A visit to the unexplored Murud Janjira fort

Small sail boats are taken to reach the fort
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The sleepy fishing hamlet of Murud-Janjira – 165km from Mumbai – should be on any itinerary of the Konkan Coast. The relaxed pace of life, fresh seafood, stupendous offshore fort (and the chance to feel the warm surf rush past your feet) make the trip here well worthwhile.

Mumbai to Murud– Ferries operate from Mumbai’s Gateway of India to Alibaug, from there, either take a private taxi or public transport to reach Murud. There are many budget-friendly, beach-facing guesthouses available for stay.

The fort itself is around 4 kilometres away from the town and the walk is absolutely wonderful, especially during sunrise.

To reach the Murud-Janjira fort, one has to take small sail boats operated by villagers which in itself is a very unique experience. You can view it from a vantage point, soak in the first rays of light before taking the boat ride.

Here’s a sneak peek into what to expect.

 

Seagulls accompany you along the ferry from Mumbai to Alibaug
Seagulls accompany you along the ferry from Mumbai to Alibaug
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The Murud Janjira Fort from a vantage point
The Murud Janjira Fort from a vantage point
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A small entrance to the fort where sail boats stop
A small entrance to the fort where sail boats stop
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The setting of the fort is serene. There is also a fresh water pond inside.
The setting of the fort is serene. There is also a fresh water pond inside.
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The view of the entrance from a window
The view of the entrance from a window
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Leave the Murud Janjira fort with a good experience
Leave the Murud Janjira fort with a good experience
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AUTHOR'S BIO: Nitin Gairola is an adventurer & travel writer and a keen student of earth science, history, world cultures & the environment. He has travelled to many parts of the Earth, across 6 continents & around 80 countries in his personal quest to know more about the planet & the inhabitants. He can be reached at nitin.gairola@gmail.com.More on: https://www.facebook.com/NitinGairolaPhotography

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