Travel destination : Murud Janjira
Type of destination : Sea, Beach, Historical Fort build on island
Short description : The fort of Janjira on the sea is the only one of its kind. Janjira Jal-Durg (“sea fort”) was constructed by Malik Ambar, an Abssynian minister in the service of the Sultan of Ahmednagar, who belonged to the Nizamshahi dynasty. The fort, built at the end of the 17th century, is almost entirely intact today.
Janjira Fort is one of the unconquered forts of India. The gates of fort are build in such a way that you will not be able to see it until you reach very near about 100 ft to the gate. When you are taken to the fort on local boats, you are anxious about locating the gate of the fort and all of a sudden it appeares in front of you, and that is amazing.
During its heyday the island fort boasted having 572 cannons
Murud-Janjira Fort is situated on an oval-shaped rock off the Arabian Sea coast near the port town of Murud, 165 km (103 mi) south of Mumbai. Janjira is considered one of the strongest marine forts in India. The fort is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty.
The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore and can be seen only when one is about 40 feet (12 m) away from it. It has a small postern gate towards the open sea for escape.
The fort has 26 rounded bastions, still intact. There are many cannons of native and European make rusting on the bastions. Now in ruins, the fort in its heyday was a full-fledged living fort with all the necessary facilities, e.g., palaces, quarters for officers, mosque, two small 60-foot-deep (18 m) natural fresh water lakes, etc. On the outer wall flanking the main gate, there is a sculpture depicting a tiger-like beast clasping elephants in its claws.
The palace of the Nawabs of Janjira at Murud is still in good shape. A special attraction of this fort are 3 gigantic cannons named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. These cannons were said to be feared for their shooting range. Another gate to the west is sea-facing, called ‘Darya Darwaza’.
There is also another fortress, named Ghosalgad, which is located on top of the hill around 32 km (20 mi) east of Murud-Janjira, that was used as outpost for the rulers of Janjira.
Postal Address / Location :
Post Office: JANJIRA MURUD
Post Office Type: SUB OFFICE
Pin Code: 402401
Contact Address: Postmaster, Post Office JANJIRA MURUD (SUB OFFICE), RAIGARHMH, MAHARASHTRA (MH), India (IN), Pin Code:- 402401
Postal Taluk:- MURUD
Postal Division:- RAIGAD
Postal Region:- MUMBAI
Postal Circle:- MAHARASHTRA
Country :- India
How to Reach :
Nearest Airport – The nearest airport is Mumbai International Airport which is 142 km away from Murud Janjira or Pune Airport.
Nearest Railway Station – Roha railway station on the Konkan line is the nearest one which is connected by rail to Mumbai
By Road – Murud is well connected by road link. Buses are always available from Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Borivli, /Dadar, and other near by places
Stay and Food : Lots of hotels and restaurants of different categories are available at here. Try all local konkani sea food recipes available. Tourists can stay as paying guests also, there are lots of houses who are offering this service. They also offer you the local tasty food.
Near by tourist points : Apart from points listed below, you may inquire about local places from local people staying there.
- Murud Beach
- Janjira Fort
- Datta Mandir
- Nawab Palace
- Garambi Falls
- Kasa fort
- Gol Gumbaz
- Sidhi Vinayak Temple