I am Arnala Fort- one of the greatest picturesque places in the world. I am located on Arnala Island and I am just 8 kms. North of Vasai in the state of Maharashtra. My nickname is “Jaldurg” or “Janjire Arnala” because I am surrounded by water on all sides.
The strong and broad ramparts along with my ancient structure and a number of “Suru” trees and the coconut tree plantations enhance my beauty. I offer some of the most soothing and calming moments to the visitors.
The way to reach me is also fascinating as the tourists come to me by commuter boat from the Arnala Beach. I am easily accessible via buses and auto rickshaws.
My history is very enchanting as everyone desired to possess and conquer me due to my strategic naval location. I was the apple of Portuguese’ eyes and they conquered me from the Muslim rulers of Gujarat. After that, they rebuilt me in 1530s.
They were intrigued by my location and used me as a place from which they could control shipping and navigation. However, I witness the mighty Marathas defeating the Portuguese in 1737. I was delighted again to get three bastions then which the Marathas. The British couldn’t resist conquering me either and I was then possessed by them in 1817.
The tourists flock to see me as I have some spectacular features. My large octagonal fresh water reservoir is really enchanting and appealing. There are numerous temples as well which the tourists revere.
I have the Ambakeshwar temples, Goddess Bhavani and Lord Shiva. The Shahali and Hajjali tombs are also in my abode. On my eastern side inside a dome are the ‘Paduka’ of Shri Nityanand Maharaj. All of such association makes me alluring and fills the whole atmosphere with reverence. A watchtower is also there on my southern side.