Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 41 : Kille Sagargad किल्ले सागरगड


Location:
Khandale, Tal. Alibaug, Dist. Raigad
Hill Fort
Altitude 415 m. (uphill climb of 350m)

Things to see:
The fort is located on southern end of a hill range which runs parallel to the sea coast of Alibaug taluka.The mountain around Sagargad is covered with thick vegetation which includes trees such as Mango, Cashew, Teak etc. The way up the fort also has two attractions. One is a cave which is named as Saptarshi cave. Another is a waterfall named Dhondane and having height of 100 m approximately. It is active in monsoon season only. Main entrance is on the Northern side and has two bastions around it. Sagargad has a small water tank on the western side. It provides beautiful views of mid Konkan ranges in the east in which one can see Manikgad, Karnala, Mirya Dongar and Mirgad. On the western side it provides views of Arabian sea and sea coast around Revdanda. Towards north one can see Dharamtar creek. On the southern side there is pinncle called Vandarlingi. There is also a citadel on the highest point and it is covered by wall and 5 bastions. On the southern end of citadel there is one water tank which is all silted now and has a small temple and stone lamp post.

Past:
It is speculated that the fort has been standing here since ancient times i.e. Satavahan period around 100 A.D. The fort is also called as Kheddurg in some records. The known history of the fort starts from 1665 when Shivaji Maharaj lost this fort to Mughals as part of the treaty of Purandar. It was given to Angre, naval chief of Maratha forces, along with 16 other forts, so that he won't separate from them and remain loyal to Shahu Chhatrapati of Satara. Later it was lost to British. Some British officers during 1800's built their retreat homes on this fort.

Present:
The fort is in ruins. The fort has some stray buffaloes and may harm the humans if disturbed.

Nearby attractions:
Nil

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Panvel
Pen
Khandala
Pune
Khopoli
Goa
Rajapur
Chiplun Mahad
Vadkhal Naka
Kolhapur
Karad
From Khandala one has to walk for about 1.5 hours to reach the top of the fort. The way up goes via Siddheshwar Mandir.

By public transport:
Reach Pen which is connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Kolhapur. Private buses coming from Goa can also drop you at Pen. Pen is also connected by train to Mumbai and Goa. From Goa get local buses going to Alibaug and get down at Khandale village.

Nearby Places for stay:
Alibaug, Pen