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Govalkot Fort

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 | mumbaihikers | Uncategorized

At Chiplun on a detached hill commanding the creek, and surrounded on nearly all sides by higher hills, is the fort of Govalkot. This is said to have, at different times, belonged to the Habshi, Angre, and the Peshva, and Aligre is said to
have besieged it for twelve years. At the top of the fort is a fine reservoir.2
A bridge has been constructed recently linking Govalkot fort with Chiplun town. To speed up the carrying of goods and heavy machinery to and from the Koyna Project site a crane to load and unload the cargo from ships plying between
Dabhol and Goval has been erected at Goval. A road from Govalkot fort to Pophali was recently renovated.
Of the sixty legendary ponds dug by Parashuram only Ram Tirth holds some water. The walls of Ram Tirth and the buildings on its bank are in a dilapidated condition which gives a deserted look to the surroundings.

Govalkot Fort (in Chiplun municipal area), on a small hill rising from rich fields, surrounded on three sides by the Chiplun creek and with a filled up ditch on the fourth, covers an area of about two acres. Water lasts till April and
provisions can be had in a village, two miles off. The walls and bastions are in ruins. The place has little natural or artificial strength. There are two doorways, one to the north, the other to the east, and eight battlements. On the south
wall, is an image of Redjaiji.
According to local report, the fort was built about 1690, by the Habshi of Janjira. The Habshi may have repaired the fort. But the position of the Redjaiji image seems to show that it was part of the original fort and that the builder or renewer was a Hindu king, probably Shivaji (1670). From the Habshi, it was taken by Angre (about 1744), from him by the Peshva (1755), and from the Peshva by the English (1818).

The chief objects of interest are, a little to the north, the well- Known island fortress of Suvarnadurg or Janjira and the smaller forts of Kanakdurg, Fatehgad and Gova. On the mainland opposite Suvarnadurg, and separated by a narrow
channel, are the forts of Kanakdurg land Fatehgad of little yalue except as outworks to SuvafI}.adurg. According to one account they were built by Shahu in 1710 to overawe Suvaranadurg, but were soon after taken and held by Angre.3
According to another account they were built in 1700 by Khairat Khan, the Habshi of Janjira, soon after his unsuccessful attack on Suvarnadurg, and remained till 1727 in the Habshi’s hands.4 In 1755 on the English capture of Suvarnadurg,these forts yielded without a struggle.

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