Main entrance to Tung Fort
|Elevation||1,075 m (3,527 ft)|
|Translation||तुंग किल्ला (Difficult Fort) (Marathi)|
It is about 12 km from Malawli railway station and can also be approached from Lonavala. Tung Fort has an elevation of 1075 m above sea level. After the building of Pawna dam, it is now surrounded by water on three sides. One can ferry across in a boat from Pawna dam to its base village, Tungi.
Tung fort is also named as Kathingad fort. The word 'Kathin' in Marathi means difficult. While climbing, one can experience the difficulty of this fort. The fort is conical and has steep climbs with very narrow route on the edge of the mountain throughout. From Pawana dam, this fort offers a 400-metre climb.
From Lonavala, one can reach the base village Tungwadi around 20 km via Bushy Dam-INS Shivaji-Peth Shahapur-Tungwadi. From Tungwadi village, this fort offers around 300 metres climb.
Tung Fort was built before 1600 CE. It was built by the Adil Shahi dynasty but was captured by Shivaji. It is small, not being able to hold more than 200 troops at a time. As such, it would not have been able to defend itself on its own for a long time. Its shape and structure suggests that its main function was as a watchtower guarding the road to Pune city. Dhamale family one of the Deshmukh from maval region was charged with ensuring the security of fort tung. During invasion, it served to provide a temporary distraction for invaders. Thus, the major forts of Visapur and Lohagad would have time to ready themselves (to meet the invading army). This fort served as a watch tower in the past because it from top of the fort,lot of area Maval region of Pawana and Mulshi valley can be seen and thus from the top of the fort,watch on these areas can be kept
Its sharp conical peak makes Tung Fort a prominent landmark even from a distance. It has an oval shape, thick walls and numerous bastions. A steep climb on grassy slopes leads to a temple. A rocky staircase leads a few feet down to a water reservoir. There are ruins of a temple at the summit. From the top of the fort Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad forts are clearly visible.
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