This fort was constructed by Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The construction was done under the supervision of Hirojee Indulkar, in the year 1664.
This fort was built in 1667 by great Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja and named by himself Sindhudurg literally means sea fort (Sindhu=sea; Durg=fort).
The fort was built with huge rocks on Kurte island, which shows the great vision of Maharaj. A strong work force of 100 architects and more than 3000 manpower were involved in the construction of the fort. Special Portuguese architects were brought to build the fort.
Fort is constructed on a 48-acre rocky island near the seacoast of Malvan.
There are Shivaji Maharaj’s Palm & footprints on dried lime slabs in a tower. Big size stones along with 2000 khandis (72, 576 kg) of iron metal were used for the construction of foundations, fortification walls, and bastions. The foundation walls of the Sindhudurg fort were built with 5 khandis (181.5 kg) of molten lead.
What to see
Temples: here are temples of Bhavani Mata, Shambhu Mahadev, Hanuman, JariMari & Shiwajeshwar.
Well: 3 of sweet water wells are present on the fort by the name of Dudhbav (Milk Well), Sakharbav (Sugar Well) & Dahibhav (Curd Well).
Shivaji Maharaj Idol: The temple inside the fort has an idol of Shivaji Maharaj without beard & mustache. This type of idol is not there anywhere else in Maharashtra or India.
Lake: There is one lake on the fort.
Hidden Tunnel: A 27 km long escape route from the temple inside the fort is still present. It starts in a temple that looks like a water reservoir.
From Malvan Jetty it takes 10 to 15 minutes by boat to reach Sindhudurg fort.
Sindhudurg has a good connectivity to all major tourist cities in Maharashtra. MSRTC (state transport) buses regularly ply to Sindhudurg from cities like Ratnagiri, Sangli, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik etc. After reaching Sindhudurg, private vehicles & buses are available till Malvan Jetty.
Nearest Rail Station:
Malvan, Sawantwadi, Rajapur and Kudal are the nearest railheads to reach up to this Many auto-rickshaws and buses are available outside the station to reach to the Malvan Jetty.
Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport to reach Sindhudurg fort. This airport is 130 km away from the fort. You can catch taxi or bus from the airport. Buses are available from Madgaon, Vasco, Panaji, and Pernem to Sindhudurg
Fort remains open to tourist every day between 08:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
3 hours are enough to see this fort properly.
Ticket charges for Indian tourists are Rs.70/- per person and for Foreign tourists Rs.200/- per person as of January 2018.