Sindhudurg Travel Guide
Places to visit
Attractions at the fort
(1)There are three sweet water reservoirs in the middle of the Arabian Sea where the fort is built, and even if the water in the nearby villages dries in summer, but these wells do not dry; there is always water in them.
(2)There is a coconut tree which has a branch, if you see a coconut tree it will never have a branch but this tree not only has a branch but also gives fruit. This tree was struck by lightning a couple of years ago.
(3)There is a passage which is hidden in a temple which looks like a water reservoir, this passage goes under the fort for 3 kilometers, and 12 kilometers beneath the sea, and from there 12 kilometers in a nearby village which was used as a rescue door if the enemy entered the fort; this way was for the women to move out.
(4)The entrance gate cannot be seen from anywhere, and unless you are not a regular visitor, and if you are not and you are trying to enter through a boat which is the only possible option apart from air, you would bang at the rocks around the fort which can't be seen to a naked eye, hence you have to be very familiar with the fort to enter.
(5) A handprint and a footprint of Shivaji Maharaj is also embedded in one place of the fort. There is Atmeshwar Mandir Famous Shivling and is beauitiful place for Adhyatmic Sadhana.
(6)There is a Temple of Shivaji Maharaj, built by his son Rajaram: The only temple of shivaji in the world
(7) daily pooja and maitainance is done by mainly two families-that were assigned this job since the fort was built, one is Shriram sakpal
how to get there
How to reach Sindudurg
Sindudurg town lies in Sindudurg district to north of Goa. Sindudurg can be reached either by train or by bus from Bombay, Goa and Mangalore. The Konkan railway has a railway station at Sindudurg. Only few trains stop here. There are state government ( ST ) buses running from Mumbai,Ratnagiri and Panaji.
Sindhudurg is a fortress which occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Maharashtra in western India. The fortress lies on the shore of Malvan town of Sindhudurg District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, south of Mumbai.
Sindhudurg (Sindhu = sea, Durg = fort) was built by the great Maratha warrior King Shivaji in 1664. Shivaji selected the strategic rocky island location, 'Kurte' for the fort himself, to counter foreign forces, and to keep the nearby Siddis of Murud-Janjira in check.