Kalavantin Durg – Trekker’s Paradise
One look at this magnificiently gigantic and beautiful mountain top will make you want to be there! The question is Do you have the guts to climb this? This is Kalavantin Durg, 500m high peak standing proudly on the northern edge of the Prabal Plateau, in the Western Ghats, Maharashtra. A trekker’ paradise, this peak is not as easy to climb as it seems. With steep sides and a treacherous, rocky surface, climb this one at your own risk. There are steep steps of less width, carved into one side of the mountain, with no protection at the sides,whatsoever. A few trekkers reach the base and looking at the steep steps give up right away. This structure was used as a watch tower by troops.
Carved stone steps leading to the top
Kalavantin Durg Trek
Where is Kalavantin Durg
Kalavantin Durg is located bang next to Prabalgad fort, between Panvel and Matheran and can be easily seen from Panvel.
How to reach Kalavantin Durg
Driving along the Mumbai-Pune expressway, deviate towards Thakurwadi village when you reach Shedung Phata at Panvel. The trek begins from here and it can take up too 2 – 3 hours to reach Prabal Machi village which is at the base of this steep mountain. Food and water can be arranged here. Ascend the steep rock cut stone steps, slog for another 4 hours and you will reach the top. This is recommended for experienced trekkers.
Kalavantin Durg Trek – Blog
Read this interesting version of Kalavantin Durg trek by an experienced trekker to get valuable insights.
If you have gone up there, do let us know about your experience at the top of Kalavantin Durg!