|Janjira Fort||Located about 5 kilometers from the coastal village Murud|
|Palace of Nawab||Located right near the doorways of Murud|
|Murud Beach||Located at 35 Km from Roha railway station|
|Kashid Beach||Located nearly 18 kilometers from Murud|
|Kasa Fort||Located to the northwest of Murud Janjira Fort|
|Khokari Tombs||Located about 5 kilometers to the south of Murud in a village named Khokari|
|Garambi Dam (Victoria Jubilee Water Works)||Located near the Mururd town|
|Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary||Located near Nandgaon about 20 km to the north of Murud and 12 km from the Kashid Beach|
|Kude Buddhist Caves||Located about 28 kilometers to the South East of Murud|
|Garambi Waterfalls||Positioned close to Murud|
|Datta Mandir||Situated on top of a hill|
|Eidgah Open Mosque||located about 2 kilometers to Murud|
|Birla Mandir||About 33 km to the northeast of Murud|
|Siddhi Vinayak Mandir of Nandgao||Located just 9 kilometers to the north of Murud|
Janjira Fort located about 5 kilometers from the coastal village Murud is a historical island fort widely reckoned as one and only ever impregnable fortification along India's Western coast. Commanded and inhabited by Siddis until the independence of India, this fort has insolently survived the frequent assaults of Dutch, Maratha, Portuguese and English as well as the test of time. The term Janjira finds it origin from Arabic word ‘Jazeera’ meaning ‘an island’. Janjira Fort is founded on an oval-shaped rocky island in the Arabian Sea. It has in total 19 rounded bastions which are intact till date. The main gate of the Janjira Fort faces Rajapuri and can be seen only from a close distance. It has a small back gate towards the open sea which could be used for escape at the times of enemy attacks. The outer wall that flanks the main gate bears a sculpture that depicts a tiger like fiend clinching an elephant in its claws. The same sculpture can be found at a number of fort gates of Maharashtra.
The magnificent Janjira Fort acknowledged as one of the strongest marine forts in the country was a full-fledged living citadel equipped with all the essential amenities including palaces, officer quarters, mosque, big fresh water tank, and so on. Originally this fort was just a small wooden edifice set up by a Koli Chief in late 15th century AD. A general of Nizamshah of Ahmednagar named Pir Khan captured it from Kolis. Later, Malik Ambar strengthened it and from thenceforward Siddis flourished in the Janjira Fort. Apart from the foreign invasions, Marathas attempted to overwhelm the Siddis, take over the fort and end the Habshi piracy so many times but they were unsuccessful every single instance. The son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; Sambhaji Raja even tried to dig a tunnel and enter into the fort, but even he failed in his endeavors.
Today the unparalleled fort of Janjira is a must visit tourist destination near Murud. The mighty fort of Janjira boastfully standing over the centuries proves the sovereignty of man over the time and nature.
Palace of Nawab
The Nawab Palace, also popularly known as Ahmedganj Palace is located right near the doorways of Murud to your left as you enter. Spread over an extensive area of about 45 acres, this extravagant mansion was set up in the year 1885 by the Nawab for administrative purposes. Constructed in the traditional Mughal and enchanting gothic style of architecture, the Palace of Nawab makes an awe inspiring sight to behold. The palace edifice houses a spectacular mosque and several tombs of erstwhile Nawabs. It is fantasized by the locals of Murud that these tombs are actually filled with untold treasure, even though nobody has dared to open those graves till today. The palace documents preserved in the Nawab Palace are written in a dead language named Mori. The visitors of the palace get this fantastic opportunity to have a glance at these testimonies of bygone era. Once furnishing as a stronghold of the ruling party, the Palace of Nawab has still conserved all its elegance and stands as the reminiscence of the past glory of the Nawab Dominion. Presently the palace is owned by the descendents of the Nawab and as it is a private property visitors can only see the palace from outside.
