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Bharatgad FortHeight : 225
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Malvan, Sindhudurg
District : Sindhudurg Grade : Easy
      Bharatgad rests on the south shore of Kalavali creek in Masure village of Malvan taluka and has an area of about 5 to 6 acres. As the fort is now home to private Mango plantations the structures are well maintained and the citadel and bastions are still intact.
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Bharatgad
Bharatgad
Bharatgad
History :
      In 1670, Shivaji Maharaj surveyed the hill but could not fortify it due to non availability of water. Later, fearing the disputes with the Chief of Kolhapur named Bavdekar, in 1680 the Phond Savants cut a well 228 ft deep in the rock which gave them access to water and thus fortified the fort later in 1701.

The Phond Savants joined the Peshwas against Tulaji Angre who later attacked Bharatgad in 1748 and won the fort. But sooner the Savants won back the fort. In 1787 the Savants lost the fort to the ruler of Karvir but they handed the fort back to the Savants. In 1818, Captain Hutchinson won the fort into the British Empire. It was observed that the water of the well had disappeared owing to the gun shots and the garrison used wooden barrels to store water.
Fascinating Spots :

      Stairs built in rock takes us to the fort in 5 minutes. The main doorway is in ruins but the fort wall and bastions are still in good shape. There is a 20 X 10 feet deep ditch surrounding the fort which is not generally visible due to dense vegetation cover around it.

Moving forward after entering the main door one has to proceed south by keeping the fort wall to the left to reach the bastions. There is a deep ditch near the south side of the wall which could have been used for water storage during monsoons.

The citadel stands amid the fort on an elevated ground. There are four bastions on the four corners of the citadel and its walls are about 17 to 18 feet high and five feet thick. One can see porches built in the main door. Within the Citadel, there is a small temple, and near it is a big well about 228 feet deep, cut through solid rock. Towards the right one can see the remains of storage houses used for grains and ammunition. There is a secret door in the southern bastion which leads further to the main entrance of the fort.
Ways To Reach :
      One can catch Mumbai - Malvan ST bus & further travel by bus to Masure village. ST buses to Malvan also run from Pune & Kolhapur.

Malvan to Masure is 16 kms and regular autorickshaws and bus services are available. Stairs built opposite to the collector office next to the mosque takes us to the fort within 5 minutes.
Accommodation Facility :
      Available in Malvan.
Food Facility :
      Available in Malvan and Masure.
Drinking Water Facility :
      Nil.
Notes :
      1. One can start early in the morning from Malvan and visit Bharatgad, Bhagwantgad and Sarjekot forts and later proceed to Sindhudurg and Rajkot in the evening.

Above plan is feasible only with one's private vehicle and not by ST buses which please note.


2. Information on Bhagwantgad, Sarjekot, Sindhudurg and Rajkot forts is available on our website.
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 Bhairavgad(Moroshi)  Bhandardurg  Bhangsigad(Bhangsi mata gad)  Bharatgad
 Bhaskargad  Bhavangad  Bhavanigad  Bhimashankar
 Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri  Bhudargad  Bhupalgad (Banurgad)
 Bhupatgad  Bhushangad  Birwadi  Bishta
 Bitangad  Chambhargad  Chandan-Vandan  Chanderi
 Chandragad to Arthur seat  Chandragad(Dhavalgad)  Chaulher  Chavand
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 Dermal  Devagiri (Daulatabad - Deogiri)  Devgiri (Daulatabad)  Dhak-Bahiri
 Dhakoba  Dharavi Fort  Dharmapuri  Dundha
 Durg  Durg Dhakoba  Gadgada (Ghargad)  Gagangad
 Galna  Gambhirgad  Gandharvgad  Gavilgad
 Ghangad  Gharapuri  Ghodbunder Fort  Ghosalgad
 Gopalgad  Gorakhgad  Gorakhgad(Manmad)  Gowalkot
 Hadsar  Hanumangad  Hanumantgad  Hanumantgad(Nimgiri)
 Hargad  Harihar  Harishchandragad  Hatgad
 Indrai  Irshalgad  Jangli Jaigad  Janjala (Vaishagad)
 Jawlya  Jivdhan  Kailasgad  Kaladgad
 Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg  Kalsubai  Kalyangad(Nandgiri)
 Kamalgad  Kamandurg  Kanchan  Kanhergad
 Kankrala  Karha  Karnala  Katra
 Kavnai  Kenjalgad  Khairai  Kharepatan fort
 Kohoj  Kokandiwa  Kolkewadi  Kondhavi
 Korigad  Kulang  Kunjargad(Kombadgad)  Kurdugad
 Laling  Lingana  Lohgad  Madangad
 Mahadevgad  Mahimangad  Mahimatgad  Mahipalgad
 Mahipatgad  Mahuli  Malanggad  Malhargad
 Mandangad  Mangad  Mangalgad  Mangi-Tungi
 Manikdurg  Manikpunj  Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)
 Mohandar(Shidaka)  Mohangad  Moragad  Mordhan
 Mrugagad  Mulher  Nagardhan  Nagla Bunder Fort
 Naneghat  Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)  Narnala
 Nhavigad  Nimgiri  Nivati Fort  Pabargad
 Padargad  Padmadurg ( Kasa Killa)  Palashi Fort  Palgad
 Pandavgad  Panhaledurg  Panhalekaji Fort  Panhalgad
 Pargad  Pateshwar  Peb  Pemgiri(Shahagad)
 Peth (Kothaligad)  Piliv Fort  Pisol  Plus Valley
 Prabalgad  Pratapgad  Purandar  Raigad
 Raikot  Raireshwar  Rajapur Fort (British warehouse)  Rajdeher
 Rajdher  Rajgad  Rajmachi  Ramdurg
 Ramgad  Ramshej  Ramtek  Ranjangiri
 Rasalgad  Ratangad  Ratangad(Ratnadurg)  Ratnadurg
 Ratnagad  Rawlya  Rawlya - Jawlya  Riwa Fort
 Rohida  Rohilgad  Sadashivgad  Sagargad
 Sajjangad  Salher  Salota  Samangad
 Samrajgad  Sandan Valley - Karoli Ghat  Santoshgad  Saptashrungi
 Sarasgad  Sewri Fort  Shivgad  Shivneri
 ShivtharGhal  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sinhagad  Sondai
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 Vardhangad  Varugad  Vasantgad  Vetalgad
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