Bhagwantgad stands by the Kalaval creek in Malwan Taluka of Sindhudurg district. Spread across 1.5 acres of land, Bhagwantgad is bestowed with pristine dense forests. On the other side of creek one can see Bharatgad fort. Picturesque beauty of Konkan and along with these two forts is a must see.
The Sawants from Sawantwadi and Chatraprati from Kolhapur had frequent battles between them. In the year 1701, the Sawants constructed Fort Bharatgad in Masure Village on the Southern banks of Kalaval Creek. To challenge or counter this move, Ramchandra Pant Amatya constructed Fort Bhagwantgad on the hills of village Bandiwade on the Northern banks of Kalaval Creek. The Sawants, were able to take control of this fort at a later stage. Tulaji Angre attacked Bhagwantgad in the year 1748, but he was not able to conquer it for the next 1.5 years. Then on 29th March 1818, the 4th Rifle conquered it under the leadership of Cpt. Grey & Pearson.
Ways To Reach :
Bharatgad and Bagwantgad being small forts, are convenient to be covered at a time. To reach Bharatgad one has to alight in Masure village from Malvan. After visiting Bharatgad, approach Kavavadi or Kavamasure vadi at a distance of 1km from main chowk of Masure village. Take a boat from there to reach on the otherside of the creek, alighting in village Bhagwantgad, a 5 minutes walk to the left take us near a school. A further 10 minutes walk from the backside of the school takes to the fort Bhagwantgad. State Transport buses or Autorikshwas from Malwan take you directly to Bhagwantgad village.