- 90 Kms
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Location: Near Lonavala
Tung Fort is hill fort situated near Pawna Dam. It is also known as Kathingad Fort as it was relatively difficult to climb ancient days.
Tung Fort is hill fort situated near the famous Pawna Dam, at a distance of about 90 from Pune and about 24 km away from Lonavala. It is also known as Kathingad Fort. In Marathi, the word ‘kathin’ mean difficult and in ancient days, it was relatively difficult to reach the top of this fort.
Tung Fort was built by the Adil Shah dynasty before 1600 CE, but was later captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Compared to other forts, it is quite small and was able to hold only 200 troops at a time. During the rule of the Maratha empire, it was used as a watchtower because it offers a panoramic view of the Maval region. It also served as a temporary distraction for invaders, allowing the troops at major forts of Visapur and Lohagad to prepare themselves for battle in advance, before the invading armies could arrive.
Tung Fort has an elevation of 1075m above sea level, and is surrounded by water on all three sides, owing to the construction of Pawna Dam. The fort is conical in shape and consists of thick walls, numerous bastions and fortified ramparts. The climb to the top is quite steep and the route is very narrow and on the edge of the mountain throughout. Trekkers need to be especially careful during monsoon when the steep steps become slippery due to rain and moss.
The base village of this fort is Tungwadi. You may reach Tungwadi via road or else by ferrying across in a boat from Pawna Dam. From Pawna Dam reaching this fort requires a 400-m climb. And, from the Tungwadi village, it’s a 300-m climb to the top. There is a Hanuman Temple at the base village and most trekkers park their vehicles close to this temple.
Begin the trek by climbing the rocky steps at the start of the hill. The climb is quite steep, but you gain height quickly. It’s best to go slowly and carefully along this narrow route. The stunning scenery all around and lovely views of the valley below make the hike worth it. After half an hour, you will reach the main entrance of the fort. Take a break at this point and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pawna backwaters. Later, take the rocky staircase leading towards the second gate of the fort.
Further along the way, there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, which has a water tank behind it. Opposite the temple are the ruins of a ‘Sadar’ or meeting hall. A few more steps, and you reach the ‘Balekilla’ – ‘a small fort constructed on top of the main fort.’ It is fairly difficult to climb the Balekilla, so be extra cautious. Finally, you reach the top of the Tung Fort. The top is rock patch and has a small temple dedicated to Goddess Tungi.
The panoramic views from the top of Tung Fort are absolutely mesmerizing. From here, enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the enchanting backwaters of the Pawna Dam. The forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad are also clearly visible and make for great photographs. After admiring the breathtaking views and resting for a little while in the fresh mountain air, begin an exciting descent back to the base village.
There are no eateries or food stalls at the Tungwadi village and it’s advisable to carry your own food and water.
- It is advisable to carry your own snacks and water for this half-day adventure.
- Mode of Transport : You may travel by car or by bike to reach Tungwadi village, which is at the base of Tung Fort.
Things to do
- Trek up the rocky terrain to reach the top of the Tung Fort.
- From the top of the summit, enjoy spectacular views of the enchanting backwaters of the Pawna Dam, and the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad.