Arguably the most magnificent sea fort in Maharashtra, the Murud-Janjira Fort is guaranteed to impress. Standing strong and tall off the Arabian Sea coast near the coastal town of Murud, this sea fort was built in the 17th-century by the regent of the Nizamshahi dynasty of Ahmednagar, Malik Ambar, and it was the only fort on India’s western coast to have never been conquered or occupied by the British or other rulers. Accessible only via boat from the Rajapuri jetty, this oval-shaped fort features 26 rounded bastions that have not given up to the sun or crashing sea waves. The fort wall is approx. 40 feet (12.19 meters) high and within that lies the ruins of a bath, a mosque and a palace. One of the major highlights, however, are the three enormous cannons, named Landa Kasam, Kalalbangdi and Chavri. Visitors can saunter inside to linger for a while in the past. Luxury yachts and speedboat tours from the gateway of India, Mumbai, are also organised to the fort by Yacht Tours Mumbai.
Murud-Janjira Fort, Maharashtra, India, +91 022 2204 4040 ; Monday to Sunday: 7:00am – 6:30pm