Forts:Khanderi - Underi (Sea Forts)
Expense: INR 1,000/-
*Boat ride to the sea forts.
About Khanderi Fort:
Khanderi is located 5 km off the coast of Maharashtra (off Thal, Kihim) and 20 km south of Mumbai. Khanderi, along with its sister fort Underi formed the major fortification along the Maharashtra coast, the former falling under Shivaji's control and the latter under his opponents, the Siddis.
The island consists of two high hills, once facing north and the other facing south. Initially, the islands of Underi and Khanderi were uninhabited. In 1679, Khanderi was occupied by the forces of Shivaji, who oversaw the building of the fortication walls. Subsequently, Khanderi fort was built during the reign of the Shivaji in 1660 to keep a check on the Siddis at Murud-Janjira fort and was the site of many battles between Shivaji's forces and the navy of Siddi. It contained two wells to supply water to the forces within, and a temple of Sri Betal.
Most of the fort is still intact the most prominent structure being a lighthouse built by the British in June 1867 and the two storey building upon which the lighthouse is located.Additionally, the fort a few old metal canons.
About Underi fort:
Underi (also called Jaidurg) is a fortified island near the mouth of Mumbai harbour south of Prong's Lighthouse. It is a companion fort to Khanderi and currently lies in Raigad district, Maharashtra. These islands of Khanderi and Underi served as one of the landmarks for ships entering Mumbai harbour. Underi is smaller than Khanderi.
The fortification was built by Kahim of the Siddis in 1680 CE.
How to book:
Ganesh Nabar (9820755102) & Umesh Lotlikar (99690 17797)
Archana Thakur (98191 55623)
To register for the trek, kindly contact the leaders or the coordinator. As advised by them, deposit the booking amount in the bank account and confirm the payment. On confirming the same by the leaders, your booking stands confirmed for the trek.
Kindly register yourself before or by 2nd March, 2015 in order to get a confirmed place in the group.
Please contact the leaders between 0800-1000hrs and between 1800-2100 hrs. In case they don't answer the call, text them your name, email address and trek interested in. They will revert you by an email or call.