Brace up for this amazing one day trek to Kalavantin Durg which was initially used as a watchtower. Located right next to Prabhalgad fort, this stunning ancient watchtower is situated on the old Mumbai-Pune route. Get ready to cut through lush-green thickets while you trek to Kalavantin Durg. While in the peaceful environs of this place, gather your wits for an amazing trek.
The mesmerizing scenery from this watchtower will definitely give you a memory to cherish for a lifetime. The remarkable thing of this trek is the amazing rock-cut steps that wind up their way up the mountain to take you to the top of the fort. Enthral in the panoramic view from the top, feel the thrill of an exposed climb via the stairs.
Kalavantin Durg is also listed among 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in one of the blogs. Witness a wide variety of flora and fauna as you trek. Enjoy the wide shots of lovely green mountains and narrow valleys as you continue your trail. Enjoy the journey, mesmerize with the beautiful winding trails leading you to the top with this pleasing trek to Kalavantin Durg.
Scaling the peak of Maharashtra.
Explore one of the steepest pinnacles
Camping Under The Million Star
Surreal greenery and blissful environment while Kalsubai trek
Panoramic view of several mountains
06:00 pm Meet at Panvel Station
06:15 pm Move towards Thakurwadi (Base Village) in our transfer vehicle
07:15 pm Start trek towards Prabalmachi after a brief session
08:45 pm Reach campsite at Prabalmachi and get refereshed
09:30 pm Prepare for a night under the sky, have delicious local cuisine for Dinner
play a few games, share stories (especially ghost stories), make new friends and enjoy the campfire.
11:30 pm Off to the tents for a sound sleep .Day Ends
06:00 am Wake up call,
06:30 am Move towards Kalavantin Durg, for those who would like to trek. Others can enjoy their morning at Prabalmachi
08:30 am Reach the pinnacle, bask in the majestic view from the top, take selfies with an amazing background
09:00 am Start the descend towards Prabalmachi
10:00 am Reach Prabalmachi, Campsite
10.30 am Breakfast is served
12:00 pm Start to descend towards Thakurwadi
01:00 pm Reach Thakurwadi, leave for Panvel in our transfer vehicle. This brings us to the end of our trip of Prabalmachi Camping And Trekking
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Rated : 4.0
The camping at Prabhalmachi as well as the next day trek to Kalavantin durg was such a wonderful experience. The peace and calmness at the camping site was truly mesmerising. And this review couldn't have been completed without mentioning our amazing guide Mr. Sagar. He was truly a great guide and took great care of everyone on the trek and made sure that everyone is safe. Also the star gazing was an amazing experience. I truly recommend anyone planning for a 1-2 day camping to give this place a try. And thanks to Thrillophilia for all the help starting from planning for the trip to the final confirmation of the trek. Hope y'all have a great trek ahead in life.
Rated : 5.0
Camping at base of prabalmachi and the next day trek to kalavantindurg was an amazing experience. Mr. Anurag the guide who lead the trek was really amazing, motivating person and made this trek more enjoyable. This trek should be named as Kalavantindurg trek, we just get a view of prabalmachi from kalavantindurg. Overall food and camping arrangement was great. Trek was thrilling experience and the view when we reached at the top was spectacular. The only that could be improved was the transport service from Panvel Station to the base village and same way round. A bus will be more comfortable journey. Overall great experience and had an amazing time.
Rated : 5.0
Best Trekking experience in Maharashtra till date. Prabalmachi is a beautiful place and we suggest all our friends go there once. It had everything a photographer, adventure lover or natural lover wishes for. We had recorded the entire journey and people loved it. Amazing views of the greenery, mountains and flora and fauna. The star looks amazing in a clear environment. Highly recommended!!!
Rated : 5.0
We had heard about the beauty of this Prabalmachi watchtower but were not aware that there is camping available as well. Soon we learned about it. We booked it from Thrillophilia and was surprised by the beauty this place has to offer. The mesmerizing views and beautiful greenery makes this place more perfect for nature lovers like us.
Rated : 5.0
Our experience of trekking till Pinnacle was exciting and we had so much fun. The views from the Pinnacle are worth the efforts we put to climb till there. The panoramic views of the mountains are breathtaking and we had captured so many pictures of the place.
Rated : 5.0
I am thankful to the thrillophilia team for arranging such a beautiful trekking experience to the abandoned place of Maharashtra. The views of the mountains are breathtaking from the top and the campsite was in a wide open area for stargazing.
