Murud holds strong historical importance owing to the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. This town thus proudly welcomes tourists to explore its majestic forts along with the perfect beach-vacation! Murud is a picturesque town, lined with palm & coconut trees, sandy long beach and touristic sports to encounter – giving the tourist an ideal holiday venture to spend a long weekend here.
The town of Murud was once a capital of the Siddis of Janjira. Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer the fort of Murud several times. It is still is one of the most important sea forts in Maharashtra, built 2 kms into the sea. Pride of Murud-Janjira, this fort stands tall with its gleaming grandeur, inviting history buffs to explore it in different shades. The town of Murud has a strong influence of the Siddis reign which can be felt all around. The Siddi palace stands even today on the outskirts of the village.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Mumbai, enroute Alibaug by road which is 140 kms away, Murud is just a few kms ahead.
Mumbai: 5 hrs
Pune: 4 hrs
Goa: 9 hrs
Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai is closest to Murud. – 142 kms away.
Travellers can also reach Murud by rail, Roha being the closest railway station about 35 kms away from the main town.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Avoiding the monsoon, Murud can be visited all year round. Although summer months are scorching, this town remains a favourite for beach activities and touring around.
PLACES TO VISIT
Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
- Murud-Janjira – The famous marine fort located on a tiny island, off the sea is a must visit.
- Ahmedganj Palace – This palace housed the Nawabs of Janjira, now a private property. With gothic and Mughal architecture, this palace is mesmerizing.
- Datta Mandir – Located atop a hill, this red-domed temple houses a thre-headed idol of Lord Shri Datta who symbolizes the holy trinity of hindu scriptures.
- Padmadurg (Kasa Fort) – One of the five historical sea forts built by Shivaji Maharaj, the Kasa fort near Murud is a must see. The ferry ride to reach the fort is fun!
- Eidgah – Overlooking the Arabian sea, this open-air Mosque in Murud talks talks of the Mughal era and is a stunning monument to see.
- Khokari Tombs – Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, these massive tombs are nearly 500 years old. Janjira influence and historic tales to accompany, this place is a must visit.
- Garambi Dam – Constructed by Nawab Sir Siddi Ahmed Khan during the Siddi reign in memory of Queen Victoria, it is known as Victoria Jubilee Water Works and is located 8 kms from Murud.
- Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary – A wildlife refuge about 11 kms north of Murud. It was created in 1986 to preserve some of the coastal woodland ecosystem of the Western Ghats. It consists of 6979 hectares of forest, grasslands and wetlands.
- Kashid Beach – Located approximately 17 kms north of Murud. It is popular mainly because of its white sand deposits.
The Khatu Mill in the main market is famous for its ‘masalas’ – a must take-away from Murud. The Jai Hanuman Hotel sells well known coconut barfi and chikki which locals adore. Also, being in the Konkan belt, delicacies from this region – masalas, pickles, fried fish, dried fruit products are some things which visitors must indulge in.
Murud is a faourite for sea-food lovers. The Konkani cuisine can be enjoyed at various restaurants. The Patil Khanaval boasts to serve the best fish in Murud. Vegetarians can gorge over piping hot ‘batata vadas’ at Hotel Patils.
Top Restaurants –
- Patil Khanaval
- Paresh Restaurant
- Neel Restauarant
- Hotel Vinayak
THINGS TO DO
A calming walk on the beach, a dip in the ocean and enjoying the tranquility – everything is possible at Murud! Visiting forts, palaces and famous monuments must aslo be on the list. Visitors can also think of exploring nearby towns like – Nandgaon and Kashid. The peaceful charm of the town, great food and a rejuvenating experience – Murud awaits you!