Thursday, 20 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 16 : Kille Palgad किल्ले पालगड

Palgad, Tal. Dapoli, Dist. Ratnagiri, Altitude 405 m. climb 300m.

Things to see:
It is one of the rear mid hill forts in the Ratnagiri district. The fort offers beautiful view of Sahyadri ranges and its offshoots descending towards west. It forms a boundary between Dapoli taluka in the west and Khed Taluka in the east. There is dense forest on the western side of the hill whereas beautifully carved rice terrraces in the east. The way at the entrance to the fort is carved out of rock. There are some remnants of the old buildings and two canons. There is one well which has no water in it.

The village at the western base of the hill was earlier known as Palil. The summit of the hill is shaped like a lizard for which Marathi word is Pal. Therefore the fort was named as Palgad. The village changed its name from Palil to Palgad being close to the fort as time went by. The Palgad was a major market place for the surrounding villages in the past. The fort is said to have been constructed during the reign of Shivaji and then was under the control of Peshavas. It came under British control subsequently.

The fort has little of the structure remained from the past. The dense forest on the western end is believed to be having some spirits and makes the person who goes up the fort through those to forget his way back. The phenomenon is known as Chakwa in the local language. It is better to have a local guide or get the directions correctly while climbing the hill from Palgad village. Alternatively one can climb it from Eastern side from hamlet of Kadamwadi which is a hamlet of the village Jamge in the Khed taluka.
Nearby attractions:
Sane Guruji, a famous Gandian and freedom fighter was born in the village of Palgad and a memorial has been developed in the village.

How to reach:
With your own vehicles
Following routes should be followed for reaching
Mumbai/ Pune
Mangaon Ambet Mandangad
Chiplun Khed

With Public transport:
Palgad is connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai and Pune. Catch the buses for Dapoli from these locations and one can get down at Palgad which is about 18 km ahead of Dapoli. While coming from Kolhapur and Goa, one has to reach Chiplun or Khed and then take bus for Palgad which falls on Khed Mandangad route.

Nearby Places for stay:
Dapoli, Khed.