Rated : 5.0
I loved this place. It was a perfect place to camp with friends if you love nature. We were a group of 10 guys who went camping in Prabalmachi. The trekking was a bonus for us. We loved the food as well.
Rated : 5.0
Very nice experience. Good combination of camping and hiking.
Rated : 5.0
It was a great experience....the place is beautiful and the trek was made even more fun and easier by the trek leader Mr. Anurag Baraskar. Must visit place????????
You can go for Prabalmachi camping during any time of the year however, the best time is around winters. The climate between October-February is very pleasant and apt for camping. The cool breeze and dewy trail during winters boost your experience even more.
Monsoon is also a good time for camping as the area is covered with lush green forests and is a treat to watch. Nevertheless, this region receives heavy rainfall so adequate arrangements must be made before going.
Summers are very harsh here, so it is best to be avoided. The scorching heat and humidity are not great for camping.
You need to reach Panvel before you are taken for Prabalmachi trek. Reach Panvel Railway Station by 6 PM where you will meet the group who will be accompanying you for the trek. From there, you will be taken to Thakurwadi village Base in a private vehicle.
To reach Panvel from Pune which is around 116 Kilometres away, you can opt for bus, taxi, or train. The best way will be coming through the train as numerous trains run between Pune and Panvel every day.
However, if you wish to come through a taxi, then you may hire a taxi directly from Pune till the base location at Thakurwadi for your Prabalmachi trekking expedition.
Mumbai is at a distance of 47 kilometres from Prabalmachi, which makes it easily accessible through all modes of transportation. You can hire a taxi directly from Mumbai to the base site. You can catch a local train on Harbor Line to Panvel and then reach Prabalmachi on a bus.
You may even opt for a bus running between Mumbai and Prabalmachi. Trekkers coming to Panvel Railway Station by 6 pm will be taken to the base location by us in our private vehicle. Hence, you have numerous options to choose from.
Prabalmachi camping is completely safe for solo and female travellers. We mostly have around 40% or even more female and solo travellers with us in our batch. We pay special attention to the safety of our guests. Separate accommodation is provided to men and women to make them feel comfortable and at ease.
No, pickup and drop facilities are not available from Mumbai. You need to reach the base location at your own. However, travellers coming to Panvel Railway Station by the specified time will be taken to the base site by us in our own private vehicle.
After you reach the Thakurwadi base camp, you will begin your Prabalmachi trekking excursion which will take about 1:45 hours to 2 hours. On reaching Prabalmachi camps, enjoy the bonfire, have dinner, and retire for the night.
Next morning, explore the nearby tribal village which is a great way to know more about the local people, their traditions and capture the beauty of the place which will stay with you forever. Reach the camping site in Prabalmachi after an awesome experience at the village and then, begin your descend from Prabalmachi camp to Thakurwadi base site.
One of the many things that contribute to the popularity of Prabalmachi is the renowned Prabalgad Fort. Standing at an elevation of 2300 ft. in the Western Ghats, the fort is a beautiful fort standing in between Matheran and Panvel.
The scenery from the fort and the lush green valley makes it a paradise for all nature lovers. It is one of the most preferred places to visit in Prabalmachi. Other than this, trekking is yet another famous activity that has earned a lot of popularity to the place.
The adventure freaks love to trek to Prabalgard fort and Prabalmachi peak for an exciting experience. The natural beauty, flora, and fauna has enhanced the overall fame of this place.
The Prabalmachi camping package is available once a week, that is every Saturday. You can book your package online or give us a call directly.
-Meals are included in the package, which are dinner on Day 1, after reaching Prabalmachi camps and breakfast on Day 2.
-Accommodation is provided in camps on double sharing basis.
-Men and women are given separate accommodation.
-Camping and trekking are included in your package.
-Special forest department permissions are arranged by us and no extra cost is applicable.
- Local guides are included in the package who will accompany you throughout the trek and camping.
-Transportation to and from Panvel Railway Station is included in your Prabalmachi camping package.
The fireflies can be seen at Prabalmachi plateau in Sahyadris. These gorgeous little flies can be spotted just for two-three weeks before the beginning of the monsoon. The fireflies are an exceptionally beautiful sight to experience as you watch them quietly from a distance.
