Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 53 : Kille Manohargad and Manasantoshgad किल्ले मनोहरगड व मनसंतोषगड


Location:
Shivapur, Tal. Kudal, Dist. Sindhudurg or off Shirshinge, Tal. Sawantwadi, Dist. Sindhudurg
Hill Fort

Things to see:
The fort of Manohargad is the only accessible fort in this couple of fort. These are two peaks of the same hill and are separated by a col. Manasantoshgad fort is not accessible and can be only viewed from Manohargad. On Manohargad there are remains of Wada (palace), a well and Vasa or place of worship.


Past:
The fort was used as a base by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1667 as the base during his south Konkan campaign against Bijapur Sultanate and also agains his step brother Vyankoji. The another important incident which happened on the fort was revolt against British rule by the forces of Kolhapur Bhonsle and Sawant of Sawantwadi in the year 1844. However it was unsuccessful and British forces defeated them on 26th January 1845 and the revolters had to flee from the fort.

Present:
The fort is in ruins. Much of the path reaching the fort has been eroded.

Nearby attractions:
Nil

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Mahad Rajapur
Kudal
Mangaon Shivapur
Pune Kolhapur
Kankavli
Goa
Sawantwadi
There is alternate route from Shirshinge village which can be reached via Sawantwadi. Uphill climb for 2 hours from Shivapur or Shirshinge. One has to reach first Manohargad. Then on the same range, separated by a gorge is Manasantoshgad, which requires approximate 2 hours further walk on the hill. Local guidance is required.

By public transport:
Shivapur is connected by direct ST buses from Kudal and Shirshinge is connected by direct ST buses from Sawantwadi. Kudal and Sawantwadi are well connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Goa, Pune and Kolhapur

Nearby Places for stay:
Kudal, Sawantwadi, Mangaon

Forts of Konkan 52 : Kille Bharatgad किल्ले भरतगड


Location:
Masure, Tal. Malvan, Dist. Sindhudurg
Creekside Fort

Things to see:
The fort is situated on the top of the hillock. The walls of the fort and bastions are still existent. There is a well on the northern side which is said to be 200 ft deep. Some people say that there is a tunnel in the fort which can take one upto the Sindhudueg fort. There is a moat around the fort. There is a temple of Siddhanath in the temple.

Past:
The site of the fort was visited by Shivaji Maharaj as a prospective site for the construction of the fort. Later this plan was discarded due to non availability of water. In 1680, due to dispute of Bhonsle of Kolhapur and Sawants of Sawantwadi, Sawants constructed the fort. A well was first dug by him and then the fort was constructed. Many fights occurred for the control of the fort between Kolhapur Bhonsles and Sawants of Sawantwadi. In 1818, British forces lead by Capt. Hutchinson attacked the fort and due to blasting of cannon near the well, the spring in the well was dried.

Present:
The fort is in ruins. There are some private orchards of Manog and cashew on the fort.

Nearby attractions:
Kalavali Creek in Hadi and Masure has very good mangrove cover on its banks.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,

Mumbai
Chiplun
Kankavli Achra
Hadi Masure
Pune
Kolhapur
Goa
Vengurla/ Kudal
Malvan


By public transport:
One should reach Malvan which are connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Goa, Pune and Kolhapur. From Malvan there are ST buses available for Masure.


Nearby Places for stay:
Malvan

Forts of Konkan 51 : Kille Bhagavantgad किल्ले भगवंतगड


Location:
Peth Bhagavantgad, Tal. Malvan, Dist. Sindhudurg
Creekside Fort

Things to see:
The fort is located on the Hadi creek. The area is very small. There is one small temple of Bhagavant on the temple and hence the name Bhagavantgad.

Past:
The fort was built in 1701 by Sardar Bavdekar who was a Sardar under Kolhapur Bhonsle. It was built as an answer to the construction of the fort Bharatgad on the opposite side of the creek by Phond Sawant of Sawantwadi. The fort fell into the hands of the British on 30th March 1818 with the attack of British forces lead by Col. Immelock.

Present:
The fort is in ruins.

Nearby attractions:
Achra village has a temple of Rameshwar and famous for Dashavatar, a traditional art form of southern Konkan which combines music, songs and drama.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Chiplun
Kankavli Achra
Peth Bhagavantgad
Pune
Kolhapur
Goa
Vengurla/ Kudal
Malvan Hadi

By public transport:
One should reach Devgad or Malvan which are connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. While coming from Goa, go to Malvan. From Devgad or Malvan there are ST buses available for Achra and a few directly for Peth Bhagavantgad. From Achra one has to walk for about 1.5 hour to reach Bhagavantagad.

Nearby Places for stay:
Malvan, Devgad, Kankavli, some homestays available in Achra.