Type : Hill Fort
Height : 1357 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade : Medium
District : Alibaug , Raigad
Base Village : Khandale
This hill-fort, 7kms from Alibag is an old fort of Shivaji's times at 1357ft from sea-level. A dirt-track road to this fort begins at Khandala on Alibag-Pen road to the East. Half-way to the fort is Siddheshwar temple and an Ashram, where you can rest a while. During rainy season, one finds a cascading waterfall at this spot. To the left just before the Ashram, the trek-route to Sagargad begins. In an hour's time, one can reach the fort. The main gate is in completely desolate state while the two bastions are partially dilapidated. Inside, a temple and a small tank are in a disused state. Another tank is known as Pandav Kund. On the fort proper, one finds nine tombs of Satis. The place is called Sati Plateau. Besides this plateau a thumb-like erect land mass is known as Wanartok. The fort is totally uninhabited.
Apart from Shivaji, who surrendered this fort along with several others in the Treaty of Purandar in 1655, the fort's most dynamic occupant has got to be Kanhoji Angre, the legendary Maratha admiral who was assigned the task of patrolling the Konkan coast, and whom the British dreaded and labelled a pirate, because he kept attacking and capturing British, Dutch and Portuguese vessels on their way to or from their Asian colonies.He even had a base in The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, from where he would mastermind these excursions.Closer home, he administered the area and maintained a naval force which methodically issued papers (dastak), authorizing vessels to ply his waters. This was at a time when a struggle for supremacy flared between the Portuguese with a stronghold in Goa, the British East India Company, the Muslim Siddhis, who controlled patches like the Janjira island fort and supported the Mughal emperor, who himself was constantly being pushed to the corner by the Marathas, with their guerrilla warfare.
Angre could neither be trounced nor kept under control, even after the British and Portuguese decided to fight him jointly. He reportedly died in 1729, and remained undefeated. The Indian Navy has honored him by naming the Western Naval Command headquarters after him.
05:50 am - Assemble near Pritam Da Dhaba (Dadar East).
06:00 am - Departure from Dadar.
07:30 am - Breakfast
09:30 am - Start Ascend
11:30 am - On Top
11:30 am - 01:00pm - Explore, Rest.
01:30 pm - Descend (If time permits then will visit Dhondane waterfall)
03:30 pm - Base Village
04:00 pm - Departure for Mumbai
07:00 pm - Dadar
(Timings are tentative)
Cost: 900 per person
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