Location : Sindhudurg | Category : Konkan | Distance from Pune : 374 KMs
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Vijaydurg is the oldest fort on the Sindhudurg coast constructed during the regime of Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar dynasty in the 12th century. The fort was earlier known as "Gheria",  because of its location near the village of "Girye". Shivaji captured this fort from Adil Shah of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as "Vijay Durg".
 
Vijaydurg and its surroundings are famous for the delicious Alphonso mangoes. There are Mango plantations everywhere. Mango cultivation is a primary occupation of the people in Devgad, along with fishing and farming.
 
Earlier, the fort covered an area of 5 acres and was surrounded by sea on all four sides. Over the years the eastern trench was reclaimed and a road constructed thereon. Presently the area of fort is about 17 acres, surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. 
 
According to legend, there are only two Maratha forts where Shivaji personally hoisted the saffron flag. Vijaydurg is one of them. The other fort is Torana.
 
Vijaydurg Fort was called the "Eastern Gibraltar", because of its impregnable nature. A locational advantage is the 40 km long Waghotan/Kharepatan creek. Large vessels cannot enter the shallow water of this creek. Also, Maratha warships could be anchored in this creek and yet remain invisible from the sea. It is a protected monument.
 
According to legend, there is a 200m long, undersea/underland tunnel from the fort to the palatial Dhulap house in the village. Supposedly, the roof of the tunnel has been pinched to protect it from landslides and it is also well ventilated. Now the tunnel is partially blocked. If the presence of the tunnel can be confirmed, and the tunnel cleared, it could serve as a tourist attraction of historical and architectural interest.
 
1.5 km from the fort up the Waghotan Creek, are the remains of a naval dock carved from rock. This is where Maratha warships were built and repaired. The dock is an achievement of Maratha naval architecture.
 
On the hill in front of the for, a wall was built to deceive the enemy. The enemy attacked the wall thinking it was the Vijaydurg fort. And as he wasted his ammunition, the Marathas attacked from the back.
 
Vijaydurg can be credited as the place from where Helium was discovered and observed on the sun by Sir J Norman Lankierand.
 
The fort has many monuments, which are now in ruins which show the characteristics of Maratha architecture. The food storage go-down and court are such classic examples.
 
This fort also has a Khalbatkhana where important meetings were held. Only 3 forts have the Khalbatkhana namely, Rajgad, Raigad and Vijaydurg.
 
Vijaydurg can be visited all throughout the year. But the place has pleasant weather in the months of October to March.
 
Places to visit around Vijaydurg fort-
Palatial house at Dhulap village
Rameshwar temple- 3 km
Devgad fort- 30 km
Kunkeshwar caves and temple- 40 km
Tarkarli beach- 85 km
Sindhudurg fort- 90 km.
 
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By Ramesh
11 Feb 2014

You cannot miss a visit to Vijaydurg fort in Sindhudurg. It has tremendous cultural and historic importance. The fort is surrounded on 3 sides by the Arabian Sea and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the same.

By Sheetal
11 Feb 2014

Vijaydurg fort is truly an architectural marvel. It was one of the most important strongholds in the Maratha empire. The fort displays the prowess of Shivaji Maharaj’s army. Vijaydurg literally means victory fort. After seeing the fort one understands why it is rightly called so.

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