Expedition

newly found cave

Cave Expedition

at ratnadurga fort

Our Ratnagiri with its many curiosities, various shades of nature invites nature lovers. So we are also curious to know the secrets of many curiosities in this Ratnagiri, one of them is the cave which is the mystery that is easily seen from Ratnadurga fort and attracts people from young to old.

Discovering Cave

Ratnadurga Fort Cave Highlights:

Cave Stone Type: – Basalt.
Total Cave length: – 200 ft.
Water journey length: – 180 ft.
Cave depth in water area: – 60 to 75 ft.
Cave width in water area: – 25 to 30 ft.

Our Ratnagiri with its many curiosities, various shades of nature invites nature lovers. So we are also curious to know the secrets of many curiosities in this Ratnagiri, one of them is the cave which is the mystery that is easily seen from Ratnadurga fort and attracts people from young to old.

For the last several years, Ratnadurga Mountaineers have been carrying out many adventurous expeditions. One of them is to give the adventurous experience of the cave near the Breakwater wall to all the general public and tourists, but this event used to be a constant question for many tourists. Is this cave found in the sea, the cave has seen from that mountain? Are those two caves connected? Have you been there? Has anyone known about this cave?
And hearing all these questions, we couldn’t say anything concrete. Because some say the cave goes very deep but we came back because of water and fear of the tide, some say we go back because oxygen is low when we go in. So we decided to go inside to find a solid answer. We selected our group members which were experts in mountaineering and swimming. Those were with proper experience of caving.

Field-Incharge Ganesh Chaughule along with Virendra Vanju, President of Ratnadurga Mountaineers, Parag Surve, Jitendra Shinde, Gautam Baste, Kishore Sawant, Shailesh Narvekar, Shekhar Mukadam, Akshay Chaughule, Omkar Sawant, Sanil Dongre, Harshal Chaughule, Yash Sawant. The team entered the cave on 16/12/2020, went to the end and found answers to many questions in their minds, and made the expedition a success.

The waves crashing into the cave, the ever-changing currents, and the fear of constantly hitting the rocks while doing all this were all carefully studied and planned over the last month. This was also planned. The campaign, which started at 2:30 pm, had already decided what time everyone wanted to be out of the water before the tide-matching match. That’s how all the members came out of the safe cave at 5:30.

The end of that cave, which looked magnificent from the outside, was not more than 200 feet from the inside.
Nature and the sea still supported us that day because when the last member came out, the waves did not allow us to stand on the rocks outside the cave. 

Ratnadurga Mountaineers have undertaken many adventurous expeditions. It also includes an adventure expedition to a cave near the Breakwater wall on the other side of the Ratnadurga fort. Now Ratnadurga Mountaineers offers this experience to the general public and tourists. The expedition to this second cave at the foot of the mountain was a success.  As we watched, the water began to rise. Although the cave was only 200 feet high, everyone was overwhelmed by the waves. But Team  said that we have returned with the joy of doing something different today.

This Expedition was dedicated to the great Mountaineer and cave explorer Late. Shree Arun Sawant.