Kurudgad Trek - Trekking and Overnight Camping Ex-Mumbai
Sahyadri Ranges in Maharashtra is full of medieval forts, ancient caves and temples that are historically connected to Raja Shivaji, the great Maratha warrior. There are number of treks and trails that run round around these that offer great views and are hugely popular in monsoons and winters. The trails offer great views as one is left awestruck at the incredible skills of the people who build forts and temples at such treacherous heights
Kurdugad is accessed from the picturesque village of Jite, a short distance away from Mangaon (135 kms from Mumbai) on the Mumbai Goa Highway NH-17. The base village of Jite is nestled beautifully at the foothills of the ghats, covered almost on all the sides by mountains. Kurdugad offers some lovely panoramic views of the ridges and the Konkan plains.
One walks through paddy fields and then trek up a slope across a mountain ridge to come over a small plateau to PethWadi. From Pethwadi that the pinnacle of Kurdugad comes in full view. A little ahead of Pethwadi is the newly built but quaint temple of Kurdaidevi. After dropping bags trekkers set forth to explore the fort. The fort is in a dilapidated state, with the wall crumbling. This makes it impossible to get to the top of the fort. However one does come across some images of Lord Hanuman at the entrance, water cisterns, and steps that must have been blown away during the British Conquest. Return to Temple for the night halt for overnight camping and some freshly cooked meals. Next day morning return to base and back to Mumbai
Grade : Moderate
Time to climb : 3 hours
Route taken : Bandra – Sion – Vashi – Panvel – Mangaon
Odati Adventure conducts fixed departures to Kurudgad and custom departures can be organized for a min group size of 6.