Ten-Second Takeaway

Far away from the crowds of Mumbai is a small beach town situated on the coast of the Arabian sea, Murud – which is also popular for its grand Murud Jhanjira Sea fort.

Not Your Usual Weekend Getaway

Murud is a sleepy fishing hamlet on the Konkan coast approximately 167 kilometres from Mumbai. It’s 50 kms from Alibaug and easily accessible by road. From Mumbai, we suggest the best way would be to take the ferry to Alibaug and then drive down to Murud {it’ll save you the bad roads and time}. It’s a perfect weekend getaway for anyone looking for a quiet time by themselves away from the touristy crowd. Get there to gorge on the locally cooked sea food, and explore the alluring, one-of-its kind Fort bang in the middle of the sea – the Murud Janjira Fort built in the 15th century and occupied by the Siddis.

Photo source: Dr. Raju Kasambe via Wikimedia Commons [ CC BY-SA 3.0]

Photo source: Dr. Raju Kasambe via Wikimedia Commons [ CC BY-SA 3.0]

The Fort is a 30 minute ride on the ferry from the Rajpuri Jetty that you can get to in an auto or a car. From there, every hour ferries plow to the fort and back. There is no entry fee for the fort, however, the ferry ride  will cost around INR 30-45 per person. The Fort has a gorgeous view of the sea and the Murud beach can be seen on the horizon. Be warned, as is the case with most of the forts in this country, it’s dilapidated in parts too, but its rich history is worth a visit – with at least 20 bastions are till present in the Fort.

#LBBTip: The boats are often operated by the locals themselves, so a heads up as they won’t provide you a life jacket.

What Else You Can Do

There’s plenty to do in and around Murud. If you’re looking to explore more, you can make a quick trip to Pansad Wildlife Sanctury and the Koralia Fort {both accessible by road}. There are a lot of car rental options, or if you’re in the mood for some physical activity, just stop by a bicycle rental shop. Rent a bicycle because the town can easily be explored on two wheels. The Murud beach is a lively spot and offers some spectacular sunset/sunrise views {and definitely one of the cleaner beaches around}.

Photo source: Golden Swan Beach Resort

Photo source: Golden Swan Beach Resort

Where To Stay

We recommend a luxurious resort in Murud, Golden Swan Beach Resort, which you can check out here for a comfortable stay. Apart from this, there are a lot of cheap local lodges and resorts in Murud – done up by the locals themselves which are super affordable. Most of the restaurants in Murud serve freshly caught fish, so if you’re into seafood you’re in the right town. The local market also has a diverse collection of locally made spices and pappad, which we suggest you stock up on for your trip back home.

#LBBTip: Murud as a district was built by the royal Nawabs who still have their palace in Murud, the Ahmedganj Palace, estate of the Siddi Nawab of Murud. It’s off-limits but doesn’t stop tourists from flocking to the royal gates and do a little bit of photography and sneaking.

So, We’re Saying…

Try something new and skip the regular holiday destination to discover this hidden gem in Raigad. It’s in a tranquil location, the locals are really friendly and one can easily plan it over the weekend. The best season to visit starts post Monsoon as advised by the locals, so we say – jet,set go.

Timings: Murud Janjira fort 10am to 5pm {Open all days}

Featured photo source: Senorhorst Jahnsen via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]