FORT OF QUELME, KELWA
Kelwa Fort, a historically important fort constructed by Portuguese during 16th century, is located at the southern end of the beautiful and serene Kelwa Lake. The fort was used by Chathrapathi Shivaji Maharaja during his Maratha rule. The fort offer exquisite panoramic views of the natural surroundings covered by greenish Suru trees. The fort, surrounded all the sides by the water, provide enchanting eye catching experience during the tidal procession and recessions. During low tide periods this is accessible and visible perfectly and local country boat facility is available to approach the fort.
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Quelme' as the Portuguese used to call it when the ruled this region, Kelve offers the visitor a wide expanse of the Arabian Sea and boasts of having one of the most beautiful & clean beaches in the region. Large groves of cypress (sur) trees adorn the beach precincts and the beach is popular amongst people who come from as far as Mumbai especially on weekends and holidays. More...
To reach the fort we need to walk across the beach for at least an hour. The beach is covered by sur trees. We started walking towards the fort. However, as the sea was rough, it being the time of the high tide, we could not get close to the fort but were forced to see it from a distance. The fort was well fortified with the walls intact. This was indeed surprising, considering that it was built in the 16th century. More...
Kelwa Beach Fort video. More...