Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 51 : Kille Bhagavantgad किल्ले भगवंतगड


Location:
Peth Bhagavantgad, Tal. Malvan, Dist. Sindhudurg
Creekside Fort

Things to see:
The fort is located on the Hadi creek. The area is very small. There is one small temple of Bhagavant on the temple and hence the name Bhagavantgad.

Past:
The fort was built in 1701 by Sardar Bavdekar who was a Sardar under Kolhapur Bhonsle. It was built as an answer to the construction of the fort Bharatgad on the opposite side of the creek by Phond Sawant of Sawantwadi. The fort fell into the hands of the British on 30th March 1818 with the attack of British forces lead by Col. Immelock.

Present:
The fort is in ruins.

Nearby attractions:
Achra village has a temple of Rameshwar and famous for Dashavatar, a traditional art form of southern Konkan which combines music, songs and drama.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Chiplun
Kankavli Achra
Peth Bhagavantgad
Pune
Kolhapur
Goa
Vengurla/ Kudal
Malvan Hadi

By public transport:
One should reach Devgad or Malvan which are connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. While coming from Goa, go to Malvan. From Devgad or Malvan there are ST buses available for Achra and a few directly for Peth Bhagavantgad. From Achra one has to walk for about 1.5 hour to reach Bhagavantagad.

Nearby Places for stay:
Malvan, Devgad, Kankavli, some homestays available in Achra.