Devgad Fort is situated in the Devgad taluka in Sindhudurg district in the state of Maharshtra. It is one of the best places to visit for holidays and adventure, this place is one of the famous tourist attractions that come under Maharashtra Tourism.
Devgad Fort is a tourist spot that offers people an amazing view. The fort is situated just at the confluence of Arabian Sea and Devgad Creek which gives a timeless view of the sea. The place is well known for the magical and mystical sunset that can be witnessed from the fort. The breathtaking view of the harbor is perfect for sightseeing. Surrounded by nature, this fort is name after the place Devgad which is famous worldwide for the production of Alphonso mangoes. One can see nature at its best with many scintillating scenes around the place.
The fort was destructed by the attacks from other rulers but was later reconstructed and given life by Maratha Chief Kanoji Angre. The beauty of the fort enthralls the tourists and the panoramic view of the area is impossible to ignore. The scenic beauty of the area is the reason behind the ramparts and the elegantly designed walls. In the initial days it was used as a surveillance point because of the strategic location.
Even the British tried to attack the fort to which they succeeded as well. Since the fort is surrounded by water from all side, so it is also nicknamed “Janjire Devgad”. In Arabic, Janzira means island. There is a Ganesha Temple inside the fort to which tourists are attracted. There are three cannons and a lighthouse present which adds to the popularity of the fort. It is a perfect place to take a retreat from the hefty schedule and get in touch with the nature. Not only this, the mango plantation which is done around the fort is also loved by many.
History of the Attraction
The fort was built by a Marathi Naval Officer named Dattajivraj Angre in the year 1729 to keep a vigil. After many years of construction and changing number of workers, finally this 120 acres fortress was built. The lighthouse present in the Devgad fort was built in the year 1915 for the harbour and the beach. 45 minutes from Devgad there is another fort named Vijaydurg which was constructed by Raja Bhola II is a national monument. It is now maintained by the Maharashtra tourism department.
Devgad Fort is easily accessible through roads and local buses are also available. One can also take their private vehicle to visit the fort.
There is no entry fee needed to visit the fort.
Things to do in and around
This heritage site is perfect for sightseeing and consists of various other attractions as follows:
- Ganesh temple
- Kunkeshwar Shiva temple
- Vimleshwar Shiva temple
- Gajbadevi temple
- Devgad beach
Opening/ Closing Timings and Days
The fort is open throughout the day and every day of the week while the lighthouse is open to public from 04:00PM to 05:00PM.
Best time to Visit
The best time to visit the fort is during sunsets as it gives an enticing view to the tourists. Also during mango seasons also it is suitable to visit the fort.