Murud Janjira- Sea Fortress and Weekend getaway

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While there are several famous tourist spots on the western coast which are few hours drive from Mumbai, none is as spectacular as Murud Janjira. It used to be my favorite haunt while i lived in Navi Mumbai.
Murud Janjira is the only unconquered fort on the western coastline of India. What makes this Fort remarkable is that it is actually 3 kms away from the coast on the Arabian Sea.



Let me start with a tale about the The Trojan Horse of Janjira!
Murud Janjira Fort was originally built in the mid-16th Century with Wood by fishermen to protect themselves from Pirates. Ram Patil was the headman of the fishermen of Janjira. After building the Wooden precursor to the Janjira Fort of today, he fell out of favour with the Nizam. The Nizam sent his soldier Piram Khan disguised as a traveller and he landed with 3 ships full of soldiers and took over Janjira much like how the Greeks defeated Troy.

Piram Khan then built an impregnable stone fort that still stands tall. The fort was completed by Siddhi Sural Khan in 1728. Armies of British, Portuguese and Marathas made many attempts over the years, but none could take Murud Janjira.

The Fort is spread over 22 acres and can be approached by taking a boat from Rajapuri Jetty. It has 19 bastions ranging from 30-40 feet in height, still intact. As you approach the Fort, you can see a beautiful sculpture of a giant Tiger like creature clasping elephants in its claws!



Cannons played a crucial role as a deterrent to the enemies of Janjira. There were as many as 265 Cannons weighing more than 500 tons at Janjira Fort. The Cannons at Janjira were built with “Panch Dhatu” or 5 metals- Copper, Gold, Lead, Silver and Iron. The effect of this brilliant mixture can still be seen on a sunny day when temperatures are souring around while the Cannons remain cool. 'Kalal Bangadi’, 'Chavari' and 'Landa Kasam’ were the most famous of the lot.

During its hey days, Janjira was self-sufficient and a flourishing colony. It had a Palace, quarters for residents, Mosques, Shops as well as water tanks. The King used to live in a Seesh Mahal or Glass Palace. There was an underwater route which connected the Palace to the Administrative Building. The King took this route by entering the Chor Darwaza or Secret Door!



Legend says that the King had severed the hands of all workers who built the secret passage but did compensate them heavily.

One can still see the remains of a Royal Bath. This huge Bath for the Ladies of the Palace used to be fed by multiple streams of water.



Even today one can taste sweet fresh water from one of the Wells on the Island Fort. It does seem like a miracle to find fresh water in the middle of the Sea!

The rulers of Janjira moved into a magnificent Palace built in Mughal and Gothic styles in 1885. Janjira was recognized as a princely state during the British Period. The Palace is precariously placed on the cliff over the Arabian Sea providing a breathtaking view.

There is another interesting story linking the Marathas to Janjira.
The Marathas made as many as 13 unsuccessful attempts at conquering Murud Janjira. Sambhaji, Shivaji Maharaj’s son even built an underwater tunnel but still failed to conquer Janjira. Finally Sambhaji built a fort of his own called Padmadurg a few KMs north west of Janjira. Padmadurg was planned as a launch pad to attack Janjira but due to other engagements of the Marathas, it never happened. Padmadurg can be visited after taking permission from the Navy.



Murud Beach is one of the loveliest on the Arabian Sea. After visiting the Fort, the best thing one can do is to hit the beach and relax till the Sun sets.



Stay Options
There are several Homestays available if you want to avoid the Hotel Crowd. Priyasiddhi Bunglow, Omkar Lodge, Green Park Holiday Home and Hira Residency are a few.

Reaching Murud
Murud is 5 hours’ drive from Mumbai via Panvel and Alibaug. One can also take a ferry from Gateway to Mandwa, and then cover 50Kms on road.
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Good report. I see you love to visit forts. Karnala, Gorakhgad and now Murud Janjira.

Good going, keep it up.
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Thanks Saugata, i will bore you with many more!
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Hmm..never get bored with travelogues, please try sincerely
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Wonderful!
I've been there 5 times!! The first time i went was in 2005. The beach was so clean then!
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Murud Janjira is one of my favorite places! One of the best beaches I ever seen is 10km from Murud, going north, named KASHID. really fantastic!
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Originally Posted by Flash Gordon View Post While there are several famous tourist spots on the western coast which are few hours drive from Mumbai, none is as spectacular as Murud Janjira. It used to be my favorite haunt while i lived in Navi Mumbai.
Murud Janjira is the only unconquered fort on the western coastline of India. What makes this Fort remarkable is that it is actually 3 kms away from the coast on the Arabian Sea.
Had visited this place as a kid so long back, this article brought back memories, thank you.
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