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Mirjan Fort Gokarna Address: Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Gokarna, Karnataka, 581333, India

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Monday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wedesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
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Mirjan Fort in Gokarna is a fantastic vacation escapade, buried deep in nature's bosom on the coastline. Mirjan Fort, on the shores of the Aghanashini River, is a regal remembrance of our great past. This 16th-century fort, almost 22 kilometres from Gokarna with a space of 4.1 hectares, is rich in cultural heritage and history. However, there are numerous tales of the fort's humble (or not so humble) beginnings.

The fort, operational until 1785, is said to have been the location of several previous fights in the 16th century. The British eventually seized this fort and used it as a defensive front. It is fortified with historic architecture such as streams, moats, secret tunnels, and several other factors (typical of forts all across). The magnificent fort, covered in grass and foliage, resembles a storybook castle. Now, doesn't that spike your curiosity to visit it!

This magnificent structure is made of locally accessible laterite stone.

#Trivia: Legend has it that this was one of the busiest ports for international spice trade between the Dutch, Portuguese, and British.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has classified it as a conserved monument. It has recently undergone restorations to improve its condition. This ancient landmark is a forgotten jewel in the country's tourism scene, nestled among the picturesque surroundings. The organization also performed multiple archaeological digs in 2001, revealing many laterite constructions from the medieval period.

#Interesting facts: Other antiquarian discoveries include gold coins from Portuguese Viceroy Conde De Sarzedas, cannonballs, Chinese ceramics, and clay tablets with Islamic writing. It is thought that the fort complex contained a buried treasure that was later seized by the British.

The Indian flag is flown over the fort on Independence Day every year.

Architecture of Mirjan Fort

The fort is constructed across a 10-acre area using locally accessible laterite stones. It has an Indianized style of architecture but is greatly influenced by Portuguese and Islamic culture. The Mirjan Fort in Gokarna is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Karnataka. The fort has endured the most ferocious conflicts and held out under siege with several wells dug to store water for use during the war and beyond.

It was among the most impregnable forts because of its thick walls, watchtowers, and bastions. Four entrances, 1 main and 3 subsidiaries, and multiple interconnected wells and access routes leading to the circular moat were most likely utilized as a defense mechanism to protect the fort. The fort is surrounded by a moat that connects to the canals. It has exit gates used by the residents to enable a quick escape during an enemy attack.

Today, the fort lies in ruins because of the innumerable fights it has witnessed over its lifetime. With a reasonable number of repairs carried out by the ASI, you can now see a completely renovated northernmost bastion defense system. The renovation was carried out by the stones located in the vicinity.

History of Mirjan Fort

Mirjan Fort has a long and illustrious history, with several interpretations of its origins.

According to one legend, the fort was erected in the 16th century by the Tuluva-Saluva clan's Pepper Queen, Chennabhairav Devi. She was the Queen of Gersoppa, a Vijayanagar area and her reign was one of the longest in the subcontinent, lasting nearly 54 years. Her stronghold was in the North and South Kannada and South Goa districts.

She moved her power base from Mirjan to a secure place on an island in the middle of the Sharavathi Riverbed after the battle of Tallikota in 1565, when Bijapur Sultans besieged the areas. She then converted to Jainism and constructed many Jain Temples. The fort was taken over by the Marathas in 1757 and then by the British in 1784.

According to one account, the fort was built around 1200 A.D. by the Nawayath Sultanates and was later acquired by the Vijayanagara Empire.

Another account of the fort's history claims that it was erected by a Bijapur nobleman named Sherif-ul-Mulk to guard the city of Kumta and the Kumta fort, which is situated south.

Another story claims that the Vijayanagara Empire ruled Mirjan fort.

When the kingdom fell apart, the Bijapur Sultans took control, and Sharief-ul-Mulk, the former governor of Goa, restored it to his liking. The Kela dead dynasty's queen Chennamma occupied this province in 1676. The Marathas conquered the fort in 1757, taking full advantage of a local uprising, and the British government Major Torriano seized it in 1784.

Now that's quite a bit of history to absorb and hold. But a visit to the Mirjan Fort in Gokarna will bring it all together perfectly well.

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Best time to visit Mirjan Fort in Gokarna

The Mirjan Fort in Gokarna is an excellent vacation spot all year round. You can enjoy this place the best after monsoons with gorgeous grasslands and humongous stone formations.

September to February is ideal for visiting Mirjan Fort. While you may experience sporadic showers now and then, they will not spoil your visit. If you are not too fond of monsoons, we advise you to tour the place during winters, i.e., November to February.

Since it is a coastal area, summers are hot and humid and mostly not the right time to visit the fort.

