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Koraigad Fort, Lonavala

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Korigad is a hill fort located about 20km south of Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 923 m above sea level. The planned township of Aamby Valley is built over the fort's southern and eastern foothills. The closest village is Peth Shahpur, about 1km north of the fort.HistoryThis fort was forcibly taken over into his kingdom by Chhatrapati Shivaji along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Colonel 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 cannonball he succeeded and this fort went to the British.GeographyThe fort is located about 923m above sea level, rising over 200m higher than the neighboring valleys. To the east, there lie two artificial lakes part of the Aamby Valley project which later drain into the Mulshi reservoir. There are two lakes on the top of the fort.Structures on the FortA temple to its patron goddess Koraidevi 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). The interesting part of the fort is that its wall is completely intact and one can walk along its entire perimeter(about 2 km). 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.
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  • Make sure the guide knows the exact route from the village in the beginning. It feels like you are wandering into a jungle but the steps do finally emerge. Really worth the climb. Totally deserted and...  more »
  • This fort has two ways to climb up... 99 percent dont know other way... it is from other side.. if you r with your family , go from aamby valley side it is safe and normal way with proper stairs... an...  more »
  • It is best place, it has two routes once is near to the stairs another one is from bus route, in the second route we have to walk around 2Km to reach the stairs, totally 618 stairs. Lots of monkeys ar...  more »