Kelva Fort is in the Palghar district of Maharashtra.
First off, let’s talk about the history. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese back in the 16th century, and later used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja during his Maratha rule. That’s pretty cool, right?
For us, the fact that, the fort is located at the southern end of Kelva Lake, surrounded by greenish Suru trees is a great information. It offers panoramic views, and during low tide, you can actually approach the fort by boat! How’s that for an enchanting experience?
It’s in a bit of a ruined condition, but that just adds to the charm. The outer walls, steps, parapets, and bastions are still in excellent order and worth seeing. And if you’re up for a bit of an adventure, you’ll have to crawl through the partially blocked entrance to the first level.
Once inside, you’ll be greeted by four amazing triangular bastions, each with windows and holes for guns. It takes less than an hour to explore the whole fort, but I guarantee you’ll be impressed by what you see.
And get this, the fort was initially surrounded by sea, but due to reduced sea level, it’s now on the coast. In 1739, the Marathas conquered the fort in the “Campaign of Vasai”. Who knew forts could be so exciting?
To get to the fort, just head to the right of the Kelve Sheetaladevi temple and walk north on the beach. You’ll find the fort amidst the woods. It’s a bit of a trek, but I promise you won’t regret it.
So there you have it, folks. Kelva Fort: historically important, visually stunning, and a ton of fun. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem in the Palghar district of Maharashtra.