|Part of Sahyadri Hill Range|
|Raigad district, Maharashtra|
|Government of India|
Maratha Empire (1739-1818)
Kurdugad Fort ( Marathi language: कुर्डूगड किल्ला ) is a fort located 143km from Mumbai and 113km from Pune in Raigad district, of Maharashtra. This fort was an important fort in Kolhapur district as a watch over for the trade route from Pune to coastal ports. The fort is surrounded by thick forest and hill slopes.
How to reach
The nearest town is Kolad which is 125km from Mumbai. The base village of the fort is Jite which is 25 km from the taluka place Mangaon. The fort can also be trekked from village Dhamanwal. It takes about 2 hours to reach the fort from the base village. The route is very safe and passes through dense jungle. It takes about one and an hour to reach the tribal Katkari village called Pethwadi. From Pethwadi it is a steep climb of half an hour to reach the entrance gate of the fort. There is no water on the fort so, the night stay on the fort can not be made. The villagers from the Pethwadi and Jite make night stay and food arrangements at reasonable cost.
Places to see
There is one dilapidated Kurdai devi temple in the village Pethwadi. There are two pinnacles on the fort. There are two water cisterns on the fort which retain water even during dry summer season. The beast time to visit the fort is from November to February.
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