The name Sindhudurg originally means a Fort Built on Ocean or an Ocean Fort, in Marathi. Perhaps the most iconic creation in this are, the Sindhudurg fort was constructed within 3 years from 1664-1667 by King Shivaji. A 100 Portuguese architects from Goa and over 3000 strong workforce were deployed to build this fort, that today stands tall on the ‘Kurte Island’.
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Hiroji Indulkar, a noted architect of that era, supervised the construction and it is believed that 4000 mounds of iron was casted for creating the base and to lay the foundation stone for the fort. The fort is spread over 50 acres of land and boasts of a 9.2 metre high rampart that is 4 km long and is studded with 42 bastions. The Fort houses the temples of Hanuman, Jarimari and Goddess 'Bhavani’.