Murud Janjira: A Fort Island

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The Undefeatable Fort: Janjira

Last day, we left the hotel early in the morning to visit the famous Janjira Fort. Reached Rajapuri to get on our special boat. Windy. I almost fell in the water, twice. Well, that’s what it felt like. The gate is not seen for more than half of the boat journey. It’s very well thought and architected. Once you reach the gate, you literally have to jump to the entry steps. It is not a very easy task. Achievement. The boat journey and the entry to the gate were both very adventurous for us.

The fort has magnificent architecture and very powerful looking cannons. 18 of them, I think. How I wish I could see them in action. Let me rephrase, magnificent architectural ruins. The gate not seen till the boat is close to the fort, tall walls on all sides, cannons for defence. Owing to the complexity of the fort, this is known as the ‘Undefeatable Fort’. Many have tried to conquer it and failed. Imagination ran wide. We could imagine the baths, the rooms where queens would stay and put on their makeup or make their long hair. The places from where the night watchers and the security of the fort would keep an eye out for attackers. I wonder if they did have good security, given the architecture of the fort very less would have been needed. After about an hour of acting like we live in a Game of Thrones world, we clubbed together to leave. On our way back, we found a local guy showing off his talent of jumping in the waters from the top of the wall, 40 feet high wall. He first made sure everyone knows that he is going to jump. With our camera’s out we wondered if it was right for him to do so. After waving to his fans, he took a dive. Perfect dive as the waters splashed in slow motion. Within the next 3 minutes, Security was there warning him about it. An event that might have happened on the fort several times in history. That was the perfect end to our journey.

On our way back we went into a heated discussion about the cleanliness of the beaches around us and how it is important. Found out ways in which we could help keep them clean. Took an oath so that everyone could enjoy it as much as we did. With a heavy heart and hate for Monday’s, we went back to our routine lives. Until next time.

Location: Arabian Sea
Town: Murud
Coast: Rajapuri
No. of days: 1 Weekend

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About the Fort:

Murud Janjira Fort is situated in the Arabian Sea waters near the town Murud.
The original Murud Janjira fort was a wooden fort built in the 15th century by the fishing community. Mainly to keep themselves safe from the attacks of enemies and pirates. The fort wall is about 40 feet high and has 19 rounded porches or arches, some of which still have cannons mounted on them.
Owing to the complexity of the fort, this is known as the ‘Undefeatable Fort’. It is the invincible Siddi marine fort that stood tall to the attacks of Shivaji and his son Sambhaji among many others. The Siddis were a community brought to India by the Arab and Portuguese traders.
Visitors can gain access to the Janjira fort from Rajapuri, a small village on the coast. After a short ride in a small boat, one can enter the fort through the main entrance. For most of the ride, we cannot see the gate of the fort since it can only be seen when one is about 40 feet away from it. This makes it an extremely interesting place to be.

Travel Time:

Mumbai – 4 hours
Pune – 4 hours
Alibaug – 1 hour 50 Mins

Must Do’s:

Visit Janjira Fort
Enjoy Beach Time
Eat Authentic Coastal Food

Carry:

Beach Essentials
Imagination

Hack:

To remove sand from your feet before getting into the car, carry a box of baby powder. Use the powder directly on the sandy feet to clean it off. It will keep your car clean and feet happy.

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