Murud Janjira is a small port town located on the coastal land in Raigad district in the state of Maharashtra. It is situated at a distance of 165 km from Mumbai. Murud town is renowned for the invincible fort called Janjira. It is a getaway spot for tourists and mostly for residents of Mumbai as it’s a short distance from the metropolitan city. If you are planning a trip to Murud Janjira then you could either travel by road or take a ferry. Air and rail are the other options available.
Climatic condition of Murud Janjira is pleasant all throughout the year. Summers are not extremely hot as compared to most cities in Maharashtra. The temperature never goes beyond 32 degrees during this period. Winters are cooler with a temperature of around 15 degrees. Moderate rainfall can be expected during monsoons. Weather is an extra topping for tourists visiting this place.
The word Janjira was derived from an Arabic word called Jazeera which means an island. Murud is also known as Abyssinians land or Habsan in Marathi. Most people also named it as Jal Jeera meaning fort surrounded with water as it is located in the Arabian Sea. The Siddis had constructed this famous fort in the 12thcentury. Murud was the capital of the Siddis of Janjira. The only fort in Maharashtra which was not subjugated, although the British, the Portuguese, the Dutch tried attacking the city. The Maratha King Shivaji tried to dominate the fortress almost six times but failed in every attempt.
Murud Janjira is the only place in Maharashtra where one can benefit from enjoying the sea at the same time visit historic and religious places. Some of the prime attractions of this renowned tourist spot are Dattatreya temple, Janjira fort, Murud Janjira beach, Nawab’s palace, Padmadurg fort, Janjira caves etc.
Murud Janjira has an exquisite beach and many tourist beach front properties where tourists can stay and enjoy a perfect weekend. The fort in the backdrop and scenic coastal region offers a quiet and relaxing vacation to many. One can sit back on the pristine beaches, visit the historic fort and palace and enjoy swimming in the shallow coastal waters. Local savories can be enjoyed at the many local food stalls and hotel restaurants. This region abounds in local fruits like coconut, mangoes, kokum and jackfruits for fruit lovers.
Thus Murud Janjira is indeed a beautiful tourist spot which attracts tourists for its historic as well as religious places. As far as accommodation is concerned, Murud Janjira has all kinds of hotel starting from cheap, budget, economic and exclusive hotels.