Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 42 : Kille Chanderi किल्ले चंदेरी


Location:
Tamsai, Tal. Panvel, Dist. Raigad
Hill Fort Altitude 790 m. (uphill hike of 700m)

Things to see:
The fort is an easy climb and at the same time provides thrill of heights. To reach the topmost point of the hill, however requires prior experiences of hill trekking or guidance. The way up the fort is through thick vegetation. On the southern side on the way to the top there is one cave and a water cistern. The top provides breathtaking views of nearby hill ranges and mountains such as Matheran and Peb on the towards south and Malanggad, Nakhind range to the North. The only sign of this site which can prove now that this is a fort is a remains of wall near the cave. Near the base of the pinnacle there is one more water cistern.

Past:
The remains on the fort indicate that the site has been used since ancient time. It was used more as a watch post than a fully equipped fort. It is claimed that first organised rock climbing activity in Maharashtra started here on 7th October 1957. An idol of Shivaji Maharaj was placed on the fort on 1st May 2008.

Present:
The fort is populat site for rock climbing activity on its pinnacle. Being a spot which can be visited within one day, many trekkers from Mumbai visit this place. An organisation named Ajinkya Hikers from Badlapur organised an event in the memory of Shivaji Maharaj every year on the date 1st May. They also undertake regular clean up drives.

Nearby attractions:
Malanggad

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Panvel Tamsai
Goa
Kolhapur Pune
From base village of Tamsai there is uphill climb for 2.5 hours.

By public transport:
Panvel is connected by ST as well as private buses to Mumbai, Goa, Kolhapur and Pune. Trains link Panvel to Mumbai, Pune and Goa. Hired or shared autorikshaws and ST buses are available to reach Tamsai village.
There is alternate route to reach the fort from Vangani village which is on Kalyan Karjat Mumbai suburban train route. Then one has to walk to Goregaon village along the railway track and then go to Chincholi village which lies on the eastern side of the base of the fort. The total walking and uphill climbing upto the top takes 4 hours from this side. This route is more popular with trekkers.

Nearby Places for stay:
Panvel, Badlapur, Camping on the forts