Amidst the beautiful and picturesque location of Karjat, there lies Kothaligad Peth Fort in the Sahyadri range. Further, the fort is nestled near the Karjat-Murbad road in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Notably, Kothaligad Peth Fort has got its name owing to its proximity with the Peth village. Historians also suggest that the fort was captured by Aurangzeb in 1684 and later remained under control of the British till 1862. The place is also popular amongst adventure enthusiasts, especially during the monsoon season. The Kothaligad monsoon trek offers a stunning sight of nature where one gets to witness the majestic interplay of clouds, cool breeze and waterfalls.
Located at a height of 3100 ft, the trek to Kothaligad Peth Fort has gained popularity owing to its low difficulty level involving easy climbing. While many trekkers visit the place all around the year, the monsoon trek to Kothaligad or Peth Fort has a lot more to offer. The Peth Fort trek is considered as one of the best experiences for the people who can’t afford to have longer leaves from their job and want a short break from their hectic schedule to rejuvenate themselves.
Kothaligad Peth Fort doesn’t rest alone on the hilltop but enjoys the company of other historical forts like Rajmachi and Dhak. The fort features canon marks, temples and potholes. One has to navigate through a stairway to reach the fort. After arriving at the top, experience the beauty of a grassy landscape and well-sculpted pillars that are the major attractions of the fort. The locals say that the fort is a lighthouse, which was used by the then rulers to give the directions to know the advancements of the enemy. At the base of the fort, one can locate a small temple, as well as a chimney-like tunnel leading to the top of the fort. On the way to Kothaligad Peth Fort, trekkers will also encounter a small waterfall. Lush green bushes and trees make the trail more serene and beautiful. From forts to caves, and the 13th-century temple to water reservoirs, monsoon trek to Kothaligad or Peth Fort is considered as the best weekend destination for adventure and peace seekers.
So, undertake the Kothaligad trek in Maharashtra to experience the lush green forest featuring waterfalls, streams and a variety of flora and fauna.
Day 1: Reaching Kothaligad Fort
The adventure begins after you arrive at the Karjat railway station. You’re required to reach the station by 8 am. From here, board a taxi or bus to reach the base village which acts as the starting point of the trek. After reaching the village, rest for a while and enjoy scrumptious breakfast amidst the peaceful surrounding. Start hiking in the hills at 10 am. Pass through the gushing waterfalls and the lush green forest that look stunning in the monsoon season. It will be an amazing experience to be surrounded by the hidden gems of raw nature. Also, you will be thrilled to see a rich variety of flora and fauna. Within an hour of hiking, you will reach Pethchiwadi.
Walking along with the dancing clouds and fog, you will reach the fort at 12 pm. Have your lunch at the top. Afterwards, walk around the fort and make beautiful memories by clicking the dazzling pictures of hidden gems of nature. The joy of beholding the sight of various mountains, hamlets and waterfall is truly inexplicable. After exploring the ancient temples and caves, get back to the base village by 5 pm and then board a taxi back to the Karjat 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.