Sewri Fort is an obscure fort in Mumbai. If you are you ready for an adventure then, Sewri Fort can be on your list, because this fort is so obscure that not even the locals know about it!
Built by the British in 1680, this fort was initially a watch tower to keep an eye on the Portuguese who had taken over the land across Mithi River (called Salsette Island). As threats from the sea diminished, so did the importance of the fort. Nowadays, it’s more like a godown of the Mumbai Port Trust.
But hey, don’t let that discourage you from visiting this historical site. The fort is located on a quarried hill overlooking the Mumbai harbour, and once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the Sewri mangrove park and its vibrant flamingos.
However, don’t expect a grand entrance or clear signboards to guide you. It’s like a puzzle game.
As you make your way through the streets of Mumbai, trying to find the fort. Even the locals can’t direct you there,
Once you finally stumble upon the fort, you might wonder if you’re in the right place as there are no visible fortifications or ramparts. But don’t worry, you’ll know you’re in the right spot once you pass through the dark room and enter the courtyard with a lonely tree at one end.
To get to the fort, you can either take a 10-minute walk from the Sewree station, or you can take the IMAX Wadala road if you’re coming by car. Just be prepared to play detective to find this elusive fort.
So, if you’re up for a challenge and want to visit a place that’s off the beaten path, put the Sewri Fort on your itinerary. Who knows, you might even come back with a great story to tell about how you found this hidden gem!
Up to the eighteenth century, Mumbai consisted of several small islands. In 1661, seven of these islands were ceded by the Portuguese to the British as part of the dowry of Charles II of England. The harbour proved eminently opposite, and the British planned to shift base from Surat to Mumbai. The Siddis, who were of African descent and noted for their navies, had allied themselves with the Mughals. The British, under the East India Company and the Mughals were constantly waged war on each other. As allies of the Mughals, the Siddis also declared the British as enemies.
Faced with relentless attacks by the Siddis in 1672, several fortifications were constructed in Mumbai, and in 1680 the Sewri fort was complete. It stood on the island of Parel, on a hill overlooking the eastern seaboard and Indian mainland. It had a garrison of 50 sepoys and was managed by a subedar. It was also armed with eight to ten cannons.
In 1689, the Siddi general, Yadi Sakat, with an army of 20,000 men, invaded Mumbai. The fleet first captured the Sewri fort, then the Mazagon Fort, before sacking the town of Mahim. The fort was also later involved in a battle that repelled a Portuguese attack in 1772.
After the decline of the regional powers, the fort was subsequently used to house prisoners. It was later converted as a Bombay Port Trust godown.