Type: Hill Fort
Height (Approx in ft.): 2953
Base Village: Garjaivadi, Sandoshi
Nearest Railway Station: Mahad
How to reach:
- Via Garjaiwadi
This is the easiest route. Reach Ghol via Pune-Panshet-Dapsar-Ghol (approximately 75 km from Pune). From Ghol, take a right (route going to east) towards Garjaiwadi. In almost an hour one can reach Garjaiwadi (approximately 2/3 km from Ghol). From Garjaiwadi take a route towards right. Ahead, there is a small descend on this path which takes us near bunch of trees. From here there is a 10 minute walk which leads to a plateau. From here Kokandiva is visible. From this plateau, there is a path which goes up to the cave leading to the top of the fort.
- Via Sandoshi
Reach Mahad via Mumbai – Panvel – Mahad. Reach Sandoshi from Mahad via Mahad-Pachad-Sandoshi (approximately 32 km). Autos, 6 seaters and S.T. buses are available on this route. After ascending Kavlyaghaat from Sandoshi, in approximately 2 hours, there is a plateau. From here one route goes to Garjai village and other to the fort.
Time to reach from base village: 2-3 hrs
What to see:
After ascending for half an hour one comes across a cave. Around the cave, there are four water cisterns. The water cistern nearest to the cave, is easily accessible. This Water cistern does not have proper steps to go and collect water. However, there is a hole of approximately a foot diameter, which enables only one person to take out water from the cistern at a time. From the cave, there is a path which takes us to the top of the fort. There is a rock patch of approximately 10 feet to be climbed. In the monsoon, this rock patch gets slippery and it is strongly adviced to carry a rope while ascending and descending. After climbing this this rock patch one has to take a path which leads to the top of the fort. There is scree on this path and hence, caution is advised. From the top of the fort Kokandiva one can see fort Raigad towards south, Lingana towards south-east and fort Torna towards east.
Accommodation Facility: Available
Food Facility: Not available
Drinking Water Facility: Available
Best Season to Visit: Sept to April