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Bhagwantgad Fort is a fort located 18 km from Malvan, in Sindhudurg district, of Maharashtra.

This fort is an off-beaten path and filled with dense vegetation. It’s like nature decided to take over and make the fort its own, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty to see.

The fort was built to keep an eye on those sneaky Sawants of Sawantwadi, and was constructed after they built the Bharatgad Fort. It was under the control of the Chhatrapati of Kolhapur for a short while, but the Sawants took over soon after. The fort has seen some action in its time, with Tulaji Angre trying to capture it in 1748. But the fort commander put up a strong resistance for 18 months, giving Tulaji Angre a run for his money.

Fast forward to 1818 and the British government took over the fort. Now, it’s under the control of the Government of India and is in ruins, except for the Siddheshwar Temple. The temple is the only structure in good condition and it’s worth checking out.

To get to the fort, you can take a boat from Kava Masure village and after a short 5-minute walk from Bhagwantgad village, you’ll find yourself at the school. From there, a paved path leads to the fort, but don’t expect a grand entrance. The side towers and ramparts are dilapidated, but that’s part of the charm. The fort is covered with dense vegetation, so don’t expect to see much of the remains of the fort.

However, if you look closely, you’ll spot some scattered remains of fortifications and some jotis. And the panoramic view of Kalaval Bay and Bharatgad from the fort is worth the trek.

On your way to Bharatgad/Bharvantgad from Malvan, keep an eye out for the Anganewadi and Acharya Rameshwar temples. These temples are a testament to the battles that took place between the Sawantwadikar Sawant and Kolhapurkar Chhatrapati.

So, if you’re looking for an adventure and don’t mind a bit of overgrown vegetation, Bhagwantgad Fort is waiting for you. And who knows, maybe you’ll spot some wild animals or hidden treasure while you’re there. Okay, maybe not the treasure, but you never know.

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Parking Difficulty : High
Walking Needed : For 100 meters
Time Needed : 2-3 Hours
Open Timings : 9.00 AM to 3:00 PM
Still Photography : Allowed
Video Photography : Allowed
Cooler Climate for most part of the year.
Carry Umbrella
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wear Cotton Dress with pullovers
Carry Binoculars
Nearest Railway Station : Kodai Road Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Madurai Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH32
Nearest Landmark : Kodai Market

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