Janjira fort is a Marine port in the Raigad district and it is situated near the port town of Murud, 165kms from south of Mumbai and 55.2 kms from Alibaug. The fort has 19 rounded bastions about 40 ft in height and it was built in 15th century under the rule of Emperor Malik Amber. The word “Janjira” comes from Arabic word Jazira which means island.
Fort having two masjids, one temple, two giant that is sweet water lakes (no potable water now), many canons on fort. The biggest canon known as “Kalal Bangadi” which is third largest canon in India. The only one way to reach fort through boat and has ticket of Rs.20 only. The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on shore. The fort having small wooden structure built by a “Koli” that is from fishermen region. The main thing is that the fort having historical importance that is thos is the only one fort that the Emperor Shivaji failed to win. This is the amazing fort you must visit it.
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Tip for Visitors: Fort is open for all days between 7 am to 6 pm excluding afternoons of each Friday.
- Caves: The Janjira caves is near by the fort and is about 300 year old. The horrible darkness inside the caves.
- Beaches: Kashid and Nandgaon these two undiscovered beaches are best to visit few kilometers away from it.
- Padmadurg Fort: It is also recognized as Kansa. It is lotus shaped fort .Just 9km away from north of Janjira.
- Nawab Palace: The palace of Nawabs is good in shape and still good to visit.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is in Mumbai that is 165 kms from Murud.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is in Roha 50 kms.
By Road: Well government owned buses are available to reach there,
Mumbai-Murud- by way of Revdanda 165kms.
Pune-Murud- by way of Mahad 230kms.