Korigad Fort – A Complete Guide

korigad fort

Korigad fort, or “Koraigad,” is one of the most suitable treks in Maharashtra for someone who plans to start trekking. An effortless trek, offering the best views of the surrounding region.

The trek is famous for mini steps-like waterfalls during monsoons, seasonal reverse waterfall & the vast plateau on top of the fort where you can even camp during the winter. 

You can cover the entire 2km perimeter of the fort on foot to enjoy the views of the whole region.

Interesting Facts: 

  • In 1657, Shivaji Maharaj captured Korigad and many other forts. The fort has six cannons; the largest is called the Laxmi toph.
  • The fort has three temples, worshipping Korai Devi, Vishnu & Shiva.

Difficulty: Easy

Region: Lonavala

Best Season: Monsoon

Height: Around 3000 ft.

How to reach Korigad fort?

You can reach the fort via public and private vehicles as it is just around 20 kms from the main town of Lonavala. 

The trek doesn’t start from any base village, and the start point is adjacent to the main road that heads towards Amby Valley.

Via Private Vehicle:

The distance from Mumbai is around 100 kms, and it will take about 2.5-3 hours to reach, considering breaks and traffic jams at the toll nakas.

The distance from Pune is around 85 kms & can take 2-2.5 hours to reach.

Via Public Transport:

You can take a local MSRTC bus to Lonavala from Mumbai or Pune, which will take around 3-4 hours to reach.

Alternatively, you can take a train to Lonavala from Mumbai or Pune. This train journey is an experience in itself, especially during the monsoons.

After reaching Lonavala, you can hire a rickshaw from the main market area and ask them to drop you at the start point of the trek or take you on the road towards Amby Valley.

Start point Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/eywD1ypbUHeXBmC4A

 

Trek Route & Difficulty

korigad fort

As explained earlier, the trek starts straight off the road and takes you on the trail with a small climb. The hike is approximately 1.5-2 kms one way and will take around an hour to complete.

After the initial 5 mins climb, the route leads a trail to an off-road path of stones and pebbles; you continue here for another 20 mins, and the way that leads to steps; this is the final section of the route leading to the fort’s main Darwaza.

Once on top, in the monsoon season, you will find a vast lake and fog throughout. A local villager sells tea and snacks, which you can indulge in after finishing the hike.

If you are lucky, during heavy rains, you can also witness a reverse waterfall on one of the fort’s sides, which is a sight in itself!

You can also walk the entire perimeter of the fort or relax by the lake.

Ramblr Route Link

Video of the steps waterfall on the trek

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