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Srinath, Rajeev, Amol and Yuvraj visited Sagargad and Korlaigad in July 2009. The presentation contains info about the forts and also the photographs. Hasppy viewing.

Srinath, Rajeev, Amol and Yuvraj visited Sagargad and Korlaigad in July 2009. The presentation contains info about the forts and also the photographs. Hasppy viewing.

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  • 1. कोरलाईगड आिण सागरगड र ई ड स र ड Elevation 275 m (915 ft) 452m (1357ft ) Korlaigadand Sagargad Location Alibaug
  • 2. Dharamtar Creek Khanderi Fort Underi Fort Alibaug Khandale Village g Kolaba Fort Sagargad Agarkot Fort Korlai Gad Birla Mandir
  • 3. Sagargad Sagargad is a beautiful fort very close to Alibag. This hill‐fort, 7kms from  Alibag is an old fort of Shivaji's times at 1357ft from sea‐level. Half‐way  to the fort is Siddheshwar t t th f t i Siddh h temple and an Ashram. Near temple a river  l d Ah N t l i flowing by, and most of all a cliff just behind the temple where the river  becomes a waterfall. The best place of the trek....the temple and a  stream which joined a waterfall....The view from the edge of this  waterfall is fantastic. On the fort one finds nine tombs of Satis. The place  is called Sati Plateau. Besides this plateau a thumb like erect land mass  is called Sati Plateau. Besides this plateau a thumb‐like erect land mass is known as Vanartok, it falls on the mid‐way to Sagargad. The place is  unforgettable. Apart from a ganesh temple, there are a few man made  ponds with water and green sprawling gardens on the flat mountain  ponds ith ater and green spra ling gardens on the flat mo ntain surface.
  • 4. Place where we stayed at night
  • 5. Yuvraj, Srinath, Suhas and Amol
  • 6. Timely breakfast of bread butter and tea
  • 7. Khandale village. We have to take a turn here for Sagargad
  • 8. Wadkhal Khandale Village Siddeshwar Temple
  • 9. Sagaon Khandale Village Gawali Wada Dhondana Dh d Sagargad Waterfall Thakurwadi ‐ Katkari Wadi Sahan
  • 10. Gawali Wadi Gaothan Wadi Jitkondhi Wadi Siddeshwar Sagargad Temple Thakur Wadi Wanarlingi
  • 11. Amol, Srinath with Altimeter, Suhas and Yuvraj
  • 12. Ratangad Siddeshwar Mandir and Dhondana Waterfall
  • 13. Crab looking for Avinash
  • 14. Siddeshwar Mandir and Dhondana Waterfall
  • 15. Amol, Yuvraj, Srinath, Suhas
  • 16. Rajeev, Yuvraj, Srinath and Suhas
  • 17. Siddeshwar Mandir Very good palce for night stay
  • 18. Solar Photovoltaic Cells for all the homes
  • 19. Sagargad village Solar Photovoltaic Cells
  • 20. Sinath, Yuvraj, Amol and Suhas
  • 21. From Siddeshwar Temple
  • 22. Entrance to Sagargad
  • 23. Entrance to Sagargad
  • 24. Srinath, Yuvraj, Amol and Suhas in Cloud 9
  • 25. Srinath, Suhas, Yuvraj and Amol in Cloud 9
  • 26. Shiv Mandir
  • 27. Shiv Mandir
  • 28. Suhas, Yuvraj, 2 youngsters from village as guides, Srinath and Amol Apposite Wanarlingi
  • 29. Suhas, Yuvraj, 2 youngsters from village as guides, Srinath and Amol Apposite Wanarlingi
  • 30. Suhas, Rajeev, Srinath, Amol and Yuvraj
  • 31. Suhas, Rajeev, Srinath, Amol and Yuvraj
  • 32. Suhas, Srinath, Rajeev, Amol and Yuvraj
  • 33. Suhas, Srinath, Yuvraj, Rajeev and Amol
  • 34. Wanartok or Wanarlingi
  • 35. Sagaragad Wanar lingi
  • 36. Man mdae pond on Sagargad
  • 37. Rain water tank
  • 38. Fort wall
  • 39. Water tank
  • 40. Suhas and Rajeev Amol and Yuvraj appreciating Amol's achievement
  • 41. A Textbook tree
  • 42. Wall of the fort
  • 43. Wall of the fort
  • 44. Sagargad Wanarlingi or Wanartok
  • 45. Gawali Wadi
  • 46. Village school (400 sq ft room)
  • 47. In Gawali Wadi to quench our thirst
  • 48. Srinath waiting
  • 49. Each of us had approx. 2 glasses of lassi
  • 50. Khanderi Fort Underi Fort
  • 51. Korlaigad
  • 52. Korlaigad
  • 53. ALIBAUG Kundalika river Korlaigad Salav Bridge  Salav Bridge Jetty of Vikram  connects Alibaug and Murud Ispat Steel Plant Salav Village MURUD Phansad Sanctuary in south
