Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 37 : Kille Kothaligad किल्ले कोथळीगड


Location:
Peth, Tal. Karjat, Dist. Raigad
Hill Fort

Things to see:
The fort is characterised by its straight pinnacle and famous for its way on the top which has been carved from insides of the pinnacle. There are some water cisterns and caves which have temples of Goddess Durga and Bhairoba. The caves are supported by pillars which have been carved out of the same rock and have some carvings on them. Some cannon balls can also be seen in the fort. There is one water tank on the top. Fron the top one can have views of nearby hills and forts of Raigad district which include Malanggad, Kalavantin Durg, Nagphani, Chanderi, Matheran etc.

Past:
The fort must be in existence since ancient history but its known histrory is from Maratha period. It was won by Mughal forces from Sambhaji Maharaj. The forces lead by Abdul Kadar won this fort. Abdul Kadar sent a golden key to Aurangzeb as the proof of his victory and it was named by him as Mifta-ul-fatah which means key to the victory. But this victory was short lived as Mughals lost to Marathas again. In Shivaji's period the fort was used for storing weapons where as it was used as prison during the time of Peshavas. Some trekkers's group notably Durgamitra started clean up drive on the fort.

Present:
The fort is very popular site for trekkers from Mumbai as it is a one day trek from Mumbai.

Nearby attractions:
At the base of the hill there is one cave.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Panvel
Karjat Ambivali Peth
Goa
ChiplunPen
Khopoli
Kolhapur Pune

There is uphill climb of 1 hour to reach to the fort.

By public transport:
Reach Karjat by trains from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. While coming from southern Konkan and Goa reach Panvel by bus or train and then take bus or train for Karjat. From Karjat there are ST buses and shared auto rikshaws available for Ambivali. One has to walk to Peth village for 1.5 hours and then further climb is for an hour.

Nearby Places for stay:
Karjat, camping on the fort.