Vijaydurg Fort, also known as Victory Fort, is one of the many historically important sites in Sindhudurg District
. It is one of the great forts of Konkan. It was once the stronghold of the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji
. In the 17th century, Shivaji strengthened the fort by adding impressive features including the triple line of huge walls, numerous towers and the spacious interior buildings.
Vijaydurg Fort, surrounded by sea from three sides, was once called as Girye or Gheriya. The fort covers an area of six hectares. There are 27 Buruj (tower) inside the fort of which some have three floors. Kothi Pirachi Sadar, Kitta Sadar, Jails, Jakhinis Canon, huge stones used for construction purpose, and the platform built in the deep sea for guarding are worth visiting.
The dockyard which was hollowed out of a rock is 110 m long and 75 m wide. The adjacent area of the dockyard has a number of grapnel and triangular stone anchors.
Sindhudurg Fort and the Padamgarh Fort are other sites of interest near the fort.
Rajapur Road Railway Station and Kudal Railway Station, on the Konkan Railways, are the nearest railway stations.