The Info List - Madh Fort

Madh Island is a group of several quaint fishing villages and farmlands in northern Mumbai.


The area is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west, and the Malad creek on the east.There are few beaches like Erangel Beach, Dana Pani Beach, Silver Beach, Aksa Beach.


The area is accessible by bus service (#271 to Malad and #269 to Borivali) or autorickshaw from Malad or a ferry service from Versova. One can reach Madh Island by ferry service or speed boat also in five minutes.


The area is a rural area inhabited primary by Kolis, Marathi, East Indian Roman Catholics in Madh village as well as by people from other communities. Few Film Stars have moved to this area to stay during last few years. Raheja Exotica is ~15 years old residential complex in this area where most celebrities stay.

Madh Fort
Versova Fort
Madh Island is located in Mumbai
Madh Island
Location within Mumbai
General information
Type Fort
Architectural style Portuguese Colonial
Location Malad, Mumbai
Coordinates 19°07′56″N 72°47′41″E / 19.132283°N 72.794785°E / 19.132283; 72.794785
Owner Indian Air Force

Madh Fort is a small fort in northern Mumbai, India situated at Madh Island. It was built by the Portuguese in Portuguese India. [1] They lost it during the war against Maratha empire when the Maratha Empire captured it in February 1739.

The British occupied Salsette Island, Thana Fort, Fort Versova, and the island fort of Karanja in 1774.[2]

It is secluded and difficult to reach, about 15 kilometres (9 mi) from Malad and is the last stop on route 271 of BEST bus service or via Versova by ferry boat.

Madh Fort

It is situated near Madh village. It is around 1 km walk from Madh bus stop. The fort was built by the Portuguese as a watchtower in the 17th century. It offers a strategic view of the coastline and guards the Marve Creek. Its external façade is intact but internally it is dilapidated. It is under control of the Indian Air Force as it is located close to an Indian Air Force base and permission is needed for accessing it. Madh Island fort is surrounded by local fishermen's communities.

In popular culture

Some Bollywood movies like Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega, Baazigar, Shootout at Wadala, and Manmohan Desai's 1985 movie Mard, Zamana Deewana, Khalnayak, Shatranj, and Tarazu were shot at this location. Many episodes of the popular serial Chandrakanta and CID have been shot in this location also.


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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Naravane, M.S. (2014). Battles of the Honorourable East India Company. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation. pp. 53–54. ISBN 9788131300343. 

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