Gowalkot

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Govalkot Fort
गोवळकोट
Part of Konkan
Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra
Govalkot Fort is located in Maharashtra
Govalkot Fort
Govalkot Fort
Govalkot Fort is located in India
Govalkot Fort
Govalkot Fort
Coordinates17°32′47.5″N 73°29′16.1″E / 17.546528°N 73.487806°E / 17.546528; 73.487806
TypeSea fort
Height150 Ft.
Site information
OwnerGovernment of India
Controlled by India (1947-)
Open to
the public
Yes
ConditionRuins
Site history
MaterialsStone

Gowalkot( Marathi: गोवळकोट ) is a small fort located on the southern bank of Vashishti River, about 10.0 km (6.2 mi) from Chiplun in Maharashtra, India. This fort is guarded by the river on three sides and a trench on the fourth side. Its population which includes Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. According to old natives of Gowalkot, the history of Gowalkot goes back to a King, who was Hindu and finally was converted in Muslim, his surname was "Chougle", and most of the land in Gowalkot is owned by the Chougle family. All other owner of land in Gowalkot must have either received the land as gift [or bought] from Chougle family must have lost in "kul kaida" a rule by the government.

History[edit]

Famous for its ancient fort build by Siddi Habshi of Janjira in 1690. The Gowalkot Fort covers an area of around two acres. In 1660, Shivaji Maharaj won this fort and renamed as Govindgad. Sambhaji Maharaj lost this fort to Siddi. In 1736, Chimaji Appa won this fort by killing Siddi Sat in battle. In this battle Siddhi Sat lost 1300 soldiers and Maratha army lost 800 soldiers.[1]. Tulaji Angre/Sarkhel Tulaji, in 1745, captured it from. Later in 1755, Angre lost it to the Peshwa and eventually in 1818 East India Company took control from the Peshwa. Portuguese ships attacked this fort during the Siege of Dabhol [2].

Description[edit]

The fort is dilapidated at present. This fort is spread over 2 acres of land. There is a temple of goddess Karanjeshwari at the foot hills of the fort. However, from within the fort, there are trees, buildings and dwellings and a dry well which is approximately 22.0 ft (6.7 m) deep. From the top of the small hill on the fort, the most beautiful and stunning glimpse of the smoothly flowing Vashishti River and the undulating valley is visible. It takes about 1 hour to reach the fort and view all places in the fort. There were about 22 cannons around the fort. The 10 cannons were shifted from the port area to the fort on 29 May 2017 by archeologist from Pune and Chiplun. The longest cannon is 7.5 feet in length. [3]. These cannons are British made but, supposed to be used by Maratha army.

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Coordinates: 17°32′47.5″N 73°29′16.1″E / 17.546528°N 73.487806°E / 17.546528; 73.487806

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