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.
Best Season: Monsoon
Height: Around 3000 ft.
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
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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.
Korigad Fort Trek’s difficult level is very easy. It is one of the easiest fort treks in Maharashtra & can be done by beginner trekkers, kids as well as families. However, one needs to be careful during the monsoon season as the steps & the trail can get a bit slippery.
It is advised to wear trekking shoes with good grip.
There is no price to enter the Korigad fort. However, if you want to trek to the fort with a trekking group, the trekking fees can be anywhere between INR 1000 – INR 1500 inclusive of breakfast, travel to the fort & trekking expertise.
The time it takes to climb Korigad, can vary depending on the individual’s fitness level and the route taken. On average, it takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to climb the fort from the base village of Peth Shahapur. The trek is considered to be of easy difficulty and covers a distance of around 2.5 km.
However, the time required can be shorter or longer depending on factors such as the speed of the trekker, trekking experience and the weather conditions. It is recommended to start the trek early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day and to carry enough water and snacks for the climb.
There are about 600 steps from the start to the top of the fort.
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