Thursday, 20 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 14: Kille Yashwantgad (Redi) किल्ले यशवंतगड (रेडी)

Redi, Tal. Vengurla, Dist. Sindhudurg.

Things to see:
It is a sea side fort constructed on a high ground. The fort is all constructed from laterite rocks which are available in the area. There is one elephant carved out of these rocks in this fort. There is also one stand post for the flag carved out in the stone. There is one main external wall structure and inside there is citadel. The total area is 25 acres. There are various structures some of which are multistory. These structures are palace, accommodation for soldiers, granary etc. There is also trench around the fort.

The fort was first developed during the period of rule of Vijayanagara Kingdom over this area. Redi as it is presently known was a port town of high importance and was known as Revatidweep. During that period the fort was surrounded on all the sides by water of creeks and sea. The main entry to the fort could be done from the sea. To increase the population around the fort one of the ruler constructed an earthen embankment to stop the ingress of the water. The fort changed hands from Vijayanagar to Bijapur sultanate, Shivaji, Sawantwadi state and then to the British. In 1890, British government sold the land inside to the local people however the kept the ownership of the wall with the government.

The fort is in crumbling state. There were some plans to convert this location into a heritage hotel which has not materialised yet. According to local newspapers many foreign tourists from Goa visit this site and use it for the illegal drug trade and parties.

Nearby attractions:
Shri Mauli and Shri Navadurga temples in Redi village. The area has many Manganese mines which are under ownership of Tata Metallics but can be seen from the road. There is also one Ganapati temple in the village. One can also visit nearby fort of Terekhol and villages of Shiroda and Aravali.

How to reach:
With your own vehicles
Following routes should be followed for reaching Redi and Yashvantgad
Kudal Vengurla
Redi Yashwantgad
Aronda (via Pedne- Kiranpani Bridge)

With Public transport:
Reach Sawantwadi which is connected to Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Goa with direct ST and private buses. It is also connected with trains to Mumbai and Goa. From there on reach Redi by ST buses. There are also buses available from Vengurla. There is one direct ST bus for Redi from Mumbai

Nearby Places for stay:
Vengurla, Sawantwadi, resorts and homestays available in Redi and Shiroda