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Madh Fort / Versova Fort

Historical

Photo Credit: Flickr

Distance (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus): 46 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3 Hours

Place Location: At Madh Island Close To Aksa Beach

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 46 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Madh Fort, also called Versova Fort, is a small fort situated at Madh Island close to Aksa Beach in northern Mumbai.

The Portuguese built Madh Fort as a watchtower during the 17th century. The Marathas captured the fort in the 1739 CE war. The British occupied Salsette Island, Thana Fort, Fort Versova, and the island fort of Karanja in 1774 CE.

The fort is long and narrow with a 7 sided polygonal structure. Only the external facade of the fort is intact but internally it is dilapidated. From the Madh Fort, travellers can view the Gorai, Worli and Mumbai Beach Skyline. Many Indian movies have been shot at this location. The fort is under the supervision of the Indian Air Force and Navy at present. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the coastline and city skyline from this fort. Visitors need to seek special permissions from the concerned authorities to visit this fort.

The fort is located far away from the City. One must take a whole day to just visit the place. Located at about 15 km from Malad, it can be reached through BEST bus service or by ferry available at Versova. Madh fort is surrounded by local fishermen's communities and makes it extremely smelly to survive around.