Sunday, 16 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 12: Kille Kamandurg किल्ले कामणदुर्ग

Kuhe, Tal. Bhivandi, Dist. Thane or Devkundi, Tal. Vasai, Dist. Thane

Things to see:
The fort does not have any fortification as such but signs of this site are present in the surroundings. There is one small water tank dug out in the rock are present on the western side of the summit. The summit provides beautiful views of Vasai creek and its surrounding areas such as Bhaindar and Vasai cities. Islands covered with mangroves and salt pans near the creek can also be seen from the summit. Tungareshwar hills also add to the beautiful scenery around the the fort. The summit as it is seen from ground is not one single peak but two peaks separated by one small gorge. The round shape of the summit gives one an impression of volcano. Help of a local guide is necessary to find the way upto top. One needs to be an experienced trekker as the hill climb is not easy and the path is slippery.

A stone sculpture found in the area helps us to infer that this has been an important place from ancient times. There are some water tanks found in this area about 6-7 of which have been built by Maratha during 1739 when the forces fighting with Portuguese reported to Peshawa headquarters in Pune about the need of constructing some water tanks in the area. 

There is rampant deforestation in the surrounding hills due to which lot of soil erosion is occurring in the area. It is also making climb to the summit difficult due to opening of the soil as the binding for the soil in the form of trees is being lost.

Nearby attractions:
Tungareshwar hills.

How to reach:

With your own vehicle:
Mumbai/ Thane/ Pune- Bhiwandi- (Take road going to Parol) Chimbicha pada- Kuhe
Mumbai/ Thane/ Pune- Ghodbundar- (NH 8 Mumbai- Ahmedabad highway) Chinchoti- (Take Vasai- Bhivandi road) Kaman- Devkundi

With Public transport:
Reach Bhivandi. Direct ST buses available from Mumbai, Borivali, Pune and Nashik. Take buses going via Parol road and get down at Chimbicha Pada and walk to Kuhe.

Nearby Places for stay:
Bhivandi, Vasai