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  • Writer's pictureAjaz Shaikh

Shirgaon Beach & Fort, Palghar

The waters of the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India have given rise to a number of beaches. Shirgoan Beach is one such water body which serves as a major fishing ground in Maharashtra. Located in Palghar town in Thane district, Shirgoan is known as Fisherman’s Village, fishing is the main occupation. The nearby area is abundant in palm trees and a famous attraction is Shirgoan Fort. It was under the reign of Shivaji Maharaj and shows strong impressions of Maratha rule.

Shirgaon Fort & Beach is located at a distance of 15 km from Palghar. It can be easily reached from Palghar Railway Station, sharing auto/tempo (₹ 12 per person) or State transport (ST) bus to Satpati. 15 minutes to reach Satpati and than 5 minutes walking through the Sleepy Coastal Village to reach Shirgaon Fort.

Shirgaon Beach is a little known beach in Palghar. It is an exquisite seashore with breathtaking sceneries. The beach is abundantly enriched with palm trees. The beach is the home of fishermen community. Still unexplored and unspoiled, Shirgaon beach is a perfect weekend vacation destination. This is an ideal beach to relax on the seashore of the great Arabian Sea. In the recent past, the inflow of tourists has increased slightly. Another attraction of the beach is Shirgaon Fort which is on one side of the beach.

Visitors can relax on the beach, have fun with playing cricket or can interact with the fisher-folk, dwelling on the way. At time boating is highly opted by the enthusiast water-sport lovers. The best time to visit this beach is between September to March. This amazing shorelines of Shirgaon comes in at Top Order. The faultless sand expands more till the skyline, smack impact in the midst of the shores, with totally clear waters perfect for water wears in India. It's the most grand shoreline in India as demonstrated by a group of vacationer visiting the Shirgaon Beach. With best perspectives, amid dawn and dusk, you can witness a delightful show of tints end up noticeably known.

Around the world, Shirgaon Beach is prominent for its delightful shorelines. There is a lovely piece of shorelines in Shirgaon Beach and most by far of them are flawless and quiet. Shirgaon Beach is serene and in addition of a for the most part high gauge and it gloats a bit of the best shorelines on the planet. Tourism In charge keep their shorelines spotless and waste-free.

Shirgaon Fort is located at one side of Shirgaon beach. The fort was used by great Maratha King Chathrapathi Shivaji as a place to keep a watch on enemies coming through the Arabian Sea. The ancient fort is in ruins now. The fort is a tourist place to bring back the memory of Maratha culture and the golden days of Maratha Rule in this region. The views of the vast Arabian Sea and the expanse of greenish palm farms from the Shirgaon fort are really breathtaking.

Shirgaon fort is well fortified and the walls are good condition. All thanks to the local group. There are two towers located at the entrance of the fort from where one can get a panoramic view of the place. The fort is small; it has a few rooms in it but they have not been well-maintained. There are many hidden caves in the walls of the fort. One cave leads to another.

This fort was built during Yadava of Devgiri. This fort was under the Gujarati Musalman rulers in 1432, followed by the Bahamani Dynasty. After the defeat of Bahamani dynasty, the fort was under the Ahmednagar Sultanate for a short period. All the forts close to Vasai fort were won by Portuguese in 1520-1533. In November 1737 Maratha army tried to capture the fort but, retreated in December 1737. After the siege of Vasai fort, Maratha army captured the fort on 22 January 1739. The Maratha's repaired the fort in 1772. The Fort was captured by British in 1818.

Nearby attractions include Shirgaon fort, Mahim Beach, Jai Jhulelal Temple, Lakshmi Narayan temple, Raj Theatre, Amba Mata Mandir, Agashi Bay, Arnala Beach, St James Church, Hanuman Mandir, St Peters Church, Ekveera Devi Mandir, Shree nageshwar mandir, Arnala Chowpatty, Shree Ganesh Mandir, Shree Radha Krishna temple, Hanuman Mandir, Jeevdani Cinema, Datta Mandir, Our Lady Church, Laxmi Mata Mandir, Shree jivdhani temple, Varmala Lake, Woodland Theatre.

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