Kothaligad Fort is a 3100-feet high fort situated in the Karjat area of Maharashtra. It is also called Peth Fort because of its proximity to Peth village. Its short height and easy climbing make it a popular fort near Pune for trekking. And though it is possible to drive to Peth village, we recommend you trek from Ambivali to Kothaligad to come across some stellar viewpoints along the way.
The fort enjoys an eventful historical background that includes the reign shift from the Marathas to the Mughals to the British. And, although the Marathas did manage to capture the fort from the British, that was for a very short span of time (less than two months). According to locals, Kothaligad Fort is not a fort, but a lighthouse (or a watch tower) that was used to give information about the advancement of the enemy.
- Distance from Pune: Around 134 km via Mumbai-Pune Expressway