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

About Fort

  • Region:
  • Sindhudurg
  • How to Reach:
  • Nearest Railway Station is Sawantwadi. MSRTC buses from Sawantwadi to Reddi are easily available.
  • Description:
  • Yashwantgad Fort (also known as Redi Fort) lies neat the Maharashtra-Goa border. It is a tree-entangled ruin that looks out over the beaches of the south Maharashtra coast. The fort is approached via crumbling gateways leading through the surrounding forest, and past a deep trench that surrounds part of the structure. Once at the main entrance you will pass through several small rooms and corridors, where tree roots cascade over the walls of the fort. These lead to the huge, roofless inner chambers of the citadel that have long since yielded to nature. Animals like langur monkeys, or drongo birds can be seen at the fort.
  • History:
  • Redi Fort was built by the Marathas in the sixteenth century and was later captured by the Portuguese in 1746. The previous citadel holders, the Sawant clan of Maharashtra, were desperate to regain the fort because of its valuable strategic position on the coast. An attempt to recapture Redi fort was preceded by poisoning the Portuguese garrison's fish supply, but the attack was unsuccessful. The fort was eventually returned to the Sawants following a peace treaty, but the success was short lived - in 1765 the fort was captured by the British who later sold the land to local people in 1890 while retaining ownership of the fort walls.