Cycling to Dongri Fort – also called Dharavi Fort at Uttan

Having created a map of the forts in Mumbai and Thane, I wanted to add one more fort to the list I have already cycled to. For I had to fly to Germany on Sunday, I decided to cycle on Saturday. I selected Dongri Fort, which is also called Dharavi Fort.

It is located at the tip of the Dongri peninsula off Uttan on the coast lined with fishing boats and coconut trees.

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The shortest way to get to the fort is by taking a ferry from Gorai and then riding north towards Uttan. However, I took a longer route around the creek via Mira Road, and then took a diversion towards the coast in Dongri village. The road winds through small houses belonging to the local fishing and farming community. The weather was great, thanks to the monsoon that was just setting in.

The rock formations around Uttan hill are called stacks. A stack is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, isolated by erosion. Stacks are formed through processes of coastal geomorphology, which are entirely natural. Time, wind, and water are the only factors involved in the formation of a stack. (wikipedia). Similar formations are also found at Gilbert Hill, Andheri.

The ride back to Andheri from Gorai was uneventful, and I was back home at 11 am after 5 hours with a total riding distance of just under 70 km. My last pre-monsoon ride this year. Looking forward to more monsoon rides.

Here is the route map:

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  • Another gem of a find, Ashutosh! Just added the fort location to OSM based on the satellite imagery, hope its correct

  • Kurush

    The huge rockface you have photographed is a rare and very compact kind of basalt called Columnar Basalt, the Dongri basalt was so famous that it was imported to Goa to make cannon balls by the Portuguese according to my friend Abhijit Ambekar an authority on the Cannons of Goa. Similar kinds of stone outcroppings are seen at a few other places north of Vasai and at the Gilbert Hill in Andheri.