Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 38 : Kille Padmadurg किल्ले पद्मदुर्ग


Location:
Kasa Island, Tal. , Dist. Raigad
Island Fort

Things to see:
The fort is located on an island in the sea on the Northern side of fort Janjira. The fort has some walls, a water cistern and remains of old buildings. The fort walls are still strong especially due to the mortar.

Past:
This fort was constructed by Sambhaji Maharaj in 1675 to check the increasing powers of Siddi rulers of Janjira. However it was lost to Siddi in 1695 and remained with them till their princely state was annexed to India. There are stories said about the usage of fort for down loading of RDX which was later used for Bombay Blasts in 1992. There are also rumours about the fort site used for smuggling of drugs into India.

Present:
The fort walls are still in good condition. Special permissions are required to be obtained from either Customs or Navy to enter into the fort.

Nearby attractions:
Kille Janjira and town of Murud which has many buildings from the Siddi rule.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Panvel
Pen
Murud
Pune
Khopoli
Goa
Kankavli
ChiplunMahad
Kolhapur
Karad
From Murud one has to hire a special boat to go to Padmadurg. The boar journey can be combined with Janjira fort.

By public transport:
Murud is connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai and Pune. While coming from Goa and Kolhapur one has to reach Mahad or Kolad which are on Mumbai Goa National Highway and then take bus for Murud. There is boat service for Janjira but needs specially hired boats to see Padmadurg.

Nearby Places for stay:
Murud