Janjira Fort, Maharashtra
: Murud (Murud is a village in Raigad district, south to Alibagh in the state of Maharashtra.)
Facts At A Glance
Built In The Janjira Fort was built by the rulers of the Ahmed Nagar under the patronage of emperor Malik Amber in the 15th century AD.
Murud is a village in Raigad district, south to Alibagh in the state of Maharashtra. It was the capital town of the Siddis of Janjira. The place is full of coconut and betel nut trees and has a nice and prosperous seashore. Murud is not a big village but it is famous for the Island Fort of Murud-Janjira. Janjira is Marathi corruption of the Arabic word Jazirah, which means an island.
The Janjira Fort was built by the rulers of the Ahmed Nagar under the patronage of emperor Malik Amber in the 15th century AD. The fort is build in the sea 2 km inside of Murud.
The palace of the Nawab and the Janjira Caves are also a must for the tourist. And just a few kilometres away are two undiscovered beaches: Nandgaon and Kashid. Nandgaon is famous for its Ganapati temple and the annual fair held in honour of ths elephant-headed god every February.
Here you shall discover the charms of an island fortress. The beach is clear and spacious, fringed with palm trees. The fortress is 300 years old, an architectural marvel-in fact, once upon a time considered to be impregnable.
Some of the monuments inside the fort and the walls of the fort are destroyed after so many years now. There are in all 19 Burj in the fort. And every burj has huge guns on it. The 3 big guns Kalal Bangadi, Chavari and Landa Kasam are very famous. Padmadurg Fort was built by Shivaji to northwest of Janjira. Although it is not as big as Janjira, yet it is worth a visit. The Shrine of Dattatreya representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are on a hillock to the north of Murud.
The Palace of the Nawab and the Janjira Caves are also a must for the tourist. Just a few kilometers away are two undiscovered beaches of Nandgaon and Kashid. Nandgaon is famous for its Ganapati temple and the annual fair held in honor of the Lord Ganesha every February. The Fort of Janjira was an architectural marvel. Much of the fort has been corroded and washed away after centuries of battering by the ocean. The fort is old one but still very strong.
Accommodation - Hotels
The MTDC Resort on the beach offers comfortable accommodation and wonderful cuisine.
Air : Nearest airport is Mumbai, 165 kms.
Rail : Nearest railhead is Panvel, 122 kms.
Road : Mumbai - Murud via Revdanda, 165 kms. Pune - Murud via Mahad, 230 kms. Alibag - Murud, 52 kms.