Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 53 : Kille Manohargad and Manasantoshgad किल्ले मनोहरगड व मनसंतोषगड

Shivapur, Tal. Kudal, Dist. Sindhudurg or off Shirshinge, Tal. Sawantwadi, Dist. Sindhudurg
Hill Fort

Things to see:
The fort of Manohargad is the only accessible fort in this couple of fort. These are two peaks of the same hill and are separated by a col. Manasantoshgad fort is not accessible and can be only viewed from Manohargad. On Manohargad there are remains of Wada (palace), a well and Vasa or place of worship.

The fort was used as a base by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1667 as the base during his south Konkan campaign against Bijapur Sultanate and also agains his step brother Vyankoji. The another important incident which happened on the fort was revolt against British rule by the forces of Kolhapur Bhonsle and Sawant of Sawantwadi in the year 1844. However it was unsuccessful and British forces defeated them on 26th January 1845 and the revolters had to flee from the fort.

The fort is in ruins. Much of the path reaching the fort has been eroded.

Nearby attractions:

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mahad Rajapur
Mangaon Shivapur
Pune Kolhapur
There is alternate route from Shirshinge village which can be reached via Sawantwadi. Uphill climb for 2 hours from Shivapur or Shirshinge. One has to reach first Manohargad. Then on the same range, separated by a gorge is Manasantoshgad, which requires approximate 2 hours further walk on the hill. Local guidance is required.

By public transport:
Shivapur is connected by direct ST buses from Kudal and Shirshinge is connected by direct ST buses from Sawantwadi. Kudal and Sawantwadi are well connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Goa, Pune and Kolhapur

Nearby Places for stay:
Kudal, Sawantwadi, Mangaon