• Trip introduction

    If you're looking for a quick getaway from the city, this trek to Kothaligad is the perfect adventure for you. In a short itinerary of just one day, you'll travel deep into the heart of the nature and trek uphill to explore one of the most iconic forts of Maharashtra. You'll begin the trip by hiking along a well-defined trail that will meander through the thick and overgrown jungles of a wildlife sanctuary. As you approach the fort, you'll take on the challenge of climbing over steep, rock-cut stairs to reach the summit. From the top, there'll be no shortage of beautiful views of rolling hills of the Sahyadri ranges and the lush meadows near the Thokarwadi Dam.

    This trek to Kothaligad will take you over a relatively easy trail, making it perfect for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.


    Located inside the protected reserve of the Shri Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, the fort of Kothaligad is surrounded by acres and acres of wild forests. Yet, it remains accessible by a short 1-hr drive from Karjat, making it one of the most popular monsoon treks in Maharashtra. The fort itself features ancient edifices, temple and caves that are decorated with historic inscriptions and carvings dating back to the 13th century.

    Destination highlights

    Climb up to an altitude of 3,100 feet on a trek to Kothaligad. | Explore the art and architecture of the ancient caves and temple. | Catch beautiful views of monsoon-fed forests over the Sahyadri hills. | Hike over challenging rock-cut stairs en route to Kothaligad.

    Activity Details




    6 km

    5 hrs

    6 km

    Trip details
  • Trek to Kothaligad!

    Arrive at the Neral railway station at 08:00 hrs and meet the trek leader and your fellow trekkers. Here, you'll board private, shared vehicles that will take you to the base village of Ambiwadi. After a short 1-hr drive, you'll arrive at Ambiwadi and have breakfast. Begin trekking from the base village and scale the mountain to arrive at the Kothaligad summit. You'll spend some time here exploring the fort and admiring beautiful views from the top.

    Begin descending back down to the village of Peth. After a lunch break at Peth, you'll resume trekking and head back to Ambiwadi. Here, you'll board vehicles once again and travel back to Karjat. By 19:00 hrs, you'll arrive at the Karjat railway station where you can board a train to your next destination. Your trip ends here.

    Your trip ends before nightfall.

    Your trip begins from the Neral railway station at 08:00 hrs. Today's meal package includes breakfast with tea served before beginning the trek and lunch served after completing the trek. Both meals will be vegetarian and served at Ambiwadi. The trip ends as you arrive at Karjat railway station by 19:00 hrs.

    Day 1 Milestone



    08:00 AM


    Breakfast | Lunch

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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations more than 6 days before departure of the Kothaligad trek: 70% refund.

    For cancellations made 4-6 days before departure of the Kothaligad trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made 2-3 days before departure of the Kothaligad trek: 30% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 2 days before departure of the Kothaligad trek: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Kothaligad.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of this trek to Kothaligad to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff.

    Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Includes / Excludes


    • Travel arrangements from Neral and to back to Karjat in non-AC, private SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle

    • Services of an experienced trek leader
    • Meals including breakfast and lunch
    • All applicable taxes


    • Travel from base city to Neral and back from Karjat

    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
    • Adventure travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Trekking footwear
    • Windcheater or jacket
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Full-sleeved shirts/t-shirts
    • Full-length track pants
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage such as suitcases, trolley bags

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Non-AC, private SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle for transport from Neral and to Karjat
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Water bottle
    • Energy drinks (Glucon D, Gatorade etc.)
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Insect repellent
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication
    • Personal first-aid kit