Though the northern part of India is often considered the best destination for adventure, the southern part does not lag behind. The Western Ghats that run for about 1600 km over an area of approximately 140000 sq km are perfect to indulge in some adrenaline-pumping activities.
A busy schedule is no reason to deprive the thrill seeker inside you of adventure. If you are a resident of Mumbai or any of its nearby cities or towns, or spending your holidays here, then you can take this Vasota jungle trekking tour to spice up your life. This short, 3-day sojourn is the perfect opportunity for you to get the adrenaline rushing through your veins without having to take a big break from work.
While there are numerous destinations within the massive Western Ghats for a trekking and camping venture, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal option. The landscape of the park is defined by dense jungles, scenic backwaters and pristine lakes. A couple of days here are perfect to have fun and return with a new energy.
Beginning with pickup from Mumbai, the Vasota Trek brings you to Bamnoli and further to Met Indavali. This is where the adventure truly begins as you commence the on-foot excursion. The journey first takes you to the imposing Vasota Fort, which offers awe-inspiring views of the Western Ghats from an elevation of around 3842 feet. It presents a brilliant photography opportunity as you can click amazing photos from up here. The activity schedule on the first day of the tour includes a boat ride on the charming backwaters of the Koyna River as well.
Descending from the fort, you reach the base camp, situated on the banks of a placid lake. This camping experience will offer you myriad opportunities to indulge in fun games. The memories of the quality time you spend here with your loved ones will remain with you forever. On your way back home, you get to spend some time on the alluring Kaas Plateau. The charm of the plateau will leave you spellbound. Owing to its magnetic beauty, it has earned the name, the Plateau of a Million Flowers.
The Vasota jungle trekking and lake side camping experience concludes when you reach Mumbai on the third night of the excursion. Needless to say, this will be one of the most refreshing holidays of your life. The best thing is that this tour does not demand that you take a long vacation; you can go for this wonderful venture during one of your long weekends. Another good aspect is that the trek is graded moderate; therefore, almost anyone with reasonable fitness can undertake it.
Day 00: Mumbai to Bamnoli
The Vasota Jungle trekking adventure begins with a late-night pickup from Mumbai, from where you travel to the peaceful village of Bamnoli.
Day 01: Bamnoli to Met Indavali | Boating | Trek to Vasota Fort
Post arrival in Bamnoli, meet the rest of the team and relish breakfast. Thereafter, proceed towards Met Indavali village, where the Vasota Trek begins. But, before you hike, you will enjoy a boat ride on the pristine reservoir of the Koyna River.
After boating, continue the journey to Met Indavali, and on reaching here commence trekking to the famed Vasota Fort. Also called Vyaghragad, the centuries-old fortress is mostly in ruins now. Situated at an altitude of about 3842 feet above sea level, it commands mesmerising views of the surrounding landscape.
Spend some time exploring the fort and the various temples here, and after lunch begin the descent to the base camp.
On reaching the camp site, rest for some time before enjoying dinner. The fun continues even after the sun sets as you can indulge in a plethora of activities at the campsite. Later, enjoy a good night’s sleep in your tent under the star-lit sky.
Day 02: Excursion to Kaas Plateau |Met Indavali to Mumbai
Wake up to the refreshing sight of the lake, and then freshen up. Following breakfast, you can indulge in numerous games on the shores of the lake. Enjoy group activities, and have fun with your friends and family.
After these activities, begin the second section of the Vasota jungle trekking and lake side camping tour by embarking on your journey back to home.
On your way back, you will pass through the scenic Kaas Plateau, also known as the Plateau of a Million Flowers. During the monsoon season, colourful wildflowers of numerous species blossom to give the landscape surreal beauty.
Savour lunch on the picture-perfect plateau, and later continue the journey; enjoy evening tea on the way. The amazing excursion ends when you arrive in Mumbai.
Nice fort trek, just make sure you are prepared to put all the effort. Somewhere it was steep but okay for anyone! Thanks for the experience.
One of the best treks to start with if you live near Mumbai. It was a memorable experience mainly because of the greenery and the perfect weather. The fort is beautiful, I felt like I can stay there for few more days if given a chance. The staff were very supportive! Thanks guys!
The trail to the Vasota fort is beautiful. It?s like a jungle trek full of adventure! The place is spectacular, it?s a must visit for adventure lovers.