Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 29 : Worli Fort वरळीचा किल्ला


Location:
Worli, Mumbai City
Sea side fort

Things to see:
This fort is located on a landmass that protrudes in the Mahim bay of Mumbai. The fort is very small. It provides views of Bandra and Madh in the North whereas in the south one can see Walkeshwar hill. The eastern view is blocked by tall buildings as the hillock on which is stands is not tall.

Past:
The fort was built by British in the year 1675, about 14 years after the handover of Mumbai by Portuguese to them. Main purpose of the fort was to keep watch on ships especially those of pirates. The city consisted of only seven islands in those times.

Present:
The way to the fort is through slum near the end of Worli Koliwada. Efforts for the conservation of the structure have been done by the government but the fort is still not much noticed by majority of Mumbaikars. The site fails to attract people. There have been complaints of illegal liquor unit being run in the fort premises. The ramparts of the fort are nowadays used for drying clothes by the slum dwellers. The well in the fort is filled with rubbish and muck. The fort is used as gymnasium by the locals sometimes. There is scope to make it a proud heritage site for Mumbai. The fort is visible from the Bandra Worli Sea Link Bridge.

Nearby attractions:
Haji Ali Dargah, Nehru Centre, Nehru Science Centre, Nehru Planetarium, Siddhivinayak Mandir, Markandeshwar Mandir, Ravindra Natya Mandir (for exhibitions and theatre performances)

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Sion MahimPrabhadeviWorli Koliwada (off Babasaheb Worlikar Marg). People coming from cities other than Mumbai have to reach Sion and then follow the route as given here.

By public transport:
Reach Worli Century Mills or Bengal Chemicals Building stop near Babasaheb Worlikar Chowk by BEST buses which come here from many corners of Mumbai city. Check Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Corporation (BEST) website for identifying your convenient bus. You can reach Dadar by train and near Kabutarkhana bus stop hop in buses going to Worli and get down at the stops mentioned above.
Nearby Places for stay:
Mumbai.