Rasalgad Fort - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism
Rasalgad FOrt (Ratnagiri)
The Sahyadri range extends in North – South direction along the Konkan coast. There are many mountain ranges that branch-off over several miles from the main Sahyadri mountain range. Beyond Poladpur, as we head towards Chiplun via Khed, we come across the forts of Rasalgad, Sumargad, and Mahipatgad. These forts lie in Jawali forest region. Youngsters also plan a trek as Pratapgad – Madhumakarandgad – Rasalagad - Sumargad - Mahipatgad.
The fort is quite small and it takes almost one and half hours to see the whole fort. The route to the fort starts from a village near foothills of the fort, which is known as Rasalwadi. Once we reach the fort, we come across two doors. Entering through first door, we come across a temple of Lord Hanuman. Beyond the temple, lies the second door. Entering through the second door, we come across huge cannon of those days placed on the wall of the fort. Cannons are one of the significant features of this fort. About 16 cannons can be found on this fort.
The top of this fort is almost a flat plateau. There is a temple of Godess Zolai on the top, which has been recently renovated. One can find many small statues of Gods & Goddesses being kept in the temple. There is a Deepmal, a vertical structure made for lighting oil-lamps, and a plant of Tulsi in front of the temple. A Cannon can also be seen lying nearby. Next to the temple, is a small lake, the water from which is good enough for drinking. Behind this temple is the temple of Lord Shiva.
Ahead of the Cistern, there is a hilly terrain portion which was known as citadel of this fort. Citadel has many remains of castles and ramparts carrying cannons. One can notice a stone-masonry room which could be a food grain storage facility. There are two lakes on the citadel having water suitable for drinking. These lakes are perennial. A river flows to South-West side of this fort