Friday, 21 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 18 : Kille Sumargad किल्ले सुमारगड


Location:
Off Mahipatgad or Rasalgad, Tal. Khed, Dist. Ratnagiri
Altitude 883 m.

Things to see:
The fort is located in the middle of hill range that spans in the North South direction and runs parallel to the Sahyadris. Due to its difficulty in access, height and tough climb only experience mountain trekkers can reach at this fort. It has straight rock surfaces on all the sides of the fort and the way to the fort requires some rock climbing to reach to the fort which is located on the summit. There are some water cisterns on the fort. In one of the cistern there is a Shivalinga and idol of goddesses Bhairibhavani, Zolai, Vaghjai and Navlai in one cave. The fort provides views of Sahyadri forts in the east which includes forts of Vasota and Makarandgad. In the west one can see mid Sahyadri or Valati forts of Palgad and Mandangad.

Past:
Not much is known about its past. Villagers say that earlier there a festival was held in this fort in the memory of Goddess but after an accident in which two villagers fell off the cliffs while balancing the pole, the festival was shifter to Rasalgad.

Present:
The fort is visited only by trekkers these days and gone into obscurity. The path to the fort is not in regular use and local guidance is required to reach the fort.

Nearby attractions:
It can be visited while trekking for Mahipatgad or Rasalgad.

How to reach:
It can be reached by the hill routes from Mahipatgad (2.5 hours of walk) or Rasalgad (4.5 hours of walk). There is little habitation near to this fort. For guidance to reach Mahipatgad click here. For guidance to reach Rasalgad click here.

Nearby Places for stay:
Khed, Camping on Mahipatgad or Rasalgad