Korigad Fort is one of the simplest trekking destinations located in and around Pune. It is a perfect start up point for newbies who have not had a trekking experience before. Just a few steps climb takes you to the very top of the fort.
Korigad was built by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1657. One of Shivaji’s most loved forts; Korigad was incorporated in Swarajya by the great Maratha king along with a number of other forts like Visapur, Tung, Tikona and Lohgad in the same year of its establishment. In the succeeding years, the fort saw years of battle between the Marathas and the British who failed to take control of the fort until 14th March 1818 when the army led by Colonel Prother dropped a cannot ball where the Marathas stored their ammunition on the fort and finally conquered it.
Located at a distance of about 20kms from Lonavla, Korigad is famous for its fortified structure and the view it offers from the top of the dense forest that surrounds this fort. The village located at the foothills of the fort is called Peth- Shahpur which is situated close to the Amby Valley. There are two ways to reach to the top of the fort. The first way comprises of a series of steps which take you all the way to the top of the fort. The 100 odd steps take about 45 mins to climb and take you along a Ganesh Temple and few small caves on the way to the top of the mountain.
The second route which is for the seasoned To take the other route, you will have to get down at Ambavne which is approximately 2kms away from Peth-Shahapur. From Ambavne the climb is slightly tricky and more adventurous as compared to the first option. You will have to pass through dense jungles and bamboo trees and ascend the short steps carved on large rocks on your way to the top. But this is the shortest way to climb the fort and was used as an escape route by the Marathas in the early years.
The top of the fort is about 3049 feet above sea level and is more of a flat topography. It houses a number of small ponds and two caves, one of which houses an idol of Lord Vishnu. If you enter the fort via the Peth- Shahpur route or better known as the Ganesh Darwaja you will come across a number of old structures. There is also a temple that houses a 4 feet idol of Goddess Korai Devi and a deepmala which is located exactly in front of its entrance. The fort derives its name from this goddess.
You will come across a number of old canons located on the watch towers of the fort. The largest of the lot is named Laxmi and it has been placed right next to the Korai Devi Temple. The top also offers a marvellous view of the surrounding forts namely Tung, Tikona, Matheran, Prabalgarh, Manikgad, Nagphani and the Karnala hills.