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Dronagiri Fort is a fort in Navi Mumbai’s Raigad district, Maharashtra.

The fort was under the rule of Yadav of Devgiri, but then the Portuguese got their hands on it and gave it a makeover in 1530. They even built three churches nearby – Nosa senhora, N.S.Da Penha and Sam Francisco. Talk about taking over a place and leaving your mark!

But the fort didn’t stay in one ruler’s hands for long. Adilshah captured it in the 16th century, and then the British took over. Finally, Manaji Angre captured it along with the Uran Fort in 1739.

Now, the fort is in ruins, but it’s still popular among travelers for the trek to it. And let me tell you, it’s not an easy trek. The fort is located on the top of a hill, which is entirely covered with dense forest. But hey, if you’re up for a challenge and want to take a walk through history, go for it!

Once you reach the fort, you’ll see the ruins of the fortification and a church named Nossa Senhora da Penha in good condition, but without any idol or inscription. There are also two water tanks named “Gagoni and Gijoni” near the church. The arch of the gate is broken, yet the guards rooms are in good condition.

If you’re looking for some adventure, take the path starting from the back of the Vetal mandie, which leads to a large water tank in good condition situated among the forest. The pathway to the Dronagiri fort starts from the Uran Bus stand. After passing through the tribal hutments in Daur nagar, a lone path leads to the fort. It’s a gradually climbing northern detour around the hill, passing through dense forest of Gliricidia sepium or Mexican Lilac trees planted by the Forest department. Just be sure to watch your step, or you might end up in the police chowki near the church on the fort.

So pack your bags, put on your hiking shoes, and get ready to explore Dronagiri Fort – a fort that has seen it all, and has the scars to prove it.

Oh, and one more thing – night halt on the fort is restricted, so make sure you plan accordingly. Happy trekking!

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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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