Vijaydurg or Victory Fort Sprawling over an area of 48 acres,
Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile. Shivaji added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century. Vijaydurg's beach is a stretch of about a kilometer with good views of the fort at the right and a small plateau with a hut to the left. Once naval bases, Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg bear testimony to Maharashtra's martial supremacy during Shivaji's reign.
The Architectural marvel
1) The 200m long, undersea/underland tunnel from the fort to the Dhulap’s palatial house in the village is man-made. The roof of the tunnel has been pinched to protect it from land-slides and it is also well ventilated. Now the tunnel is partially blocked. Using latest technology if this tunnel is cleared it will be a major tourist attraction and will be of great help for architectural students/history lovers.
2) The fencing compound wall constructed at 8-10 m depth undersea, 300ft from the fort is another architectural wonder. The wall constructed with laterite stones is 122 mtr long, 3 mtr high & 7 mtr in breadth. Majority of attacking ships met their watery grave after colliding on this wall as this wall is not visible above the sea level.
Discovery of helium::
On 18-08-1868, a solar eclipse day a French scientist Johnson took the spectrometer readings from this fort. The stone benches he used for taking the readings are known as saheb’s kattas in local language. These spectrometer readings helped in detecting the presence of "Helium", one of the basic elements on Sun.
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How To Reach
Kolhapur and Panjim (Goa) are the nearest Airport for Vijaydurg. Further journey may be performed by road.
Rajapur is the nearest railway station on Konkan Railways. Further journey may be performed by road.
Vijaydurg is 52 kms from
Kasarde off Mumbai Goa It is
180 km from Panaji and 525 kms from Mumbai. You may take private cars or MSRTC Buses from Rajapur, Ratnagiri or Devgad.