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Korigad

Korigad
Korigad entrance and fort walls
Elevation 929 m (3,048 ft)
Location
Korigad
Location of Tung Fort in Maharashtra
Location Maharashtra, India
Range Western Ghats
Coordinates

18°37′13″N 73°23′10″E / 18.62028°N 73.38611°E / 18.62028; 73.38611Coordinates: 18°37′13″N 73°23′10″E / 18.62028°N 73.38611°E / 18.62028; 73.38611

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Korigad (also called Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad) is a fort located about 20 km away from Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 929 m above sea level.[1] The closest village is Peth Shahpur.

History

This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by Shivaji along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Col. Prother tried to take over this fort but even after a prolonged siege could not make any headway. Finally on 14 March, by igniting the stored ammunition by means of a loose cannon ball he succeeded and this fort went to the British.[2]

Now because of the Mulshi dam, a lake has formed close to the base of the hill on which Korigad stands.[3] There are two lakes on the top of the fort.[3] A temple to its patron goddess Koraidevi[4] also exists along with several smaller temples to dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The former has been recently renovated and has a 3 foot high Deepmala(tower of lamps).[2] The interesting part of the fort is that its wall is completely intact and one can walk along its entire perimeter(about 2 km).[2] Its massive gate is also intact. Several ruins of older structures within the fort still exist. It has six cannons - the largest of which called the Laxmi Toph is located near the Korai devi temple.[2][4] [5]

How to reach

To reach korigad you should have your own vehicle as there are very few transportation options available from Lonavla. Take the Aamby Vally road from Lonavla, keep driving till Peth Shahpur village. Parking is provided in village. You can also hire cabs from lonavala. The Aamby Vally buses from Lonavala bus station are also available. available the st bus from lonavla 1st st bud time is 9.30.

References

  • Korigad Trek info
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