Sunday, 27 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 48 : Kille Nivati किल्ले निवती

Nivti, Tal. Vengurle, Dist. Sindhudurg
Seaside Fort

Things to see:
The fort is located on 50m high ground from the sea. There is a moat around the fort. The fort provides beautiful views of surrounding Bhogave beach and sea. There is a perennial spring in the fort.

The fort came into the hands of Kolhapur Chhatrapati in the year 1786 from Sawant of Sawantwadi. It was returned to Sawants in the year 1803. Even after downfall of Marathas in 1818, British could not take this fort till 4th February 1819 as some factions of these forces kept on fighting with them.

The overall fort is in ruins although some of the walls of the fort are in good condition. The ground is covered with thorny bushes.

Nearby attractions:
There is one rocky island off the coast of Nivti which is famous as a nesting site of Swift birds.These birds make nests having semi circular shape by mixing their saliva with other available materials such as leaves, sticks etc. These nests are developed on the rock faces. Some people used to collect the nests of these birds (in the process leaving the new borns of the birds homeless and unprotected) and smuggled them to China where they are used for making soup. The whole racket was found out by a local organisation called Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra Mandal and the site is being now protected by the locals.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Aronda/ Satarda Shiroda

By public transport:
Nivati is connected by ST buses to Kudal, Vengurle and Malvan. These towns are further connected to Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Goa by ST and private buses.

Nearby Places for stay:
Tarkarli, Vengurle, Kudal, Malvan