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Weekend Explorations

Trek to Prabalgad

  • DATE
    22 July - 22 July
    2 days



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Prabalgad is a hill for located between Matheran and Panvel in Raigad District and is part of the Sahyadari Mountains. It is located at a height of 2,300 feet and also called Kalavantin Durg is situated between Matheran and Panvel and Prabalgad was built to keep the watch on the Panvel fort and the Kalyan fort in the north side of the Konkan by the Bahmani Sultanate. After being conquered by few others, in 1657 Shivaji Maharaj captured Prabalgad from the Mughals during the establishment of Kalyan – Bhivandi area.

Things to see: Prabalgad’s crown is a big plateau, Ganesh temple, two or three water tanks, ports of Matheran, path to the steps excavated in the kayak to go to the cremation grounds through a trunk between the fort and the artificial cone.

Did you know?


Prabalgad Fort in its present form, was built during Bahmani Kingdom to keep an eye on North Konkan or monitor the ancient ports of Panvel and Kalyan.

Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg is situated between Matheran and Panvel in Maharashtra, at a height of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats.

The steps leading up to the fort are cut into the rock of the hill.

The British first had thought of developing Prabalgad as a place of cold hilly Matheran. But due to the lack of water, the thought has been left behind.

It was built at the pinnacle of the rocky plateau very close to Matheran. Previously, the fort was known as Muranajan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji’s rule.

In 1657 Shivaji Maharaj captured Prabalgad from the Mughals during the establishment of Kalyan – Bhivandi area. During the attack of Shivaji Maharaj, Kesarsingh a Mughal sardar was the governor of the fort he was the only Mughal sardar who gave a strong challenge to Shivaji Maharaj.

Prabalgad consists of a sister fort which is named as Irshalgad Fort. It is situated in the vicinity of the main fort. Irshalgad is comparatively smaller in area.

Through the study of caves on the fort, they can connect their era with Buddhist period. Due to the caves built on them, the rulers of Shilahar and Yadav in Uttarakhand named him as a military outpost and named it Muranan.



What's more?

A fort attracts attention from a fort on the way to Bombay, Pune. It is Prabalgad. The Ulhas river on the east, the Gadi river on the west, the Patalganga river to the south, Karnikala fort in Manikgad and south-west, and the nearby Irshalgad fort is surrounded by Murshan alias Prabalgad. There is an English “V” shaped hack in Prabalgad and his side-piece cone. The sunset that appears from Matheran’s “Sunset Point” is similar to that of Prabhadgad.

Quick Facts

Altitude:2318 ft. approx
Base Village:Poinje
Grade of climb:Moderate
Summit Type :Hill Fort
Climbing time:3 hrs (Approx)
Climate foreseen:Rainy

Depart for base village by reserved bus at 07:00 am from The Explorers office at Churchgate ( There shall be a few pick up points en route ).

  Arrive at the base village of Poinje at 10.00 a.m. Upon arrival start hiking to the summit.

  Reach the top by 01.00 p.m.

  Lunch at the top by 1.30 p.m.

  After half an hour of rest and exploration of the fort start descending towards the base. Reach base by 05:00 p.m.

 After tea and refreshment depart for Mumbai.

 Arrive at Mumbai by 08:00 pm. End of trekking programme.

Change all your plans for the weekend and join us on a refreshing hike to Prabalgad Fort!

 Transport by reserved bus / mini bus

 Light refreshments in the morning , packed lunch and evening tea and snack.

 All taxes

 Expenses incurred by individuals on beverages and other expenses of personal nature.

 Visit to any other place / site not mentioned in the itinerary

 All not mentioned in ‘Inclusion’ section

Points to remember while you are on the trip

Please leave only your footprints behind. Let us be eco conscious and leave the trail unlittered.

The best way to soak in the beauty of pristine nature is by observing more and keeping the conversation to minimum, especially while trekking. That way you shall also be able to conserve your stamina.

Help & encourage each other.

Respect the villagers, their culture & lifestyle.

Please do not write on the monuments or trees, let us respect and preserve our heritage & natural resources.

Please note:

All our programmes are coordinated and led by seasoned adventure instructors who take care appropriate care of safety and security.

First aid / medicine box is available with the trek leader should there be a need.

The meals provided during the programme are simple but hygienic. While light refreshments in the morning and evening would typically have any of the following : Vada Pav / Sandwich / Burger / along with fruit drink , fruit and small bottle of water, lunch would either be provided in the village falling en route or lunch box shall be provided. Each participant is provided 2 liters of packaged drinking water.

List of things to carry : Good trekking shoes, Windcheater / Rainwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, Towel, extra set of clothing, Camera, Personal medicines and a haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking.

Pick up points : The Explorers office (Churchgate) – Dadar Chitra Cinema – Diamond Garden, Chembur.

Booking Procedure:

For registration and queries give us a call on 022 22004774/5 or drop us an email at enquiries@theexplorersindia.com /theexplorersindia1990@gmail.com

Please note that the booking will be considered as confirmed only on the receipt of full payment.

The payment can be made either by cash OR cheque in favour of “The Explorers” OR you can deposit it in our bank account. Our bank details are as follows:


A/c name: The Explorers

Bank: Axis bank

A/c no: 233010200009157

IFSC code: UTIB0000233

Cancellation Policy:

Rs. 500/- out of the total amount payable is non refundable.

In case of cancellation done 2 days prior the trek we shall deduct 50% of the total amount payable shall be refundable.

In case of any cancellation done 1 day prior to the no refund is admissible.