Prabalgad, Photograph courtesy: Avinash Bhanu/Creative Commons
Maharashtra is home to part of the esteemed Western Ghats. This means that there are a number of beautiful hills in Maharashtra that are trekking delights. Many of Maharashtra’s hills house historic forts that take you back in time and also offer stunning views of the Sahyadris. One such fort which is popular among locals for both its views and history is Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg. Also Read - Popular Trekking Trails Near Pune
Located in Raigad District of Khalapur Taluka amidst the western Sahyadris, Prabalgad lies at an altitude of 2320 ft. The trek to Prabalgad is considered to be one of the most scenic treks in the state. Especially delightful during the monsoon season, this trek is as challenging as it is rewarding. Once you reach Prabalgad, you are treated to views of the surrounding Western Ghats and other peaks like the Peb fort and Chanderi which are amazing treks in themselves. Also Read - Why Trekking is The Best Exercise For You This Monsoon
How to reach Prabalgad or Kalavantin Durg in Raigad by road
No vehicles ply up to Prabalagad so the only way to reach the fort is by trekking. The base point for Prabalgad or Kalavantin Durg trek is Thakurwadi which is located around 25 km from Panvel. So the best way to reach Kalavantin Durg is by road from Panvel. The drive from Mumbai to Thakurwadi is quite scenic and totally worth a weekend getaway. Also Read - Kheerganga: An Unmatched Himalayan Trekking Experience
How to reach Prabalgad or Kalavantin Durg in Raigad by bus
You can also take a state transport bus from Mumbai to Shedung Phata and then take a rickshaw from there to reach Thakurwadi.
How to reach Prabalgad or Kalavantin Durg in Raigad by train
You can take a train from Mumbai to Panvel and then hire a vehicle like a tum-tum or auto-rickshaw to reach Thakurwadi. A number of trains ply between Mumbai and Panvel.
How to reach Prabalgad or Kalavantin Durg in Raigad by flight
Mumbai’s Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj airport is the closest airport to Prabalgad. You can take the road route from Mumbai to reach Thakurwadi and then trek to Prabalgad.
Once you reach Thakurwadi, the trek itself is a thrilling experience. So, if you wish to take off on an offbeat trip, try Prabalgad in Maharashtra. You won’t regret it.