Narayangad-Fort

  • Name of the Fort:
  • Narayangad
  • Difficulty Level:
  • Medium
  • Endurance Level:
  • Medium

About Fort

  • Height of the Fort:
  • 1520
  • Region:
  • Sindhudurg
  • How To Reach:
  • Hill station Amboli is 32 kms from Sawantwadi. Regular buses ply from Sawantwadi to Amboli. The base village of the fort is Gele which is 7 kms from Amboli. Take the Amboli-Belgaum highway and 5.5 kms from Amboli take the diversion towards Kaavlesaad point and Gele village (1 km before Aajra junction). After reaching this junction, proceed taking the left turn which leads to 2 roads of which the one to the right leads to Kaavlesaad point and the one to the left takes us to Gele village. One can reach by a vehicle to the temple in the village. Further from here a cement road takes us to the fields where there is a small path to the right which leads us to the fort.
  • Description:
  • There are hardly any remnants on the fort. There is a temple of Goddess Sateri Devi and some sculpted stones under a tree. Some remains of houses can also be seen. From the fort one can see Manohar-Mansantoshgad to the West and Kalesaad point to the East. To the North there are three pinnacles visible on a mountain which is known as Gangotri Laginvaada. The highest pinnacle which is a bit round in shape is called as Mhataricha gunda and the other two are Navara and Navari. This fort stands separated from the main mountain range due to a valley. Instead of going back one can climb the mountain opposite to the fort which has two places of worship in a dense forest. One is called Lingi which has a Shiv linga and a Nadndi while the other is called Mhartaal where there are idols in the open. As the area lies under dense forest cover it is strongly advised to take a route guide along.
  • History:
  • The fort is from the Satvahana era and was used as a watch point for the Junnar Paithan route. The fortress is said to have been rebuilt by the first Peshwa Balaji Vishvanath (1714-1720) and given in saranjam or service-grant to Sayaji Povar. In the last Maratha war of 1818 Narayangad is said to have surrendered to the British in 1818 .