Holi Special trek to Coastal forts Khandheri, Undheri, Koralai & Revdanda on 3 – 4 Mar’18

Coastal forts near Alibagh-
Khandheri fort- It is located 5 km off the coast of Maharashtra (off Thal, Kihim). Khanderi, along with its sister fort Underi (Jaidurg) formed the major fortification along the Maharashtra coast. In 1679, Khanderi was occupied by the forces of Shivaji Maharaj. Subsequently, Khanderi fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj in 1680 to keep a check on the Siddis. Khanderi experienced many battles between Maratha forces and the Siddis.
The island consists of two high hills, one facing north and the other facing south. Most of the fort is still intact, with the most prominent structure being a lighthouse built by the British in June 1867 and the two storey building upon which the lighthouse is located. The lighthouse is 22 feet high and can be seen from up to 13 km away. The fort has a few old metal canons, the tomb of Daud Pir, a local saint and a musical stone that emits metallic musical notes when struck. There is a one secret way for going on the Colaba fort of Alibag.

Undheri fort- Siddhis started constructing the Underi Fort in January 1680 when Marathas built Khandheri fort. Marathas tried to attack the fort but didn’t succeed. During second attack Marathas had heavy losses, including Maynak Bhandari’s son. On 28th January, Naro Trimbak captured the fort and named it as Jaidurg. In 1818, Britons seized it.

Korlai fort- (also called Morro or Castle Curlew) is a Portuguese fortification in the town of Korlai- Maharashtra. It was built on an island (Morro de Chaul) which guards the way to the Revdanda Creek. This fort was built in 1521 by the Portuguese with the permission of the Ahmednagar sultanate.
The main entrance of the fort was guarded by a bronze lion and the highest tower by a bronze eagle. It housed 7,000 horses and as much men. The fort is entered by eleven gates – four are outer and seven are inner. At the north point, within pistol-shot of main battery is the water cistern named Santa Cruz – major source of water. The area within the fort walls is divided into three enclosures by two lines of bastioned fortifications. Each of the seven bastions bears the name of Portuguese saints. The fort has a large rainwater cistern with three mouths, each one foot wide, and the ruins of the magazine and a church. The church was built in 1630 for the use of the army and was functional until 1728. There are three Portuguese inscriptions, One over a doorway in the centre and highest part of the fort.

Revdanda Fort- (in portuguese “Fortaleza de Chaul”)
The fort is located at the mouth of the Kundalika River. It is easily accessible by road. The Alibag-Murud road passes through the fort. Earlier the fort was guarded on three sides by creek water.
This fort was built by Portuguese Capt. Soj, and completed in 1524. It was in the control of Portuguese till 1806 when it was captured by Marathas. Finally, it was captured by British in 1818.

Fascinating Spots:

Khandheri-

  • A canon buried near the entrance
  • The Temple of Vetala (Spirits)
  • The ramparts and the canons with cart wheels
  • Lighthouse
  • The “Metallic” rock

 
Undheri-

  • ~ 16 Cannons lying on the fort

 
Korlai- 

  • Gates (Entrances to the fort)
  • Water cistern
  • Ruins of church
  • Lighthouse
  • Guns on the bastion

 

Itinerary-

Saturday- 03 Mar’18

  • Meeting point- 6:00 am @ Gate Way of India near Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue
  • Catch ferry to Mandwa and head towards Thal village, Reach Thal beach by 9:30 am. Breakfast on way
  • Get in to boat to visit Khandheri & Undheri forts
  • Lunch at Khandheri fort
  • Return journey starts by 3:30 pm
  • Enjoy sunset @ Kihim beach and Overnight stay in Kihim

 
Sunday- 04 Mar’18

  • Good morning by 6:00 am
  • Freshen up and Breakfast
  • Leave for Korlai and Revdanda fort by 7:30 am
  • Lunch in Revdanda village by 1:30 pm
  • Return journey to Mandwa jetty by 4:30 pm
  • Catch ferry to Gate Way of India and reach Mumbai island by 7:00 pm approx.

 

Event Cost-
Rs. 2,200/- per participant
 
Cost Includes:

  • Ferry charges to & from Gate Way of India to Mandwa
  • Food Saturday- B’fast, Evng. refreshment, Veg Dinner/ Sunday– B’fast, Veg lunch, Evng. refreshment
  • Overnight stay @ Kihim
  • All internal transport charges
  • Guide & NB expertise charges

 
Cost Excludes:

  • Travelling till Gate Way of India
  • Saturday Lunch (Pls carry your own lunch for the day)
  • Personal / Accident insurance
  • Bottled water, Cold drinks etc.
  • Any other items which is specifically not mentioned in the above INCLUSIONS.

 

Registration-

For Registration, Contact – 98695 09488/ 91679 66042/ 83695 80471/ 99306 91186

To register your seat please transfer event cost in the account below:

Account Name: Nisarga Bhraman Eco Tours
Account No.: 50200024447001 (Current)
RTGS/NEFT/IFSC Code: 0000414
Bank: HDFC Bank
Branch: Shantivan, Borivali (East)

After making the payment through net banking or mobile, please take a screenshot of the transaction and mail it to nisargabhraman@gmail.com or send it over Whatsup.

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Things to Carry-
  • ID Card
  • 2 ltrs water
  • Lunch for Day 1
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
  • Snacks & Biscuits
  • Cap, sunglasses, scarf
  • Please carry medicines if you need any

 

Rules & Regulations-
  • Consumption of alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics is strictly banned on the event & should lead to expulsion from the trek
  • The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No arguments will be entertained
  • Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage
  • Please do not wear any jewellery or gold chains/rings
  • Please do not litter, we believe in the saying, “Wherever you go, leave only your footprints and take back only memories.”

 
Disclaimer:

Hiking / Trekking / Rock climbing is an adventurous activity and accidents can happen in spite of taking utmost caution and care. The organization will not be responsible for any injury / accident / death to the participant while on trek.

Medical Disclaimer:

It is Important to be physically fit while on treks. If suffering from any allergy or ailment, please bring prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, severe headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc. should take permission from their physicians before treks.