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Janjira Fort

Fast Facts

It is also known as Janjira Jal-durg. It is located in a small town named Murud. It was built by Malik Ambar.

Did You Know

It was built during 17th century. There were 500 canons in the fort but only a few of them still exist.

Must Do

Move within the fort and see various sculptures and architectural splendor.


Janjira Fort or the Janjira Jal-durg is one of the most impressive structures located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. You can site this fort in a small town named Murud. The best thing about this fort is that it is surrounded by water on all sides and that is why is also referred to as Island Fort. It is one of the premier attractions of the town. Janjira Fort is one of its kinds in the whole India.

This amazing structure was built by Malik Ambar, who was an Abssinian minister in the court of the Sultan of Ahmednagar. Janjira Fort was built during the end of the 17th century and till date withstood the tests of time. It reflects the marvel of ancient engineering. The fort stands with an impressive height of 40 feet and is bounded by high walls on all sides. It endures the lashes of the sea waves through ages and still stands strong.

On several occasions, the Fort of Janjira was attacked by various outside forces but none of the enemy forces could conquer it. Janjira fort is very well fortified and survived foreign attacks. The surrounding of the fort is full of coconut and betel nut trees. To get to the Janjira Fort in Maharashtra, you need to go 2 kilometers from Murud. Over 350 years, the Janjira Fort remained unconquered and survived from the attacks of the great rulers like Shivaji, Sambhaji and the Peshwas.

There are several towers and turrets in the Janjira Fort, which are used for keeping guns and cannons. This fort had a total of 500 canons previously but now only a few of them exist. Inside the Janjira Fort, you can see the water tanks, beautiful tombs and stone sculptures. At the gate, the sculpture of six elephants by a tiger is very impressive. This portrays the valor of the Siddis. You can find 19 burj inside the Janjira Fort. Kalal Bangadi, Chavari and Landa Kasam are the well known guns that are found under every burj.

Recognized as one of the major monuments in India, it is frequented by thousands of travelers from all over the country. You can easily get to the Janjira Fort as it can be accessed by all forms of transport. The nearest airport is at Mumbai, while Roha on the Konkan railway in the nearest railway station. By road, it takes only five hours to reach Murud. At this town you will get private beach resorts for accommodation.

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