A 1.75 kilometers long dazzling silvery necklace gracefully worn by the sapphire blue sea is the sketch that flawlessly describes the Murud Beach of Maharashtra. One of the popular beaches of the state, the coconut and betel nut fringed Murud Beach is particularly celebrated for its clean seashore and safe to bathe sea. The unyielding waves of the great Arabian Sea constantly smacking against the indomitable Fort of Murud Janjira creates an unequaled panorama to discern. The greatest poetry on the earth can undoubtedly be roused in such sublime settings. The far reaching expansion of white sandy coastline skirted with the crystal clear waters of the sea is a perfect destination for enjoyment seekers and speculators, peace lovers and the soul mates. Just staring at the unending and infinite waters of the sea is an experience of ecstasy in its self. You would really not mind waking up early in the morning to watch the rising sun beyond the gigantic mountains and then sit back to watch it being swallowed by the fathomless belly of the Arabian Sea at Murud. Early morning bath in the full tide waters of the sea will leave you completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
Kashid Beach, located nearly 18 kilometers from Murud is a 3 kilometers stretch of silvery white sand tucked in the midst of two rocky hillocks in the northern Konkan region of the state of Maharashtra. The all encompassing beach of Kashid embroidered with Casuarina Groves all around and elaborated with sun kissed sand, azure blue sea, lofty mountain ranges camouflaged with the lush green coat, prosperous paddy fields and meandering rivulets is considered to be one of the cleanest and the best beaches of Konkan. Usually deserted on the weekdays, the beach is thronged by tourists on weekends and during vacations. The sea waves at Kashid are generally high which renders this locus a paradise for surfers. Most of the area of Kashid Beach is privately owned, yet there are a number of small hotels that would cater the services to the tourists.
Kasa Fort, also known as Padmadurg is one of the fortifications constructed on the back of Maharashtra by the ‘Janata Raja’, the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Covering the total area of over 9 acres, Kasa Fort is regarded to be one of the major sea forts of the country. Even though, there is nothing to be proud about it as Kasa Fort commemorates the perpetual defeat of Maratha Empire against the handful of Siddis. Located to the northwest of the insuperable Murud Janjira Fort on an island, the Padmadurg was built mainly with the aim of repetitively attacking the Siddi establishment in the Janjira Fort and taking over the stronghold. Yet, Murud Janjira Fort never bowed to Shivaji Maharaj. Kasa Fort is not as big as Janjira Fort and even the construction could not be complete as they were attacked by the Siddi bombardments from Janjira Fort over and over again. Today the Kasa Fort is in ruins and many parts of the fort are not accessible. These ruins are clearly visible from Murud Seashore. In order to visit the fort of Kasa, tourists need to obtain prior permission from Indian Navy. Direct ferryboat service is not available here so tourists have to hire private boats to reach the Padmadurg.
Located about 5 kilometers to the south of Murud in a village named Khokari, Khokari Tombs are 3 massive stone mausoleums of early Janjira rulers estimated to be approximately 500 years old. Amongst these three tombs, the largest one belongs to Siddi Surul Khan; the chief of Janjira between 1707 and 1734. The two smaller tombs are dedicated to the commander of Janjira; Siddi Kasim (popularly known as Yakut Khan) and his brother Khairiyat Khan, the commander of Danda–Rajpuri. Constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, these antiquated cenotaphs are recently restored by the Mumbai Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India. It is believed that the tomb of Siddi Surul Khan had been constructed during his lifetime itself.
The tomb of Yakut Khan bears an Arabic inscription stating the date of his demise which being Thursday, the 30th Jama-Dilaval AH 1118 (1707 AD). The inscriptions on the tomb of Khairiyat Khan read the date of his death as AH 1108 (1696 AD). The Siddi Nawabs of Janjira Fort took a good care of these tombs. They had assigned annual revenue of Rs. 2,000 to the village of Savli-Mitha-Gar for the maintenance and the safeguarding of Surul Khan's crypt while the village of Dodakal was allocated the two smaller tombs. In olden days the Kurane Sharif used to be recited at these tombs every Thursday nights while on the death anniversaries of these aristocrats the Urus procession was celebrated here.
