Narayangad (Amboli) Fort

Overview:

Type:Hill Fort
Location:Opposite to the “Kaavlesaad” point in the famous hill station of Amboli.
District:Sindhudurg

This fort stands across the valley opposite to the “Kaavlesaad” point in the famous hill station of Amboli. Narayangad helps to keep a watch on the trade route of Paarpoli ghat. It was also used as a local tax collection center.

The route from the base village is not difficult and is straight with some slopes. The route passes through a dense forest where not many people pass through. This place in Amboli provides an off-beat destination for the ones seeking something different in a hill station.

History:

Anasaheb Fond Sawant of Sawantwadi built this fort.

Places to Visit on Fort:

There are hardly any remnants on the fort. There is a temple of Goddess Sateri Devi and some sculpted stones under a tree. Some remains of houses can also be seen.

From the fort one can see Manohar-Mansantoshgad to the West and Kalesaad point to the East. To the North there are three pinnacles visible on a mountain which is known as Gangotri Laginvaada. Mhataricha gunda is the highest pinnacle which is a bit round and the other two are Navara and Navari.

This fort stands separated from the main mountain range due to a valley. Instead of going back one can climb the mountain opposite to the fort which has two places of worship in a dense forest. One is Lingi which has a Shiv linga and a Nadndi while the other is Mhartaal where there are idols in the open. As the area lies under dense forest cover it is strongly advised to take a route guide along.

How to reach:

Hill station Amboli is 32 kms from Sawantwadi. Regular buses ply from Sawantwadi to Amboli. The base village of the fort is Gele which is 7 kms from Amboli. Take the Amboli-Belgaum highway and 5.5 kms from Amboli take the diversion towards Kaavlesaad point and Gele village (1 km before Aajra junction). After reaching this junction, proceed taking the left turn which leads to 2 roads of which the one to the right leads to Kaavlesaad point and the one to the left takes us to Gele village.

One can reach by a vehicle to the temple in the village. Further from here a cement road takes us to the fields where there is a small path to the right which leads us to the fort.

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The Best time to visit:

You can visit at any time except monsoons to Narayangad Fort.

Ravi

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I love history and also like to read about the history of forts in Maharashtra. Graduate from Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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