Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port

Tripoto
18th May 2019
Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port by Gunjan Deshmukh

Fort State: In ruins

Difficulty: Easy

Endurance Level: Easy

Things to carry: A liter of water

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Type: Sea Fort

History: Not much information is available about this fort. This fort must have been built to safeguard the Suvarndurga fort which is at a short distance on an island in the sea. Other two forts near this one are Fattegad and Goa Forts. This fort was ruled by Angre family before Britishers. Angre were the chief of Maratha Navy from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's rule.

Kanakdurg is a small fort built on a hillock which goes into Arabian sea. This fort is at a distance of 17 KM from Dapoli, a popular hill station which has great climate in all seasons of the year. Harne port is a major fishing market famous for its sea food.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 1/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

A road towards the fort from Harne port.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 2/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Cemented steps leads us to this fort.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 3/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

At the entrance, there is a bastion. There is no gate.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 4/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

As we enter the fort, on the right side, we can see huge number of fishes kept on the net for drying. These can also be seen on the top of bastion.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 5/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

We can see the ruins of a small room which has bricks scattered.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 6/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

As we move further, we reach the lighthouse which is non-functional currently.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 7/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Also there are some rooms built behind the lighthouse.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 8/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

In front of the lighthouse, we see couple of pillars.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 9/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

As we go behind the lighthouse, we get a beautiful bird's eye view of Harne port. We can see many small and medium sized boats stationed in the sea. We also get to see the entire view of Harne port from here.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 10/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh
Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 11/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

As we move ahead, we can spot a small portion of rock coming out of the sea.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 12/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Beside it, we can see that rock has been leveled below the fortification. The sea tides hit that rock instead of fort.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 13/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

As we move further, there is a deep dried water tank.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 14/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Ahead, there are multiple water tanks. One is bigger than the previous one but not that much deep.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 15/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Also there are four more water tanks adjacent to each other. These are made by drilling the rock. It shows there was good amount of investment to store drinking water on the fort.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 16/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Coming near the entrance, if we look back on the sea side of the fort, we can spot the fortification. It is in ruins.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 17/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Suvarndurg fort as seen from this fort.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 18/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh

Apart from these, there is nothing much to see on the fort. Also the fort is not maintained at all. After seeing the fort, you can take a stroll in the Harne port market, only if you are a sea food lover.

Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 19/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh
Prawns
Photo of Kanakdurg Fort and Harne Port 20/20 by Gunjan Deshmukh
A star fish

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