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“Nothing worthwhile....” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Janjira (Kasa) Fort

Ranked #443 of 1,824 things to do in Maharashtra
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Owner description: One of the most important maritime forts in India is said to have been unconquered since the 12th century.
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nothing worthwhile....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

I visited this Fort in August 2013 and frankly, I was bored. This much hyped fort amidst the sea is said to be built some 550 years ago, but nothing great (Architechtures don't interest me and almost all forts that I have seen have a hidden tunnel as well). The path (and not road) from parking to the ferry is narrow and shabby. There is no food shop or a place where you can rest for a while.

The boatman charged Rs. 50 per head (I went on 15 Aug, so maybe I had to pay a "holiday" premium) for a to and fro journey. The boat was crowded with lot of people, and you won't be blamed for feeling insecure. There was a person who claimed to be a guide and promptly declared that we would need a guide inside as the fort was too big (22 acre he said) to go around by ourselves. We would be better-off by taking a guide for a fees of Rs. 50 per head who would show us the 7 most important points inside the fort. Someone who does not pay the "fees" would not be allowed to follow the guide. Thus, you are trapped, and you pay the money without knowing what is there inside.

Most importantly, you will have to go and come by the same boat. So, you are warned that without the guide inside the fort, you may get lost and would be left on your own to return. This all the more "pushes" you to pay for the guide.

Once you reach the entrance of the fort, there will be 2 guys who would hold your hand and sort of swing you over the water to the stairs. Inside, you would see a huge lake, claimed to be of sweet water, a giant canon weighing about 15 tonnes and having a range of 6 KM and the relics of a once 7 storey tall building.

Overall, this place is not at all maintained, very generic stuff. This place is some 25 km away from Kashid and I would have enjoyed a quiet afternoon by the beach at Kashid rather than come here and go back with nothing.

PS: Don't board the boat if you have sea-sickness or after a heavy lunch.
Keep a watch on people around you.
Ladies, beware of people trying to take your snaps and don't get disconnected from your group.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Arnab M
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English first
Noida, India
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57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Murud Janjira”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

I wouldn't rate my experience very good on various counts while i visited this place. Only good thing is its architecture and especially hidden entrance... Otherwise drawbacks are plenty and some are

1. No safety for travelers at all once on-board the Boats which are overloaded
2. Approach road is quite narrow and parking guys are not friendly
3. Not able to find any decent snacks corner around
4. Internally in v bad condition expect the Well which seems to be having drinkable water
5. not maintained and due to be history in another few years if continued to be neglected

Alibagh is much better a destination with gr8 beaches around.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank MGovil
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great One!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

The place is not far from Alibaug, Fort has a history of 1000 years which is quite interesting as narrated by our guide. Sweet water ponds in the mist of ocean is amazing to see. The door to enter the fort is not visible till you reach there its an example of magnificent architecture. Also there is a tunnel via sea which connects the fort to main land.
Shooting for the song Tu hi re (Movie Bombay) was done here.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank niketa18
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Navsari, India
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33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Non Other”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

i have not Seen Any fort like this. 1000 Years old, In the Sea, Very Interesting, just Pay 30 Rs to Boat Man and they Guide u, A Sweet Water Well in the Fort, Which is MAGIC OF UNIVERSE CREATOR.

Easy to Reach from Murud, and It's Very Nice Journey, in boat, in just 20 Rs.No food OR Canteen in Fort so u may Arrange.
i VIsit in Winter in i Enjoy a lot.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Minhaj R
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Pune, India
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A fort in the sea with loads of history and amazing facts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2013

We visited this place in summer, which is not recommended as there it is very hot and since it is in the sea, humidity level is too high. Please carry enough water, or else you will easily get dehydrated. Luckily for us, it was a cloudy day and we reached at Rajapuri Jetty by around 4PM. The good thing I felt about this place is that, tourism is yet to explore opportunities here. The boat which takes us to the fort doesn't have seats nor does have a motor to propel. 3 people have to shove the boat along with a pole by pushing directly on the bed of the sea. Its a tough job as the sea is not calm at this part of the coast. At one point, when the wind favors they will open the main sail and the sail boat will slowly sail towards the fort. In the fort also, since there is no proper Jetty, you have to be a bit dynamic to get in and out of the boat. But don't worry, the guys in the boat are very helpful. And there are some students who help tourists as a social service. The only problem I found was, we have to get back in 45mins and go back in the same boat. Since there are no official guides in the fort, boat drivers become guide for the extra income(Rs300 they charged for each family group). There is nothing you can do without a guide, as there are no sign boards in this 22acre lost world. He walked us around some 12 points within 45mins. That was really hectic and tiresome. Since the wind is flowing towards the shore, they just opened up the main sail and boat slowly sailed to shore without any extra effort from the driver. Overall it was an wonderful experience, especially with the amazing facts and figures. Such a planned and secure fort, that too in the sea 500years back. A must visit..

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Nobanes
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