Koraigad Fort trek near Lonavala is a perfect place for a one-day getaway. It is a beautiful hill fort which was built-in by the prominent Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Located around 20 km away from Lonavala, the fort houses a couple of refreshing and clean ponds that offer a picturesque view along with cool breeze and fog during monsoons. With a relaxing sight of the floating clouds, Koraigad Fort monsoon trek is one of the best idyllic destinations to escape from the hustle-bustle of city life.
Situated at an elevation of about 3000 feet from the sea level, Koraigad fort was named after goddess Koraidevi. Koraidevi Temple has been recently renovated and has a 3 feet high Deepmala. While visiting the fort, one can see two other temples dedicated to Lords Vishnu and Shiva. There are two lakes on the top of the fort and several ruins of older structures that still exist within the fort. Monsoon trek to Koraigad is a great trek for beginners as it is a short and an easy 6 km trek, which leaves ample time for fun activities along the way. Near the fort, there is a flight of about 500 steps set out to reach the fort from and to Pethshahpur village.
One thing that trekkers cannot afford to miss out on this journey is an exquisite view of the Aamby Valley. In addition, there is a pit-stop on the way that offers the striking view of the Aamby Valley and its two artificial lakes. As it is a short trek, one can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pond. While passing through the lush green forest, trekkers can find several colourful butterflies and beautiful birds whose melodious voices are so deep that the entire valley seems like echoing with the songs. The trail features stone-cut steps leading up to the Koraigad Fort, which has a large, flat top, with the ramparts completely intact. The fort houses sturdy walls and massive gates and some ancient cannons are still lying in the fort. After discovering about the historical and religious significance of the forts and temples, one can take several pictures with their friends and family members, and also play games to have a fun time. Notably, the place is pretty good for camping as well due to plenty of open space in and around the fort. However, people usually avoid night stay at the top and come back after spending a few hours around Koraigad Fort.
Day 1: Exciting Journey to Koraigad Fort
Pack your bag with all the necessary things that are needed for an easy trek. Wake up early in the morning to reach Dadar railway station by 6 am. Board a taxi or bus to reach the base village, which is the starting point for monsoon trek to Koraigad Fort and where you can gorge on scrumptious breakfast. The village is surrounded by lush greenery and majestic hills.
Start your trek at around 10.30 am. Hike through the lush green hills, waterfalls, river streams and dense forest to reach Koraigad Fort. Meanwhile, soak yourself in the immense beauty of raw nature.
Navigate through the staircase to reach the remote and jaw-dropping hilltop. You will reach here at around 12 pm. Spend some time exploring the fort. Get captivated by the ancient designs and carvings on the fort. Capture some mesmerising views in your camera. You can also play games like cards or ludo to have some quality time with your loved ones.
At 1.30 pm, start descending towards the base village. On reaching, enjoy your lunch amidst lush green surroundings. From the village, you will board a taxi to reach Dadar railway station.
Things to Carry
2 ltrs water
Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
Snacks & biscuits
Extra pair of clothes
Clean napkin or towel
Rain coat/ Poncho / Wind cheater (Avoid umbrella)
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Haversack or backpack (No sling bags)
Please carry personal medicines if any
Monsoon Safety Measures
Put clothes, money, camera, phone etc in polythenes while packing
Wear shoes with good grips
Use repellents to keep bugs away
Make note of nearest railway station, bus stop, taxi stand etc.
Do not stray away from your group during the trek
Keep family & friends informed about your whereabouts
Avoid wearing precious Jewelry while trekking, as we won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Always remember SHOES are your best companion on a trek! Please wear a good pair of TREKKING SHOES and not sports or running shoes. Make sure they are durable and firm enough to withstand tough conditions. You can carry floaters to wear only after the trek is completed.
Fitness & Health:
Though trekking is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.