Motorbike tour to Velas

Maharashtra is blessed with 720 km long coastline. Shared with Konkan, Thane, and Ratnagiri also Sindhudurg districts. Many marine creatures come visit. However, the exact count and type are unknown. As from what is believed there is not a detailed study available. In the year 2000-01, it was found that a species of turtle, Olive Ridley is a prominent visitor to the shores of Maharashtra for breeding purposes. Other species are the Green Turtle, Hawksbill and the Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what does turtles eat, how a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin.

Velas Turtle Festival Video

Why Velas?
Velas is a small fishing village on the western coast of Maharashtra. About 220 km away from Mumbai, a little over a hundred houses on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is that time of the year again - when a tiny grey head pokes out of the golden sand and takes a breath of the fresh salty air of the Arabian Sea. It is a culmination of a lengthy process, which started when, under the cover of darkness, its mother emerged out from the rolling waves to lay her 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach. Oblivious to the world that awaits it outside it’s sandy cocoon, the tiny hatchling is soon followed by a hundred others, all crawling their way towards the brightest lights of the horizon- in this case, the sea. TreksandTrails, India invites you to this journey from the nest to the sea which draws oohs and aahs from tourists - each of whom is gathered on the shore to witness this miracle of Nature. The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district approx. a 6 hour drive from Mumbai.
Event Introduction and Summary:
Difficulty Level: Easy Level
Endurance Level: Low
Category: Biking
Food Arrangement: Homestay with Veg food already arranged
Transport: Travel by same private vehicle for the entire tour,
Height of Bankot fort: 500 ft
Base Village: Velas
Taluka: Mandangad 
District: Ratnagiri
Region: Konkan
Route from Pune: Pune – Banner – Khopoli - Velas
Route from Mumbai: Mumbai - Panvel - Mahad - Loner phata - Velas
Distance from Mumbai: 220 km approx.
Distance from Pune: 195 km approx.
Total time required for climbing: None
Total distance for climbing: None
Minimum participants required: 6
Maximum participants: 24
Trek Leader: Rajesh Mhaddalkar
Duration: 2 days 1 Nights
Tour Cost Bike rider: Rs. 1200.00 per participant
Cost of Pillion rider: Rs 1200.00 per participant

Trekking to Peb Fort (Vikatgad) - Trekking Group Mumbai

 Peb Fort Jungle

  • Peb Fort Height : 2100 feet
  • Peb Fort Type : Hill
  • District : Raigad
  • Trek Difficulty - Medium and Risky 


Trekking near Mumbai to Peb Fort or Vikatgad around 4 km from Neral Station a very enjoyable trek in Monsoon season passing through a local village, waterfalls this trek offers all ladders, rock patches, caves, dense forest, ridge walking. Trek can be combined with Matheran visit or you can trek till Panorama point Matheran till here. Excellent for new trekkers a village guide or guided tour will make the trek more enjoyable.

Treks and Trails India is organizing a special camping night at Samrad Village for all the camping and night photography lovers on 6th - 7th Febuary 2016 which is a New Moon Day

samrad milkyway

The campsite will be at Samrad Village (Sandhan Valley) which is in the interiors of Maharashtra and one of the darkest spot in our state with least amount of light pollution. And with the absence of moon, you will witness the darkest night sky possible.


One may see the Milky Way with their naked eyes and spot numerous stars and galaxies that are never visible from the city.
For all astrophotography lovers, we'll be taking some killer star-trails and milky way pictures. It's gonna be a treat for your lenses.


Or if you get tired, you may chill in one of the open tents and immerse yourself under the sky filled with gazillion stars.
Location: Samrad Village (Sandhan Valley)


Cost: 1500/- per person

Mahuli Fort Trek



About Mahuli Fort Trek 

Trek to Mahuli is and will always be special to me. The main Sahyadri range lies on the eastern side of Shahapur while Mahuli fort is situated on a solitary hill on its western face. Today the memory of my first trek to Mahuli and the first trek of my life is still fresh. Far from forgotten. A few selected friends who shared a common passion - trekking went to Mahuli fort in Shahapur region. The trek to Mahuli has always been close to my heart. Some say it’s my favourite trek.

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Mahuli Fort Blog

A good one day  Trek near Mumbai, Mahuli is at 2815 feet above sea level . It is the highest point in Thane district. A popular trekking choice and a paradise for rock-climbers because of its pinnacles. This mountain complex is actually a group of two or more hills with common cols and pinnacles. The forest surrounding Mahuli has been declared as a sanctuary. Mahuli fort has been declared as a protected monument by the Archaeology Survey of India.

