The state of Maharashtra has a vast number of forts. The forts make a wonderful tourist destination not just for their interesting history but also for their astounding locations. Most of them are snuggled in the magnificent ranges of the Sahayadri Mountains or the picturesque Western Ghats. Pick from these ten lovely fort destinations and enjoy the richness of India’s history and geography.
10 Marvellous Forts of Maharashtra
The Raigad Fort acted as the capital of the Maratha king Shivaji. It is located in the Sahyadri mountain range in the Mahad and stands at a height of 820 meters. It is famous for the Hirakani Buruj wall and the Maha Darwaja.
Located near Mahabaleshwar in Satara district, Pratapgad Fort is also known as Valour Fort. It has a lower and upper fort.
This fort near Aurangabad is regarded as one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra. It holds several memorable monuments like Chini Mahal and Chand Minar.
Located in the port town of Murud, the Murud-Janjira Fort is set on an oval shaped rock off the Arabian Sea. The fort is popular for its many secret hideouts and escape routes.
The imposing Panhala Fort rises 1312 feet above the plains in the Sahayadri Mountain range. It is near Kolhapur and is known for its serpents.
Strategically built with an intention to protect, the Sinhagad Fort is in the midst of a batch of forts close to Pune and is a very popular monsoon getaway from Pune.
Consisting of two forts, the Rajmachi Fort is in the rugged terrain of the Sahyadri Mountains. It is a good choice of destination for a trek.
Situated in Satara, Vasota Fort has all nature’s elements blessing it. It looks over the peaks of Nageshwar and also Shivsagar Lake created by the Koyna backwaters. The road leading to the fort is spectacularly scenic as it runs through the Valley of Flowers (Kaspathar) and the dense jungle.
On the shores of the Malvan Town in the Konkan region, is one of the top five sea forts in Maharashtra, the Sindhudurg Fort. Constructed by Shivaji the fort is a fine example of Maratha architecture.
Torna is one of the largest and tallest forts in Pune districts. It is also known as Prachandagad and was the first fort captured and possessed by Shivaji.