History of Purnagad Fort
The Purnagad Fort was built in 1724 by the head of the Maratha navy, Admiral Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre. There is not sufficient records surrounding the history of the fort but it was believed that it was one of the forts of Shivaji, the Maratha Emperor. During the Peshwa rule, the Purnagad Fort exacted less revenue.
Overview of Purnagad Fort
Currently in ruins, the Purnagad Fort is rectangular in shape and was built from black basalt rocks. The entrance to the fort is made out of lateritic stone and has the images of the Sun, Moon and Lord Ganesh engraved in the middle. There is also a Maruti idol at the entrance and located near the fort is a Hanuman temple, which is an important landmark. Inside the fort premises, there is a holy basil stand along with ruins of other fort structures. Presently, the Purnagad Fort is preserved and protected under the Government of India.
Visiting Information on Purnagad Fort
The nearest railway station is at Ratnagiri at a distance of 31 km from the fort. And the closest airport is the Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak Ratnagiri Airport at a distance of about 29 km from the Purnagad Fort.
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