Dativare (Sea fort) visit

Fort: Dativare
Type: Sea fort
Base village: Dativare

1. Thane->(Ahmedabad highway) Varai Phata->Tandulwadi->Safale->Dativare(75 km approx)

This was the 4th fort in the trek series and the first one today. As this was a sea fort we had ample time. We started from our base at Kelve in the morning at 6:30am and were on our way to Dativare via Safale.

Dativare is a small village on the west coast with a population of about 1500 odd. The Portugese had built a fort here when they ruled the coast here. However this fort is not known to many people including the locals.

We reached Dativare at around 8am and asked for the fort. First people looked at us like what we were asking as no one knew the fort existed here. Then they directed us to a talav and rocky structures nearby. We went near the talav and it was bliss there with Lotuses in the water and there were queer rocky structures where there was a temple.

After seeing the temple we went on ahead to check out the actual fort , nobody knew of the existance of such a fort here but some local boys told us that there is some fort wall which they can show. We went with them to check out and indeed there was the only sole remaining structure of the fort, a wall.

After seeing this we started back to check out the other fort Jivdhani near Virar.

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Kaldurg Trek

Fort: Kaldurg
Base : Waghoba Khind on road to Palghar (from Manor)
Grade : Medium
Height: 1547 feet above MSL.

1. Thane -> Manor -> Waghoba Khind (stop) route ahead goes to Palghar.
2. Varangade -> Kokner -> Waghoba Khind

This was the second fort of the day after Asawa and we left Varangade by 10.15am. We took the route to Kokner and the road of 10km was bad to worse and in about 45 mins we reached Kokner phata from where we turn right for Waghoba Khind. We could see Kaldurg’s rocky structure from far away in fog. The rain too had now stopped and we prayed it shouldnt start for long as we wanted to trek Kaldurg.

Kaldurg in Clouds:

I had done Kaldurg before with friends and given my leg condition I didnt want to do it however I decided I would take a call at the base. We reached Waghoba Khind in about 45 min by 10.45am and there was a shop there where we ordered tea and had breakfast of bread / butter / jam and tea. Once refreshed I took the decision of not going up as I didnt want to get more cramps so I stayed back at the base and as I had done the fort before didnt want to do it again.

The route for Kaldurg goes from behind the Waghoba temple. Its an easy 1 hour walk to the top. On top there are a few steps , a temple of devi, some water tanks.

As I was at the base I decided to explore the temple and surrounding area.The temple had a nice shivling near it. The temple was dedicated to Waghoba. Not sure what exactly does that mean but its an incarnation of God Shiva.

Some distance ahead on the road I chanced across an amazing waterfall which was flowing in full glory. It was nice to see the waterfall and I sat nearby for some time listening to the sound of water and enjoying the nature nearby. Some time later drops of rain started coming down and I walked back to the temple. There were a few police officials there who were talking to me just like that to while away their time. They were talking about their experiences in their jobs and I had a good time chatting with them.

The others who had gone to the top came back in about 2 hours and we started for Tandulwadi fort our 3rd and last for the day. Its coming in the next blog.

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