Himmatgad - Bankot

Himmatgad or Fort Victoria is located just across the Bankot creek from Harihareshwar. Although the fort is in ruins now Himmatgad is worth a visit during a trip to Harihareshwar. Himmatgad fort is located very close to the ferry wharf where you land after crossing Bagmandala creek. Himmatgad is hardly 5 kilometers from Kolivada where you get down from the ferry.

Himmatgad was a British residency and had a British officer in residence. At Himmatgad fort there is a memmorial erected by Sir Arthur Mallet to his wife who died in a ferry accident in the Savitri river. Sir Arthur Mallet is far more well known after the Arthur's seat in Mahabaleshwar which was also named after him

Himmatgad - Bankot

Himmatgad - Bankot

The Bankot fort stands at the mouth of Bankot creek, where River Savitri meets the Sea. Bankot creek was a major sea trade route once. Bankot fort, which has witnessed many dynasties, is also known as Himmatgad and Fort Victoria under british.

There is a Ganesh temple at the base of the fort. The fort is surrounded by moats dug up in the red laterite. The main entrance faces north and is decorated with stone carvings. Near the entrance are vestibules for gate keepers. In the vestibule on right side there are 6 water tanks. Going ahead we come across Nagarkhana, where we find decorative steps to ascend it. From here we can have a glimpse of Savitri River and the surrounding region. To walk on the ramparts, there are stairs from eastern and western side. From the western doorway we can go the bastion outside the ramparts. Here we find a deep well and a room for the patrolling soldiers. There is a secret entrance near this bastion. This bastion lies on the way from Bankot to Velas, and was built by Siddis to strengthen Bankot fort.