Chilling Koyna Adventure
Eco-Adventure Trek Koyna Valley "A Trekkers
Dream" covering - Koyna Nagar - Passing Jungle Jaigad - Dicholi
Village - Vasota Fort and Jungle - Tapola.
Transport covering - Train - Bus - Jeeps - Ferry - Volvo -
Chilling Koyna Adventure – Tentative Schedule
Write-up on Koyna given after the schedule
Start Date: January 24, 2007. (Wednesday)
8:20 pm – Board Mahalakshmi Express Train
from CST (Train no. 1011).
8:40 pm – Board train from Dadar Station
January 25, 07 (Thursday)
Arrival at Karad Station early morning.
Board bus for Koyna Nagar.
Forest Department Formalities
Board Jeep for
Trek from Koyna Nagar by passing Jungli
Jaigad to Dicholi Village or Zhodole. This area is more densely forested than
Vasota and with lots of wild life especially Bears and Indian Gaur (More
popularly know as Bison locally).
Stay for the night at Dicholi or Zhodole.
Take ferry (Trawler) for Vasota Base (40
Trek to Nageshwar
Dinner chilling out in Camp Fire
January 26, 2007 (Friday)
Early Morning Nature Trek leading upto
Exploring Vasota Fort; Enjoying View of Babu
Kada (2nd largest kada in Maharashtra) and Old Vasota Fort
Back to Base Camp Vasota for Lunch
Evening Exploring Forest around the lake
January 27, 2007
Exploring Forest Around Vasota region.
January 28, 2007. (Saturday)
Early morning – Board Ferry for Tapola.
Take Bus or Jeep from Tapola to
Shopping in Mahabaleshwar market if time
Board Bus from Mahabaleshwar to Mumbai
Expected back in Mumbai January 28, 2007 late evening or Night.
A Brief Background about the place; more details will be
Knights Team for Koyna Valley Expedition.
M Asif - M; 2)
Nimesh Patel - M; 3)
Dnyanesh Golatkar - M; 4)
Vipin - M; 5)
Vandana Rao - F; 6)
Yugandhar Madidi – M; 7)
Ketan - M; 8)
Ketan’s Friend - M; 9)
Shitu - F; 10)
Shitu’s Friend – F; 11)
Rubina – F; 12)
Jay - M; 13)
Gautam – Tentative
Only few more seats left.
Expedition includes train travel by bus, Jeep travel,
Ferry, ST and Volvo; Trekking and Scrambling through Dense Forest to Explore
Forts; Caves; Remote Temples; Camp Fire etc. ...
Be prepared to rough it out for the tough eco-adventure
We will be having 1-team meetings before the trek; where
we will discuss in details preparation required. Last date for registration is
January 10, 2007.
Koyna Forest Reserve.
Koyna region is trekker’s fantasy come true; Koyna river
nests high up in the valleys of Sahyadri, is the region around which Koyna
reserve lies. Koyna reserve was declared a sanctuary in 1985 covers over the
talukas Javli and Patan covering over 422 square kilometers, extending upto
Koyna is accessible from Mahabaleshwar and Satara. Bamnoli
is the nearest town to Koyna. The ferry ride fom Bamnoli to Koyna is an
experience of sheer beauty passing through Shivsagar lake, which one has to
cross to reach the foothills of Vasota Fort. The distant peaks of the Sahyadris
seem to be watching you and wishing you a good journey. The lake is encircled by
a ring of thick green, and your eyes will wander over the soothing scene till
your soul is complete at peace.
One tongue of the Shivsagar lake touches the foothills of
Vasota fort. This is where the boat will dock. Alight from the boats, and you
will see a narrow nala or canal, traversing through fronds of trees. If you walk
along the edges of this canal, you could startle a bison, a bear, or some other
animal, behind any bush.
If you cross the nala, you can walk up to the Indal
checkpoint at Vasota Fort. There are remnants of ancient buildings here. The
karvad abounds. A short brisk walk will help you catch up with the nala, which
again makes an appearance. There is a dilapidated stone temple of Lord Maruti
some distance ahead. The evergreen forests of Koyna now begin to envelop you.
The jungles of Koyna are so thickly wooded, that at times
you are cocooned in a dark green tunnel with barely any sunlight filtering
through. The sky too is not visible. Whenever the sun touches the ground, it is
in the form of a shaft of light that looks magical. A wide variety of trees (Anjan,
Hirda, Savar, Behda, Ain, Mango, etc); both common and are found here along with
shade loving medicinal plants (Karvy, Kadipatta, Shikakai, tamalpatra, vavding
The Koyna reserve has three sections – Vasota, Maharkhor
and Indavli Met. All the major forest of Indavli, Kusavli, Sindhi, Bavla, Morvi
Valley have been included in this park. The natural protection which the
boundaries of the Shivsagar lake have been blessed with, has made the Koyna
reserve an excellent example of a forest that can endure anything. The presence
of the massive lake supports a large variety of animal life. Tigers, Leopards,
Bears, Bison, Wild Cats, Wild Boars, Saayal, Byenas, Wild Dogs, Monkeys, Hares,
and many small species, all add to the magnificent variety of this park. Hunting
obviously is not allowed and there are strick instructions against disturbing
The Vasota fort is located centrally. The rivers of Koyna,
Kaandatki and Solshi are visible from the reserve. The area receives an annual
precipitation of 200 inches, and thus form a breeding ground for various birds
Vasota Fort lies deep in the forest of Koyna reserve
at a height of 3840 feet above mean sea level. The fort is covered by thick
forest and number of water bodies. Its history dates back to Raja Bhoj in 1170,
when Raja Bhoj of Kokhapur’s Shilahar dynasty constructed it. This fort was
captured by Chatrapati Shivaji in 1665. During the peshwa rule, the fort was
used to keep jailed British soilders. In 1817, the British capturing it using
full force attack in the process destroying most of the fort.
