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Take a Tour of Vishalgad Fort in Maharashtra

Written By: Siji Ram

There are several forts in India that take you back in time. Vishalgad Fort is one such monument that is worth a visit to revisit the past. This fort is one of the important forts of Maratha Empire, and is located in Maharashtra.

The fort was known as Khilna or Khelna fort. After emperor Shivaji conquered it, he named it Vishalgad which translates to "the grand fort". Originally belonging to Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur, the fort was attacked several times by Shivaji, before it was finally conquered.


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The fort covers an area of around 1130m, and is built on a hilltop at the Sahyadri ranges. Today, the fort is in ruins, yet a beautiful place to explore. During the historical times, the fort was also regarded as a watch tower.

Vishalgad Fort has a few attractions you can visit nearby.

Amruteshwar Temple

Amruteshwar Temple is located in Ratanwadi village close to the fort. This 1200 year old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is built using Hemadpanthi architectural style and is rich with rock carvings. Tourists can avail boats from Arthur Lake to reach the temple, as travelling here by road is not easy. Ratangad Fort is also not too far from the temple.


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Shri Narasimha Temple

The Narasimha Temple, also known as Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Dattadeva Temple, is dedicated to Shri Narasimha Saraswati who worked for the uplift and betterment of the poor. The saint's holy sandals were left here, and it is believed that the land is blessed by him.

Takmak Tok

In the past, this was a point from where culprits or criminals were thrown away. Shivaji's twelve forts can be viewed from this point on a clear day.


Photo Courtesy: Ankur P

How to Reach Vishalgad

Vishalgad Fort is located around 76km to the west of Kolhapur. You can hire a taxi once you reach Kolhapur. Here's how to reach Kolhapur.

Kolhapur Hotels

Other Attractions of Kolhapur

Some of the other attractions to visit here include the Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhavani Mandap, Jyotiba Temple, Radhanagari Dam and Khasbhag Maidan.

Visit Kolhapur, locally known as Dakshin Kashi, and explore the unique attractions the place has to offer from the ancient and rustic temples to the gardens, palaces and forts in the region.

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