Gopalgad

Type: Hill Fort

Height (Approx in ft.): 300

Grade: Easy

Base Village: Anjanvel, Guhaghar

District: Ratnagiri

Nearest Railway Station: Chiplun

How to reach:

Guhagar, which is a famous tourist destination, is about 12 km to the south of Anjanvel. State transport and private buses ply regularly from Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Pune and various places. One can travel in ST bus to Anjanvel, though a private vehicle or rickshaw is preferable. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to see the fort completely.

Time to reach from base village: 1 hour from Guhaghar by Vehicle

What to see:

The area of this fort is around 7 acres. Most of the ramparts are still intact, with most of its bastions. There is a well dug moat around the fort on two sides of the fort. Vehicles can go till the main entrance of the fort. There are 15 bastions to the fort, most of them now covered with trees. On these bastions are firm porches of laterite rock as a base for cannons. There was a stone inscription on these walls, but it is diminished today. The fort is built by constructing walls in staggered way, dividing it into three distinct structures, the upper citadel, the “Parkot”(?????) facing sea side and the “Balekot” (???????). Parkot was built by was strengthened by Kairatkhan and it is comprises dual layered wall. There is a door to enter from the Parkot with a cistern located nearby. There is a dilapidated palace with couple of porches on the citadel. There is a big rectangular cistern within the main walls. As mentioned earlier, even if the fort gates are locked, the fort is open for all to visit. Due to malpractice in legal documents, the fort was illegally occupied by a privateer who uses it as a mango farm. Though there was a mass protest done by a Dombivli based NGO with the help of local people and political intervention, the District Collector’s office has been unable to take any action to date. However, people can visit the fort without hindrance.

Accommodation Facility: In Guhaghar

Food Facility: In Guhaghar

Drinking Water Facility: Not available

Best Season to Visit: All the year

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