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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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  • The place is home for one of the forgotten and dying languages called Creole Konkani. Around 100 inhabitants in this village can speak that language. It has a winding road which leads visitors to a li...  more »
  • This fort has an excellent view. The roads leading to the fort are not the best but once you get there, it's all forgotten. It's a small hike (around 15mins) with steps to the top that even kids (4+) ...  more »
  • The meandering pathway among the dried fish all the way to korlai lighthouse , is the most exiting part of the visit. From murud revdanda road u take a right turn and suddenly find urself staring at t...  more »
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  • Very steep trekking trail.... But loved it... An awsum place for pre-wedding photo shoots.... Came across one while our trip.
  • Scenic fort surrounded on three sides by water. It is best to visit during the monsoons and winter. Evening sunset is a sight you wouldn't want to miss from here.
  • It's a historic place. Fortification is still in great shape. Korlai is one of coastal fort which helped Maratha Empire to maintain their dominance on the nearby area. Now it has a light house at the base. Keep it clean. Do not litter.
  • Korlai Fort (also called Morro or Castle Curlew is a Portuguese fortification in the town of Korlai,Maharashtra, India. It was built on an island (Morro de Chaul)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.
  • One of the most beautifully located forts along the Konkan coast. Not too far away from Alibaug, it is worth a visit to enjoy the views of the sea. The fort itself is in reasonably good shape