I could find no authentic source of history but it is believed that this Fort was attacked by multiple rulers but the Portuguese, who built it, defended it effortlessly and as a result has never been won. There are references on the internet of the Maratha’s capturing it for a brief period. But you can’t really believe everything on the internet.
How to reach
The distance is a paltry 150 km from Pune. There are quite a few routes that reach Korlai. While going from Pune/Mumbai, you can either take the Mumbai-Goa highway via Vadkhal Naka or via Durshet/Pali. The other road for Punekars, which we took, was through Tamhini Ghat. Though a little longer (approx. 160 km), the route passes through the eco sensitive Tamhini Wildlife Sanctuary and is scenic all through the way.
MSRTC buses ply to Konkan regularly.
Auto rickshaws are available to reach the Fort from Korlai bus stand on the main road. If you don’t mind walking, it’ll take you not more than 20 mins to reach.
Where to Stay
There are a couple of home stays in Korlai but the recommended option is making Revdanda your base and exploring the area. Home stays, hotels, resorts, camping tents, there are lot of options available. Most of them are listed on Google so you can easily find one that suits your needs. Most of them are no frill places and provide only basics.
We stayed right on the Revdanda beach in an inexpensive beach resort at around Rs. 1500/- per room. As we had not pre-booked, we spent close to an hour hunting for a place and finalising it.
What to eat
Korlai being a comparatively small fishing village, there aren’t any restaurants here. You will have to ask around if anyone is serving lunch/dinner to tourists.
Just outside the village on the road to Borli village is hotel that serves veg and non-veg food. The best option again is Revdanda where there options and small restaurants. There is a slim chance of finding Punjabi or Chinese cuisine as most serve local cuisine only.
Do try Kokam Soda, a drink available at roadside stalls. Made with the extract of Kokam, it mixed with soda and spiced with masalas and its tingling aftertaste will leave you wanting for more.