Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 52 : Kille Bharatgad किल्ले भरतगड


Location:
Masure, Tal. Malvan, Dist. Sindhudurg
Creekside Fort

Things to see:
The fort is situated on the top of the hillock. The walls of the fort and bastions are still existent. There is a well on the northern side which is said to be 200 ft deep. Some people say that there is a tunnel in the fort which can take one upto the Sindhudueg fort. There is a moat around the fort. There is a temple of Siddhanath in the temple.

Past:
The site of the fort was visited by Shivaji Maharaj as a prospective site for the construction of the fort. Later this plan was discarded due to non availability of water. In 1680, due to dispute of Bhonsle of Kolhapur and Sawants of Sawantwadi, Sawants constructed the fort. A well was first dug by him and then the fort was constructed. Many fights occurred for the control of the fort between Kolhapur Bhonsles and Sawants of Sawantwadi. In 1818, British forces lead by Capt. Hutchinson attacked the fort and due to blasting of cannon near the well, the spring in the well was dried.

Present:
The fort is in ruins. There are some private orchards of Manog and cashew on the fort.

Nearby attractions:
Kalavali Creek in Hadi and Masure has very good mangrove cover on its banks.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,

Mumbai
Chiplun
Kankavli Achra
Hadi Masure
Pune
Kolhapur
Goa
Vengurla/ Kudal
Malvan


By public transport:
One should reach Malvan which are connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Goa, Pune and Kolhapur. From Malvan there are ST buses available for Masure.


Nearby Places for stay:
Malvan