Bhatkanti

Bhatkanti - Pune, Forts, Trekking

Bhatkanti: Korigad

Type : Hill forts
Fort Range : Lonavla
District : Pune
Grade : Easier
FortHeight : 3000 ft

To the west of the Mulshi dam is the Mawal of Korbarase. The forts Korigad and Ghangad lay this region. Korigad is built near the Savashni Ghat, which connects Lonavla and Pali. This fort is well known due to its fortification that is still intact. To visit the forts in this region, one needs at least 3-4 days leisure. One can also go for a cross-country trek which includes Korigad, Ghangad, Tailbaila Walls, Sudhagad and Sarasgad.

History:
Shivaji Maharaj incorporated this fort in Swarajya along with Lohgad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Col. Prother invaded this fort but could not succeed even after prolonged fighting. Finally he succeeded on 14th March, by dropping a cannon ball where the ammunition was stored. Along with this fort the English also conquered Ghangad.

Fascinating Spots :
Koraigad appears like a wall from Peth Shahpur. On the top of the fort is a huge plateau. The ramparts on this fort are around 1 ½ kms in length. One can move along the complete top of the fort by walking on the bailey. While coming up from the Peth-Shahpur route, we come across many caves, some cisterns and an idol of lord Ganesh.

After entering the Ganesh Darwaaja (Peth Shahpur route), we can see the remnants of the old buildings. Here we can see the temple of Goddess Korai Devi. This temple has been renovated recently. There is a “DEEPMALA” right in front of the temple. The idol of Korai Devi is around 4 feet high. There are many bastions on the Southern side of the fort. There are 6 cannons on this fort. Of these, the biggest cannon named “Laxmi” lies next to the Korai Devi temple. There are two more temples on the fort.

There are two large ponds on this fort and ahead of them are two caves. Here we can see the idol of lord Vishnu holding the Conch, Discus, Mace and Lotus flower.

From here Nagphani Point, Tung, Tikona, Matheran, Prabalgad, Karnala and Manikgad ranges can be viewed.

Ways To Reach:
There are two routes that lead to the top of the fort.

Accommodation Facility:
Trekkers can stay in the temple on top of the fort.

Food Facility:
Food arrangements have to be made by the trekkers themselves.

Drinking Water Facility:
The water in both the ponds is not potable. The water in the cistern just next to the entrance while coming via the Peth Shahpur can be used for cooking and drinking purposes.

Time To Reach:
Via Peth Shahpur - 30 mins

Text Contents: Trekshitiz


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