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Kolaba Fort, Alibaug

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Kolaba Fort is an old military fortification in India. It is situated in the sea at a distance of 1–2 km from the shores of Alibag, 35 km south of Mumbai, in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is a popular tourist destination and a protected monument.HistoryThe first mention of Kolaba fort is when it was chosen by Shivaji to be fortified after the whole of South Konkan became free. In 1662, he strengthened and fortified Kolaba fort to make it one of his chief naval stations. The command of the fort was given to Darya Sagar and Manik Bhandari under whom Kolaba fort became the centre of Maratha attacks on British ships.In 1713 under a treaty with Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, Kolaba along with several other forts was given over to Kanhoji Angre. He used it as his main base from which to launch raids on British ships. In 1722, the British incensed at Angre's activities, joined the Portuguese in an expedition against Kolaba. A Portuguese land force and three English ships of the line under Commodore Mathews co-operated but the attempt failed. The British blamed the failure to the "cowardice of the Portuguese". About this time Kolaba is described by Hamilton as a fort built on a rock, a little way from the mainland and at high water an island.Major featuresThe average height of the fort walls is 25 feet. It has two main entrances, one on the sea side and the other towards Alibag. An interesting feature of this fort is that it has freshwater wells in its premises even though it is a seaside fort. In the monsoons, the fort can be reached by wading through waist-deep water at low tide. However, at high tide, boats must be used to reach it.
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  • One of the most poorly maintained forts in Maharashtra indeed. The access is thru boat or when low tide one can walk down to the island fort which we did. Not much to see only a temple alongside d for...  more »
  • We reached Alibaug beach at around 11 am. It was high tide and the only way to reach the fort was by boat. The price is Rs. 110 for a round trip to the fort. There is only one set of operator who run ...  more »
  • We need to take boat from Alibaug beach to fort in the sea. Walking to the fort is possible during low tide  more »
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  • Famous inwater military base. With fresh water available inside. Not well maintained but lot better comparative. Good location for everyone to enjoy. Photographers destination. Reachable walking when low tide. Boats available on high tide but not recommended.
  • Well-known,maintained fort. You can spend 1-2 hour.. awesome view of sea and beach.. Ferry is option for go there but not safety and no life board..
  • A must visit place in Alibaug. Nice sea side experience . A well maintained fort.
  • If you really want to go out somewhere and its cheap, then this is the perfect place for all. The beach is moderate clean and you can even walk to kulaba fort if there is a low tide. Its a perfect place for couples and even for college students.
  • Kulaba fort is near Alibag beach walkable on low tide. Clean from inside can spend hour or two wandering. It have temples. Lake & well of drinkable water. View of fort from beach is beautiful. Looking at beach and sea from fort while sunset is awesome. It's proud of Alibag Raigad