To trek the for one option is to take a 15 km ferry ride
upto foothills of Vasota fort in Shivsagar Lake. One mouth of the river forks
into the forest around Vasota. The rivulet that flows down the sides of Vasota
empties into the Shivsagar lake. Following the rivulet takes you to the Handal
post. This was important toll gate and checkpost. Today, only stone ruins
remains. The canal continues further to snake past a dilapidated temple of Lord
Trek to Vasota will test any trekkers fitness….so be
prepared for a good trek.
More information on Makrantgad will be provided by me on my
next version of update.
Writeup on Jungli Jaigad
A small and little known fort near the Koyna dam. It is
situated in the thick forest infested with wild animals. From Bombay proceed to
Karad by rail or by bus. Take morning bus from Karad to Chiplun and get down at
Koynanagar and ahead to Navja (11 Km). From Navja walk northwest to a rain gauge
down to about 15 m long and 1 m wide. This is also cracked due to an earthquake.
This is the entrance to the fort, Kumbharli ghat joins Chiplun to Helwak and
Karad by a motorable road.
South of Jungli Jaigad and the Koyna dam lies the most
unknown part and thick forest of the range. Immediately after the
Karad-Helwak-Kumbharti ghat-Chiplun road, lies Bhairongad. Going further south
it goes all along in some of thickest and animal infested forest. The track goes
from Helwak to Bhairongad 12 km, Patharpunj, 5km – Rundiv 13 km – ona kuchha
road along the ghat to Chandel, 15 km ghote, 12 km Udgir, 15 km to Lavala, 16
km. Lavala is on the Kolhapur – Kalkapur - Ambe ghat – Sakharpa road. South of the road is the
Panhala – Vishalgad range.
The southernmost motorable road is Phonda ghat, south of
This is a relatively unknown and unspoilt area. A long trek
would offer a delightful time.
the Monsoon Poetry and winter dance.
never was a poet and possibly might never be, but last time I spend a week in
Mahabaleshwar during monsoon almost made me one. There is no other place more
magical and poetic in monsoon than the Mighty Mahabaleshwar the highest hill
station in Maharashtra residing at well over 4500 feet above sea level.
pleasant breeze tickles your belly, the clouds sets stage for something
mysterious to happen. The rains and gushing waterfalls have enough power to
flush out the toughest toxic in your body, mind and soul. A Mahabaleshwar trip
leaves you as fresh as it’s carrot.
may get tempted to take a dive into the into the river of clouds covering the
valleys to see if you can swim in it or even challenge the powerful breeze to
throw you back if you dive in it.
will you find as many beautiful valleys the mighty Koyna Valley, Krishna Valley,
Veena Valley and Blue valley.
may sit in a strawberry garden having a crush of strawberries or sip a cup of
coffee at Veena Lake educating you with rich history of Mahabaleshwar or just do
thought of giving myself another chance to be a poet, would you also like to try
your experience with Poetry, History, Geography or simply doing nothings.
B. D. Petit library. Hindu Gynkhana. The Mahableshwar Club. Parsi Gymkhana.
Walking. Boating in Venna lake. Bird watching. Study of Botony.
points at Mahabaleshwar.
called as Sunrise
highest point. 4710 ft above sea level. It is a vast plateau. There are three
masonary round platforms to see the sunrise. You are advised to see sunrise from
platform no:2. You can see sunset also from this point.
second highest point. Presents panoramic view of a green carpet. You can see
sunrise as well as sunset from this point.
first point of M'war/ Overlooking two valleys, koyna on the left & savitri
on the right.
several ranges of the Sahyadri range.
Rock: On the
way to the Arthur's seat shows savitri valley.
of all points. Some compare the stractification of rocks on southern side to the
world famous stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon of Colarado. USA. It is
facinating to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the left & shallow green
valley on the right. It is more facinating to know that Arthur's seat is the
only place showing geographical distinction of kokan & Desh (Deccan), two
territories of Mahabaleshwar, so clear & so near.
you go by the steps you come across a spring known as Tiger's spring which
is supposed to be the source of the river Savtri. Immidiately below the seat is window
have to go deep by steps to reach the window point.Kates Point:
Offers breathtaking view of krishna valley & deep waters of the dhom dam.
From southern side it looks like an elephants
is also an echo
very beautiful point. It goes past village Moleshware on the way. You see a
superb scenic view of the back waters of koyna dam on your left, river solshi in
front of you with tiny villages as if sqatting on river banks & vast green
slopes of M'war plateau on your right.
Presents a view of saddleback & Koyna valley.
Presents koyana valley view & saddle back.
below it the Artists Point also called as lovers point by some nature lover,
presents beautiful koyana & valley below you.
Point: is on
the same way of falkland point.
view of Bombay point.
popular sunset point. Shows the sahyadri range koyana valley & pratapgarh.
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