Gopalgad Fort

The fort stands on a prominent and commanding point on the south shore of the creek entrance half a mile from Anjanvel.

It covers seven acres, and is surrounded on three sides by the sea, and on the fourth by a deep ditch now partly filled. There is no complete line of outworks, only one or two covered ways leading down to batteries.

The fort walls, built of stone and mortar, are very strong about twenty feet high “and eight thick, with, at some distance from each other, twelve bastions, until very lately armed with cannon.

Note :- I did not see any cannons at the fort. If anyone has please send me the photos of the cannons thanks .

South of the fort is a deep trench eighteen feet broad.

There are two doors, one to the east, the other to the west. On either side of the west door is a guardroom.

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Guard room

The interior of the fort, once full of buildings, still has traces of small houses.

Note :- did not see any traces of small houses . Please send me photos if you have seen these small houses

There are also three wells with a plentiful supply of water. Near the wells is a building said to have been the storeroom, close to it a granary, and at a little distance the governor’s palace.

Note :- did not see any wells with water .Please send me photos if you have .

Some Persian verses on a flat oblong stone give the date 1707 and the builder’s name Sidi Saad

Note :- I could not find this stone . If any one can find this stone at gopalgad and take some photos please mail it to me

History of Gopalgad

  • 16th Century Anjanvel fort, called Gopalgad, was built by the Bijapur kings in the sixteenth century,
  • 1660 strengthened by Shivaji
  • 1681-1689 improved by his son Sambhaji .
  • 1699 the fort was attacked and captured by Khairat Khan, Habshi of Janjira (1680-1708), who added the lower fort, padkot.
  • pad -kot means lower fort/area
  • 1744 (December), Tulaji Angria Sirkhel took it from the Habshi, and naming it Gopalgad, added the upper fort, balekot. Pronounced ba-le kot meaning upper wall
  • 1755, Passed to the Peshwaand on the Peshwa’s overthrow.
  • 17th May 1818 Fell to Colonel Kennedy .
  • 1829 It was abandoned and the troops moved to Dapoli, the fort was garrisoned by a small force of two officers and 200 native soldiers.
  • 1862 It had no garrison and only eighty-eight old unserviceable guns.

Note :- I could not make out the differences or make out what was the lower-middle and upper walls if anyone knows please take photos of these areas and send it to me

http://wikimapia.org/219317/Gopalgad
Coordinates: 17°34’17″N 73°9’5″E
Coordinates: 17°29’41″N 73°10’59″E

My readings Gopalgad Entrance
17°34’14.22″N
73° 9’6.64″E

http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/pdf/gazeetter_reprint/Ratnagiri/ratnagiri/places1_a.html#5

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