A watch tower in those days, the only way to reach the top is by steep stairs. With a shape of an inverted cone, Kalavantin durg stands out quite distinctively from the rest of the trekking spots in Maharashtra.
Distance: 15 km from Panvel
Best time to visit:
Monsoon and Winter: July – Feb. Summer will be extremely hot to trek.
Medium. This is not a picnic zone or leisure tour. While descending one needs to take utmost care. Never hurry while descending from Kalavantin.
What to see:
Kalavantin served as a watch tower. Now it has become a favourite and adventurous trekking spot specially for Mumbai people.
Prabalgad, Irshalgad, Matheran, Chanderi, Peb, Karnala are visible from the top.
This is not a dangerous place as its being advertised recently. Its adventurous but do not hurry, specially in monsoon. The stairs would be slippery and one mistake can turn out extremely fatal.
If you want to get captured by mist and clouds, you must go in monsoon. The video below will give you a better idea.
Kalavantin is not a recommended place for night trek.
In case you still want to plan a night trek
– arrange for dinner from the locals if you dont bring your own stuff.
– carry your tents and torches.
– camp at the plateau before the stairs start.
Go here on your own:
The base village is Thakurwadi. Its easy to reach here. Take the exit at Shedung on the Mumbai – Pune highway.
For people from Mumbai, it should not take more than 2 hours to reach. Depends on where in Mumbai you stay.
Hire a cab right from your home – affordable for a group of more than 10 people.
If you don’t have a vehicle,
Reach Panvel by train or bus.
Reach the ST bus stand. Check for auto rickshaw or Tum-Tum to Thakurwadi. Do bargain for the rate and then start your journey.
There is also ST bus available till Thakurwadi but it will depart at a fixed time and will consume your time.
A guide would not be necessary during day trek. You will surely find locals and other trekkers on the way.
While returning, you need to be very lucky to get some transport till Shedung. If you don’t find something, be ready to walk. Reach Shedung, cross the road, you will get share Tum-Tum to Panvel.
Prabalgad is right next to Kalavantin, another trekking spot and a great place to photograph the Kalavantin tower.
Karnala trek and its famous bird sanctuary.
Irshalgad is another trekking spot with extreme winds. It can be accessed from Morbe dam. (Morbe dam is no longer open to general public)
Matheran – a green and the only vehicle free hill station in Asia. Peb trek is another popular trek near Matheran.
Carry water and some light snacks.
Locals can arrange for your lunch / dinner at the plateau or at their home at the village.
There is also a food stall in your trek path.
There is no need to book this trek via a trekking group. You can do it easily on your own.
If you plan to go here in monsoon, be prepared for harsh rains and strong winds. You probably wont get a chance to use a camera in monsoon (July – Aug).
Kindly consider the environment and DO NOT throw any kind of garbage. Carry it along with you. This is NOT a place for party. NO consumption of Alcohol here.