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Janjira Fort

Janjira Fort situated inside the Arabian Sea near the port town of Murud. The place Murud is situated approx. 165 km south of Mumbai. Janjira is considered one of the strongest marine forts in India. The fort is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty. After a short ride in a small boat, one can enter the fort through the main entrance. The fort is oval shaped instead of the usual oblong or square shape. The main gate of the fort can be visible only after reaching near to the Fort.

On the outer wall flanking the main gate, there is a sculpture depicting a tiger-like beast clasping elephants in its claws. The fort has 26 rounded bastions, still intact. There are many cannons of native and European make rusting on the bastions. Now in ruins, the fort in its heyday was a full-fledged living fort with all the necessary facilities, e.g., palaces, quarters for officers, mosque, two small 60-foot-deep (18 m) natural fresh water lakes, etc. The palace of the Nawabs of Janjira at Murud is still in good shape.

To cover the entire fort it will take a complete day including the 60 minutes boat ride from Rajapuri. There are no good place to stay near this area. However one can plan for a stay near the Kashid Beach which is approx 20 km towards mumbai from Rajapuri jetty. Kashid beach is also the only cleanest beach near Mumbai. There are many resorts as well as hotels available near this beach.

One should enjoy the sea food at Hotel patil made in a traditional Konkani style. The hotel is situated 5 km from kashid beach towards Rajapuri.

If you are looking for a one day trip, you can plan from Mumbai starting early morning and back late night. Apart from the Kashid Beach and the Janjira Fort there is nothing much to do in this area and during evening this become a deserted place. However if you are in a group, a night stay at Kashid can be planned to enjoy with the group.

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