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 Maharaj to be fortified after the whole of South Konkan became free. The work of construction of the fort started in 19 March 1680. 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 the Maratha attacks on British ships. Kolaba fort is one the fort which was captured by Shivaji Maharaj. The fort was completed by Sambhaji Maharaj after the death of Shivaji Maharaj in June 1681. 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 17 November 1721, the British incensed at Angre's activities, joined the Portuguese in an expedition against Kolaba. A Portuguese land force of 6000 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. On 4 July 1729 Kanhoji Angre died on the Kolaba fort.In 1729 many buildings were destroyed due to a major fire incident near the Pinjara Bastion.In 1787 another major fire incident took place in which the Angre Wada was destroyed. In 1842 the British sold the wodden structures in the fort by Auction and used the stones for the construction of Alibag water works.
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  • The place is easily accessible on foot at low tide. The place is good for some photos through the actual heritage is not much seen. There are also two small temples here  more »
  • One of the greatest creation of it's time Kolaba fort. The amazing part you can just walk through the sand and reach the fort during low tide. It was excellent experience visiting the fort. The Ganpat...  more »
  • Fort is almost 2-3 KM from seashore. There is nothing much inside the fort. If you want to do timepass, this will be a good place for you.  more »
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  • This is the fort to which you can walk from the beach to reach it during the low tide. Be careful when the high tide is approaching.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. In that fort, there are temples.
  • It's a waste of time if you're there for site seeing. The place is totally burnt and there is only one temple in between, that's it. You can enjoy the horse ride which they give in the afternoon to take you to the fort. The other option is a motor boat which takes you there in just two to three minutes. It can be a good spot if you're a photographer.
  • Fort located inside sea on island, At the low tide you can go to fort by walking through sea water but on high tide day you have to go by small boats only. No entry fee just cleanliness charges Rs. 15/- per person. Nice n clean fort area, temple n sweet water pond inside. 5 to 7 small canons on fort. Need lots of maintenance for improvement of fort.
  • Nice place to visit while enjoying beach. View from the fort is awesome. As all the forts cleanliness here also not good but somewhat better than other forts. Historical place but it's very sad that enough care not taken by government for forts in India. All the fort is maintained by villagers themselves. Entry fees are charged but it's not much costly and also it's for good cause. You can find temple's on the fort and a village settled on the fort. You can get a Horse-cart ride to the fort or you can reach the fort by just walking through the water from beach. Overall for nature lovers it's nice place to visit.
  • Kolaba fort is surrounded by beach.It is very old fort. Most of parts are broken but still looks beautiful. Best place to visit with family
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