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An Easy Trail to Arnala Sea Fort

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This is an easy trail to Arnala Sea Fort situated near Vasai. The fort is built on a small island off the Arnala port. One has to go by ferry to reach the island and further explore the fort. We will be starting for this weekend getaway near Mumbai, by boarding a Fast Train from Churchgate to Virar

About Arnala Sea Fort

Since the fort is built on an island and surrounded on all sides by water it is also known as “Jaldurg” or “Janjire Arnala” Portuguese called the island “Ilha das vacas”. Before the Portuguese control of the island, the island was controlled by the Muslim rulers of Gujarat.

The island is near the mouth of Vaitarna river and the Portuguese used it to observe and control shipping and navigation along the western coast. The Portuguese captain of Bassein donated the island to a Portuguese nobleman. The nobleman tore down the old fort and began construction of 700 foot by 700 foot fort. The fort was never completed by the nobleman but remained under Portuguese control. it remained under Portuguese control for two centuries, who used it to control shipping and navigation along the northern Konkan coast.

The Marathas controlled the fort until 1817 when, during the third British-Maratha war, despite successfully defending the fort, they were forced to surrender the fort to the British due to their superior naval power. The Arnala and Bassien forts were returned to the Marathas by the British in the treaty of Salabai, but the forts again changed hands under the treaty of Pune. Today the fort is in a state of disrepair.


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06:37 am - Churchgate 06:47 am - Mumbai Central 06:54 am - Dadar 06:59 am - Bandra 07:08 am - Andheri 07:22 am - Borivali 08:02 am - Virar Missing the train means missing the trek Breakfast at Virar Move to Arnala Village by Local Transport Travel by Ferry till Arnala Island Fort. Reach Arnala Fort by 10 am Explore the Fort Lunch Break Return Back to Arnala Village by Ferry at 5 pm Reach Virar Station by 6 pm Reach Mumbai by 8 pm


  • Things to Carry for Arnala Sea Fort Trek
  • Identity proof
  • Lunch for the day
  • Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
  • A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs) Compulsory
  • Medicine those if you require usually
  • Good trekking shoes, extra pair of floaters.
  • A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking.
  • Pleases do not carry Jholas.
  • Please avoid wearing Jewelry
  • Travelling from Virar to Virar by Local Transport
  • Ferry Charges
  • Breakfast and Evening Refreshments
  • Abide by the Rules
  • No Smoking, tobacco and alcohol
  • Be a group – its not a race
  • NO littering please…we are educated :)
  • The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
  • Note- Please understand this ain’t a picnic, all Trekking and Adventure activities demand fitness.We request you to get a medical fitness check done before you participate in any such events. If suffering from any allergy carry proper medications and inform your trek leaders about it. Also make sure you have a sufficient supply of medication for your trip, building in an allowance for any travel delay. Those with Active Chest and Heart diseases that limit physical activity should not go to high altitudes.

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