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10 Marvellous Forts of Maharashtra

Blog, Destinations, Heritage & Culture - GoroadTrip - September 28, 2014

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.

Raigad Fort:

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.

Pratapgad Fort:

Located near Mahabaleshwar in Satara district, Pratapgad Fort is also known as Valour Fort. It has a lower and upper fort.

Daulatabad 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.

Murud-Janjira Fort:

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.

Panhala Fort:

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.

Sinhagad Fort:

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.

Rajmachi Fort:

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.

Vasota Fort:

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.

Sindhudurg Fort:

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 Fort:

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.

 

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Top 11 Beaches along the East Coast of India

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - September 13, 2014

Digha Beach, West Bengal:

One of the oldest beaches of West Bengal, the Digha Beach is around 187 kilometres to the south west of Kolkata. The Casuarina plantations and trees along the coast add to the beauty of the calm waters of this popular beach.

Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal:

Mandramani has the longest motor able beach road in India with a drive-in beach. Lined by a fishing village on one side and dense jhau trees on the other, the beach is very picturesque.

Shankarpur Beach, West Bengal:

A beach village about 185 kilometres from Kolkata, the Shankarpur Beach is a recent discovery but has already gained popularity as the best beach of Eastern India. The glorious sunrises, clear waters and casuarina groves make the beach a photographer’s delight.

Chandrabhaga Beach, Odisha:

Since it is close to the Sun Temple, the Chandrabhagha Beach is called as Konark Beach as well. The serenity of the beach is welcoming. Attractions like the light house and deer park add to the allure.

Chandipur Beach, Odisha:

A speciality of this beach is the rise and ebb of the tides. The waves ebb approximately five kilometres during low tide and then advance back the same distance at high tide. It is fascinating to watch this hide and seek of the waves.

Puri Beach, Odisha:

Puri Beach is one among the most beautiful beaches in India. It is populated densely every July owing to the car festival of Puri celebrated during that month.

RushiKonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh:

Known as the Jewel of East Coast, RushiKonda Beach is around eight kilometres from Vishakapatnam. The golden sands dotted with mango and palm grooves are hard to resist and you end up spending hours on the beach. Water sports activities like windsurfing and jet skiing are add-ons.

Mypad Beach, Andhra Pradesh:

Located 20 kilometres from Nellore, the Mypad Beach is a scenic beach destination. Rife with swaying green trees and lush long grass, the sparkling waters of the balmy beach, it is a complete family vacation spot.

Mahabalipuram Beach, Tamil Nadu:

The town of Mahabalipuram which is around 50 kilometres from Chennai attracts more than the beach. The exquisite Shore Temple, the rock cut caves, the exemplary five chariots are enough reasons for tourists spending days in the many resorts of Mahabalipuram.

Marina Beach, Tamil Nadu:

The longest beach in India and the world’s first longest urban beach, the Marina Beach is Chennai’s major tourist attraction. A four mile long promenade makes it a walker’s delight and there are plenty of stalls and entertainment to engage tourists.

Kanyakumari Beach, Tamil Nadu:

The Bay of Bengal culminates its eastward journey at Kanyakumari Beach as it meets the Arabian Sea to form the Indian Ocean.Hence the beach is called ‘Land’s End’. Being able to watch both the sunrise and sunset at sea is a spectacular experience. The Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock Memorial are added attractions of this beach.

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