When I decided to do a solo trip along the Konkan coastline in Maharashtra, I hadn’t even heard of Murud. The region was as new to me as India for someone living in Mexico all their lives. So, I asked for help with destinations and itinerary, on a Facebook travel group for women. There, a kind lady suggested a few lesser known towns I could explore over 12 days, Murud being one of those.
After a longer than expected rickety bus ride from Mumbai, I got down in the dark streets of what looked like a sleepy little town. Little did I know that the next morning would bring incredible sights of ancient yet brilliant architecture, along with picturesque sea shores and colorful boats!
While browsing the list of ‘things-to-do’, I had actually decided to skip the fort thinking it would be touristy and over-hyped. But I visited on my host’s recommendation and couldn’t thank him enough. In the middle of the Arabian Sea lies this strong piece of architecture that can only be reached by water. Thousands of years old, this marvel is a delight for heritage lovers. Though some of its parts are in ruins now, most of it is still intact. I won’t blabber much about it because all the relevant historical information is already on Wikipedia.
Here are some pictures. It was a difficult task to choose just twelve.
All in all, I was enthralled by the enormity as well as the history of this place. Have you been to Murud and/or Janjira Fort? What’s that one piece of architecture that you found unexpectedly incredible? Let me know in comments.
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