Garambi Dam (Victoria Jubilee Water Works)
Garambi Dam constructed by the last ruler of the Siddi Dominion: Nawab Sir Siddi Ahmed Khan is dedicated to Queen Victoria in the honor of the Jubilee Year of her accession to the throne of England. Widely reckoned as Victoria Jubilee Water Works, Garambi Dam today furnishes as the source of water to the nearby villages and towns.
Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary located along the Murud – Roha Road and covering the regions of both Murud and Roha Talukas is located near Nandgaon about 20 km to the north of Murud and 12 km from the Kashid Beach. Spread over an extensive area of about 53 square kilometers, this wildlife sanctuary encompasses the area that lies between the Northern Sahyadri Mountain Ranges and the Western Coast of Indian peninsula. Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary originally served as the hunting grounds of the erstwhile Siddi Nawabs of Murud Janjira and the roads and the water bodies of the sanctuary were also constructed by the Nawab. A number of villages those came in the way had to be evacuated for the making of this protected area. Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to diverse species of birds, animals, reptiles, insects and trees. About 164 species of birds, 17 species of animals, 27 species of reptiles, 90 species of insects and 718 species of plants and trees can be encountered here.
This sanctuary is specially acclaimed for being inhabited by Leopard. Other wildlife sighted here include Jungle cat, Heyena, Palm Civet, Bonnet Macaque, Barking deer, Sambhar, Wild boar, Malabar Giant Squirrel and many more. Birds such as Pied Hornbill, Malkoha, Brahmini Kite, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Three Toed Kingfisher, Pitta, Paddy field Pipit Shikra, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black Eagle, Golden Oriole, Spotted Owlet, Black Drongo, Plum-headed Parakeet, Forest Wagtail, Common Wood Shrike, etc., Butterflies including Black Prince, Spot Sword Tail, Blue Mormon, Common Map, Nawab, Painted Lady, etc can be spotted in Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. Moreover, Ficus, Teak, Jamba, Clitoria Biflora, Longifolia, Ramphicapa and multiple other species of plants are found here.
The best time to visit Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to March when the migratory birds particularly enliven the environs. The sanctuary organizes nature trails which give you a fantastic opportunity to witness the wildlife from close quarters. You can also book the tents or the bamboo house and stay in the premises of the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kude Buddhist Caves
Kude Buddhist Caves or the Caves of Kuda-Mandad are splendid rock cut caves located about 28 kilometers to the South East of Murud at the head of the Rajapuri Creek. Perched at the altitude of about 150 to 200 feet above the sea level, these Buddhist Caves are appraised to be about 2000 years old. In total there are 26 caves, the oldest dating back to 1st century BC. Constructed and sculpted in the typical Buddhist Style of architecture similar to that found in Ajantha-Ellora, Kanheri and Karla caves, the caves of Kude are quite simple in their structural order. There are 22 residential caves that bear a verandah, a door, a cut out shelf used as a bed and a tank to collect the rain water. These caves were sponsored by the rich merchants of the Satvahan Domain and each of the caves bears a Sanskrit inscription that states the name of the sponsor. Some of the caves hold Buddhist Stupas in their innermost sanctums while some others are decorated with ornate carvings and engravings.
The most extraordinary and most imposing carvings are found in the cave number 6 which has a striking figure of an eleven footed elephant lacking the trunk and the tusks. At the front of the cave is an eighteen inches high sculptured figure of Lord Buddha who is seated on a throne with his feet on a lotus over a wheel upheld by Nagas. At one place there are Sanskrit inscriptions which are quite clearly visible. They read, “This cave is the praiseworthy gift of Sivabhuti, the son of Sulasadata and Utaradata and the writer of Mahabhoja Mandava Khandapalita, son of Mahabhoja Sadagiri Vijaya together with his wife Nanda”. Some of the inscriptions of the cave also depict the teachings of the Lord Buddha. Kude Buddhist Caves are indeed a place of interest especially for those who have keen concern and curiosity in history and archaeology.
