Konkan Odyssey – Part IV

Vijaydurg Fort

Vijaydurg Fort

Vijaydurg looks very impressive at your first sight. Sitting on an elevated ground surrounded in three sides by water of the 40 km long Vaghotan creek, the fort looks formidable. The walls of the fort built with laterite stones are more or less intact. However they badly need repairs. Near the fort there is another dock, much bigger than the one which we saw at Devgarh. Thankfully there was no restriction in photography here.

History of Vijaydurg Fort

In 1653 Shivaji Maharaj had captured this fort from Adil Shah of Bijapur and renamed it as “VijayDurg”. The original name of the fort was “Gheria” and the first fortification appears to have been constructed in 1200 during the regime of Raja Bhoj II. Shivaji developed Vijaydurg as an important base for Maratha warships.

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Konkan Odyssey – Part III

On the final day of our Konkan adventure we started as early as 08:00. Since Savli Resort would offer only tea in the morning, we had pre-arranged for our provisions for breakfast. Our Konkani gentleman with golden necklaces came with his auto rickshaw in the right time. The first destination was the Tara Mumbri beach. Situated south of Devgad, the beach was 4 km from Kunkeshwar. We reached the Tara Mumbri village at around 08:30 a.m

Tara Mumbri village

Tara Mumbri village

The fishermen’s village was on our left and on our right was a road lined with palm trees which led to the beach. There was a local boat-building yard in the village covered with a shade. in the foreground, there was the backwater with several fishing boats sailing on it towards the sea – a familiar scene which we have seen earlier in Nivati village.

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Konkan Odyssey Part – II

The Road from Nivati to Malvan

The Road from Nivati to Malvan

From the serene village of Nivati, the island fort of Sindhudurg, located in the town of Malvan is a 3 hour drive in an auto-rickshaw. We had booked the vehicle till Kunkeswar with enroute halts at Sindhudurg fort and Tarkarli beach. Our stay at Kunkeswar was booked at Saavli Resort. Although Saavli resort offered only lodging, the only other staying option at Kunkeswar is at Bhakti Niwas whose accommodation was very Spartan. Bhakti Niwas also did not offer in-house food facility.

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