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.
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