Korigad is a beautiful fort located on top of a hill, around 20 kms from Lonavala, near Aamby Valley, Maharashtra. It is a great trek for beginners or those looking to get their muscles in working order for the trekking season.
This is an easy 6 kms trek, with stone-cut steps leading up for the most part. It will take you about an hour to get to the top. The fort has an elevation of about 3000 feet, so it gives you wide panoramic views in all directions.
Korigad fort was constructed around 1500 AD, and has a solid structure that is still intact today. The large flat top of the hill provides a perfect base for the ramparts, and offers you plenty of vantage points for photographs.
Once you get to the top, you’ll be able to examine the massive gateway to the fort, as well as 6 ancient cannons, the largest of which is the Lakshmi Toph near the Koraidevi temple. Apart from this, there are two lakes, some water tanks, and a temple to see. The highlight however, is the view: the lakes of Aamby Valley, the lush forested hills around, and the highway in the distance.
If you are looking for short treks close to you, there are many trekking options near Mumbai and Pune that you might want to explore.
The Korigad trek route takes an hour, one way. It begins at Peth Shahpur, a village that is about 20 kms away from Lonavala. You’ll begin early in the morning, and will reach the top an hour later. You’ll have some time to explore the top, and will begin your descent after that.
If your package includes transport from Mumbai or Pune, do check the timings carefully. Some operators begin the journey the previous night so that they can start the trek very early.
Most operators include transport from Mumbai or Pune, or pick-up from the closest train station. The start point of the trek is Peth Shahpur, about 20 kms away from Lonavala.
Korigad is an easy trek and can be done at any time of the year. However, as with most Maharashtra forts, the best time to visit Korigad is in the monsoon. At this time, the Korigad trek route is green and delightful, and the water tanks at the top are full. From the top of the fort, you’ll get great views of the surrounding landscape. This offers abundant opportunities for photographers. Korigad is also a popular night trek spot, and offers plenty of spots to camp out at the top.
For your Korigad trek, you should take appropriate rainwear and trekking shoes. Do carry your essentials like water, snacks, insect repellent, first aid kit, and camera in a small day pack. Don’t forget to pack a rain cover for your bag, or pack your belongings in plastic to protect it from getting wet.
The Korigad trek is an easy trek that is suitable for families with children, groups of friends, colleagues from work, or couples looking for a fun outdoors activity. It takes about an hour to get to the top, and the trail is paved with stones, offering an easy ascent and descent.
For your trek, make sure you have comfortable trekking shoes and quick-dry clothing. If you’re going in the monsoon, do take a raincoat, raincover for your backpack, and a spare change of clothes packed in a waterproof bag. Carry two bottles of water per person, and some dry snacks and fruit. A sun cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent and sunscreen will make you more comfortable on the trek. Apart from all this, your operator will provide you with a complete packing list, so do make sure you pack accordingly. Read our blog about What to Pack for Trekking in the Sahyadris.
The Korigad trek is best during the monsoon, when the greenery and dark rain clouds are a dramatic background for an outdoors adventure. It is also popular in the winter, when the trail is dry and easier to climb, and the days are pleasant and breezy. In the summer, the Korigad trek is scheduled to be a night trek, and includes camping at the top.