Madh Fort

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Madh Fort
Versova Fort
Madh Fort is located in Mumbai
Madh Fort
Location within Mumbai
General information
Type Fort
Architectural style Portuguese
Location Malad, Mumbai
Coordinates 19°07′56″N 72°47′41″E / 19.132283°N 72.794785°E / 19.132283; 72.794785
Owner Indian Air Force

Madh Fort (also called Versova Fort) is a small fort in northern Mumbai, India situated at Madh Island. It was built by the Portuguese [1] and lost it in February 1739 during the war against Maratha empire. It is secluded and difficult to reach, about 15 kilometres (9 mi) from Malad and is the last stop on route 271 of BEST bus service or via Versova by ferry boat.


It is situated near Aksa Beach. The fort was built by the Portuguese as a watchtower in the 17th century. It offers a strategic view of the coastline and guards the Marve Creek. Its external façade is intact but internally it is dilapidated. It is under control of the Indian Air Force as it is located close to an Indian Air Force base and permission is needed for accessing it. Madh Island fort is surrounded by local fishermen's communities.

In popular culture[edit]

Some Bollywood movies like Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega, and Manmohan Desais 1985 movie "Mard" have been shot at this location. Many episodes of the popular serial C.I.D have been shot in this location also.


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