Vijaydurg Fort is the oldest fort on the sindhudurg coast and was constructed by Raja Bhoja II during his rule. It was then reconstructed by Shivaji. It is believed that this is one of the two forts where Shivaji hoisted the saffron flag. Located at the tip of the peninsular region, the fort is amongst one of the several coastal forts of Maharashtra. It is surrounded by water on all four sides but there is a narrow road connecting the fort with the land.
Kila(The Fort), an Indian Marathi film features Vijaydurg fort. It is also believed that a British scientist, Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer who is behind the discovery of helium gas, was present at the fort when he made this discovery while observing the sun. Since 2009, World Helium Day has been celebrated at this fort.
The fort showcases Maratha architecture in the form of monuments. The fort also has a Khalbatkhana, where important meetings used to take place. The Archeological Survey of India has taken the repair and restoration work of this fort along with Shivneri and Sindhudurg fort.
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