The sea forts off the coast from Dapoli is the primary attraction during a holiday in Dapoli. A visit to the sea forts is an unique experience which few other beahes in the entire Konkan stretch offer adding one more feather to the crown of Dapoli. There are couple of forts in Dapoli which is frequented more by trekkers rather than tourists visiting Dapoli.
A very beautiful fort dotting the coastline of the Konkan strip, the fort of Himmatgad, now popularly known as Bankot is not a destination thronged by the tourists. Bankot lies in the northern most end of Ratnagiri district and is about 60 kms via the coastal road from Dapoli. Bankot is located very near the ferry wharf connecting Dapoli to Harihareshwar across the Bhagmandala creek.
Forts in Dapoli
The most imprtant forts in Dapoli are
Mandangad - Chitradurg Fort
40kms away from Dapoli, Mandangad is a trekking destination. Although not frequented by tourists it is popular amongst trekkers who couple it with a visit to the Dapoli beaches.
Located about a quarter of a mile off the coast from Harnai port is the fascinating Suvarnadurg Fort. A rocky island, Suvarnadurg is about 8 acres big with stone wall bastions. The sea-gate of Suvarnadurg fort depicts carved figures of a tiger, eagle & elephants and fifteen old guns are located inside this sea fort. Suvarnadurg is cetainly a must visit during your Dapoli vacation. Fishing boats are available from Harnai port to Suvarnadurg fort.
Kanakdurga projects into the sea near the Harnai port. The fort in ruins now can be approached by a flight of steps. Spread over half an acre the main attraction here is the lighthouse. Kanakdurg can be visited along with the trip to the Harnai fishi auctions.