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Trek to Tandulwadi Fort in Saphale under Rs. 100

Trek to Tandulwadi Fort in Saphale under Rs. 100

Information of Tandulwadi Fort:

The base village of  Tandulwadi Fort is  Tandulwadi a small Warli tribal village situated near Lalthane village in Palghar district The height of the fort is about 1524 feet it is said that the fort is 800 years old and was used as reconnoitre fort to keep a watch on neighbouring forts and the Arabian Sea.
tandulwadi fort top view

How to reach Tandulwadi Fort from base:

Once you reach the Tandulwadi village, you need to start from behind the local Gram Panchyat office by a cement road. After 3 – 4 huts you need to head to a right side dusty road and you can also ask village people about the right path.they  will surely guide you. The whole route is well marked so there are 0% chances you would go to some other route, crossing to small mountains, you need to keep the fort to your left-hand side. 

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By Public Transport :

  1. Reach Saphale station by Local trains from Virar station in western line in Mumbai.
  2. Catch a state transport bus to Tandulwadi village (Frequency is 1-hour starts in morning 7).

By Road:

Ahmedabad highway NH8 – Varai phata – cross Vaitarna river bridge – Tandulwadi village

Things you need to carry:

  1. 2-litre water.
  2. Snacks like pancake, biscuits, ready to eat food.
  3. Glucon D.

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Accommodation on Fort:

Yes, you can set up your tent on the top.

Food and Water on Fort:

Food, you need to carry yourself.
Water is available on the fort.
tandulwadi fort top view

My Experience on how I did:

I went solo to Tandulwadi fort because none of my friends turned up, so I thought of going alone and started my journey from Bhayander station by boarding 05:57 train to Dahanu Road and alighted at Saphale station and enquired about the bus to Tandulwadi and found that the bus does not come to the bus stop, you can board the bus from the east of Saphale station. I had breakfast and tea at Om tea stall (recommended), the bus came at 7 am and reached the base village in 30 minutes, the ascent to the fort took me 2 hours and descend took 80 minutes, bus back to Saphale railway station was at 11:30 am and I reached Saphale station by 12 noon and reached home by 1:30 pm done with a half day solo trek.

To sum up the cost of trek:

Bhayander to Saphale station Return ticket (Indian Railway) = Rs. 30.
Breakfast and Tea: Rs 30.
Saphale station to Tanduwadi village = Rs. 10.
Tanduwadi village to  Saphale station = Rs. 10.

So the total expense of the trek was Rs. 80 Only.

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5 thoughts on “Trek to Tandulwadi Fort in Saphale under Rs. 100

  1. Yeah, we got lost in the forest. If was a miracle we found a way out since all the routes were overflowing with water and we decided to just move down with no clear road. We ended up coming out of the forest and hitting a village 10 km away from Tandulwadi. Not recommended without knowledge of proper tracks.

    • A better knowledge about direction into the forest helps alot. I am trying to write an complete article on tricks and hacks for first timers to follow while they hike.

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