Trek to Tandulwadi Fort

Tandulwadi fort is located near Saphale, north of Mumbai at a distance of about 50 km from the bridge over Ulhas River at Ghodbunder. The fort can be reached by road via NH8, with a turn off towards Saphale. At a height of 1524 feet, it provides some beautiful views of the surrounding towns of Saphale, the Zanzorli lake and the confluence of the Surya and Vaitarna rivers. On a clear day, the nearby forts of Takmak, Kohoj and Asherigad can also be seen.

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Tandulwadi is not a fully built up fort. There are very few man-made structures. A few stone ramparts can be seen towards the south as one enters the fort, and several water tanks spread over the top of the mountain. The fort was primarily used as a watch tower over the surrounding plains.

Though it was very likely to have been used as a watch tower much earlier, the first known history of the fort was in the 15th century (about 1429) during the rule of Jafar Khan, son of Ahmed Shah of the Gujarat Sultanate. It remained under the control of the Sultanate till the arrival of the Portuguese. In 1509, the Portuguese wrested Diu from Gujarat sultanate following the Battle of Diu (ref) and soon established themselves with a stronghold at the nearby Vasai area and built the magnificent Vasai Fort. The Portuguese lost control of the area to the Marathas in 1737 after long and extended battle of Bassein (ref: A handbook for India. Part ii. Bombay, publishers: John Murray ­ January 1, 1959).

And here is the best way to enjoy the view from the fort:


And this is the route I took from Andheri to Tandulwadi:

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  • Swapnil Jirage

    Excellent post on Tandulwadi fort and liked your blog too. Keep it up.

  • Milind Gavkar

    Great article on Tandulwadi Fort! Keep it up!

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