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Vijaydurg
Vijaydurg Fort, also known as Victory Fort, is one of the many historically important sites in Sindhudurg District. Vijaydurg is in really good condition and gives a good idea of its glory 300 years back. The fort was center of Maratha navy in Peshwa Rule and was considered as a symbol of power of Maratha navy in Portuguese documents.
Vijaydurg Fort is surrounded by sea from three sides, was once called as Girye or Gheriya. The fort covers an area of six hectares. There are 27 Buruj (tower) inside the fort of which some have three floors. Kothi Pirachi Sadar, Kitta Sadar, Jails, Jakhinis Canon, huge stones used for construction purpose, and the platform built in the deep sea for guarding are worth visiting.
In the 17th century, Shivaji Maharaj strengthened the fort by adding impressive features including the triple line of huge walls, numerous towers and the spacious interior buildings.

Getting there

Via Mumbai - Goa highway Sindhudurg and Vijaydurg are 510km and 245km respectively. Nearest railway stations are at Rajapur and Kudal.

Ferry services are available from Malvan port to Sindhudurg Port.

One can trek from Donaje to the top of the Fort. Bus services are also available from Pune.

Vijaydurg [ Dist: Sindhudurg, Height: Sea level]

  • 13th Century: Shilhar Bhojraja constructed the fort.
  • 1218: Domination of Yadavs.
  • 1354: Reign of Vijay Nagar's King
  • 1565: Mughals defeat Vijay Nagar King and seize power
  • 1653: Shivaji Maharaj captures the fort and names it as Vijaydurg
  • 1698: Fort became the main base of Dariyaganj Sena, Kanhoji Angre becomes the chief of this Sena.
  • 1738: Sambhaji Angre repulsed the attack of British.
  • 1742: Sambhaji Angre dies on the fort
  • 1757: Fort in hands of Peshwas
  • 1818: control of fort passes to British.