Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 39 : Kille Vishramgad किल्ले विश्रामगड


Location:
Kurdu Peth, Tal. Mangaon , Dist. Raigad
Hill Fort

Things to see:
At the base of the hill of Vishramgad are temples of Devi Kurdai and Kurdeshwar Mahadev. The fort is sometimes called Kurdugad from the name of the base village Kurdu Peth. On the way to the fort there is one water cistern. At the northern entrance of the fort there is one bastion called Hanuman Buruj. It is named because of the presence of big idol of Hanuman near it. There is one gorge on the fort. There is one cliff as well. Existence of some water tanks can also be seen although they are now filled up with soil. A pinncle near the southern end is separated by a col provides very good views of valleys of Konkan.

Past:
The fort is said to have been developed during the reign of Shivaji. Shivaji's Sardar Baji Pasalkar was involved in the work. It was later under the control of Peshavas. But during British rule this site had gone into obscurity. Baji Pasalkar's descendant Shri. Dattoba Pasalkar brought this fort again in light.

Present:
The fort has been damaged a lot by soil erosion.

Nearby attractions:
Nil

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Pen
Mangaon
Jite
Goa Kankavli
Chiplun
Kolhapur Karad
Pune
Tamhini
Shiravali

One has to walk for about 1.5 hours to reach Kurdu Peth from Jite. From Kurdu Peth the uphill climb is for 0.5 hour.

By public transport:
Reach Mangaon which is connected by ST buses to Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. While coming from Goa Mangon does not have general halt for the ST and one has to get down by request. Mangoan is also connected by train to Mumbai and Goa. For reaching Kurdu Peth one has to reach Jite or Shiravali which has ST bus service from Mangaon and then walk to Kurdu Peth for an hour.

Nearby Places for stay:
Mangaon, Tamhini