Ravlya Fort is a part of twin fort – Jawlya fort in Nashik in Maharashtra. The fort was built to oversee the trade route of Khandesh to Nashik.

These two forts are located on a single hill plateau in the Chandor range of Maharashtra. And let me tell you, their history is as wild as their views!

As per the legends, Ravlya and Javlya were two brothers who once got into a heated argument over a woman they both claimed as their wife. But when they realized the woman was actually their sister, they were so ashamed of themselves that they set fire to the field and jumped in. And even their sister joined in on the sacrifice!

In honor of their devotion, two peaks and a tree sprung up, which is how the forts got their name. And if you think that’s crazy, just wait till you hear about the battles they’ve seen.

The Alvardi Khan won the forts in 1636 as per the instructions given by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. But Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won them back in 1670, only to lose them to the Mughals in 1671. And let’s not forget the Peshwas, who controlled the forts for a long time before the British came in and ruined everything in 1819. Captain Mackintosh was the guy responsible for ruining the steps, bastion, and walls, making sure that no one could ever ascend the fort again.

But enough about the bloody history, let’s talk about the things you can see there. The base village, Babapur, is easily accessible by bus, and the trek to the forts starts from there. The forts are enclosed by walls with one gate, which is now part of the ruins. You can still see the inscription on the gate, along with the Idol of Lord Ganesh. And don’t forget to check out the rock-cut water cisterns, they’re a sight to watch!

But the real treat is the view from the top of the Ravlya Javlya Fort. It’s simply breathtaking! And the best time to visit is from September to February when the weather is perfect for trekking, and the surroundings are lush green.

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Parking Difficulty : High
Walking Needed : For 100 meters
Time Needed : 2-3 Hours
Open Timings : 9.00 AM to 3:00 PM
Still Photography : Allowed
Video Photography : Allowed
Cooler Climate for most part of the year.
Carry Umbrella
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wear Cotton Dress with pullovers
Carry Binoculars
Nearest Railway Station : Kodai Road Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Madurai Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH32
Nearest Landmark : Kodai Market

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