A former city of Portuguese India, the city of Chaul now remains majorly in ruins. It is located about 111 km away from Mumbai, towards the south and falls under the district of Raigad in Maharashtra.
History stands proof to the fact that the Portuguese first settled in Chaul almost 500 years ago, in 1521. The city was later destroyed in 1570 under the Nizam Shahi Sultan of Ahmednagar. The town of Chaul was later rebuilt in 1613.
This tourist place is situated near Alibag and has seen the rise and fall of numerous dynasties. The town is replete with Portuguese ruins and old churches and synagogues.
The Chaulo Kadu Lighthouse is near the Korlai Port and a beauty to watch. The Korlai Fort, accompanying the Chaul fort are two historic spots that take you back in time.
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A nature lover must check the Revdanda Beach out, which is a scenic spot to look over the horizon and submerge in your idle thoughts.
The Datta Mandir is not only a religiously significant place, but is of historical relevance too. The view from atop this place is bewitching.
The climate at Chaul is fascinating throughout the year. The weather never gets too harsh, and is warm and inviting. Winter makes for an apt time to explore this historical city.
Chaul is very well connected to all major cities via air, rail and road. This small yet captivating city is simply waiting for you to explore it. Go ahead, and get engrossed in the deep historical past Chaul has to offer!