Reviews of Kalavantin Durg • 11
After reaching Thakurwadi, walk the uphill terrain to Prabalmachi. Before moving towards the Kalavantin Durg, you can take a break at the base of Prabalmachi and have some snacks available at the small shops and restaurants of the village. From there, start climbing Kalavantin Durg. The hike is vertiginous, as the rock-cut steps are very steep and there are no railings to support you climb. So be careful if you're scared of heights. Hiking down is challenging as well, so if you have acrophobia, it is best to avoid the trek altogether. You can then enjoy the Prabalgad Fort, which is situated next to the fortress.Although, the journey from Mumbai to the fortress can easily be completed in 10 to 12 hours, for a wholesome experience spend the night near the fortress by pitching your tent in the village.What to packSince this is just a one-day trek, you don't need to carry much. Wear proper trekking/hiking shoes, carry two litres of water per person and pack eatables such as fruits, dry fruits, energy bars.Have you done this trek, or any other trek near Mumbai? Write about it on Tripoto, and inspire others.
The world's most dangerously-located fortress, Kalavantin Durg, used as a watchtower in the olden days, stands 2,300 feet above sea level on the northern edge of the Prabal plateau in the Western Ghats near Mumbai. To get to this fortress, you have to take a one-day trek, which is a bit challenging with narrow steps, steep slopes and no support. Once you climb to the top, however, you're greeted with ethereal panoramic views.
Sunday 11th 6:00- woke up with deep sleep last night. Just came out and saw. I was in clouds n cant see the surrounding.Went to a peak point n sat on the edge of the mountain n had sum peacefull view glazing n natural air n beautifull waterfall sounds..7:00- had breakfast and packed tent.9:00- started trekking down to karjat.12:00- reached karjat and had lunch.14:00- boarded train to hyderabad.
16:00- again started to main zing zing amazing adventure spot trek to kalavantin wich is an 2km.The most dangerous pinacle trek wid few spots steps n few places skiddy. I became an spiderman n crawled da steps. Atlast reached that peak point. Had sum breathe taking view of surroundings n completly on da clouds..Afta a 30mins stay started descending da mountain. While heading down it becum dark n cant visible da steps n surrounding wer completly dark. At one point I was litterally shutterd wid fear and sat there.. and shouted mummy.. i shud really thank #preethi for being with me. Finally reached again to base camp.20:00- had sum tea n tuk rest21:00- had tribal dinner and tuk my tent n searched sum gud place and mounted them n I slpt so early in the tent.Other people had bonfire and sum fun.
It was almost midnight that we started for the peak. Despite it being a full moon night, we had to use headlamps/torches to light parts of the trail which were dense. The climb to the peak takes about an hour and a half in the dark. We had some company from other trekkers who had come to scale the Kalvantin peak itself. Although it is steeper than the initial climb to the plateau, it is not that difficult. The final summit is a different story. It has steps which are quite steep and one must be careful while climbing the final few steps. The view from the top is amazing though.
At 4:00 AM Wakeup Call and 4:30 AM we Trek To Kalavantin Durg.
HISTORY: It is believed that the Fort was built around the time of Buddha or around/ before 500 BC. Earlier known as Muranjan, Prabalgad Fort earned it's name after it was captured by the Maratha forces under Shivaji's rule.
There were a few who took their time to climb the stairs and others who did it faster. We came to a point, where we had to climb another 18 feet of rock in order to reach the top. We reached at the perfect time around 0545 to see the sunrise and it was a treat to our eyes. We walked all the way up to 2300 feet to see the sunrise and it was all worth it in the end. That was the spot from where the watchful eyes of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s kingdom kept an eye on the enemy frontiers protecting two cities of Mumbai and Pune and a hill station Matheran from one point. The view was mind blowing and the sun was scintillating.
Stand atop Korigad fort and have a look at the green lawn spread across Pune. Hop on to the peak of Kalawantin Fort and take a look around, spot Irshalgad, Shrimallang, Matheran, Vikatgad and Mahuli among various other forts. You may trek to those peaks too.
Kalavantin Durg (also known as Kelve Teen Durg) History : The fortress is a part of the grand Sahyadri Range located between the present day, Panvel and Matheran at an elevation of 2300 feet above the sea level. Built in or around 500 BCE, this strong hold was abandon, due to lack of fresh water, to the neighbour, Prabalgad.The only known history, today of this place is that the fortress was named after the then Queen, Kalavanti. The major attraction of this fort are the steps leading to the pinnacle which have been carved out from the belly of the mountain itself, which at an elevation of 2300 feet and at 500 BCE is an engineering masterpiece. As compared to all the fortresses built around the world, this fortress comes without any safety fence or ropes, thus giving it the tag of one of the most dangerous place in the world. Trek : To conquer Kalavantin Durg, the best season is the winters' since in monsoons' the steps become slippery and life threatening. If trekking this masterpiece in monsoons' extra caution is advised.(I with WanderSoul did it in the Monsoons'