We at Bhramar have organized a Trek to Korlai fort on 13th Apr '14.
Little Info About The Trek Type:
2828 Feet above MSL (Approx) Grade: Easy District: Raigad
(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:
Meeting Point : Anand Talkies,Thane east. Morning 6:00 AM
Travel by private non ac bus to base village
Morning refreshment on the way
Reach base by 10am. Start trekking fort. Reach Top in one hour. Explore and descend.
Reach the base by 1.30 and lunch.
Proceed to Nagaon beach for fun
Enjoy till 5:00 PM and start our return journey.
Evening refreshments on the way.
Reaching Mumbai by 10:00 Pm
The cost of the trek will be INR 900/- per head.
Which includes travelling by NON AC BUS, Lunch breakfast and evening refreshment.
Things to carry:
Water 2 litre (Compulsory)
Torch with extra batteries,
Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional)
some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually.
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried....so that one has ones hands free while trekking.(Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.)
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Registration through phone calls only. One needs to handover full payment prior 8
th April to below given members. No refund will be provided for cancellation post 9th April.
Anup Malandkar : 9702010507
Kailas Bhangare : 9702292244
Rucha Malandkar : 9594074434
Bhushan Mohite : 9870343490
Do Not Litter:
Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins.
All our treks are Eco-friendly, kindly take care of nature around us. Smoking and Drinking alcohol during trek is strictly prohibited if anyone found doing that will be expelled from trek without refund. Respect the Heritage and culture.
Be a group: It is of utmost importance that all participants stick together in the group.
Everyone is responsible for his/her own safety.The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment; Bhramar, it’s instructors, organizers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.