Deccan history + pre-history (Volcanic Geology)

Rocks & Forts

A trip in the Deccan plateau with a Geologist and an Archaeologist. The Geologist tells the story of how the Deccan Basalts formed over a few millennia. The Archaeologist shares first-hand accounts of his excavations of ancient Portuguese cannon and re-discoveries of long-forgotten forts.

How did the Deccan Plateau form?

Why does the Tamhini Ghat have a sheer drop only on one side?

How did the siege of Constantinople result in the Portuguese coming to Konkan?

What does it take to fire a 16th century cannon?

 

Experts to answer all your questions on Geology, History & Archaeology. Pit stops to observe topography & coastal forts. Rock sample & tales of excavations. Connect with other curious minds. On a weekend trip from Pune to the Konkan coast.

 

Best Season: November to January.

Who can join: Adults of all ages (including senior citizens with average fitness). Students over age 10.

Duration: 2 days 1 night.

Group size: 6 – 15 participants.

 

Short report on the Jan 2018 trip:

The 15-member group, which visited Korlai-Revdanda, was accompanied by Suvrat (geologist) and Sachin (archaeologist). Group composition: 12 adults & 3 kids. There were 5 women and 7 men; and amongst us were a documentary film-maker, a journalist, tech-preneurs and senior citizens interested in history.

The group found the shared accommodation in Chaul village spartan, clean and okay for a night’s stay. Food was vegetarian thali style.

Day 1 was focussed on Geology. Suvrat explained aspects of Deccan volcanism during road-side stops on the Tamhini ghat and then during a 1-hour walk on the rock-strewn Korlai sea shore. The bus journey was used too… he handed out rock samples for us to examine.

Day 2 was all about the twin-forts. Sachin explained the history of the forts as he walked through them. We found shards of old Chinese pottery as we walked the ruins. And someone’s question “Tell us about the forts you have discovered” started an impromptu late evening conversation about how archaeology is a mix of patience, politics and perspiration!

We returned to Pune by 8 pm on Day 2, in time for most people’s dinner at home.