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Khanderi is an island with a fort, located south of Mumbai, along the coast of Maharashtra, India.

If you’re looking for a fun and adventurous trip, then look no further than Khanderi Island! This island is bigger than its neighbor, Underi, and it’s got a lot of history and cool stuff to see.

Let’s start with the fort itself, which is still mostly intact. The most prominent structure on the island is the lighthouse, which was built by the British way back in 1867. This lighthouse stands tall at 22 feet and can be seen from up to 13 km away, making it the perfect place for a game of “spot the lighthouse” with your travel buddies.

But that’s not all the fort has to offer. There are also a few old metal cannons, a tomb of a local saint named Daud Pir, and even a musical stone that emits metallic musical notes when struck. Who knew a fort could be so musical?

Now, before you start planning your trip, it’s important to note that the fort is a restricted area and falls under the jurisdiction of the Indian navy. So, take a permissions are talk to locals.

One fun fact about Khanderi Island is that there’s a secret way to get to the Kulaba fort in Alibag. We can’t tell you what it is, though, because then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, would it?

And if you’re wondering why the island was renamed Kanhoji Angre Island in 1998, it’s because of the Maratha Koli General Kanhoji Angre. The man must have been pretty awesome to have an island named after him!

Khanderi was occupied by the forces of Shivaji in 1679, and the fortifying walls were built during his reign. The fort itself was completed in 1680 after many battles between Shivaji’s forces and the navy of Sidi. The Marathas had even developed a naval strategy with shallow vessels that could travel in low tide, which was pretty impressive for the time.

There were also a few battles fought on the island, including one in 1718 when the British attacked with a big fleet of warships. Mankoji Suryavanshi defended the fort with 500 men for almost a month, which is a pretty impressive feat.

As we sail towards Khanderi from Thal, we can clearly see the walls and the lighthouse on the fort. And once we’re on the island, we can roam about by following a trail along the ramparts. It’s like being transported back in time, except with cooler technology and better food options.

So, what are you waiting for? Set sail for Khanderi Island and get ready for an adventure full of history, cannons, and musical stones!

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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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