24 kilometres from Satara stand the Chandan-Vandan twin forts, at a height of 3800 feet in the Sahyadri range. These forests are believed to have been made to protect the route that leads to Satara and the kingdom. The Chandan Fort, in particular, is a 3 hour drive up, and has only one entrance. While most of the fort is in good shape, the main gate is in ruins and you can see some of the inscriptions and carvings on the fort. There is also a mosque nearby, as well as a Shiva temple.
One can also see ruined quarters and what is understood to be a residential area behind the mosque. Because of its height, this fort offers a unique view of the Sahyadri range. The best time to visit is in the early monsoons when the whole range is fresh and green. There is no entry fee, and the fort is open to all, everyday.
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