Kille Sindhudurg

Sindhudurg
Sindhudurga fort is undoubtedly the most formidable of Shivaji's sea coast constructions. The Sindhudurg fort bears testimony to the Maratha supremacy and power, especially during the reign of Shivaji. Over 4000 mounds of iron were used in the casting and foundation stones were firmly laid down in lead. The construction was started on November 25, 1664. Built over a period of three years, the sea fort is spread over 48 acres with a two-mile 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 and to the waves and tides of the Arabian Sea. The main entrance is concealed in such a way that no one can pinpoint it from outside.

Even today, as one approaches the fort past a rocky reef, navigable through a narrow channel, one marvels at the transportation of such heavy material through such choppy waters. Within its precincts are temples holding the shrines of Maruti, Bhavani, Mahadeo, Jarimai, Mahapurush and also of Shivaji -- the only such shrine in the country.

Angre Bank, newly found Coral Island

Angre Bank: 40 km away from Sindhudurg is this beautiful coral island. Maharashtra State goverment has started developing this coral island as a tourist spot. This will help to study the corals, different species of fish, under water research. Diving for tourists and some other sports are being developed to attract tourists from all over the world to this newly found beautiful island near Sindhudurg. From Sindhudurg, one can take a small motor boat to reach the island.

How to reach

Sindudurg town lies in Sindudurg district to north of Goa. Sindudurg can be reached either by train or by bus from Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore. The Konkan railway has a railway station at Sindudurg. Only few trains stop here. There are state government(State Transport) buses running from Mumbai,Ratnagiri and Panaji.

Sindhudurg [ Dist: Sindhudurg, Height: Sea level]

  • 1664: Construction of the fort started by Shivaji Maharaj
  • 1665: Treaty with Portuguese to ensure smooth building up of own Navy
  • 1666: Shivaji Maharaj went to Agra, construction of the fort continues.
  • 1667: Construction of the fort completed
  • 1708: Fort under the control of Maharani Tarabai
  • 1763: Attack by the Potuguese, however they go back
  • 1765: Fort under the control of British and renamed as 'Fort Augustus'
  • 1766: Fort again under the control of Marathas
  • 1805: Sawantwadikar's attack fails
  • 1818: Control of the fort passes on to British