  • 54. Korlai Fort (also called El Morro or Castle Curlew) The fort is Th f t i 2828 feet long, and its average breadth i eighty-nine f t The enclosing wall i 5' 3" f tl d it b dth is i ht i feet. Th l i ll is high and has 305 battlements for guns. It is entered by eleven gates - four are outer and seven are inner. At the north point, within pistol-shot of main battery is the water cistern named Santa Cruz - major source of water. The area within the fort walls is divided into three enclosures by two lines of bastioned f tifi ti b ti d fortifications. E h of th seven b ti Each f the bastions b bears th name of a saint. Th t the f i t The two westward t d bastions are named San Diego (after Didacus of Alcala) and San Francisco (after Francis of Assisi). The others are Sam Pedro, Sam Ignacio, and Sam Philippe. The top f the Th t of th hill is bastioned as well and i and surrounded b a parapet. It h a l i b ti d ll d is d d d by t has large rain-water i t cistern with three mouths, each one-foot wide, and the ruins of the magazine and a church. The church was built in 1630 for the use of the army and was functional until 1728. There are th Th three P t Portuguese inscriptions. O i i ti One, over a ddoorway i th centre and hi h t part of th in the t d highest t f the fort (see picture), reads as follows: This castle was commanded to be built by the Viceroy of India D. Felippe Mascarenhas in November of the year 1646 and Fernao Miranda Henriques being Captain of Chaul, and was finished in May 1680, Christovao d Ab fi i h d i M 1680 Ch i t Abreu d' A Asevade b i C t i of thi f t d being Captain f this fort. The inscription is surmounted by a cross with a coat of arms having the Portuguese stars in the centre and surrounded by seven castles. Other inscriptions over the main entrance and over an altar in the chapel are worn out and undecipherable. D i th b i f M th rule, some of th lt i th h l t d d i h bl During the brief Maratha l f the names of the bastions were changed but now the only indication of their presence is some dismantled shrines.
  • 55. Korlai Fort (also called El Morro or Castle Curlew) This fort was built in 1521 by the Portuguese with the permission of the Ahmednagar Sultanate.  y g p g 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  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  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. 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. lion and the highest tower by a bronze eagle It housed 7 000 horses and as much men Some parts of it were rebuilt later but now had a garrison of only 50 men. The church within the  fort was used for worship on Sundays and holidays. Korlai fort was also strategically very  important as it guarded the mouth of the bay. Sambhaji the son of Shivaji tried to take it over  important as it guarded the mouth of the bay Sambhaji the son of Shivaji tried to take it over but failed and had to withdraw his forces on 6th December, 1687.The fort was taken by the  Marathas who held it from 1739‐1818.
  • 56. A movement spreading across Maharashtra
  • 57. Going to the left side of the fort
  • 58. Nature in action A tree bridging a broken wall Yuvraj astonished.
  • 59. Salav Bridge
  • 60. Light House
  • 61. Horse Stable
  • 62. Way to Jetty
  • 63. Salav Bridge on Kundalika river Jetty
  • 64. A Canon
  • 65. As in all trakes, Yuvraj is ready with food for ALL
  • 66. Flower dried out A Bud Flower in full blossom
  • 67. Light House is ON
  • 68. Going to the other side of the fort
  • 69. Light House Our Car Way from the main land to Korlaigad
  • 70. A Temple
  • 71. A large rain-water cistern 'Santa Cruze' with 3 mouths each 1 x 1 ft
  • 72. Yuvraj and Srinath guiding the car from Light House to main land
  • 73. Un spoilt Un hurried Un touched Un confined Un expected Un conquered Un paralleled Un paralleled Un matched Un stressed Un stressed Un limited Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by  g y y the sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, or scorched in the blazing sun,  stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls , the last lingering memories of  Maharashtra's martial times. Nowhere in the country would you encounter such a  profusion of forts. And such variety. Sited on an island, or guarding the seas or among  the Sahyadri hills, whose zig‐zag walls and rounded bastions sit like a scepter and  crown amidst hills turned mauve.