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Machal Trek
One Of  The Offbeat Trek Near Kolhapur

 

SOME INTERESTING THING ABOUT “Machal” 

A lovely hill station with cool climate around the year near Vishal Gad fort. Start of river MUCHKUNDI which blows a crystal white water. A challenging and adventurous trekking point for nature lovers and  trekkers.  Its a Awesome place for nature Photography

Situated almost 4000 feet high from the average sea level, this hill is separated from Vishalgad fort and the main Sahyadri range by a narrow gorge. Crowned with a level plateau three and a half miles long and one and a half broad, and freely supplied with water this 1500 Ares table land is well suited for a tourist destination. Clear and clean airy atmosphere, availability of sufficient potable water round the year at Machal, fascinates the visitors and gives them immense satisfaction. The place can be directly compared with Mahabaleshwarand Matheran, very famous hill stations in Maharashtra. 

The place is situated on tableland in the lanes of haughty Sahyadri Mountains few miles south of the Rantnagiri-Kolhapure road. According to mythology in a narrow mounted cave on the western side of the hill, there lived the famous saint Muchkund blessed by Lord Krishna. And the origin of river Muchakundi can be observed at this place. Kajali and Muchkundi are the two rivers flowing through Lanja taluka .These rivers are originating from Sahtadri lanes and flow towards west to meet the Arabin sea

 


 

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Rangana Fort Trek
One Of The Offbeat Trek Near Kolhapur

 

SOME INTERESTING THING ABOUT RANGANA FORT

Summit of nature’s power and human achievement is Buland Baka Rangana Fort. Its horrific structure stands intact for centuries together. Mind gets convinced almost the vision of the man who visualized its importance even before thinking who and when this place was selected for Rangana construction. It is really a miraculous task of entering the Rangana by using even present day facilities. Then if we turn to some centuries backward, it is rare that we do not feel surprise and dismay at such magical work done by people of that time.

Rangana fort is situated at a distance of 95 km from Kolhapur at the south side, on the border of Kolhapur and Ratnagiri districts. The Kolhapur – Gargoti distance is 48 km, Rural University at Gargoti is Moni Vidyapeeth, is about 35 km from this place is Patgaon, a resident place of Moni Maharaj. This was the old lane supplying essential grids for Rangana residents. S. T. Buses travel up to this place only. There is Hanmanta Ghat at 9 km from Patgaon. For many years it is learnt that a regular highway from Kolhapur to Vengurla in Goa may be built by passing through this Ghat. At the edge of Ghat there is small village named Tabmewadi. The road from Patgaon to Tambewadi is very uneven. One walkway from Tabmewadi turns towards Rangana. In the 8 km distance of this way one has to cross three deep valleys. This road passes through deep forest.

Rangana fort is situated at 95 kmdistance from Kolhapur at direct south side on the border of Kolhapur and Ratnagiri districts. The Kolhapur – Gargoti distance is 48 kmRural University at Gargoti is Moni Vidyapeeth. About 35 kmfrom this place, is Patgaon, a resident place of Moni Maharaj. This was the old lane supplying essential girds for Rangana residents. S. T. Buses travel up tothis place. There is Hanmanta Ghat at 9 kmfrom Patgaon. For many years it is learnt that a regular highway from Kolhapur to Vengurla in Goa may be built by passing through this Ghat. At the edge of Ghat there is small village named Tabmewadi. The road from Patgaon to Tambewadi is very uneven. One walkway from Tabmewadi turns towards Rangana. In the 8 kmdistance of this way one has to cross three deep valleys. This road passes through thick forest.

It is seen by local residents that there are some wild animal’s wanders in this forest. Chikkenwadi is a small habitat of 8 to 10 houses at 6-7 kmfrom Tambewadi. Rangana’s sharp rise starts from Chikkewadi. After trekking shrub studded hill for almost 1.5 km first entrance of Rangana in form of broken remains show its presence. Only some wall portion of red stone and excavation of surrounding trench is seen there. The plain area ahead was the Rangan’s historic market place. One can guess that there were many houses nearby. Water vessels made of stones are seen lying scattered. There is a small temple in ruined state. All other area is covered by stones and forest.

There is a small plane portion of hill in the shape of bridge between this place and the main Rangana area. On both sides of this path there are deep valleys. This plain area also seems to be prepared artificially by breaking rocks. If we stand on the plain ground, we see the Rangana’s vertical stronghold. On both sides of the stronghold thick protection walls are constructed. While entering through small walk way on left side of protection wall one sees sky scrapping hill above and deep valley below. After traveling through this way we come to Rangana’s first gate. Salient features of old construction of historic buildings are seen here more prominently.

Large sized stones and very delicate decorative carvings are seen everywhere. From first gate, both sides have high stone walls. Now they are getting broken. While climbing up one faces second large bastion and big gate. After this gate on the right side of plane area there is a wall and doorframe indicating old small building (Wada), and in front there is a well, supplies water for all the year. Ahead of this place there is third gate with arches and red stone walls. There are sitting places in the arches. After crossing that gate we come on the large plane ground. On one side we see the Natures beauty of Kokan upto the sea, and on other side, area covered with valleys and hills of Kolhapur district. By watching this magnificent scenery we move ahead. We stop at a big lake, one side of which is constructed wall. Lake contains plenty of water which remains permanent. Very near to this lake there is an old temple of Ranganai. The carvings on the wooden portion construction are excellent. There is a high Deep-Mal of black stones. By seeing Hanuman statue there, one can guess that there might be Hanuman temple in old time. If we climb some steep rise through thick buses we go to second peak. One can see Hanumanta Ghat, Sawantwadi to Vengurla region and Manohar and Mansantosh in front. There are three gates this side but all in broken condition. In front, there are large deep fearful valleys.

The Rangana area is spread 3 km long and about 1 kmwide. There are many water tanks on this fort. It is said that Shivaji Maharaj used to stay on this fort while traveling from Raigad to Kokan and Karnataka. It has remained unknown to common man even today because of its construction at a place not comes in usual vision. History of Rangana is hidden by forests and hills and therefore, not gets attention of many. Without Rangana history of Maharashtra  would be incomplete. This was considered as an important place in the region from Goa to Panhala. The trip to Rangana is a test of human labor also.