Jaigad Fort, Ratnagiri

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#4 of 13 in Historic Sites in Ratnagiri
Jaigad Fort is a coastal fortification that is located at the tip of a peninsula in Ratnagiri District at a distance of 14 km from the temple town of Ganpatipule, in the state of Maharashtra, India. Nestled on a cliff, it overlooks a bay formed where the Shastri river enters the Arabian Sea. It has a commanding view of the bay, the nearby power plant and the open sea. A jetty port Angrey, and a lighthouse is located nearby. Although in ruins, most of the fort's outer wall and ramparts still stand. A deep moat surrounds the fort side not facing the cliff edge. In the middle of the 13 acre fort lies the palace of Kanhoji Angre, a Ganpati temple and wells to store water. It is a protected monument.
Jaigad fort is said to have been built by Bijapur Kings in the 16th century. Later it passed into the hands of Naiks of Sangameshwar. He had 7-8 villages and 600 troops under his command. He defeated combined forces of Bijapur and Portuguese in 1583 and 1585. In 1713 Jaigad was one of the ten forts which was ceded by Balaji Vishwanath Peshwa to Angre.In June 1818 this fort was captured by British without any struggle.
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  • Disappointed with the hype created not maintained nothing much to see. Could have been made more attractive by maintaining the area around.  more »
  • Facing the sea and mountains from multiple sides, Jaigad fort is a case of what could have been rather than what it is. Pathetically maintained, litter and no guidance about the history of the fort, n...  more »
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  • It retains its old cultural heritage. It can be maintained as a better place and better view at different places. Fortunately there are no broken bottles, or garbage etc. It would be good to have some history displayed.
  • Desolated fort which needs urgent maintenance. The view from the top of the wall is nice. The area is now surrounded by ports And power plants. Road leading to fort is in good shape
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