These play around in large numbers at night and the look of such mesmerizing flies is undoubtedly breathtaking. Ensure not to light any torch or talk to anyone, as these fireflies are quick enough to hide and wash out the entire scene.
Kalavantin Durg trek is considered to be of moderate to difficult level. The zigzag carved stairs at the edges of the rocky mountain without any guardrails and the steeper trail upwards makes it a little difficult, especially for faint hearted people. However, it is an adventurous trek for someone in lookout for adrenaline rush and audacious experience.
The night stopover is arranged at Prabalmachi camps which is available after your trek. The camps are available on double sharing basis. Men and women are given separate accommodation at the camps.
Usually, each batch size of Prabalmachi trekking is between 10-12 people. This includes men, women and children. We do not exceed more than this as we believe in focusing on each and every guest going with us, without making it a chaotic experience.
The mobile connectivity is quite poor in the region. You might get bleak signal at some points, but that lasts for a minute.
Drinking or smoking is strictly prohibited during Prabalmachi camping. Anyone found doing so will be barred from taking part in the expedition from immediate effect, without any refund.
Prabalmachi Campsite is safe enough for females and solo travellers as the camp has other other guests and staff present. However, it is best to take care of your personal belongings as well as be aware of your surroundings and take all precautions to avoid any mishaps.
Prabalmachi Camping package offered by Thrillophilia is an overnight camping trip which has the following meals included:
- Breakfast Dinner Buffet with local vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine
The Prabalmachi Camping And Trekking tour is a weekend activity which starts with guests checking-in at 06:00 pm at Panvel Station on a Saturday.
The activity ends the next day, Sunday at 01:00 pm which is the check-out time.
The Prabalmachi Camping and Trekking tour package from Thrillophilia comes with the following inclusions.
Stay: In Hilltop camps on sharing basis
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner Buffet (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)
Activity: Camping, Trekking
Other Inclusions: Blanket, Mattress, Adventure Equipment, Toilet Facilities, Basic First Aid, Guide, Forest Entry Fee
Transport: Pick up and drop from Panvel
The Prabalmachi Camping And Trekking tour from Thrillophilia costs 990 INR per person. It is a weekend tour for 2 days and 1 night which includes meals, activities, a guide, transportation and accommodation at the campsite.
Prabalmachi stands at a height of around 2300 ft. in the Western Ghats which is situated between Panvel and Matheran that comes under Raigad District, Maharashtra. It is a tactically placed plateau that forms the base villages of Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg.
It overlooks the gorgeous valley which slopes down to meet the enormous Arabian Sea and offers the surreal panoramic view of the Sahyadris. Prabalmachi offers the best that any true nature lover would like to see. From the lush green slopes to the cool pleasant weather, untouched hillside village to the gorgeous flora and fauna, Prabalmachi has everything to offer.
The sight of fireflies just before the onset of monsoon is something that brings thousands of tourists here every year. The scintillating view of fireflies late at night, dancing, and enjoying in a large group with mighty hills as backdrop is something to remember forever.
Just ensure not to scare them with any noise or light, and simply watch them under a dark sky and their dim light. Prabalmachi is also blessed with huge rocky cliffs, swanky grasslands, and striking hilly terrain. It forms a perfect short getaway from nearby cities like Pune and Mumbai.
Anyone who wishes to take a break from the chaotic city life can have a blissful experience at this beautiful place. Not only natural beauty, but Prabalmachi is also famous for its man-made excellence like the Colossal Prabalgad Fort. It is one of the main attractions in Prabalmachi which depicts the courage and vigor of the rulers in olden times.
Other than Prabalgad Fort, the Kalavantin Fort is yet another attraction that brings a huge number of people to explore this place. Used as a watchtower during the earlier times, the daring Kalavantin fort is now a dream destination of all adventure enthusiasts.
The zigzag stairs carved at the edge of the mountains, without any rails make it an enticing and daring place to visit. This has contributed to the uprise of Prabalmachi camping in this hilly region. Travellers visit Prabalmachi for experiencing the most adventurous trekking expedition of their life.
Prabalgad and Kalavantin Fort have become the favourite spots of all adventure junky, with the tiny village- Thakurwadi contributing as the base location for uphill Prabalmachi trekking.
In all, Prabalmachi offers a perfect amalgamation of natural beauty, man-made excellence, and adventurous experience which is still untouched and relaxing to the mind, body, and soul.
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