Padmadurg

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Padmadurg, also known as Kasa fort, is a fort in Maharashtra, India. It was built by the great Maratha ruler King Shivaji to the northwest of the fort Janjira. It was built mainly to conquer the fort Janjira. The main part of fort is still in good condition.

The sea fort of Padmadurg is not as big as Janjira but still the fort can be visited and enjoyed. Visiting the fort requires taking permission from Custom\Navy. The fort was not only a part of Sindhudurg's defenses but was also Shivaji Maharaj's main ship construction yard. There is a good view of the fort from Janjira. There was a belt of land from Dandi seashore to Padmadurga but it got blown away under the water in 2004.

This fort can be accessed by boats. Boats are mainly available from Murud-Koliwada (Mahadev Koli Vasahat) near Fish Market.

When Shivaji Maharaj decided to take on the Siddis of Janjira, his admiral, Daulat Khan, built this fort on an island next to Janjira. The rock, on which the fort was built, was called Kasa and the fort was named Padmadurg. The fort has six bastions.

The fort of Padmadurg is now almost disappeared into the sea because of the effect of Tsunami in Indonesia. The fort lay between the Sindhudurga and the coast, and featured a dry dock - a narrow tongue of water between two rock walls. It is said that there was an underground way to sindhudurga fort.There are no direct boat fares to the fort as a result of which the visitors have to hire a personal boat. The walls of the fort are unable to stop the sea water some portion of fort is taken by sea water sometimes.

Maharaj had said about it that,"By constructing Padmadurga he set up another Rajpuri to overshadow the Rajpuri of the Siddis'."

Coordinates: 18°19′20″N 72°55′58″E / 18.322135°N 72.932755°E / 18.322135; 72.932755