Panvel Station is one of the busiest hub on the harbour and central zone of Mumbai's railway network. You can opt to take a train or even drive down to Panvel Station.
Kalavantin Fort is also known as the watchtower of the Maratha empire, thanks to its towering height. The dizzying climb to the pinnacle of Kalavantin is a real challenge, because you'll be negotiating tricky steps carved around a narrow rock structure. There's no support to hold on to, and the winds can get quite strong up here. But you'll feel more alive than you have for a long time!
However, you won't be attempting the pinnacle at night. Instead, you'll start your trek to the base village after dusk, and will camp on a plateau at the base village. In the morning, you'll climb the pinnacle to admire the dewy landscape all around.
NOTE: The Kalavantin Fort trek is an arduous and long trek and not recommended for first time trekkers.
Standing at an astounding height of 2320 feet, Kalavantin Fort lies in the rocky regions of the Western Ghats, between Matheran and Panvel. The route to this magnificent fort leads you through lush greenery, with some rocky patches. The pinnacle is on the northern edge of the Prabal plateau and can be spotted from the Mumbai Pune expressway. You'll camp on the plateau and make your ascent the next morning.
Enjoy all the thrills of a night trek to Kalavantin fort. | Spend the night on a wide-open plateau, in tents. | Take on the challenge of Kalavantin pinnacle.| Climb to the top of the pinnacle for spectacular views of Prabalgad, Irshalgad, Chanderi and Manikgad Forts.
Meet the operator by 18:30 hours at Panvel Station and proceed to Thakurwadi. After a brief introduction, you'll start your trek by 19:30 hours. You should reach Prabalmachi, which is the base for Kalavantin by 21:00 hours. Eat a delicious Maharashtrian meal here before you retire for the night in a dormitory or tents.
Overnight in camp tents or dormitory.
You'll trek from Thakurwadi to Prabalmachi and will reach in time for a delightful Maharashtrian dinner. After this, you'll retire in a dormitory or in tents on triple or quadruple sharing basis. There are washroom and changing room facilities at the campsite. Do carry a lightweight blanket for the night.
If you cancel the Kalavantin Fort trek 15 days before the start date: 75% of the trip cost will be refunded, minus any transaction charges.
If you cancel the Kalavantin Fort trek 14-10 days before the start date: 50% of the trip cost will be refunded, minus any transaction charges.
If you cancel the Kalavantin Fort trek less than 10 days before the start date: no refund.
No show: No refund.
Smoking, consuming alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited.
The decision of the trek leader during the Kalavantin Fort trek is final.
Profanity or misbehaviour will not be tolerated during the Kalavantin Fort trek.
Participants must stick with the group at all times.