Forts of Alibaug: Exploring the Unseen Corners of History

Alibaug, being a hidden gem for the longest time, is finally getting the recognition it deserves. With its beautiful beaches and huge hills, Alibaug has become one of the best destinations for weekend retreats and real estate investors alike.

While its beaches surely attract a fair share of tourists, many forts in Alibaug add to the rich history that truly offers an offbeat experience.

These magnificent forts of Alibaug each have their tales to tell through the ancient walls of its majestic forts hiding the secrets of Alibaug's rich past where mysteries are waiting to be discovered.

Kolaba Fort

Surrounded by the waves of the Arabian Sea, the Kolaba Fort is one of the most important tourist attractions just 10 mins away from Alibaug. Built in the 17th century by Shivaji Maharaj, Kolaba Fort served as a strategic outpost for the Maratha Empire, guarding against enemy troops. As you travel the causeway that connects the mainland to this historic fortress, step through the imposing gateway of Kolaba Fort and enter a world frozen in time. 

Khanderi Fort

Khanderi Fort, also known as the Angre island, is known for it's hidden underground tunnels and secret passages. Upon reaching the highest point of Khanderi Fort, you get to see an unseen view of the Arabian Sea. The fort’s thick walls and watchtowers reflect the foresight of defence against enemy attacks. Despite centuries of being neglected by the masses, Khanderi Fort continues to stand as a testament to Alibaug's heritage, waiting for you to uncover its secrets.

Revdanda Fort

The blend of Portuguese and Maratha architecture is why Revdanda fort is known for it's unique design which reflects the cultural exchanges and influences that shaped the region during the 16th and 17th centuries. The fort is located at the mouth of the Kundalika River and the Alibag-Murud road passes through the fort. Inside the fort, explore the old cannons and artefacts that offer great insights into its military past. The fort is surrounded with ruins of various structures, including living quarters, storage rooms, and watchtowers which you cannot miss. 

Korlai Fort

Just 15 minutes away from Revdanda, Korlai fort is for the trek enthusiasts! The journey to Korlai Fort involves a scenic hike or trek through lush greenery and rugged terrain which you cannot miss. A prominent feature of Korlai Fort is its historic lighthouse, which still stands tall. You do not want to miss out on the local culture and the delicious coastal cuisine. Korlai Fort in Alibaug is not only a historical treasure but also a place of natural beauty and cultural significance, making it a must-visit destination for tourists seeking to explore the region's heritage.

Janjira Fort

Murud-Janjira Fort represents the history & culture of the Siddi dynasty. This fort is located in the Raigad district. The journey from the mainland to the fort offers views of the fort's formidable walls rising from the sea. It’s believed by the locals that this fort could withstand fire and it served as a main source of water during it's rein. The tranquil surroundings and sea breeze make it an ideal destination for a relaxing weekend. 

Sagargad Fort

Sagargad Fort is located near several beautiful beaches along the Konkan coast. This beautiful fort has old cannons, pottery shards, and other remnants of daily life within the fort. Feel free to visit this fort throughout the year but you cannot miss the monsoon trek past a waterfall towards the hill top. This fort was built to keep an eye on the shores of Alibaug and is perfect for both mountain & sea enthusiasts. 

From the imposing walls of Janjira Fort to the scenic views from Sagargad Fort, each fort offers a unique glimpse into Maharashtra's past that remains undiscovered. 

This weekend, experience a journey back in time, a commotion with nature, and an opportunity to discover the stories of our past. 

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