Four Day Konkan tour on 23rd-26th Jan with Trek Mates

Hi Mates, We at Trek Mates are more than happy to invite you for a four day Kokan tour on 23rd to 26th Jan '10(starting on 22nd night).

Some details of the tour:
The places that we will be visiting:
1. Vijaydurg
2. Devgad
3. Kunkeshwar
4. Bhagwantgad
5. Bharatgad
6. Sindhudurg
7. Padmagad
8. Niwati fort and niwati beach
9. Tarkarli beach (for some water sports)
10. Yashwantgad
11. Reddi cha Ganapati
12. Amboli Ghat

The places that we will try to cover, (if time Permits):
1. Ambolgad
2. Rajkot
3. Sarjekot
4. Terekhol
5. Vengurla

Vijaydurg or Victory Fort:

The oldest fort on Sindhudurg coast constructed in the regime of Raja Bhoj of shilahar dynasty in 1205 (construction period 1193-1205). The fort was earlier known as "Gheria" as it is situated in the village "Girye". Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshaha of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as “Vijay Durg” as the then Hindu solar ear’s name was “Vijay”. Vijay means Victory.
Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile. Shivaji added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century.


Kanoji Angre, chief of Martha admiralty, was instrumental in erecting this elegant looking fort in 1705. Devgad is a natural harbor and well guarded port town. Earlier big ships used to dock at the port jetty.
When the fort was built it was surrounded by water from all the sides so at the time it was called as "Janjire Devgad"(Janzira means an island in Arabic). It has been spread in 120 acres. There is a Ganesh temple in the fort. Port office is situated in the fort. The lighthouse is situated here.

Kunkeshwar Temple

Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple is located in Kunkeshwar village, 14 Kms from Devgad town. A pristine beach with a very long stretch of seashore and white sand adds to the beauty of temple surroundings.
This beautiful temple near beach has alluring architecture with reminiscent of South Indian style of temple architecture. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan.

Bharatgad & Bhagwatgad Fort:
At Maure town both this fort are located close to each close to each other but separated by an estuary. Bharatgad's outside wall is in dialogite condition today prominent feature of this fort is a more then 200 ft. deep well which has a carved door at the bottom. It is believed that the cave beginning from this door leads to Sindhudurg Fort. The temple and Masjid in proximity inside the fort is a symbol of Hindu and Muslim unity.History : Bharatgad was built by Sawantwadikar Fond Sawat in 1680 and Bharwantgad by Pant Bawadekar. Fort witnessed many clashes. To bring under its regime British commander Immelock captured this fort in 1880.

Sindhudurga - Padmagad forts:

Huge sea rocks of Malvan has easefully shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg & Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit through out the year to see this Maratha glory.
The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people & one appreciates imaginative power of Shivaji. In 1664 shivaji erected this fort on 44 acers of land.
In Sindhudurg Fort there is 'Shri Shivarajeshwar temple' of King Shivaji. Also there are temples of Hanuman, Jarimari mandir and Goddess 'Bhavani Temple'. Impressions of shivaji's fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall . Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions.

Kille Nivati

This dilapidated fort by the seashore impress upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one's mind. Fort also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
Kille Nivati was constructed by great Maratha ruler Shivaji. He was such a visionary who had given proper attention at his naval force. He built many forts for the protection of his empire. From this fort, one can observe Bhogave's allevaing beach

Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli is a narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters, located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546 k.m. away from Mumbai, 6 kms. south of Malvan, on the west coast of India. This place has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas, where on a fairly sunny day, one can see the sea- bed up to a depth of 20 feet. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg.

Redi Ganapati

This place is situated at south west to sawantwadi..Redi is gifted with Arabian sea to its west and it has got ancient history of Lord Ganesha. Round about 18 years back a local person named Sadashiv Kambli visualised the sclupture of Lord Ganesha in his dreams for this he persuade it for long period and with help of Local workers he dug out the sclupture of Ganesha from sea shore. Today after survey it is now clear that this was made by Panadavas during their rule the sclupture is about 6 feet in height and 4 feets in breadth whole thing was readily found in one single piece

Terekhol fort

The Terekhol fort is located in the northern tip of Goa. It is situated on the mouth of the Terekhol River and was built by the ruler of Sawantwadi, Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle. The Terekhol fort of Goa was built during the 17th century. The Terekhol fort was given legal recognition as a part of Goa around 1788. The fort was rebuilt in 1764 by the Portuguese viceroy in India named Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida. The Terekhol fort is often visited by tourists who come here to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and scenic locales.

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

22nd Jan ’10, Night:
Meeting point: 10 Pm at Dadar stn.
Start latest by 10.15

Day 1, 23rd Jan:
Reach Vijaydurg (via Rajapur)by 11 am.
Visit Vijaydurg.
Start for Devgad by 2 pm.
Visit Devgad from 4 to 6.
Reach Kunkeshwar temple by 7.
Dinner and Stay at kunkeshwar

Day 2, 24th Jan:
Early morning start from Kunkeshwar.
Visit to Bhagwantgad and Bharatgad.
(if time permits we can also visit Rajkot and Sarjekot,)
Visit to Sindhudurg and Padmagad,
Move on to Niwati fort
Watch sunset at niwati beach.
Dinner and stay at Kochara village, near Niwati.

Day 3, 25th Jan:
Visit Tarkarli Beach and enjoy some water sports.
Start for Yashwantgad, reddicha ganapati, and off for stay at Amboli ghat.
We will try to visit Terekhol fort and vengurla if time permits
Dinner and Stay at Amboli ghat.

Day 4, 26th Jan:
Explore Amboli ghat.
Start for Mumbai by 11 am.
Reach Mumbai by 9 pm.

The cost for the whole tour will be rs 2400/- per head, which includes,
Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by Private vehicle,
Accomodations, Permissions and entry fees.

The cost wont include,
Food expenditure (Konkan being famous for nonvegeterian cuisine, we wont like the vegetarians to bear the burden of the cost of the food by the nonveggies, so the option to have the veg/nonveg food can be left on the members themselves)
Cold Drinks, Mineral Water,
or anything apart from the above stated services.

Payment Details:

One needs to deposit Rs 2000/- advance into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
SBI a/c no: 30665796091 S/A in the name of Mr Nilesh Patil.
Branch: Panchpakhadi, Thane.

Things To Be carried:
Lunch for Saturday,
A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries, Candles (compulsory).
2-3 bunch of papers and proper bedding.
Cap, etc.,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes,
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

For more enquiries and Registrations , please contact
Nilesh Patil: 9967436211.
Priti Patel: 9869524260.

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