Kalavantin Durg Trekking Heaven or Hell? Do you like the risky trekking? If you like then it is best Place to visit and trekking. Kalavantin Durg is best trekking place to visit during monsoon season and post-monsoon season.
The people who love to do risky things, then this place is heaven for you. Otherwise, sorry to say, it is hell for you. Kalavantin Durg is known as highest peak in Maharashtra, India. It is a 2,250 ft (686 m) high. It is Opposite to Matheran and next to Prabalgad Fort and located in the Panvel in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India.
What is Kalavantin Durg ?
It is a popular trekking destination. In Marathi language the word “Durg” means fort. Although it is called as “Kalavantin Durg”, There is no fort. Kalavantin is a pinnacle which was used by the ruler to have watch on surrounding area.
It was built for a queen called Kalavantin in the 15th century, around the same time as the neighbouring Prabalgad.
It is also known as Kalavantinicha Sulka, or Kalavantin Pinnacle.
Kalavantin Durg Trek overview :
- Location : Thakurwadi village, Panvel, Maharashtra, India, Asia.
- Height : 2,250 feet (686 metres)
- Difficulty level : Moderate
- Activity Timings : 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
- Not suitable for : Senior citizen, Pregnant women and Children below 6 years.
- Source availability : There is one check point available by forest department where you can take a guide with Nominal charges. There are refreshment stalls available. And in the next plateau there is one big place where you can camp or order food. Water is available at the base village. Small huts sell refreshment on weekend at Kalavantin Durg.
How to Reach :
The trek starts from Thakurwadi village, which can be reached by taking a train from Mumbai to Panvel. Then a bus from outside the railway station. It will take you an hour to reach Thakurwadi. Alternatively, from the railway station, you can walk till the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for a shared Tum Tum Rickshaw and get down at Shedung Phata. At Shedung Phata, hire a rickshaw till Thakurwadi Village.
Parking facility: you can park all kinds of vehicle at Thakurwadi base village.
Capacity of Parking : 20-30 cars.
Charges to Parked : 50 per car.
Why There Is Lot Of Restrictions :
From the base point (in the village of Thakurwadi) to Kalavantin Durg and the Prabalgad Fort, the trek to this adrenaline-sparking fortress is accessible by zigzag stairs carved into the edges of the rocky mountains, with swathes of scree and no guard rails or ropes. The trail gets notably steeper and vertigo-inducing on the way up – though this doesn’t deter those in pursuit of heart-pounding adventure – but jaw-dropping views and beautiful scenery on the way up make the trek all the more worthwhile. Expect to catch a glimpse of the tiny waterfalls south of Kalavantin Durg.
Multiple death occurred during trekking on kalavantin durg that’s why there is so much restrictions.
- One of the Hyderabad-based trekker died during a trek in December 2016. The dead body of that treker was found around 10 days after the death .
- After that, Another accident was happen, Pune-based trekker fell to death while 15 feet away from the top of the Kalavantin Durg. And the body was discovered nearly four hours later.
After several incidents, Local administration instituted new rules to ensure safety of the trekkers. According to the new rulers, each trekker had to register with the administration by paying an entry fee of ₹ 20, and providing their personal details. No entry was allowed in the area during dark hours of 5 pm-7:30 am. During other hours, the entry is allowed only when accompanied by a local guide, which would cost ₹ 50. The administration trained 50 local villagers as guides. The trekkers is also banned from using plastic bags or plastic bottles.
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