Built by the British in 1932, Jaigad Fort in old British records is referred to as ‘Zyghur’; it was built as a coastal fortification at the tip of a peninsula in Ratnagiri District in Maharashtra. Nestled on the cliffs above, the fort overlooks the bay formed at the point where the Shastri River flows into the Arabian Sea.
The fort is surrounded by a deep moat on the side not facing the cliff. While the fort is spread over 13 acres, in the middle of it lie the palace of Kanhoji Angre (the first notable chief of the Maratha Navy who was labeled a pirate by foreign forces), a Ganpati temple and a 70-foot-deep well. There is a 100-foot-deep well nearby as well. These wells were constructed for potable water.