Amboli Area

Amboli

This is a well known hill station at the edge of the ghats. It is surrounded by thick forests and it is a great starting point for trekkers.
Grade : Easy
Height : 3212 feet.

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to NIPANI, UTTUR, AJRA (84 Kms) AMBOLI is 35 Kms ahead.
Places that can be visited from here are MAHADEV POINT, the origin of the Hiranyakeshi river, a ruined castle of Bhonsle and other monuments.

Bhudargad

This fort is situated on a bluff rock 58 Kms south of KOLHAPUR in the CHIKODI Range bordering the VEDAGAIYA river. There are three shrines and two huge plateaus on the top.
Grade : Easy Height : 3212 feet.

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to GARGOTI and proceed to the base village SHIVAPURPETH 10 Kms to the south. Some buses reach its top plateau as well.

Gharap Dongar

This is a hill that falls south of AMBOLI.
Map of Amboli area

Grade : Medium

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to NIPANI, UTTUR, AJRA (84 Kms) AMBOLI is 35 Kms ahead.
Walk to a huge observation tower called PARIKSHIT, descend to MALAYI DONGAR. It has a small telescope on its top. Ahead is village CHOKUL (10 Kms) , GHARAP DONGAR is 5 Kms to its west.
CHOKUL is connected by bus to AMBOLI.

Hanumantya Ghat

This is a well known traditional pass descending to the Konkan from the ghats.
Grade : Medium

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to GARGOTI (55 Kms), to PATGAON (35 Kms) .
Walk southwest to HANUMANTYA village at the edge of the ghats.
Descend to NERUL village in the Konkan for a bus to KUNDAL.

Manohargad

These are twin forts one called MANOHARGAD (2500 feet) and MANSANTOSHGAD (2460 feet). these two well defined forts stand next to each other on a common ridge.
Grade : Technical

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to SAVANTVADI by Bus.
Take a bus to DUKANWADI to SHIVAPUR.
Routes from the north approach these forts.
Final climbs are difficult and will require equipment to climb.

Mansantoshgad

These are twin forts one called MANOHARGAD (2500 feet) and MANSANTOSHGAD (2460 feet). these two well defined forts stand next to each other on a common ridge.
Grade : Technical

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to SAVANTVADI by Bus.
Take a bus to DUKANWADI to SHIVAPUR.
Routes from the north approach these forts.
Final climbs are difficult and will require equipment to climb.

Pargad

This is an interesting fort and quite popular with people who visit AMBOLI ghat. It has drinking water tanks, a temple, fort ruins and a small settlement on the top. The route passes through thick forests of ANJAN trees and is inhabited by Bison.
Map of Amboli area

Grade : Medium

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to AMBOLI and then another bus to CHOKUL, and walk south to VISPUR village (12 Kms). The fort is 3 Kms away

Rangnya

This fort is remotely situated but has an excellent and breath taking views from the top. One can see the Konkan and the Arabian sea from here. It can be accessed only from the northern side. This fort was won by Shivaji in 1657. There is a temple, a few old wells and plenty of drinking water.
Grade : Medium

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to GARGOTI (55 Kms), to PATGAON (35 Kms) .
Walk to TAMBEWADI (6 Kms) along the shores of the lake and the VED GANGA river, going south west all along. take a circular route to CHIKEWADI (6 Kms) and reach a small strip to enter the fort gates after a short climb.
Two descends are available via village NERUL here one leading to SAVANTVADI (east) and the other to KUNDAL. (west)

Sidhatok

This long hill is situated northwest of RANGNYA. It has a huge cave and many smaller caves. A little ahead and further north west of SIDHATOK is SONGAD. It is a small hill and has a good view.
Grade : Medium

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to GARGOTI (55 Kms), to PATGAON (35 Kms) .
Walk to TAMBEWADI (6 Kms) SIDHATOK is easily accessible from here.

Tanari

This hill was supposed to be a fort but RANGNYA was selected.
Grade : Medium

Getting here:-

From BOMBAY proceed to KOLHAPUR by Bus.
Take a bus to GARGOTI (55 Kms), to PATGAON (35 Kms) .
Walk to TAMBEWADI (6 Kms) along the shores of the lake and the VED GANGA river, going south west all along. take a circular route to CHIKEWADI (6 Kms) walk 5 Kms to reach Tanari
Descend to the Konkan to KURGAON for a bus to KUNDAL.