The huge Mahuli hill can be seen right in front with the three connecting forts on its top. The leftmost fort is Mahuli- Chenderi/Bhandargad. The central one is Mahuli and the leftmost is chota Mahuli. Between the Bhandargad and Mahuli are the famous pinnacles Navra, Narvi and Karavli.

One Day Trek to Mahuli can be done if the plan is to go till chota Mahuli. However covering the entire hill including the pinnacles will require you spend a night in the caves. The caves can accommodate approx 12 persons. A trek on the plateau for 45 minutes from chota Mahuli. Then rock climbing a patch of 20 feet approx, only to climb another iron ladder. Then trek for 25 mins one way will get you to clear superb view of the 3 pinnacles.

History - Mahuli Killa 

The creator of this fort are Mughals. One can conclude from a few architectural designs that are now in ruins. This fort came under rule Nijamshahi dynasty. Shivaji took this fort from Mughals. In treaty of Purandar, Marathas lost these forts again. Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer Mahuli, but failed. A thousand Marathas were killed. Most of them were from nearby villages. Shivaji raje said to his dead kadam sardar he is our gold. So Raje gave “sonare” surname to this family. *** Wikipedia

In one such treaty Shivaji Raje made a truce in offering 22 forts. Of which 3 were the one mentioned above. But actually thou the names are different it’s a one large fort (unconfirmed).

Mahuli has being one of the initial capitals of Shivaji Raje before Raigad.

Trekking near Mumbai to Mahuli Fort

Get to Asangaon and take the local ST bus till the base village. Share a auto option is also available.

Get off the approach road. A little beyond the Hanuman temple is an inroad that leads to Mahuli. A small board also indicates the trek starts here. A well marked route is available till the summit. Some place its gradual climb. This trek also has a few steep gradient climbs. Around 90 minutes of trekking will get to a plateau which then bring you the iron ladder. An hour climb shall get you to chota Mahuli.

Mahuli Fort Map:

Mahuli Fort map

Things to See Mahuli Fort

  • Open Shivling
  • Three caves of which the larger can be used as overnight stay.
  • There is a stone arch historically known as the 'Kalyan Darwaja'. The dome of the arch is now broken.
  • From chota Mahuli while walking for 10 mins u reach a wall called "Namazgir" - believed to be a place of worship for the Muslims.
  • Old ruins of house and stables can be seen.
  • A beautiful view to Tansa lake.
  • Kalyan Darwaja - rock climbing technique will be required here.
  • A tank here holds water throughout the year.



Mahuli Fort Information 

Killa Mahuli height 2815 feet

Killa Mahuli Closest railway station Asangaon

Distance from Pune to Mahuli base Village - 135 km approx. Driving time in 3 hours.

Distance from Mumbai to Mahuli base : 70 km approx. Driving time 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

One can also drive till Mahuli Village from Nasik Highway landmark is Manas mandir when you reach a junction do not take right for Manas mandir keep driving straight till Mahuli village.

Mahuli Fort Trek Difficulty - Medium - Difficult 

Water availability - At the base village and a small perennial drinking water cistern on top

Combined Trek option: Yes

Suggested option: Mahuli ~ Ajoba Hill ~ Sitecha Palna pinnacles in Vorpadi

Best time to Trek: June to December

Food availability: Place an order with the local villager and return to enjoy the delicacy.

Base Village: Mahuli Village.

Camping is now available near base village of Mahuli Fort 


Important Note - Mahuli Fort 

Dense vegetation is found around and on the fort. Wild animal spotting are common. In the past leopard spotting has resulted in restriction of trekking activity here. Wild flowers will offer you a grade welcome during monsoon. The above information should only be used as a reference. Please check with experts before embarking. Off late water fall rappelling has also being organised. Many fatal accidents have taken place at Waterfall near Mahuli Fort please avoid them during monsoon. 

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2. Karnala Trek - Learn More - - Rs 800 per person

3. Lohagad Fort Trek - Learn More - - Rs 800.00 per person

4. Visapur Trek - Learn More - - Rs 800.00 per person

5. Kothaligad Trek - Peth Trek - on 24th June 2018 Learn More - - Rs 900.00 per person

6. Tikona Fort Trek - Learn More - -  Rs 1000.00 per person

One Night One Day Treks - Medium Grade 

1. Rajmachi & Kondhane Caves Overnight Trek - Learn More - - Rs 1600.00 per person.

2. Naneghat Trek - Learn More - - Rs 1200.00 per person.

3. Korigad Trek - Learn More - Rs 1300.00 per person.

4. Andharban Trek from Mumbai - Learn More - Rs 1300.00 per person.


5. Kalsubai Trek - Learn More - Rs 1300.00 per person.

Pune Treks 

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2. Kalsubai Trek from Pune - Learn More - - Rs 1300.00 per person.

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