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Korlai Fort, Kashid

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Korlai Fort is a Portuguese fortification in the town of Korlai, Maharashtra, India. It was built on an island which guards the way to the Revdanda Creek. It was meant as a companion to the fort at Chaul. At this strategic position the Portuguese could use it to defend their province which stretched from Korlai to Bassein. Vestiges of the Portuguese occupation are manifested in the distinct dialect of the Korlai villages inhabitants which is a Luso-Indian Portuguese Creole called Kristi.HistoryThis fort was built in 1521 by the Portuguese with the permission of the Ahmednagar sultanate. In 1521, taking advantage of the confusion in the aftermath of the death of the Burhan Nizam the Portuguese tried to take over the fort. However the sultan retaliated and sent some of his best men to reclaim the fort. Subsequently a truce was reached in which the Ahmednagar sultanate occupied the island and no further fortification of the island took place. Only a wooden cross remained on the island as a sign of its former rulers.However, in 1594, Abranches, a Portuguese captain with 1,500 soldiers and 1,500 natives took possession of the fort. The besieged soldiers of the Sultanate tried to block their way by putting a dead elephant at the main gate and a dead horse at the inner gate. But in the end they had to surrender. The Portuguese won the fort but not having enough men to stand guard there chose to destroy it leaving only the central tower and a battery intact.Before its destruction, Korlai had been described by travelers as a "magnificent fortress as strong as any other in the world". On the inland side - the only place where it was susceptible to be attacked it was protected by a ditch and could only be accessed by a drawbridge. The main entrance was guarded by a bronze lion and the highest tower by a bronze eagle. It housed 7,000 horses and as much men.
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  • My first reaction after climbing up on the fort could not be explained with words. It was simply mindblowing. A place so green and serene. It also has a lighthouse and a transponder for the navigation...  read more »
  • Must go if you're going to kashid or alibagh. A must must visit. At the top of fort its so peaceful and sea all around you. Its heaven. 
  • We took a narrow precarious road by car in the monsoon for the last kilometer to the fort. But it was worth it. The lighthouse is well maintained and the government caretaker there gave us a nice tour...  read more »
  • U may dimiss this as another small hill while driving to kashid, but korlai fort offers stunning views and easy climb of about 20 min to the top. Must visit.
  • Loved it because my DEARJAAN place.. My Experance this is a incredible korlai fort & village...$$
  • One of the best fort i have ever seen in Maharashtra, India. Korlai Fort is 20 Km from Alibaug. Fort has amazing old structure having historic references. Fort is surrounded by beautiful sea. There is a Light House in front of the Fort.
  • Loved the place!! Awesome climate, good trekking experience.. Amazing sea side..
  • Location is the best thing about this place surrounded by sea, the trek does not exist, its simply few steps and you are in the fort, nothing great with the fort though and the road leading towards the fort is risky to ride of drive at night, thumbs up for location and the view
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