Amongst all the majestic hill forts of
Lonavala, Koregad Fort is the most visited fort by tourists. Also known as
Kumwarigad Fort, this monument is situated at a distance of about 20 km from
Lonavala. The Hillfort is positioned at an elevation of 923 meters above the
sea level and overlooks the lush greenery, meadows and the mystical hills of
Sahyadri Range. It forms a perfect weekend escapade for those looking for a
break from monotonous city life. The region boasts of serene ambience and
picturesque view of the adjoining hills. Koregad Fort was constructed during
the mid-seventeen century and served as one of the major fortifications of
The fort lies in a secluded spot and Peth
Shahpur is the nearest village to this fortress situated at a distance of about
1 km. From the top of the hill, you can get a breathtaking view of the valley
and small streams meandering and charting its course through the dense forests.
This place is a must-visit site for nature lovers, trekkers and adventure
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History of Koregad Fort
Fort was constructed by the fearless Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj in 1657 along
with other forts in the region including Tikona, Lohagad, Visapur and Tung. In
1818, the fort witnessed a massive attack from Colonel Prother, a British
official. However, this was met by failure. In the next three days, the British
army again launched an attack on the fort but this time they used ammunition in
form of cannonballs. The walls of the fort crumbled down and a major part of
the fort was left in ruins. In this manner, the fort was finally conquered by
the British forces.
Structure of Koregad Fort
fort of Koregad is known for its exquisite and grandiose architecture. The
fortification extends to a length of about 2 km encircling the entire fort
complex. There is a large gateway which is still in good condition. Most of the
structures within the complex is now in ruins, however, the two lakes and a
Hindu temple at the top of the fort are still in good condition. It has six
cannons and the largest one is called Lakshmi Tohp.
Things to do at Koregad Fort
While at Koregad Fort, do not forget to visit
the two beautiful lakes situated on top of the castle. The pristine water of
the lake offers a clear reflection of the adjacent hills and hence is a perfect
spot to unwind and capture few blissful moments.
2. If you
are fond of religious places and seeking spiritual connectivity then you should
pay a visit to Goddess Korai Devi
shrine, which is situated within the fort premises.
3. The walk
around the 2 km long fortification is simply mesmerising and soothing. The view
of the adjoining hills wrapped in the mist is awe-inspiring.
4. The fort
also houses six large canons which were used during the battles in the past.
The largest one is placed next to the Koradi Devi Temple.
your trip to the fort during the sunrise or sunset. You will be enthralled to
witness the amazing sunset/ sunrise from the top of the hill.
Camping near Koregad Fort
around the Koregad are known for their raw beauty and serves as a perfect place
to trek and camp for a day or two. The fort is accessible day and night and you
can plan for a night camping at this place. You can either carry your own
camping equipment or borrow a few
important things from the villagers at the base site. You can set up
camps within the fort premises, create a bonfire, barbeque your food and relax
under the dark sky lit with twinkling stars. However, do not litter the place
and maintain some silence so as not to disturb the wildlife around.
If you are
not carrying camping equipment of your own then you can gather mattress,
firewood and food from the local residents of Peth Shahpur village and head
uphill towards the fort. The fort can accommodate around 10 people and the
temple dedicated to Korai Devi can accommodate around 25 people. Therefore, you
need not worry about camps if you fail to arrange one. Night trek is also a
popular activity at the fort. Spending a night amidst the tranquil surroundings
is for sure going to be a lifelong memorable experience.
Other Activities near Koregad Fort
The trek to
Koregad fort situated on the hilltop is rated as an easy trek which can be
undertaken by amateurs including kids. The trek starts from the Peth Shahpur
village and can be accomplished in 1 to 2 hours, depending on how fast you walk.
The initial 15 to 20 minutes of the trail is covered in dense foliage which is
then followed by a clear landscape. From here, you will have to ascend a
splendid staircase which leads to the entrance of the fort. You can also opt for a night trek, camp on
the top of the hill and return in the morning after enjoying the surreal
2. Mountain Climbing
and mountainous terrain of the adjacent hills makes this place suitable for
rock climbing. However, there are no experts to guide you for the same and
hence, rock climbing should be carried out at your own discretion. You will be
solely responsible for your safety; however, the activity guarantees an
adventurous and thrilling experience to all the adventure enthusiasts.
3. Have a meal in the village
start descending the hill after a blissful experience at the fort, you should
stop at the village to explore the local lifestyle and savour the local
delicacies. Moreover, you can also opt to explore the hamlet by cycling around
its meandering narrow pathways.
Best Time to Visit Koregad Fort
The best time to visit Koregad fort is during
the monsoon season. The lakes situated on the top of the fort dries up during
the summer season. On the other hand, monsoon rain brings relief from the heat
and enhances the beauty of the forest around the fort. Furthermore, the lakes
are rain-fed and are ideal to take a dip during the rainy reason.
Tips for Visiting Koregad Fort
Carry your camping equipment if you are planning to camp at the hilltop.
Carry a torch and extra batteries.
Carry enough supplies of water and snacks.
Beware of wild animals, especially monkeys while trekking.
Wear your most comfortable clothes and shoes for the trek.
you are planning on staying for the night, carry warm clothes as it might get a
How to Reach Koregad Fort?
Koregad is situated on the outskirts of the
city of Lonavala and is known for its calm ambience and lush greenery. The
region is not well-connected to the public transport system, therefore, it is
convenient to hire a private taxi or drive your own car to Peth Shahpur
village. In order to reach the village, you’ll have to take the route that
connects Aamby Valley with Lonavala. Paid parking is available in Peth Shahpur
near the bus-stop.