Tandulwadi Fort

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Tandulwadi fort is located near Lalthanevillage about 104 km from Mumbai, 75 km from Thane and 7.5 km from Saphale Railway station. It is also reachable through the Mumbai - Ahmedabad Highway NH 8. Upon reaching Varai Phata you have to take a left turn after crossing the bridge over Vaitarna river. A few minutes drive on this road and one can see the Tandulwadi fort on the front hillocks. Tandulwadi village is 15 km from the Varai Phata. There are no hotels or restaurants in the village except few grocery shops. Tandulwadi village is well connected by road. Tandulwadi village is a small Varlitribal village. Now a days Forest Department Makes a steps to go to fort from Pimplapada(Lalthane)

In rainy season u can also visit Lalthane waterfall situated just under the fort.

History

The fort is said to be about 800 years old and was used as reconnoitre fort to keep a watch on neighbouring forts and the Arabian sea. In 1454 Sultan of Ahemadabad capturedMahikavati (Mahim) and one of his Sardar named Mallik Allauddin was made chief of Tandulwadi fort. Later the fort was captured by Marathas and finally it was under Portuguese. After the conquest of Vasai fort by Peshavas, this fort was under Peshvas.

Tandulwadi has a moderately difficult gradient and it takes about a half hours to reach the main plateau from Tandulwadi village which is situated at the base of the fort. To reach the highest point it takes another one hour. The height of the fort is about 1524 feet.

Upon reaching the main plateau one can find several rock cut water cisterns. There are no bastions, walls or houses on the fort. There are no evidences of fortification except for a small stone wall on the southern side. A small water pond is situated in the centre.

From the top of the fort are seen Kohoj fort,Takmak fort, Asheri gad, Mahalaxmi pinnacle and the Arabian sea.

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