Karnala is a famous bird sanctuary located on Mumbai Goa Highway. It allows a unique micro-climate in the region and the trail is easy yet rewarding. You might catch some awesome birds in action too! It also houses a small fort at the top.
Many rulers have ruled this fort from the Yadav dynasty, Tughalq, Gujurat Sultanate, Nizamshah of Ahmednagar. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured this fort in 1670. There is a water cistern that provides fresh water all year long. From the top, the forts of Prabalgad, Manikgad, Haji Malang, Chanderi Fort, Matheran, Sankshi fort, Dronagiri fort, and Rajmachi are clearly visible.
Duration: 1 Day
08:00 am – We meet at Panvel Railway Station Ticket Counter, excited for the refreshing trek ahead. We start moving towards Karnala In a private vehicle.
08:30- We reach Karnala, get our security checks and entries are done at Karnala Forest Office. Have a brief introduction. Click pictures near the entry board and enter the sanctuary where refreshing hot tea and delicious breakfast would be ready for us. Watch different species of birds, rabbits playing in their cages and peacocks dancing, which are preserved in the sanctuary.
09:30 – Lets begin our endeavor to capture Karnala fort. It’s a 1.5-2 hrs easy level trek with muddy and small rocky patches. We may witness many different species of birds playing around and their soothing voices.
11:30 – Hurray! We are atop and it’s now time to relax watching gazing at the scenic and mighty Matheran mountain range. The cars and trucks passing by the Mumbai Goa highway look like tiny toy cars. Click photos to capture these moments for a lifetime.
13:00 – it’s time to start the descend talking about the mesmerizing views we saw and helping each other through a bit slippery descend route.
15:00 – We are back at the base where traditional Maharashtrian delicious lunch shall be ready to be served. Get the tummies full after burning calories during the trek.
16:00 – It’s not over yet. Karnala is well known for its diverse species of birds it preserves, and now we’ll try to spot them by taking a walk through the nature trails made inside the sanctuary.
17:30- We start our journey back towards Panvel in a private vehicle, tired but getting a flashback of all the memories we made and all the awe aspiring things/views we saw during the trek.
18:00- It’s time to say goodbye to all our fellow Hikers! We disperse with new friends made, new bonds created and memories to cherish for life.
Traveling from Panvel to Karnala base and back
Karnala entry charges
Breakfast and refreshments
Internet Handling Charges
(No other hidden charges)
Train tickets to Panvel
Camera entry charges at Karnala
Anything other than inclusions
The things to carry:
Extra pair of clothes
A photo ID card. (must)
Some ready to eat food (plum cakes, biscuits)
Rucksack to carry all things. ( No handbags/jholas
Sports Shoes/Trekking Shoes (Compulsory)
- The camp leader’s decision will be final and binding.
- The Hikers Club reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
- Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewelry, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
- The outing has a strict NO Smoking/Drug/Alcohol Policy.
- All the timings mentioned above are tentative.
Cancellation and Refund applicable on the whole tour cost :
If cancellation is done prior to 10 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
If done prior to 5 days of outing 50% will be refunded