The mountain ridges of Sahyadris have attracted trekkers from Gujarat and Maharashtra since many years. These beautiful mountains have an amazing geography and history. Many forts have been built by the valiant rulers of the Peshwa dynasty on these mountains. Lush green locations, ruins of the forts and stories of victory and bravery makes these mountains a dream destination for historians, trekkers and nature enthusiasts.
Kandala is one such fort located in the Sahaydri between Selbari and Satmala range. The mountain had served as a watch tower to protect the highest fort of Maharashtra – Salher. The trek to top of Kandala starts from the base village Malgaon. As you climb up gradually on the ridge, you can see panoramic views of green fields, small hamlets and lakes studded between huge mountain ranges on both sides.
Kandla is a geographic wonderland and has a huge natural tunnel/puncture/hole on the ridge. It looks like a huge “hobbiton” hole and once you enter it, you can see breath-taking views of Hatgadh, Saptasrungi, Dhodap, Ikhara pinnacle etc of Satmala range and Salher, Salota, Hargad, Mulher etc. of Selbari Range on the other side. This is the biggest natural hole in a mountain in entire Maharashtra. The “puncture” is so big that at least 30 people can rest under it. While climbing the mountain, you can see the ruins of the fort, a goddess carved from the rock and many water cisterns. These must have served as water storages for huge troupes in the past however now, there is not enough water during the summers in these cisterns.
Kandala is undoubtedly one of the best forts in the Sahyadris and being less known to people; it generally lacks the attraction of huge crowds and hence is a cherry on top.
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|CAMP DATE||06 – 07 February 2021|
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