Coasting along Konkan – Part 5 – Sindhudurg Fort

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Continues from Part 4

The idea of the trip was to cover the magnificent Sea Forts on the Konkan coast. And of course photograph the adjacent beaches on these locations.
It was a 10 day trip starting from Belgaum and ending at the Fort Town of Panhala near Kolhapur.

My tour map:

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First fort covered was the Sindhudurg fort at Malvan. I reached the jetty to the fort early and had to pay the penalty for being an early bird – I had to wait till the ferry had atleast a dozen passengers on board.

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It was a choppy short duration trip to the fort.

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The fort is guarded nowadays by…

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and…

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From Wikipedia:

Sindhudurg (sindhu = sea, durg = fort) was built by the great Maratha warrior King Shivaji in 1664. Shivaji selected the strategic rocky island location, then known as ‘Kurte’ for the fort ,himself – to counter foreign forces, and to keep the nearby Siddis of Murud-Janjira in check. 

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One of the best preserved forts of the Marathas, Sindhudurg fort has zigzag rampart with 42 bastions. Apart from the huge stones, the building material involved 2000 khandis (72,576 kg) of iron erecting the massive curtain wall and bastions. A notable feature is that the foundation stones were laid down firmly with 5 khandis (181.5 kg) of molten lead. 

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The sea fort is spread over 48 acres (190,000 m2) with a two-mile (3 km) long rampart, and walls that are 30 feet (9.1 m) high and 12 feet (3.7 m) thick. 

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The massive walls were designed to serve as a deterrent to approaching enemies and to the waves and tides of the Arabian Sea.   

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To be continued…

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  1. shooting star

    wonderful captures……i really want to travel on this route one time!!!http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in

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