Friday, 21 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 19 : Kille Mahipatgad किल्ले महीपतगड

Wadi Beldar, Tal. Khed, Dist. Ratnagiri
Altitude 960 m.

Things to see:
The fort is located in the Northern end of hill range that spans in the North South direction and runs parallel to the Sahyadris. The fort is spread on 200 acres of land on the top of the hill. There is one Pareshwar Mahadev temple on the fort, in front of which there is small lake. Some remnants of old buildings dot the land. At some locations there are big heaps of morter used in the construction from old times. There entrances to the fort from five sides out of which currently western entrance is in use. There is origin of a small rivulet named Shivganga to the western side. One can view in East, Pratapgad, Makarandgad and Mahabaleshwar. In the north Raigad can also be seen.

The fort is named after Mahipat who built this fort. Due its huge area, the fort was given consideration by Shivaji's spiritual guru Ramdas Swami to make it as his permanent base but he later on rejected and preferred the fort of Sajjangad near Satara. Some also say that Shivaji has started to strengthen the fort but later on left it halfway. The story is based on the occurrence of heaps of mortar found on the fort. It might have been inhabited by some Christian people as some Christion tombs are found on this fort. Not much is known about its history in hard proof..

The fort is in ruins. Some study of this location may throw some light on the history especially of the period of Shivaji.

Nearby attractions:
Trekkers can visit Sumargad, Makarandgad and Hatlot ghat.

How to reach:

By your own vehicles follow this route,
Khed Dahivali Wadi BeldarMahipatgad fort.
The uphill climb from Wadi Beldar is for 2.5 hours.

By Public Transport,
Khed can be reached by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. While coming from Goa, one has to get down at Chiplun or Bharane Naka on the highway and then come to Khed. Khed is also connected by train to Mumbai and Goa. Catch ST bus from Khed to Dahivali. One has to climb for 4 hours from the village to the fort.

Nearby Places for stay:
Khed, Camping on Mahipatgad is possible.