Tandulwadi Fort is located near Saphale, 104 km north of Mumbai.
At a height of 1524 feet, the fort is a perfect place to channel your inner lookout and get views of the surrounding towns of Saphale, the Zanzorli lake, and the confluence of the Surya and Vaitarna rivers.
But let’s be real, the real question on your mind is, “Where can I stay?” Well, have no fear, because Hotel Parivar is just 500 meters from Varaifata, and it’s the best place to stay with your family and friends. Plus, it’s conveniently located on the highway, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost in the wilderness.
Now, let’s get to the juicy historical stuff. The fort dates back 800 years and was primarily used as a watchtower to keep an eye on neighboring forts and the Arabian Sea. It has seen its fair share of conquerors, from Jafar Khan to the Portuguese, who lost control of the area to the Marathas in 1737 after the battle of Bassein. It’s safe to say that this fort has been around the block a few times.
Getting to the fort is no easy feat, but it’s totally worth it. There are two known paths for the trek, and let me tell you, the left way is steep. But if you’re feeling brave, go for it! The right way is a bit easier. Whichever path you choose, the view is simply awesome. From the initial first mount to the ridge, you’ll get a glimpse of Saphale town and Palghar, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot some hidden water tanks.
Exploring the fort won’t take you more than 30 minutes since most of it is in ruins. The famous seven water tank cluster is still visible, but due to a lack of care, they’re in a depleted state. So, make sure you bring your own water. And if you decide to take the right way down, be aware that the descent route isn’t well-marked, and it seems like it’s not used often. But hey, that’s part of the adventure, right?
Just remember, it’s not fully built up, but it’s still worth the trek. Happy exploring!