Planning for a weekend getaway from Mumbai? then you should visit Murud if haven’t already. This place is magical and perfect for a weekend getaway. Murud lies on the Konkan coast. This means plenty of beach vibes and seafood. This place is a combination of touristy and unexplored places. There are beaches to chill, historic forts, unexplored waterfalls, dams, trekking, and much more.
I will list down all the touristy, hidden, and unexplored places to visit in Murud in this blog. I took a road trip from Mumbai & it took around 3 hours to drive 125km to reach. The roads are being restored and traffic will be a huge pain.
Most of the tourists visit Alibag as it’s a famous weekend getaway, thus making the place crowded. Murud is less secluded and more tranquil. The best time to visit Murud is throughout the year. Murud is known for its beaches since it’s on the coast there is plenty of sea-front to chill here.
Here is my list of the best places to visit in Murud.
Top 7 Places to Visit in Murud
1 – Murud Janjira Fort
The village is most famous for its Janjira Fort. The Murud Janjira is the only unconquered fort in Maharashtra. The architecture of the fort is unique and the walls of the fort proved strong for all of its attackers. This is the only sea-fort that stood strong for generations.
You can visit the fort throughout the year, although sometimes to be avoided during the monsoon season due to rough tides. You can visit this fort by taking a ferry from Rajapur port or from the village. The cost of the ferry will be around 100 INR. The journey to the Murud Janjira fort is definitely worth it. I would recommend spending one day enjoying and exploring the history of this fort.
2 – Garambi Waterfalls and Dam
Garambi waterfall or the Dam is an unexplored and less touristy place to visit in Murud. It is tucked into the hills and bedded into the forest. Although it is an easy walk to the falls from the road. It is located approximately 10 km from Murud. It is a seasonal waterfall so I would recommend you to visit it in the monsoon season.
The water at the falls is crystal clear and blue in color that is very pleasing to the eyes. The waterfall cascades over 100 feet and the water is drinkable. You should definitely visit Garambi falls if you visit Murud or Alibag.
Read the full blog for more information on Garambi Falls – Unexplored Waterfall near Alibag.
3 – Khokari Tombs
The khokari tombs are yet another lesser-known place in Murud. I had less information about the tombs as well. The Khokari tombs are 500 years old known to be of the Siddhis. The biggest tomb in the quarters is of the chief of Murud village – Sidi Sural Khan. the other 2 tombs are of the commanders.
The tombs are built using sandstone and the architecture will surely impress you. The dome has been carved from inside depicting the culture of Siddhis. The place seems spooky and if that intrigues you then you should not miss this place.
4 – Sawatkada Waterfall
If you love waterfalls and trekking then this is the place for you. An absolute monster in the monsoon season, although the rest of the season is mostly dry. It’s a 20 minutes drive from the Murud village and a trek of around 3km to reach the waterfalls.
Do not give it a miss, the trek is long but manageable. You will not be disappointed.
5 – Khar Amboli Dam
If you need a peaceful place surrounded by greenery and a calm nature trail, you should visit the Khar Amboli dam. You can easily spend 2-3 hours and enjoy the time. It is approx. 10km from Murud village. Just take food with you as there are no outlets present at the Dam.
6 – Padmadurg Fort
The Padmadurg Fort is also known as the Kasa fort by the locals. It is a Sea-fort built by Shivaji Maharaj. The main reason to build this fort by the Marathas was to capture the Murud Janjira fort. You could visit Padmadurg fort by walking when the tide is low in the sea.
7 – Ahmedganj Palace
The Ahmedganj palace is a unique combination of Mughal and Gothic-style architecture. The complex is around 48 acres and has many tombs and mosques. The Ahmedganj Palace is known to witness many horrific battles in the past.
Places to stay in Murud
There are many places to stay, ranging from hostels to lodges or even 5-star hotels. Additionally, it is not much touristy it is easy to find rooms here. I choose to stay at Murud Marina hotel. The place is worth every penny. You get the best view from your rooms, as all the rooms are sea-facing. The rooms are spacious and hygienic.
The quality of food is great too. You will get the breakfast included in your room price. If you ever want to visit, this is the best place to stay in Murud.
You can contact them on their website for the best prices – Murud Marina.
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