Introduction, Geography & History of Fort:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: Approx. 3000 ft above MSL
Region: Lonavla, Pune.
Mode of Transport: Private Vehicle
Korigad is a fort located about 20 km away from Lonavla in Pune district. Its date of construction is likely predates 1500. The closest village is Peth Shahpur. The interesting part of the fort is that its wall is completely intact and one can walk along its entire perimeter (about 2 km). Its massive gate is also intact. Several ruins of older structures within the fort still exist.
This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by Shivaji Maharaj along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On 11 March 1818, Col. Prother tried to take over this fort but even after a prolonged siege could not make any headway. Finally on 14 March, by igniting the stored ammunition by means of a loose cannon ball he succeeded and this fort went to the British.
Koraigad appears like a wall from peth Shahapur. On the top of the fort is a huge plateau. The ramparts on this fort are around 1.5 kms in length. Moving along the complete top of the fort by walking on the bailey is possible. While coming up from the Peth Shahapur route many caves come across, also some cisterns and an idol of Lord Ganesh.
After entering Shreeganesh Darwaja (Peth Shahapur route), the remnants of the old buildings can be seen. A Temple of a Godess Korai Devi is located here. There is a “DEEPMALA” right in front of the temple. The idol of Korai Devi is around 4 feet high. There are many bastions on the southern side of the fort. There are 6 cannons on this fort, of these the biggest cannon is named as “LAXMI” lies next to the Korai Devi Temple. There are two more temples on the fort. There are two large ponds on this fort and two caves are ahead. Here is an idol of Lord Vishnu holding the Conch, Discus, Mace and Lotus flower. From here Nagphani point, Tung, Tikona, Matheran, Prabalgad, Karnala, Manikgad ranges can be viewed.
Itenary of the trek is as follows:
Meeting Point & time
06.00 AM @ Preetam Hotel, Dadar East.
06.05 AM Move to Base Village by Pvt vehicle, breakfast enroute
10.00 AM Reach at Base Village
10.15 AM Start Ascending
11.15 PM Summit, Fort exploration, Lunch Rest for 2.5 hours
01.45 PM Start descending
02.45 PM Base Village
08.00 PM Reach Mumbai (Subjective)
Group Size: Max.17
Contribution: Rs. 850/-
1. Transport from Mumbai to Mumbai by Non AC Private Vehicle
2. Morning breakfast & Evening Tea.
3. Expertise Charges.
1. Lunch, Cold drinks, mineral water, etc.
2. Anything not mentioned herein.
One needs to transfer / NEFT Rs 850/- as advance at the time of booking.
Name: Kumar Suresh Gaudse
Bank Name: State Bank of India
Account No: 33855096614
Account Type: Savings Bank Account
Branch: Dombivali (West)
IFSC code: SBIN0005165
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Things to carry:
Return ticket up to Kasara
Photo ID proof.
Water – 2 liters
Torch (with spare set of batteries)
Extra pair of clothes Windcheaters, Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional)
some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those require usually.
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried.
Pack your bags to save them from getting wet.
1) Please register well in advance. (for arranging jeeps at Kasara)
2) Please avoid wearing gold ornaments and carrying valuables.
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