Located on the old Mumbai Pune route, the Kalavantin Fort or the Kalavantin Durg, a 500 m pinnacle, was used as a watchtower to keep an eye on Panvel Fort and Kalyan Fort by Shivaji in 1657, after he conquered it from the Mughals. The base village of Prabalgad lies to the northern edge of the Prabal plateau, which is between Matheran and Panvel. The main rivers that can be sighted from the summit of Kalavantin Durg include the Ulahas River, Patalganga River and the Gadhi River. Other forts in the area are the Chanderi, Karnala and Peb forts.About the Kalavantin Durg trek
The trek to the summit of Kalavantin Fort is unique, as the trail zigzags its way around the mountain, offering some spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The mountains have been carved with steps, but there is no protection, which means full exposure to the elements. This trek might seem a little difficult to beginners or to those with lower endurance levels. There are several rock patches that are tricky to navigate, but pose a fun challenge, especially at the pinnacle. This moderately difficult Kalavantin trek is perfect for fit trekking beginners as well as seasoned trekkers looking for a quick getaway. The Kalavantin area is a nature lover's paradise with stunning views of the surrounding valleys, rivers and streams. This historical beauty of the beauty can be encapsulated in a single day or over two days.Route of the Kalavantin Durg trek
The trek could begin by reporting to Panvel station in the afternoon and travelling to Thakurwadi, using local public transportation. Thakurwadi village can be used as a rest stop for food and water. The locals have opened several stalls to provide hungry trekkers with snacks and hot tea. If you camp overnight at Kalavantin base, you can enjoy some night photography and admire the bounty of nature provided by the Prabal plateau. The next morning, you can attempt the pinnacle climb, and be back at your campsite for lunch. If you get an early start, you’ll be able to complete the trek in a single day.Best time to visit the Kalavantin Durg
You can trek to Kalavantin Fort all year round. However, as seen with other treks in Maharashtra, the best season is during the monsoon. It is during these months that the climate is pleasant, and you’ll be cooled off by intermittent showers. You get spectacular views of the green hills around, and you’ll be able to watch the mist coming in. However, do remember that in the monsoon season, the pinnacle, which is largely composed of rock, can get slippery. Do climb with caution. Carry the right raincoats and footwear for a monsoon climb.