Vasota Fort – Jungle Trek

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One Day
Availability : Sun, 7 Nov'21
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 15


  • Beautiful Trek in Evergreen Koyna Forest
  • 4 Hrs Boating in Koyna Dam
  • Explore Vasota Fort & Know About Surroundings
  • Unknown Historical Monuments in Forest
  • Must Do Trek Nearby Satara
  • Fun-Filled & Exhilarating Trekking Experience
  • Easy Trek for AllRecommended For Beginners

Key Info.


Jaoli, Satara

Max. Altitude (Ft.)


Base Village


Walking (approx.)

7 Hrs.

Activity LevelEasy+

Vasota Fort is one of the famous forts for trekking in the Sahyadri Mountains. This trek in Maharashtra is known as one of the best treks of this region because of its wilderness and beauty. As situated amidst the evergreen forest of Koyna Wild Life Sanctuary Vasota Fort offers the best experience of a jungle trek. Route till the fort from Met Indavali is all covered with huge trees and the liana spread over miles. The canopy offers the best site for spotting various species of butterflies and birds.

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals Leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, Porcupines, Grey Jungle fowls, Wild pig, Hanuman langur, Rhesus macaque and Flying Squirrel etc.

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Vasota Fort straddles the Ghat line, protected by a bear-infested jungle. It is inaccessible except by a long and arduous trek. It has two forts, an old one and a newer one. It is possible to visit the new Vasota Fort through thick jungles.

At Bamnoli (Base Village) regular motor ferry services are available that take us to Met-Indavali from where we can walk on the western shores of the lake. Proceed along an arm of the Koyna Lake to the west. The route is now thickly forested with no human habitation. Climb through the dense forest by a tricky route to reach the top of the fort.

Entrance in the dilapidated state, remnants, Hanuman temple and Mahadev temple are the only monuments still standing on the fort. But the plateau offers a breath-taking view of the thick forest and the Koyna Back Waters. The hill where Nageshwar Cave is situated can be seen from the Kalkai Machi. From here one can observe both sides of the Ghat area as well as long drops in the Konkan.

The most fascinating point is Babu Kada, which offers a spectacular view of the steep cliffs of the mountain range falling straight deep in the Konkan area. The mountain in front is known as Old Vasota Fort.


Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Chief Bhoja II (1178–1193) of Panhala. Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirkes & Mores in the 16th century.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj incorporated the fort into Swarajya in 1655 during the conquest of Jaoli. Shivaji Maharaj renamed the fort “Vyaghragad” (Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defence.

The fort was held in 1806 by a woman called Tai Telin. It was famously defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a Killedar of the fort when he was captured. Bapu Gokhale, a Peshwa commander, drove her out after many fights in 1810.

Later, around the year 1815, it was used as a prison and amongst other prisoners were two British officers, Hunter and Morrison. To liberate them, Brig. Gen. Fitzgerald led the British forces in May 1818. They used elephants to make a route through the thick jungles and climbed the nearby old Vasota fort. From its better heights, they fired artillery destroying many buildings on Vasota (Chandika Mandir, Daru-Kothar, etc.) and looted property worth 5 lakhs and captured the fort and liberated all the prisoners.


Day 0Night Travelling

Day 1Vasota Fort Trek


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 1175 / 1175
• Walk (approx.): 6-7 hours, 8 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Evening Tea


Sat, 06 Nov'21
23:30 hrs.
Travel by

Private Bus

Bus Starting From
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Deccan > Swargate > Katraj > Satara > Bamnoli (Base)

23:30 – Deccan
23:45 – Swargate
23:59 – Katraj

Important Note
  • Please arrive at your pickup point 15 minutes early so as not to be late.


Sun, 07 Nov'21
22:30 hrs.

McDonald's, Jangali Maharaj Rd, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04

Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.


  • Transport From/To PuneBy Private Bus
  • Forest PermissionKoyna Wildlife Sanctuary/Tiger Reserve
  • 2+2 Hrs. Boating Fare
  • A Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Evening TeaAll Veg.
  • First Aid Kit
  • An Experienced Trek Leads

not included

  • Personal expenses and not specifically mentioned in the 'inclusion list'.
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Sameer Shaikh

Group Traveller

Wonderful trip. Good Planning. Informative and cheerful guide.


Kaustubh Thorat

Solo Traveller

It was a great trekking experience with S G trekkers for my trek to Vasota…
1) Trek leaders helped immensely during ascend as well as descend especially during difficult sharp descend…this was definitely moral boosting for me
2) Time discipline was perfectly managed…they were always to the schedule and at the same time providing sufficient time for sightseeing etc..
3) History of the Vasota fort its importance was very well explained by trek leads
4) Being 1st batch to reach Vasota after a gap of 20 months, our group was 1st group to reach the top and we could enjoy the same to the fullest extent without worrying about crowd
5) places selected for having Food etc. were excellent
6) Extremely nice weather with all greenery around best views of Sahyadri range with Nageshwar caves in front of us..finally travel by boat was icing on the cake ….
Overall a great experience and full credit goes to team SG trekkers – Vishal, Swapnil and entire team 😊👏👏💐💐

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