Best way to reach the fort

Mirjan Fort is 11 kilometres from the city centre, and it takes an average of 35 minutes to reach here. Gokarna has limited transportation alternatives due to its tiny size. There are no online taxicab services available here, leaving just two choices for getting to the fort:

Many buses drop you off at the bus stop, only a 5-minute walk away from the fort. They arrive at the city bus terminal at regular intervals and travel around 45 minutes. In Gokarna, this is the most cost-effective form of transportation.

Additional transit modes include renting bikes, automobiles, or cabs from the town. Hiring a cab from top car rental companies in Gokarna is a faster and more convenient alternative since, after viewing the fort, you may visit other sightseeing places of Gokarna.

Things you can do Near Mirjan Fort

There are a couple of things to do near Mirjan Fort in Gokarna, which can be enjoyed with your near and dear ones.

1. Sunset from the beach - You can enjoy the mesmerizing sunset with the flowing waves and a breathtaking reflection touching the water.

2. Water sports - Parasailing, banana boat rides, surfing, swimming, or jet skiing- the Mirjan Fort beaches are packed with several shacks offering these activities.

3. Practice Yoga - Rejuvenate your mind and body with the goodness of Yoga against the tranquillity of the sea and the mesmerizing aura. An ideal way to begin or end your day.

Places to eat near Mirjan Fort

Mirjan Fort has a couple of relatively reasonable and decent eating joints that are ideal for a quick snack or typical Konkan cuisine.

1. Prema - If you're searching for a seaside restaurant to enjoy a chilled beverage while eating southern specialities or dinners, Prema is the place to go. They provide masala dosas, falafel, soup, and other delicacies.

Location: Gokarna Beach, Gokarna, India.
12.5 kilometres from Mirjan Fort

2. Namaste Café - Namaste Café is an Indian bar and restaurant that serves European-style cuisine. There is another oceanfront café where you may sit and enjoy a chilled beverage while munching on some crispy food.

Location: Gokarna, India, Om Beach / Kudle Beach
11.2 kilometres from Mirjan Fort

3. White Elephant Restaurant and Cottage - White Elephant's gourmet food, delivered in its exquisite interior décor, brightens your day. The menu includes Indian, Chinese, and Italian dishes.

Location: Kudle Hilltop, Opp Beach, Gokarna, India (581326).
12.1 kilometres from Mirjan Beach

Places to Stay near Mirjan Fort

If you are planning an overnight trip to Mirjan Fort, there are a few places that will not disappoint you.

1. Kudle Beach View Property and Spa - Kudle Beach View Resort is a beachfront resort ideal for enjoying a breathtaking view from your balcony.

It is located on the Kudle Beach Road in Gokarna, approximately 11.2 kilometres from Mirjan Fort. The cost each night is approximately INR 5,000.

2. Sanskruti Quality Resort - This Resort will make your experience unforgettable with its deluxe, ultimate, and premium villas with a beautiful restaurant and a private pool.

It is located on Om Beach Road in Gokarna, approximately 11.1 kilometres from Mirjan Fort. The cost each night is approximately INR 7,000.

3. R.K. Beach Cottage - R.K. Beach Resort boasts a gorgeous site with a bar and restaurant. You can enjoy staying in quaint cottages with private balconies to sit and enjoy the view.

It is located on the Kariyappa Katte Middle Beach in Gokarna and is approximately 11.8 kilometres from Mirjan Beach. The cost per night is approximately INR 1,500.

How to reach Mirjan Fort in Gokarna?

Mirjan Fort is located around 11 kilometres from Gokarna on NH 66. The nearest airport from the fort is in Dabolim, Goa and will take you around 3 hours to reach. It is approx. 135 kms. from the fort.

Gokarna is reasonably well-connected with different cities around the country; however, the nearest ones are in South India. You can reach the Gokarna railway station and hop on a rickshaw or a cab from the location to visit the fort.

You can also take an exciting road trip that will engage all your senses from different parts of the country. The most popular places people enjoy a road trip are Goa, Mangalore, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, etc.

Entry fee and timings of Mirjan Fort

Mirjan Fort is open for the general public all year round. You can visit it anytime between 8 am to 6 pm.

#Trivia: You will take 1-2 hours to roam around the entire fort, divided into several parts spread over ten acres.

There are several popular tourist spots in Karnataka, but Mirjan Fort in Gokarna has a different charm. With gorgeous locations to click memorable photographs, you have something to take back every time you visit the fort. Take a few days out from your busy schedule, book a Gokarna tour package with us and get away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Enjoy a lovely time as a solo traveller or with your family and friends right here in Mirjan Fort in Gokarna soon. Gokarna Tourism, a division of Holidays DNA is here to help you plan your trip the way you want. Please fill the Contact Us form for more details.

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