Located in the Alibag taluka of Raigad district in Maharashtra, Sagargad Fort was constructed to keep a watch over Alibaug and the River Dharamtar, as well as observe the activities of the enemies. Nowadays, the fort is popular for being one of the most thrilling trekking trails in the state. Surrounded by lush green hills, waterfalls and a history to explore, Sagargad Fort in the Indian state of Maharashtra is more than just a fort. Sagargad trek in Alibaug gives a chance to visit the ancient Saptrishi caves. During the monsoon season, the place looks so serene that trekkers feel like entering an emerald paradise.
It is said that the prominent Maratha ruler, Shivaji Maharaj, won this fort in a battle against Adilshah in 1660. Later, it was handed over to the Mughals in the Treaty of Purandar. But in 1665, Shivaji won it back after he escaped from Agra. Eventually, it came under the British during the colonial era, who recreated this scenic spot as the leisure destination for their officers.
The trail boasts of a stunning Dondhana waterfall, ancient monastery, Siddheshwar Temple and mausoleum called “Saticha Mal”, which is dedicated to a Sati. Also, there is a potable water tank, which is fed from spring water and a small temple dedicated to Goddess Durga in her Mahishasurmardini form. This temple features a Shivalinga and an idol of Lord Ganesha. From a nearby hilltop, one can enjoy the striking views of peaks like Manikgad, Karnala, Mirgad and Revdanda.
Trekkers’ eyes will be fascinated with the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. Not just this, the hilltop offers a breathtaking view of the entire Alibaug region. Also, one can witness a sight of the water cistern, Pandavkund and Vanartok Pinnacle. Sagargad is fortified by 4 m tall walls and the citadel inside is strengthened by 5 bastions. There is a moat near the eastern ramparts which is now defunct.
Sagargad Fort is made of two words, Sagar and Gad which mean sea and fort, respectively. Owing to its location, the sea-facing fort has gained immense popularity as a weekend getaway in the recent years. Adventure enthusiasts even recommend winters to undertake the Sagargad trek in Maharashtra. It is the popular medium-grade monsoon treks in Maharashtra. Trekkers embarking on the Sagargad monsoon trek need to be a little careful as there will be mud and water throughout the trekking trail.
Day 1: Heading to Sagargad
Pack your bag and brace yourself to get smitten by the beauty of the sea fort by embarking on the monsoon trek to Sagargad in Maharashtra. Reach the Dadar railway station by 6 am. Board a taxi or bus to reach the base village for the trek. The beautiful village acts as the starting point for the trek. After your arrival, enjoy scrumptious breakfast and rest for a while. You will be delighted to see the peaceful surrounding and lofty trees. Start trekking on the marked course that leads you to the magnificent fort, which appears stunning during the rainy season. While hiking amidst the lush green surrounding and cool breeze, your eyes will catch a glimpse of divine nature along with a rich flora and fauna. Throughout this amazing venture, enjoy the sound of the gushing waterfall and a sight of dancing clouds.
You will reach the hilltop within 2-hours. Spend some time exploring the beautiful site. You can make some wonderful memories by clicking selfies and photos with your loved ones. After spending around 1 hour here, descend towards the base village, where a taxi will be waiting for your arrival!
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 Travel Trikon 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.
Dear Trikoners, 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. Feel free to contact Trikoner buddies prior to the trek in case of any confusion.
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.