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- Sindhudurg town lies in the Sindudurg district to the north of Goa, about 490 km south of Mumbai (Bombay). Sindhudurg can be reached either by train or by bus from Bombay, Goa and Mangalore. The Konkan railway has a railway station at Sindhudurg, but only few trains stop there. Kudal, Kanakvali and Sawantwadi are major railway stations in Sindhudurg district. There are Maharashtra state government (MSRTC) buses running from Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Kolhapur and Goa state government buses (Kadamba Transport Corporation) running from Panaji, Madgaon, Vasco and Pernem to Sindhudurg. Nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa, which is located at approx. 90 km away from Sawantwadi City (major tourist attraction) of Sindhudurg.
- Sindhudurg Fort is a famous fort situated near Malvan Jetty in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, India. This fort was built by the Maratha King, Shivaji, himself under his supervision and guidance. In fact, this fort was the naval headquarter during the ruler-ship of Marathas. This fort is situated on an islet, Kurte Island and is almost half a km away from the Sindhudurg District’s Malvan Jetty town in the Konkan area of Maharashtra near south of Mumbai and is surrounded by the great Arabian Sea. Sindhudurg Fort is almost at a distance of 130 km from Goa.
The fort is also a must to visit place during some festival celebrations like Shivaji Jayanti, Mahashivratri Ram Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Janmashtami.
- This fort was constructed by Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire. The construction was done under the supervision of Hiroji Indulkar, in the year 1656.
The Sindhudurg Fort has got historical importance since it was the main Maratha headquarter to prepare for wars, battles and also to provide security to Maratha people. This fort was built by Shivaji himself. Sindhudurg basically means Fort of Sea since Sindhudurg is a word made from two Hindi words “Sindhu” means Sea and ‘’Durg’’ means Fort. It is said that this name was used since the entire fort was surrounded by Arabian Sea and was located at a small islet.