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Fire and Brimstone Tavern

As the name suggests, this is a 'jewel' among the forests in the region. It is an interesting fortress, situated at the edge of the ghats with numerous water cisterns and caves. It also commands an excellent view alla round, overlooking the Konkan plains, Bhandardhara lake, Alang, Kulang and the huge wall of Ajoba. From Bhandardhara lake, walk across the dam to Mutkhel. Usually a boat is available here to ferry across an arm of the lake to Ratan wadi. A steady uphill climb of about 4 hours leads to the top. One has to negotiate a small chimney to enter the fort. A thumb-like pinnacle(Khunta of Ratangad) facing Alang at 1230m is an interesting proposition. After the descent from the fort, one can proceed to Kathra and Ajoba or on the other return to Ghatghar or Samrad villages. From here a route leads back to Bhandardhara via Udhavne(30km) or one can descend to the Kokan plains via Karoli ghat to Sakurdi village(13km) for a bus.

Height : 1297m
Ideal for : Experienced
Ideal Time : All round the year
Water Supply : Decent
Cave : Can accomodate 25 people

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