There is a quiet and picturesque village called Thal located about 3-5 kilometers north of Alibag. The unique feature of this village is two strongly built Khanderi and the Underi forts, which have been struggling with the waves of Arabian Sea for centuries with historical heritage. Since Alibag is well connected to Mumbai Goa highway, there are large number of tourists visiting here.
One can visit these forts by requesting local fishermen to facilitate the boat and avoid the inconvenience. Earlier on the shore, there was a fort called Khubladha. The small fort was built to keep a watch on the Khanderi and Inderi forts. Unfortunately, the fort has collapsed today in the course of time and only remnants are left. Khanderi Fort is almost 3 km inside from main beach while 1 km away from Underi towards west.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj decided to build both these fortresses as both these islands are in between the Mumbai and Janjira of Murud. But meanwhile the British became aware & they opposed and claimed on both these fortresses. Mumbai had been gifted to British from the Portuguese and hence claimed to