Go On A One-Day Trek At The 496-Year-Old Korlai Fort, Three Hours From Pune

Sneha posted on 02 August

What Is It?

Built in the year 1521 by the Portuguese, Korlai fort at Raigad, near Alibaug, approximately 160 kilometres from Pune, makes for an amazing one-day monsoon trek with your gang. The climb is fairly easy and requires no expert supervision. The top of the fort overlooks the beautiful secluded Korlai beach that makes for the perfect spot for you to completely unwind and disconnect from the world.

How Do I Get There?

It’s a three-hour drive from Pune to Korlai via the Bangalore-Mumbai Highway. Once you reach the Korlai bus-stop, the road will lead you to a lighthouse that marks one of the entrances to the fort. History has it that there are 11 entrances to the fort.

However, there are only three entrances that have been made accessible – the eastern, western and northern sides. We recommend you to opt for the western route from the lighthouse. It is the easiest, especially during monsoons, and gets you to the top of the fort in about 15-20 minutes.

What Is So Awesome About It?

The 2,828-feet-tall Korlai fort, now in ruins, once boasted of its rich history and housed the Portuguese army of as many as 7,000 horses and men. If you love to explore the ruins of a partly demolished castle, head to Korlai. The area within the fort walls is divided into three enclosures by two lines of bastions that bear names of a saint. The fort also has a 400-year-old church and a magazine, both in ruins.

Once you’re done exploring the fort, you can always climb down and take a peaceful walk on the Korlai beach.

Anything Else?

If you wish to stay the night at Korlai, there is a small farmhouse called The Traders Cottage, about 45-minutes from the beach. The bungalow stands at a secluded corner on a six-acre farm and has a beautiful garden and a swimming pool.For bookings, click here.