- Name of the Fort:
- Height of the Fort:
- 2900 ft.
- Ways to Reach:
- Tathawada village is situated 19 km Southwest of Phaltan. Phaltan. There are Maharashtra State Transport buses available for every half an hour from Phaltan to Tathawada. We can get down at Tathawada village, by the Satara-Phaltan bus which passes through PuseGaon-MolaGhat. The distance between PuseGaon and Tathawada is about 23 kms. There is a proper trail from Tathawada to the fort. It takes half an hour by this route to reach to the fort. There is a restored temple of ‘BalSiddha’ in Tathawada village, which was restored in 1762. Private vehicles can help us see all the 4 forts in this range 2 days. Pune to Phaltan driving distance is about 2 and half hours.
- Sahyadri range is mainly divided into three parts: “Shambhu Mahadev” Range, “Bamnoli” Range and “Mhasoba” Range. The forts Santoshgad, Varugad, Mahimangad and Vardhangad are a part of “Mhasoba” range and in ‘Maan’ district. It takes two days to see visit all four forts. Santoshgad is also called as ‘Fort of Tathawada’, since the base village is called by that name.Santoshgad is divided into three parts. First part of the fort is the protective (defensive) fortification, second part is the flat portion on the mountain and the topmost part is the “Balekilla” or the top citadel. There is a ‘Math’ (cloister/ monastery) on the way to Santoshgad. Besides this monastery is a cave with water storage tank. Also, there is a statue of “Valmiki Rishi”. There is an entrance on the upper side of the monastery, for which we need to go around it. The path to the left side of the monastery goes along the fort walls and takes us to the main entrance. There is a small temple on this way.