fort
The architecture of Sindhudurg Fort represents
a marvellous work of engineering of Medieval India. Spread over an area of
about 48 acres, the fort was built using the best raw materials available
during that era. The foundation was laid down in hundreds of kilograms of lead
and sand was brought from Gujarat in order to build the fort.
The complex is surrounded by massive
impenetrable walls which is 12 feet thick and 30 feet tall. The entrance of the
fort is hard to identify for any outsider, thereby, making it impossible for
the enemies to trespass the fort. One of the fascinating aspects of this fort
is the zig-zag formation of the walls and the presence of many bastions. It
also houses a beautiful painting of Chhatrapati Shivaji without his moustache.
To date, around 23 Muslim and Hindu families reside in the close proximity of
How to reach Sindhudurg Fort?
The fort is situated on an island amidst the
blue waters of the mighty Arabian Sea; therefore, the only way to reach the
fort is by ferry. The ferries are readily available on the Malvan Coast and the
fare for the same is around INR37.