A thrilling trek to Kalavantin Durg!
A ‘Climb to Heaven’ owes you dangerously beautiful nature! Kalavantin Fort has found its place near Mumbai in the Western Ghats which is at an altitude of 701 meters above the sea level. There lies the most dangerous fortress known as Kalavantin Durg and it was constructed in honor of a Queen Kalavantin. What if you’ve have been amidst the green ambiance with mist-filled hills and fortresses? And how about the paths you have been stepping are filled with fresh and smooth green grasses? And that’s what the real world is and here is where the real serenity is. Kalavantin Fort is popularly known as the ‘Climb to Heaven’ which promises you with its dangerously amazing nature and the bird’s view of the immense beauty which waits at the top of the fort.
HOW ABOUT PLANNING A TREK TO KALAVANTIN FORT?
The dangerous fort proffers you the marvelously amazing views and abundantly beautiful natural environment. These fabulous views are via rugged terrain with narrow rock-cut steps and steep slopes. Trekking at this fortress is literally a spine-chilling experience as it is the most dangerous thing to do without any support. It starts from the foot of the fort, where the village named Thakurwadi is situated and from there the way to Kalavantin Durg and to Prabalgad Fort is too dangerous and thrilling. The spine-tingling trekking to the fortress will take three hours and it is accessible only by the zigzag stairs carved at the edges of the rocky mountains.
Right from the foot of the fort the whole green surrounding will definitely instill your soul with peaceful pure breathe. The view of the gigantic rocky grassy fort is an awe-struck one and will make you stand still at this place.
The trek can be boosted up with tea and snack stalls followed by the breakfast point which is nestled at the lower plateau of Prabalmachi, the hamlet situated at an elevation of 390 meters above the sea level. Here is where you can have some rest and seize the moment by capturing some worthy and beautiful photos. And from this point, the path is precipitous where you may experience rainfall which would make the path slippery and thereby it leads to the trekkers to clinging on to the rocks or roots of the trees nearby. After all, the hardest path produces the stupefying view of the fortress. The pinnacle view of the fort propounds with a bird’s eye view and will soak your soul in the prodigious views of the Western Ghats, Prabalgad, Peb, Irshalgad and Chanderi Forts and the panoramic vistas of Matheran and also the city of Mumbai.
The real challenge for all the trekkers is getting down back from the pinnacle of Kalavantin Durg. As the path is filled with slippery terrain, it is probably a challenging move for everyone. Standing under the drifting clouds and allowing your soul to soak in the dangerously natural beauty will be worth trekking at this place. Yet it is advisable to tag along with a professional trekker and many passionate climbers will gaze for hours at the tremendous natural beauty on the earth. The descent from Prabalgad fort to Thakurwadi turns to be a different track through the forest which is totally covered with muddy patched stony rocks and small streams which slide down the mountains. Think how natural it will be to witness this serene scenery at this fort. And the best time to trek in Kalavantin fort is between October and May and it is better to avoid during monsoon season.
Plan your trip to ‘Climb to Heaven’ and marinate your soul in the dangerously natural beauty of Kalavantin Durg!