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Madh Island

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Madh Fort
Versova Fort
Madh Island is located in Mumbai
Madh Island
Location within Mumbai
General information
Architectural stylePortuguese Colonial
LocationMalad, Mumbai
Coordinates19°07′56″N 72°47′41″E / 19.132283°N 72.794785°E / 19.132283; 72.794785
OwnerIndian Air Force

Madh Island (Marathi pronunciation: [məɖʱ]) is a group of several quaint fishing villages and farmlands in northern Mumbai.


The area is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west, and Malad Creek on the east. There are s few beaches, such as Erangal Beach, Dana Pani Beach, Silver Beach, and Aksa Beach.


The area is accessible by bus service (#271 to Malad and #269 to Borivali) or an autorickshaw from Malad. There is also a ferry service from Versova. One can reach Madh Island by a ferry service or speed boat from Versova Jetty and cross over in five minutes.


The area is a rural area inhabited primarily by Kolis, Marathi, Bombay East Indians, Roman Catholics in Madh village as well as by people from other communities.

Madh Fort[edit]

Madh Fort is a small fort in northern Mumbai, India situated at Madh Island. It was built by the Portuguese in Portuguese occupied 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 south of Madh Village. It is around a 2 km walk from Madh Mandir 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 Fort is not open to the public, and it is surrounded by local fishermen communities.

In popular culture[edit]

Some Bollywood films like Deewana, Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega, Baazigar, Shootout at Wadala, and Manmohan Desai's 1985 film Mard, Zamana Deewana, Khalnayak, Shatranj and Tarazu, Game Paisa Ladki were shot at this location. Many episodes of the popular serials Naamkarann, Chandrakanta, C.I.D., Aahat and SuperCops vs Supervillains. The location is often referenced by standup comedian Kapil Sharma in his popular comedy show, The Kapil Sharma Show, in his jokes on presenter and permanent guest Archana Puran Singh, who lives in the area.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Portuguese India History: Baçaim (Bassein, Vasai), Chaul, Bombay. Northern Province (Provincia do Norte, Gujarat, Maharashtra)". Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009.
  2. ^ Naravane, M.S. (2014). Battles of the Honorourable East India Company. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation. pp. 53–54. ISBN 9788131300343.