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Surya Katakam
Hyderabad, India2,124 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Family
Bankot fort is most visited place of Velas Village after Turtle festival. Velas is located around 180 km from Pune and 200 km from Mumbai and nearest town is Dapoli which is @ 50 km away to this fort.
History of the Fort:
The actual creator of this fort is not known to anyone. It came to know from the historical data that, Bankot fort was captured by the Portuguese from Adil Shah in 1545 and then the Marathas took it over under the leadership of the great Kanhoji Angre. The fort came under the Maratha rue in the 1700's and then went to British ruling in 1755. As it changed hands, the name of the fort also changed many times. The first name was Mandgor and during the Marathe regime it was known as Bawankot. In hindi Bawan means Number 52, this was the 52nd fort to come under the Maratha regime it was called as Bawankot and later become Bankot. During British rulers time they called this fort as Victoria Fort.

Interesting Facts about this Fort:
1. This is one of the few forts in Maharashtra that can be accessed via the seaside. The fastest and simplest way to reach the fort is via Jetty.
2. One can see the Savitri River meeting the Arabian sea from the top of the Bankot fort. River Savitri is originated at Mahabaleshwar.
3. This fort has different name. Bankot fort was named by Aadil Shahi Empire. Maratha's called this fort as Bawankot. After this fort went in to British rulers hand they changed name as Victoria Fort. There is also one more name which is Himmatgad, but today all are known this fort as Bankot fort.
4. Nearest Railway station to Bankot fort is Mangaon which is @ 45 km away from this fort.
5. This fort is built out of Red stone. it's square shaped and surrounded by moats dug up in the red laterite.
6. There is a Ganesh temple at the base of the fort which is near Maingate / Maha Darwaja.

Written 24 July 2023
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Sorab Talati
Pune, India374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Located on the south bank of the Savitri river overlooking it's mouth. It is one of the smaller forts but one of the few that have been restored by the state archeological survey.this sentry fort has passed through many hands from the Soddis to the famous Kanoji Angre. Last captured by a joint force of the Peshwa and British who had a falling out with the angre descendent. The British used the fort for some time before abandoning it and till recently this fort was in a state of disrepair.

No really traces of the maratha presence left. There is 1 light cannon above the gate which is of British make and made in 1797.

There is a modern walkway all along the perimeter of the fort which you can explore. Spectacular view from the fort

Entry is free but the road is steep and not in a very good condition so drive carefully. Small village just before the fort.

Entry is free.
Written 29 March 2023
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Komal Adhav
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Mar 2023 • Couples
It’s a Sentry fort located in the village of Velas for Guarding the mouth of the Savitri river
It’s not a big fort , must have been dilapidated but looks like it has been renovated recently
British era cannon
It’s on the mountain top , no tourists on weekdays
Good place for pictures
Entry is free
Car can be parked right in front , Vehicles go till the gate of the fort
Written 27 March 2023
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Saurabh M
Mumbai, India469 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Friends
"Do you like beaches or mountain they asked?" I said Forts...

Exploring Konkan....... Ratnagiri....... Bankot Fort........ At beautiful fort on the Hill looking down at the beach on one side and river on other.....

This fort is an important fort in Ratnagiri district. The Fort is located on a prominent and commanding point for guarding the trade route along the Savitri River, which runs till, Mahad which was a busy route in medieval times. It is a fort located on a hill near the sea...... It is believed that this fort, which is situated on the rocky terrain of the sea, was built in the Shilahara dynasty. As the area of the fort is small, a moat was dug around the fort to keep it protected.

The fort’s protective fortifications and bastions have been preserved till date. There is a Ganeshpatti of Lord Ganesh on the main entrance. The Savitri River flows near this fort. This river is famous as Bankot’s backwaters also..... There is also a secret door at the back of the fort....

In the first century, a Greek philosopher named Pliny had mentioned this fort as ‘Mangir’. After this fort was passed down from the hands of the Portuguese to the Marathas, it was renamed as ‘Himmatgad’. When the British army took this fort from Aangre, it was again renamed as ‘Victoria’. The beautiful view of the enormous backwaters and the Harihareshwar Mountain can be seen from the fort.....

It was won by maratha Koli Admiral Kanhoji Angre in 1700 and named as Himmatgad.....

Thanks you Vinay Gupta and Adventure Geek - Explore the Unexplored
Written 14 April 2022
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AmulAwasthy
Pune, India4,117 contributions
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Oct 2021
Small Fort Situated at the Cliff or rather Dead End. From the top of the fort you can have a bird eye view of Harihareshawar, Upcoming Bridge and the Vast Sea. This must have been used to keep a watch on the sea. We Visited this fort via coming to Pune from Dapoli.

Fort seems to be Recently renovated and was Clean too.

Overall a Good Visit for all history buffs.. Recommended
Written 13 November 2021
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Swapnil_Agaskar
Mumbai, India167 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Quite of the way and a long drive actually, with nothing great to see after taking such efforts. Visit if enroute to Velas or otherwise. Was being renovated in Dec 2019 and from the looks of it will take at least a year to get done. No sense visiting while the renovation is going on.
Written 28 March 2020
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RKJ
Navi Mumbai, India373 contributions
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Dec 2019
This is comparatively small fort but built at strategically location to keep a bird's eye view on the sea below and land area. The 270 degree view of the ocean is panoramic. It is secluded place and no anthropogenic noise or air pollution. However, it is neglected by the authorities with no sign of keeping it maintained. We visited this place on the way from harihareshwar to Velas village, taking ferry from Bagmondra to Vesvi. From bagmandla we took our Car also on the ferry through jetty as we have to cross savitri river. From Vesvi to Bankot, direct route was closed due to some repairing work, so we had to take long route via Gudeghar. Route from Vesnvi to Bankot was not very good and reaching there was little tough.
Written 9 February 2020
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gautamic
Mumbai, India151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Offbeat and compartively much smaller fort in desperate need of renovation ...However the spectacular panaromic view of the sea from the top more than makes up for it!
Written 14 March 2019
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Madhav U
334 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
The car goes right till the gate ..the road is quite steep though...combine it with velas beach just 3-4 km from it..the road between the two is very scenic along the sea..the fort itself is quite small n can be covered in just 20 mins..some nice photo spots..overlooks the bankot Creek.. archeological survey is restoring the fort so plenty of work ongoing..please search for Madhav Upadhye velas to Diveaagar on YouTube for the trip idea n things to do here..come from mandangad side n then after visiting velas n bankot, cross the creek by the ferry boat from veshwi to bagmandale n reach harihareshwar (just 3 km)..the ferry boat ride itself is a unique memorable experience.. feel free to drop a msg for any help needed/ local contact..
Written 31 January 2019
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Memoirs-Sachin
Mumbai, India669 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The Bankot fort is marvelous but in desperate need of maintenance. It offers an amazing view of the sea. This is an offbeat location for people traveling to Harihareshwar. The roads are steep and not well maintained. Worth a visit for people looking out for something offbeat.
Written 9 June 2018
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