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Maharashtra Tourism – The Portuguese Town of Chaul

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Chaul a former Portuguese city in Maharashtra is now just a remanent of its previous glamour. Situated in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, you can see the ruins of its previous splendour all throughout the city.

You can see the ruins of churches and synagogues built by the Portueguese settlers here. Although in ruins mostly it attracts it's fair share of tourists to few of the attractions that it still has here.

For those wishing to take a step back in time, a visit to Korlai fort and Chaul fort is a must. Those looking for a religious stop can head to Datta Mandir where they can pay respect to the diety there and also appreciate the magnificient view from here.

Chaul Kadu Lighthouse

The Chaul Kadu Lighthouse is situated close to Korlai Port and takes approximately an hour to hour and half to reach here by a machine boat.

This lighthouse served as a landmark for ships that wanted to enter Revdanda fort. Tourists coming here can also enjoy the view of the reef that are here.

It is a perfect place to leave the world behind and enjoy the solitude in the arms of nature.

Datta Mandir

Datta Mandir is located in Revdanda and was built in dedication to Lord Dattatreya who is worshipped mostly by the Maharashtrian community.

The birthday of the God is celebrated over a period of five days wherein the entire region comes alive. The appealing factor about this temple is that it is situated on a peak and one reaches there by climbing 1500 stairs.

Datta Mandir
 

View of the Temple.
Photo Courtesy: Rjshinde

Korlai Fort

The Korlai Fort, famously known as Morro or Castle Curlew, was constructed by the Portuguese to guard the route to Revdanda Creek.

During its heyday this fort was famed as it caould hold 7000 horses and an equal number of men. Today though it is a tourist spot where one can visit and be amazed by it's history.

Korlai Fort
 

Scenic view of the fort.
Photo Courtesy: Alewis2388

How to Reach

By Air: The Chattrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai is the nearest international airport to Chaul. The Mumbai Airport is very well connected to all the states and cities in India by regular, daily flights.

By Rail: The station of Pen is the closest railway station to Chaul, and is about 46 km away. Pen is well linked to other cities and towns inside and outside Maharashtra by the Konkan Line.

By Road: Chaul is about 108 km away from Mumbai, near Alibag. It lies on the Mumbai-Goa National Highway and can be easily reached. There are several private tour operators and state transport buses that provide daily shuttle services from various cities like Mumbai and Pune to Chaul.

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