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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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  • A msut visit ....its a small and compact fort but has a lot of history linked to it .Avoid the tongas which take you to the fort as its not a very humanly thing to take the poor horses dragging you in...  more »
  • Had visited it while on a road trip on a long weekend in my Mahindra Scorpio S10 with 3 friends. The fort can be visited only during the low tide as it is situated in sea a lil under 20 minutes by wal...  more »
  • Nothing great about this fort and just a structure remains. But one can give a visit as there is nothing much to see here except great beaches. 
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  • The Kolaba fort is located in the sea off the Alibag shores. It can be reached from the Alibag beach by a speed boat. It roughly takes 7-8 minutes to reach the fort entrance by the speed boat and the charges are very nominal. We visited a temple and a pond inside the fort. Its a must see place if you are planning a visit to Alibag.
  • situated near the shore of alibaug beach. the fort can be visited by foot during the low tides. the fun fact about the fort is that it gets submerged during high tides, so a partial fort is visible. it also has Ganesha and hanuman temple. it showcases some really good views at dawn and sunset..
  • Good place to visit n see the fort .you can see the fort within 2 hours.good place to explore. From alibag beach take a speed boat ride till the fort and while going back you can walk on the beach as there would be no water
  • 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 ...
  • One of the best sea fort. Can reach to Fort from beach by walk during low tide. Speed boat facility available for to and fro drop between beach and fort. Fort have beautiful temple of God Ganesh. Very nice view can be capture from Fort.