Grade - Very Easy
Korlai Fort (also called Morro or Castle Curlew) is a Portuguese fortification in the town of Korlai, Maharashtra, India. It was built on an island (Morro de Chaul) which guards the way to the Revdanda Creek. It was meant as a companion to the fort at Chaul. At this strategic position the Portuguese could use it to defend their province which stretched from Korlai to Bassein. Vestiges of the Portuguese occupation are manifested in the distinct dialect of the Korlai villages inhabitants which is a Portuguese Creole called Kristi
This fort was built in 1521 by the Portuguese with the permission of the Ahmednagar sultanate. In 1521, taking advantage of the confusion in the aftermath of the death of the Burhan Nizam the Portuguese tried to take over the fort.However the sultan retaliated and sent some of his best men to reclaim the fort. Subsequently a truce was reached in which the Ahmednagar sultanate occupied the island and no further fortification of the island took place. Only a wooden cross remained on the island as a sign of its former rulers.
However in 1594, Abranches, a Portuguese captain with 1,500 soldiers and 1,500 natives took possession of the fort. The besieged soldiers of the Sultanate tried to block their way by putting a dead elephant at the main gate and a dead horse at the inner gate. But in the end they had to surrender.The Portuguese won the fort but not having enough men to stand guard there chose to destroy it leaving only the central tower and a battery intact.
Before its destruction, Korlai had been described by travelers as a "magnificent fortress as strong as any other in the world". On the inland side - the only place where it was susceptible to be attacked it was protected by a ditch and could only be accessed by a drawbridge. The main entrance was guarded by a bronze lion and the highest tower by a bronze eagle. It housed 7,000 horses and as much men.
Some parts of it were rebuilt later but now had a garrison of only 50 men.The church within the fort was used for worship on Sundays and holidays. Korlai fort was also strategically very important as it guarded the mouth of the bay. Sambhaji the son of Shivaji tried to take it over but failed and had to withdraw his forces on 6 December 1687.The fort was taken by the Marathas who held it from 1739-1818.
The itinerary for the trek will be as follows:
Day 1 :
Meeting Point : Pritam Hotel Dadar East @ 06:00 am
Pickup Point : Yogi Hotel , Diamond Garden Chembur @ 06:15 am
Pickup Point : Below Main Bridge , Vashi @ 07:00 am
Travel by private vehicle.
Morning Refreshment on the way.
Reach the base village by 10am.
Start Trekking toward the Korlai fort
Reach the top in next 1 hours , lunch, explore n descend.
Reach the base by 12:30 pm
Reach Nagaon Beach for Fun and Water Sports Activities
Enjoy till 6pm
Start our return journey
Evening Refreshments on the way.
Reaching Mumbai by 9.30 pm tentatively.
The cost for the trek will be INR 1200/- per head,
Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by Private AC BUS,
Breakfast and Evening Refreshments.
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For booking you need to DEPOSIT FULL AMOUINT – in the following Account:
Account Name – HUNNR
Bank – ICICI Bank
Branch – Kalyan Shivaji Chowk
IFSC Code – ICIC0001879
A/c Number: 187905500055
Things To Be carried:
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs) Compulsory
Medicine those if you require usually
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of floaters.
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking.
Pleases do not carry Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Jewelry
No Smoking, tobacco and alcohol
Be a group – its not a race
NO littering please…we are educated :)
The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
Note- Please understand this ain’t a picnic, all Trekking and Adventure activities demand fitness.
We request you to get a medical fitness check done before you participate in any such events. If suffering from any allergy carry proper medications and inform your
trek leaders about it. Also make sure you have a sufficient supply of medication for your trip, building in an allowance for any travel delay. Those with Active Chest
and Heart diseases that limit physical activity should not go to high altitudes.