Sindhudurg is a peaceful destination located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Being one of the tourist stronghold, it is frequented by a lot of Indian and foreign travellers throughout the year. The prime attractions of this place are the crystal clear beach with vast stretch of pristine seashore and the strong sea fort of Sindhudurg.
Beautifully lined by the roaring Arabian on one side and the lofty peaks on the other, Sindhudurg mesmerizes the visitors with its spectacular scenic beauty. History buffs will love the massive Sindhudurg fort, constructed of huge blocks of stone, which overlooks the Arabian Sea. Legends believe that this fort was constructed by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1664. The main entrance of the fort is so brilliantly constructed in a narrow zig-zag path such that its difficult for anyone from outside to recognise the main door accurately. This was mainly done to mislead the attackers from entering the fort.
Apart from sceneries and historic background, Sindhudurg is also famous for its delicious and lip-smacking sea food. Alphonso Mangoes, Cashews, Jamuns are also the important fruits of this region.
Vijaydurg fort, Ganapathi temple at Redi are some of the prime attractions close to Sindhudurg.
PLACES TO SEE
Sindhudurg Sea fort : It is a massive sea fort constructed by Shivaji Maharaj in 1664. This fort was mainly built to have a watch on the enemy warships. The main entrance of the fort is so brilliantly constructed in a narrow zig-zag path such that its difficult for anyone from outside to recognise the main door correctly. This was mainly done to mislead the attackers from entering the fort. The fort is spread on an area of 48 acres and has a support wall which is about 2.5 kms long. The rare view of the branching coconut tree is seen here. Sakharbav, Dudhbav and Dahibav are the 3 sweet water wells. Shivarajesjwar, Hanuman, Mahadev, Bhavani and Jarimari shrines are there in the fort. This fort offers panoramic and breath taking view of the surrounding beach.
Ganapathi Temple (Redi) : The beautiful 6 feet tall idol of Lord Ganapathi was unearthed from the mining ground and idol was installed in the temple in about 1976.
HOW TO REACH
By Air : Dabolim airport is about 80 kms from Sindhudurg. It has many flights to Mumbai and Bangalore.
By Rail : Sawantwadi and Kudal stations which are about 35 and 25 kms from Sindhudurg are the major stations. Sindhudurg also has a railway station but very few trains stop here.
By Bus : Travelling by bus is one of the cheapest travelling options available. Buses run from Mumbai, Panaji, Pune, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri to Sindhudurg.