Monsoon Trek to Karnala Fort & Bird Sanctuary reasons why you shouldn't miss our next monsoon trek:-
1) Monsoon is the most favorable time to trek as the weather brings out the beauty of the landscape! 2) A trek is so easy that even beginners can do it and later flaunt it on social media. 3) It's an all inclusive trip. The organizers are openly challenging you not to carry your wallets along!
The Karnala Sanctuary, established in 1968, initially covered an area of 4.45sq.km. which was later increased to 12.11 sq.km. in 2003. A little away from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway is this Karnala Bird Sanctuary filled with species of both flora and fauna that are sure to daze you with its beauty. The Karnala Sanctuary is popular among bird watchers and treks who want to get away from the busy cities.
The Karnala Fort stands at a height of 445 meters and was built during the 12th century. In the olden days, this fort was of strategic importance by virtue of its position and was a vantage point to govern the trade route between the BhorGhat and Mumbai and also the trade route on the river passing through Panvel. Between 1248 and 1318, the fort was under the command of the Devgiris. Then the Muslim rulers from Daulatabad took control of the fort and stayed put from 1318 to 1347. Subsequently, warriors from Gujarat took charge but in 1540 the baton to govern it passed to those from Ahmednagar.
Not to be cowed down, the Gujarat forces joined hands with the Portuguese army and re-conquered the fort. With the Portuguese rulers now stationed here, all subsequent efforts to regain the fort by armies from various states were nullified. However, after several years of rule, the Portuguese decided to let the ruler of Ahmednagar take over the fort in exchange for a handsome sum of money. In the years to come, the fort was claimed by Shivaji Maharaj in 1670 and then by Aurangazeb till the British stepped in and made it their own from 1818. The fort now belongs to the government but it seems that its true rulers are such raptors as the Peregrine and Shikra who, perched high on its ramparts, overlook the region surrounding it with a majestic bearing.
Meet up at Mira road station by 6:00 am. The bus starts at 6:30 am sharp. For those staying in central Mumbai, pick up point will be Thane at 7:15. Have breakfast at the well known Shree Dutt (Panvel) and reach Karnala by 10 am. Start ascending by 10:30 am. It should take 2 - 3 hours to reach the summit. Enjoy the climate at the apex of the fort and have your packed lunch. Start descending by 2:30 pm. Reach base by 5:00 pm to have Garma Garam Missal Pav. Board the bus by 6:30 pm that will reach Mira road station by 9:30 pm. Good Bye Hugs
Bus charges from Mumbai to Karnala and back. Breakfast at Shree Dutt (Panvel) Entry Tickets for Karnala Evening Snacks (Garma Garam Missal Pav) Expertise charges
Things to carry
Things to carry
Sports/Trekking shoes compulsory. Packed lunch. Minimum 2 liters of drinking water compulsory.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions
1) Smoking cigarette, chewing tobacco, substance abuse and consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited in the event. Anyone found in possession of the same or consuming it will be expelled from the event. NO REFUND will be provided in this case. 2) It is of utmost importance that all participants stick together in the group, in the event of any ‘deviation’ by the participant without the consent of the organizers or trek leaders, he/she/they will be considered as ‘Independent/s’ and will no longer be considered as a part of the participants. 3) In case of a participant turning later than the scheduled time for an event, we have the full authority to continue ahead without the participant and no refund will be issued in whatsoever case. 4) In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment; it’s organizers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained. 5) All events are organized considering normal weather. In case of cancellation of any event due to reasons beyond control (like Natural calamities, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure, etc.), the refund shall not be issued. 6) If during the event, the organizer has the right to deviate or terminate the event for security or any other reasons. No refund is admissible in such cases. 7) Taking photos or selfie near the edges are strictly not allowed. 8) The participant needs to confirm seat availability before making any payments. All bookings done without confirmation will be non-refundable. 9) If a participant will be found miss behaving with fellow participants, the organizers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly with the event will be expelled from the event and no refund is admissible in such cases. 10) Any violation of the above rules will be dealt and followed with seriousness and may involve expulsion from the event, and no refund is admissible in such cases.
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Map & Directions
Map & Directions
Karnala Fort Karnala, Maharashtra 410207, India
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