How can the monsoons be complete without a trek to that fort near the sea? This weekend, we are headed South of Mumbai – to the Sahyadris in the South Konkan region. 150km SE of Mumbai, nestled along the banks of the Kundalika river, lies the small town of Roha. Travel a further 5km, and we hit upon the village of Medhe. A small temple of Lord Vitthal greets us as we get set along a narrow path that winds upward to Avchitgad.
If you havent fallen in love with the lush, green, gorgeous Sahyadris yet; you will this time. The clouds and rain play with the hills and you cant help remembering:
“While clouds adorn her face like glossy curls
And streams of rain like strings of close-inwoven pearls”
Negotiating the thick vegetation and a couple of confusing turns, we gain steady elevation. An easy 1.5 hours and 1000 ft. later, we chance upon the large entrance to the fort. A rock – cut carving of a horse greets us at the main gate of the fort. The route ahead leads to several water tanks, but the water here is not potable. With frogs, dragon flies and small stone temples nearby, they definitely present a good photo opportunity though! Avchitgad is one of the more elaborate forts with plenty of cannons and fortifications for us to explore. Curiously enough, it is also one of the very few forts with no caves at the top!
If we are lucky enough, the Vitthal temple at Medha will be hosting a lunch, thanks its many devotees. That would be the perfect opportunity for us to feast on delicious home-made rice, curry and pickles after our climb down!
On our way back, we drive along the road for a while; admiring the fury of the rain and the lashing waves. As we pass Roha, Nagothane, the sun (if not raining) plays hide-and-seek with the clouds and reluctantly disappears into the horizon somewhere along the way.
“And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils”
Trip Price : ₹INR 2,000
|Scheduled Activity :||Trekking in the Western Ghats|
|Region :||Konkan Region|
|Meeting Place :||Bandra Station (W)|
|Report Time :||0545Hrs|
|Route :||Bandra - Sion - Vashi - Panvel|
|Transport :||AC MUV or equivalent|
|Drive Duration :||~3Hrs|
|Hike/Ride Duration/Day :||1d|
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AC Vehicle (hired) for the entire duration of the trip
We use Air-Conditioned MPVs (Multi Purpose Vehicles), Cars, Bus or a combination of all depending on final group size to our discretion.
NOTE: For customized trips or on special requests for a certain type and / or class of vehicle beyond the standard offer of seating, capacity, comfort & convenience, charges are EXTRA.
Guidance for the entire trip including the trek.
Odati Adventures maintains a Client:Guides ratio of at least 8:1 for better safety, communication, participation, quality and building bond within the group.
All our staff is trained in at least basic mountaineering and have years of experience handling various activities in the Western Ghats. They are well versed with basic First-Aid knowledge and essentially work towards safe conduct of the trip and avoid emergency situations.
Odati Adventures uses the latest and certified gear wherever needed. Our gear is checked and maintained regularly.
Basic First Aid kit
All Veg meals. Our regular Vegetarian meal plan for a weekend trek includes the following: