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Sindhudurg is well known for its Malvani cuisine, cashew and the succulent Alphonso mango. It is at the center of Asia’s largest known bio-diversity hot-spot that stretch along the Western Ghats through Sri Lanka. This unique position has resulted in many representative species of both these regions to exhibit their presence. Arts and crafts from the region have been gifted by the Indian kings to the British monarchy, and are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sindhudurg has some of the best beaches.Why travel to SindhudurgOn a clear day, you can see the sea-bed through a depth of 20 feet. Dolphin sighting is an attraction. The coral reefs around the coast are supposed to be bigger than the ones at the Great Barrier Reef - Australia. The beaches at Todavli, Tambaldeg and Bhogwe are uncluttered. Water sports are available near Devbag and Tarkali beachs. There is a deep sea trawler fishing activity you can take part in.The Ghats harbour approximately 5,000 species of vascular plants of which about 1,700 species are endemic. There are more than 450 known bird species, of which about 35 are endemic. The hotspot is home to about 140 mammal species, and more than 260 reptile species of which about 175 are endemic. Endemism is marked among amphibians, of approximately 175 species, roughly 130 are endemic. Among the endemics amphibians, over 85 species are considered threatened. Among invertebrates, 100 of nearly 140 tiger beetle and 37 of the 330 butterfly species are endemic. Oliver Ridley turtles are found to lay eggs on some beaches and Leather back turtles too find their way to the pristine shores of this land.The district head-quarters Sawantwadi is a handicrafts town for over 250 years. Traditional art goes back to the 7th century and include wooden handicraft, pottery, gold and silver embroidery, lacquer ware and ganjifa playing cards.
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This fort is situated on a rocky island known as Kurte barely a kilometer from Malvan. This fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj in the 17th Century when all his trials to win the Janjira Fortress proved to be useless. The main building material was sand that too was brought down from Gujarat. The main strength of this well- preserved fort are the thousands of kilograms of iron used here. The architect under whom the construction took place was known as Hiroji Indulkar and the king also took the advice of hundreds of Portugese experts whom he had invited to his court. A number of people were put to work round the clock for three long years to build this fort. The most attractive feature of this monument is the stretch of zig- zag walls and the pillars and bastions. Inside the fort still live twenty- thirty hereditary Hindu- Muslim families and there are also a number of temples inside. The most important out of all these is the temple where you will find the painting of Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj without a moustache. This painting is unique and is not found anywhere else in the world. Nearby this fort, you will also see the Padamgad Fort which is now in ruins.