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Nestled between the scenic Western Ghats, and known for their unique and rich flora and fauna and the Arabian Sea, the north Konkan coast has beaches and mangroves filled with swampy areas and rice fields. Steeped in history, the towns dotting the Konkan coastline have a number of forts, some dating back to the 12th century like the Janjira Fort. The first view of Janjira Fort from your boat, as you approach it, is stunning. You can walk through these magnificent historical relics in two days and get a first-hand feel of what life in a fort would have been like a few centuries ago in this Konkan Darshan tour. In addition, you will have a journey through one of the most scenic routes in India punctuated with lovely virgin beaches and temples.
Within a few hours of you departure for your North Konkan Coastal Tour Package from Pune, you will reach the remarkable Janjira Fort with its 19 intact rounded bastions. This is one of India’s strongest marine forts and is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty. Now in ruins, this fort can still give you enough hair-raising experiences about life hundreds of years ago. Built in 1521, the Korlai Fort is of Portugese origin and you can still see some parts of its beautiful church standing. The view of the Korlai village, sandy beaches and the sea from this fort is breathtaking. Travelling from Alibag on a boat to reach Khanderi Fort situated on an island is an experience that you should not miss. The island is small and has the fort and a lighthouse from where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the sea surrounding the island and the little waves crashing into the rocky shore
Departure from Pune
Your North Konkan Coastal Tour Package from Pune starts from Fergusson College main gate at around 0500AM. Packed breakfast will be served on the way to Murud and you can expect to reach the place by 1100AM. From here you will take a scenic boat ride to the majestic Janjira Fort, explore this exciting place and be back to Murud for lunch by 0200PM.
After lunch and a short rest, you will continue to Korlai by 0300PM. The ancient Portuguese Korlai Fort settlement of the 16th century is a remarkable place rich in history. You can stroll around and visit the lighthouse. Once you all gather around 0530PM, you will proceed to Chawl/Nagav by the picturesque Revdanda; night stay will be arranged at around Chawl/Nagav in comfortable homestays.
Fort Visits, Alibag, Departure towards Pune
After an early breakfast you will proceed to Kolaba Fort at Alibag, which is one of the oldest forts in the country and is situated about 2km from the shoreline. The fort is a perfect example of the military advancements made under the Maratha rule, especially under the patronage of Shivaji; pay a visit to the Siddhivinakyak temple situated within the fort.
After lunch at Alibag, visit the Khanderi Fort, which is situated in an island about 4km from Alibag. Most portions of the fort are intact and the most prominent structure in the fort is the lighthouse. Enjoy the majestic view of the sea from the fort bastion. The return journey commences at 0530 pm when you start for Pune.
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