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Junglee Jaigad Fort – One Day Dense Forest Trek

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  • 1 Day / 1 NightDuration
  • N/Atravel dates
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size


  • Showcase of breath-taking views and natural surroundingsExplore Junglee Jaigad fort & surroundings
  • Experience the dense forest of Koyna Wildlife SanctuaryOne of the most exciting jungle treks
  • Well-known fort for its strategic locationLesser visited by trekkers
  • Easy trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Once you reach the top of the fort, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding area. The fort itself is not in very good condition, but it is still a fascinating place to explore.

Key Info

  • KoynanagarSatara District
  • NawajaBase Village
  • Winter, SummerBest Season
  • Easy+Grade
  • 2,960 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 8 km, 6-7 hrs.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceAverage [5/10]

The Junglee Jaigad Fort trek is an exciting adventure for those who love exploring historical sites and dense forests!

The trek takes you through the dense forests of the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, which is now part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.

Junglee Jaigad Fort is located in the Patan taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra, India. It is situated on a hilly spur of the main Sahyadri ridge. The path to the fort is a nature lover’s paradise, with sightings of various birds, insects, reptiles, and animals like Gaur (Indian Bison) being quite common. Keep an eye out for pugmarks and other signs of wildlife activity!

Junglee Jaigad Fort itself isn’t very grand, but the journey and the panoramic views from the top are truly mesmerizing. The fort extends from the main Sahyadri Range, about half a kilometre long and 30 meters wide. Here’s what you can find at the fort:

  • Ruined temple of Thanai Devi
  • Remains of a sunken well
  • Breath-taking views of the Kumbharli Ghat, Pophali, and the Kolkewadi Hydroelectric Project

The trek is a great way to experience the beauty of the Sahyadri mountains and the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, snakes, and leopards. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions while trekking.

Junglee Jaigad FortHistory

The history of Junglee Jaigad Fort in Koynanagar, Maharashtra is tied to Maratha rulers and the British Raj:

Sources suggest the fort was once under the control of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire. Later, the fort was included within the territory of Helwak Mahal, a nearby marketplace.

Historical records indicate the fort witnessed some internal conflicts among Maratha factions. In 1758-59, Khandoji Mankar, a chief under the Peshwas (Maratha administrators), captured the fort from the Pantapratinhidis, another Maratha group. The Peshwas eventually returned control to the Pantapratinhidis. However, this control shifted again in 1810 when Bapu Gokhale, a Peshwa general, took the fort from Tai Telni.

The British ultimately conquered Junglee Jaigad Fort in 1818 under the command of Colonel Hewett.

The fort suffered significant damage in the major Koynanagar earthquake of 1967.

While the fort itself is in ruins today, it offers a glimpse into the region’s Maratha history and the struggles for control during the pre-colonial era.

Koynanagar Earthquakein 1967

This Junglee Jaigad fort was built in the valley of Koyna to watch over the Kumbharli Ghat. The fort was destroyed in the Koynanagar earthquake in 1967. In that, the well on the fort was completely extinguished. Till then, the villagers of Panchkroshi used to come to the Fort for pilgrimage to Thanai Devi; but in the earthquake, along with the well, the road leading to the fort also completely collapsed.

Nehru GardenKoynanagar

Nehru Garden is a popular tourist spot located in Koynanagar, Maharashtra. The garden is well-maintained and offers a good view of the backwaters of Koyna Dam. It also has beautifully landscaped architecture. The garden has a lot of activities for kids. There is also a documentary film about the construction of the dam which is in Marathi and plays at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm for a minimum of 10 people.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 0
Travel from Pune » Nawaja, Koynanagar

Depart from Pune by 23:00 hrs.
Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.

Day 0: Highlights
• Drive (approx.): 210 km, 5-6 hrs.

Day 1
Junglee Jaigad Fort Trek » Travel to Pune

Early in the morning, we reach the base village, Nawaja. Get freshened up, and have breakfast.

Start the trek towards Junglee Jaigad Fort. The initial trail is easy with a gradual ascent. It’s an easy ascend of approx. 1,150 ft.; it usually takes 2 to 3 hours to reach the top of the fort. You can experience the dense forest of Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary on the way. You might see a variety of birds and wild animals.

Reach the plateau where the Junglee Jaigad Fort is located. The fort extends from the main Sahyadri Range, about half a kilometre long and 30 meters wide. Explore the ruins of the fort, including the Thanai Devi temple, cisterns, and watchtowers. You will get a magnificent view of a beautiful Kumbharli Ghat, the Pophali & Kolkewadi Hydroelectric Project. Explore the Junglee Jaigad Fort and its surroundings.

After spending some time exploring the fort, begin your descent back to Nawaja village. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local home. Depart from Nawaja village and return to Pune; filled with memories of our Junglee Jaigad fort trek.

Arrive back in Pune by 21:00 hrs. (approx.).

Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude: ⇑ 1,150 ft. / ⇓ 1,150 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 8 km, 6-7 hrs.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea



What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Forest Entry Permits & GuideSahyadri Tiger Reserve
  • A Breakfast, Lunch, Evening TeaServed Veg. Meals as Per Itinerary Only
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • First Aid KitWell Stocked Medicines with Team SG-Trekkers
  • GSTAll Applicable Taxes


What's Not Included?
  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesAnything Specifically Not Mentioned in the ‘Inclusions List’.
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Mrunalini Kolekar

Solo Traveller

It was nice to meet you all. Vishal mast trek zala.
Thank you all. 🙂

Sun, 30 Apr, 2023

Pundlik Mahale

Family Traveller

It was a nice Trek… Thanks to the SG team, enjoyed it a lot,

Sun, 30 Apr, 2023

Sujata Pagar

Solo Traveller

Trek was simply awesome 👍🏻 enjoyed a lot

Sun, 30 Apr, 2023