Vijaydurg Fort, Kunkeshwar

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Vijaydurg, the oldest fort on the Sindhudurg coast, was constructed during the regime of Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar dynasty and restructured by Shivaji Maharaj.
Earlier, the fort encompassed an area of 5 acres and was surrounded by sea on all four sides. Over the years the eastern trench was reclaimed and a road constructed thereon. Presently the area of fort is about 17 acres and is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. Shivaji extended the area of the fort by constructing three walls on the eastern side, each 36 metres high. He also constructed 20 bastions.
According to legend, this is one of only two Maratha forts where Shivaji personally hoisted the saffron flag. The other fort is Torna.
Vijaydurg Fort was called the "Eastern Gibraltar", as it was virtually impregnable. Its locational advantages include the 40 km long Waghotan/Kharepatan creek. Large vessels cannot enter the shallow water of this creek. Also, Maratha warships could be anchored in this creek and yet remain invisible from the sea. It is a protected monument.
The name Vijaydurg comes from two words, "Vijay" meaning Victory and "Durg" meaning Fort. The fort was earlier known as "Gheria", as it is situated close to the village of "Girye". Shivaji captured this fort from Adil Shah of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as "Vijay Durg" as the then Hindu solar year's name was "Vijay" (Victory).
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  • this is an ancient fort near devgad about 30 km away. though most of it is in ruins now the fort had good architecture and historical value. mostly it has less visitors on week days but on weekends...  more »
  • Vijaydurg Fort is situated in the coastal town of Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg district. The town encompasses a vast horizon and the great historical Vijaydurg fort. The Vijaydurg fort was built during...  more »
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  • One of the best fort to visit. It takes around 2hr to see this place. Hire a guide to get detailed history of this fort. You can bargain guide fees too. We were charged 100 per person but worth the penny. Helium was first found here. Oldest fort and stongest one.
  • Vijaydurg Fort...It's a historic place to visit for everyone. You can see some awesome sea views from top of the fort.
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