Garambi Waterfalls positioned close to Murud is a spectacular cascade that falls from the height of over 100 feet. Presenting a charismatic vista these Waterfalls make an ideal destination both for nature lovers and water enthusiasts. Soaking oneself in the refreshing waters of the cataract is an amazing experience filled with fun and excitement. A remarkable aspect of Garambi Waterfalls is that this water is extremely clean and pure and it can even be drunk without any filtering processes. The verdant dense forest that bounds the waterfalls offers a captivating panorama and the melodious chirping of the birds and the symphony of the surging water yields an operatic background to the ambience. Garambi Waterfalls profuse with water in monsoon wears a majestic demeanor and you will unquestionably be flabbergasted by the sight disposed before you.
Datta Mandir, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Dattatreya who is figured as a collective deity that unites the ‘Trimurti’ Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh is one of the foremost religious destinations around Murud. Nestled atop a hill overlooking the town of Murud, Datta Mandir is a beautifully constructed red domed temple. Set up by Swami Bramhendra, the sanctum of this temple houses an eye catching idol of Lord Dattatreya having three heads that represent the Hindu Trinity. It is said that approximately three centuries ago Swami Bramhendra found the ‘Padukas’ (wooden footwear) of Lord Datta on the south western edge of the hanging valley and that’s why he established this temple of Lord Datta here enshrining the found Padukas. From the top of the hillock where this temple of Lord Datta is situated you can behold the breathtaking view of the imperial Murud Janjira Fort. The motorable road will easily reach you to the top of the hill. This Datta Temple of Murud is famous for the fair organized here on the occasion of data Jayanti. A noticeable feature of this vicinity is that it is totally untouched from the torrents of commercialism and modernism.
Eidgah Open Mosque
Eidgah means an open mosque constructed on the outskirts of any town or city specially to celebrate the Eid ul-Fitr and the Eid al-Adha Salah. The Eidgah of Murud located about 2 kilometers to its north at the elevation of approximately 400 feet above the sea level is a prominent Muslim place of worship and a noteworthy piece of architectural dexterity of yesteryears. The foundation of this Eidgah was laid down in the year 1938 by Sabik Riyasat's Nawaab Valiye Afshaan Sir Ahmed Khan Shah. Later, for the administration and conservation of the mosque a special trust was formed. At the times of the most important festivals of Islam like Ramzan Eid and Bakri Eid, Muslim citizens of Murud get together and perform Namaz at this Eidgah.
Birla Temple, also known as Shri Vikram Vinayak Temple located at a small village named Salav about 33 km to the northeast of Murud, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Set up by Vikram Ispat Company, a part of Birla Udyog Group, this temple is constructed in wholesome white marble. A number of beautiful idols of Lord Ganesha, Shiv-Parvati, Radha-Krishna, Goddess Bhavani, and Lord Surya etc are placed in the Santorum of Birla Temple. The temple premises are adorned with artistically landscaped gardens and charming fountains. This temple is open for the darshana only in the morning and in the evening. The exteriors and the surrounding of the temple are installed with a beautiful arrangement of numerous glittering lights and the sparkling lights create a really beguiling spectacle at nights.
Siddhi Vinayak Mandir of Nandgao
Nandgao, a small hilly hamlet endowed with infinite natural beauty is mainly distinguished for two of its noteworthy attractions, the highly venerated Siddhi Vinayak Temple and the marvelous Nandgao Beach. Located just 9 kilometers to the north of Murud, Nandgao is a must visit destination of this region. The famous Siddhi Vinayak Temple of Nandgao is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is believed that the Ashta Vinayak Yatra becomes fruitful only after paying homage at the temple of Siddhi Vinayak at Nandgao. This temple is particularly crammed with the devotees at the time of Sankashti Chaturthi and the Ganesh Utsav.