The Murud Janjira sea fort on the Konkan coast was definitely unexciting to say the least. One of the best sea forts of India, a tunnel that runs to another village Raigadh several kilometers away, a sweet water well that still has flowing water – the fort has a lot of things going for it, but neglect washes it all away.
How I wish we could have just had the tunnel open and strengthened for tourists, the well water drinkable. the fort cleaned and marked and a late evening option to listen to its history ala Golconda.
We visited it on a weekend trip from Pune. The photographs are heavily processed to make them viewable. But here are a few of them.
The canon has a very long range, which ensured that attackers were not able to target the fort from the coast.
The main entrance gate of the fort is not visible to a visitor unless they come closer to the fort. While having sweet water inside the premises was the major reason behind it not having been conquered, the skillful architecture of the fort also helped the Siddis to maintain their dominance over this fort through the ages.
Here is another snap of the Murud Janjira Sea fort. Most of the brick walls are standing and only the wooden parts of the fort were missing due to neglect for the last half a century.