September 25, 2015

My TripAdvisor Review No.126: Jaigad Fort, District Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

“The Fort is in Ruins, but it's Worth a Visit.”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 24 September 2015 NEW
The Jaigad Fort is about 20 km north of Ganpatipule on the coastal road. The drive along the Arabian Sea is very scenic and beautiful. We passed a couple of quaint fishing villages, and the huge industrial estate and township of JSW Energy, till we arrived at a dead end after the Jaigad village.

The Fort is right at the edge of a cliff overlooking the estuary of the Shastri River flowing into the Arabian Sea. The place was deserted, but as you enter between the bastions guarding the gate you get the aura of the erstwhile majesty of this fort. There were some steep steps leading up to the ramparts. I climbed up and walked along the wall for a while, feeling like a Maratha King. There was not a soul in sight, but the view was awesome, stretching over the sea to the horizon. But when I looked backwards the sights were not so beautiful, because then I could only see a tall chimney and an ugly industrial township. The Jaigad port and jetty were to my right.

There is a small temple in the centre of the fort. Due to the rains the floor of the fort was carpeted with green grass. The whole scene with the grass, rugged ramparts, deep blue sea and fluffy clouds in the background was indeed very enchanting.

I would say that Jaigad Fort is worth a visit during the monsoons, especially if you staying at Ganpatipule or Malgund.
Visited August 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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