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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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  • Yeah..when the tide is Low , u can walk across the water and reach this fort which is 2 km from alibaug beach. Ensure that u reach back before the tide arrives...else u mite spend the nite in the fort...  read more »
  • Koloba fort is just 1km from the Alibaug beach. One can go walking during the low tide or can take boat during high tide. The fort is not well maintained as most structure is in dilapidated condition....  read more »
  • It is one of the few sea forts of India but it needs proper maintenance from the government side.At present only dilapidated structure of the fort is only remaining. One can access the fort by walking...  read more »
  • Kulaba fort, as such nothing much to see except few temples. View of the surrounding the sea is good. However, what we enjoyed is the journey. Kulaba fort is near alibaug beach. During high tide it becomes island and in low tide land surfaces and you can walk to the place from beach. We visited this place in the morning. There were option of horse and horse cart were available, however, as it was low tide, we decide to walk. When we started water was at ankle level, by the time we reach water level started increasing and touched almost our knee. We spend around an hour and when were coming back water level had further increased. It was almost at our waist. There was option of motor boat but two of us thought to try to walk in water, as we are aware that the sea is shallow and we knew the depth as we came walking only. Other two friends were afraid and they wanted to go back in motor boat. We started walking in water, seeing us they also got confidence and they joined us. Return journey was amazing, as we were in the water till our waist and surrounding us was sea till far. It was amazing experience. Visited November 2015
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  • A magnificent 'Shivakalin' Fort under Raja Shivaji. Later in 1762 it changed ownership to Peshawar's. It has fresh water well inside the fort even though surrounded by sea. A small Shri Ganesh Mandir stands even today. It's great place to visit once you done with your sea beach fun. You can have a great walk to the Fort once low tide sets in. Horse cart rides are also available but walking is fun. Do take care to return well before high tide sets in. Avoid adventures with sea.
  • Good Place to visit.. Prefer walk during low tide but during high tide prefer boat don't try to go by walk you may not be able to predict the actual depth.. Within 1 hour only water level can rise upto 4-5feet from ground level.. So return before hide tide or prefer boat during hide tide. We get in fort at 7:30 am during low tide, there was no water at all so we walked in, we left fort at 8:30 am till that time water level was increased upto 4-5feet, in those heavy waves it's very risky to walk through sea towards beach so prefer boat.
  • Yoyo what a (ghan) only Marathas will understood
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