09.03.2014 (Sunday) we started early morning @ 5:30 am from Chembur Mumbai towards Thakurwadi, Panvel for start our trekking from thakurwadi to Kalavantin.
Kalavantin durg, a fort situated exactly opposite to prabalgad at an elevation of around 2300 ft. Its named after a Queen during Shivaji Maharaj period and from its structure, height and elevation it can be understand that it used to be a watch tower during that time.
The route we followed;
Chembur—>Panvel–> we went via Mumbai Pune Highway(old)—–>Shedung Phata to Thakurwadi—-> parked vehicle in the village —-> start trekking-> Prabal Machi Village–> Kalavantin durg
We reached Thakurwadi at around 7:15 am . Parked our vehicle in the village and start our trekking. The weather was quite pleasant in the morning. We could hear the sounds of birds. From the road we could see the tip of Kalavantin and prabalgad. There was an orange flag visible on top of both. Our mission was to reach there at Kalavantin. We have to trek the first mountain to reach prabalmachi village from there again the second phase of trek to kalavantin. Though there was a well trek path to prabalmachi village we took a “Saral” route. In Marathi “saral” means straight path. The elevation was quite straight and it was an amazing, exciting , adventurous feeling while climbing up. It also saved around 30 minutes time for us. Enroute we could capture some amazing pics and scene. We reach prabalmachi village around at 10:00 am. There was a small place to have breakfast and lunch at prabalmachi village. They provide facility for staying overnight and also guide for the trek to prabalgad and kalavantin. It’s a well managed place. We had our breakfast there and ordered for the lunch for the day.
We started the second phase pf trek to Kalavantin. It took aother 1 hr 30 min to reach the peak . It was an amazing view from the top. We halted there for an hour and enjoyed the scenic beauty. Afterwards we returned to the prabalmachi village and had our lunch and returned back.
It was one of the tough trek and more adventurous than any other trek I had before.
One can plan for a 2 days stay there at prabalmachi to complete both the trek of prabalgad and kalavantin.
Nearest Airport : Mumbai