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 Colonial
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 in Portuguese India. [1] They lost it during the war against Maratha empire when the Maratha Empire captured it in February 1739.

The British occupied Salsette Island, Thana Fort, Fort Versova, and the island fort of Karanja in 1774.[2]

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 Madh village. It is around 1 km walk from Madh bus stop.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, Shootout at Wadala, and Manmohan Desai's 1985 movie Mard, Zamana Deewana, Khalnayak, Shatranj, and Tarazu were shot at this location. Many episodes of the popular serial Chandrakanta and CID have been shot in this location also.


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  2. ^ Naravane, M.S. (2014). Battles of the Honorourable East India Company. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation. pp. 53–54. ISBN 9788131300343.