Located on the banks of Rajapuri creek, Murud is a popular beach destination in Maharashtra about 200 kms from Mumbai. Murud Janjira - the formidable sea fort is the primary attraction in Murud apart from the beautiful expansive Murud beach. Apart from Murud Janjira Kasa or Padmadurg fort also dots the horizons off Murud coast. Murud Janjira can be visited from Rajapuri jetty.
The Murud Janjira fort definitely is the primary attraction in Murud along with the beautiful beach with the Kasa fort looming in the horizons. Datta Mandir atop a hillock commands a panoramic view of the shoreline and the quaint town of Murud Janjira. Khokari Tombs three 500-year-old massive stone tombs of early Murud Janjira rulers is located on the way to Agardanda from Murud Janjira. Eidgah a holy place for Muslims is located about 2 km towards the north of Murud.
There are some very highly revered temples near Murud Janjira. The Ganesh temple in Nandgaon about 10 kms from Murud Janjira is one of the most prominent temples in the region. 'Ganesh utsav' is celebrated at this temple with a lot of pomp and fervor. The Dutta temple is another very popular temple located close to Murud Janjira. Constructed by Swami Bramhendra, the temple has a three-headed statue of Dutta representing the trinity Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh.
A boon for the motorcycle junkies exploring the Konkan coastline the Murud - Dighi ferry connects Murud to Raigad beaches of Diveagar and Harihareshwar. Two wheelers are carried manually into the ferry and ferried across the Rajapuri creek. Now Suvarnadurg Shipping have started car ferries which connect Agardanda a few kilometers from Murud Janjira which transports even four wheelers across the Rajapuri creek which has helped sightseeing in Murud immensely.
Few forts in Maharashtra have a history as exciting as Murud-Janjira. The fort belonged to a dynasty of Siddhis who where from Abyssinia, in far North Africa. Murud Janjira the sea fortress built on an island 500m off Murud, has the distiction of never being defeated in a war despite numerous attempts by the British and the Marathas even after repeated attempts.
One of the few forts which eluded Shivaji Maharaj even after repeated attempts Murud Janjira is still one of the most well preserved sea forts in Maharashtra. Believed to be one of the strongest sea forts in India from yester years Murud Janjira Fort was built on an oval-shaped rock in the 15th century and was rebuilt by Burhan Khan between 1567 and 1571
Murud Janjira has 19 rounded bastions which are all still intact. There are prominent "Ashok Chakras" on all major gates of the fort. Murud Janjira located in mid sea amazingly has a fresh water source within. Murud Janjira can be approached from Dighi wharf by wind powered sail boats. Ferry to Murud Janjira is available around the year but for the monsoons.
Almost all the popular water rides like bumper ride banana rides and jet skiis are available in Kashid. Parasailing at Kashid beach is very popular which is organised on the beach behind the jeep and in the sea off the coast of Kashid behind the boat.
Joshua SCUBA diving attempted to identify a SCUBA dive site off the coast of Murud Janjira however currently it is suspended due to inability to find an ideal dive site for tourists near Murud Janjira.