A Trek, Wild Life Sanctuary, Fort, Caves, History.. 360 Degree View of the region from Summit..
Height: 439 m (1,440 ft) ASL
Location: Near Panvel
Trek Fees: Rs. 550/-
Trek Category: Moderate
Karnala is a quaint fort overlooking a sprawling bird sanctuary. Situated along the Mumbai-Goa highway, it is at a distance of about 10 km from the city of Panvel. It is an absolute beginner’s trek amidst the natural flora and fauna of the enclosed sanctuary. The relative ease of this trail also provides an excellent opportunity for parents to introduce their children to trekking and nature. The trek begins at the entrance of the bird sanctuary on a well-defined road and winds through the forest. Eventually, it leads to an uphill track under thick vegetation. There are multiple routes inside the sanctuary that lead to the main trail up to the mountain and offer a variety of fauna, both in enclosure and in the wilderness. The trek to the top is a little challenging but thoroughly enjoyable and the fort provides a comfortable perch to rest and have lunch. After a final walk up to the bastion, one is presented with a splendid 360 degree view of the surrounding Raigad district. A 125 ft high basalt pillar sticks out like a thumb at the centre of the peak. It is clearly visible from far away on all the sides.
History and Folklore:
Karnala was the capital of the north Konkan districts under the rule of the DevagiriYadavs and the Tughluqs. Subsequently, in the 16th century, the fort came under the command of the Portuguese. It was retaken by Shivaji in 1670. Later, it was captured by various empires like the Mughals, the Peshwas and finally, by the British East India Company in 1818.
The fort was famous for its strategic position, overlooking the Bor Pass that connected the Konkan coast to the interiors of Maharashtra. It formed the main trade route. The fort was predominantly used as a watchtower as it provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. There is a tall basalt pillar in the center called Pandu’s Tower. The fort is now a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary.
The Karnala fort itself is clearly visible from far away on the Mumbai-Goa highway, NH-17. The entrance to the sanctuary lies on a sharp left turn on the highway, approaching from Panvel. After a short walk inside, one comes across a park-map illustrating detailed routes through the sanctuary
Meeting Point : Panvel Railway Station @ 7:00 a.m.
Trek fees Rs. 550 /- P.P. (Booked before 04th Feb. 2017)
07:00 AM: Meet at Panvel Railway Station.
08:15 AM: Ahead to Fort by public/Pvt. Transport. After breakfast at Panvel
09:00 AM: Introduction and Start ascending.
11:30 AM: Will reach on top, Explore Fort, Lunch Rest Etc.
04:00 PM: Start Descending
05:30 PM: Will reach base and have Evening refreshment (Tea/Coffee)
06:10 PM: Will start our return journey to Panvel by public/Pvt. Transport
07:00 PM: Will Reach Panvel Station Trek concludes with happy memories
1. To and fro travelling from Panvel by Rikswa or State Transport Bus
2. Breakfast, Pack Lunch and Evening Tea/coffee (Veg. meals only)
3. Entry Fees at karnala bird century
4. Trek Guide and Expertise charges
5. All permissions, Toll, Taxes Etc.
6. Expertise Charges
1. Anything other than above mentioned inclusions
2. Cold drink, Mineral Water Etc. & Private orders of Tea, breakfast Etc
3. Insurance Coverage
4. Medical Expanses other than 'First aid'
Things to Carry:
A Water Bottle (2 Liters) (Compulsory)
Good griped shoes
Cap, goggle, sunscreen etc
Personal Medicines (General Medical Kit will be available with Group)
Dry Food (snacks)
A haversack to put all these things
To book one has to transfer/deposit Full Trekking fees amount in below mention bank a/c
A/c Name : Raj Singh
Bank Name : AXIS BANK
Account ID : 912010022801101
IFSC code : UTIB0001703, AXIS BANK, YOGI NAGAR, BRANCH
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Less than 2 days prior: 50% of the total event costs would be deducted.
Less than 5 days prior: 25% of the total event costs would be deducted.
please notes that this is an environment friendly outing. Do not litter any wrappers (please take it back to your home for disposal) or spoil the place in any way.
Alcohol, drugs or narcotics, firearms and gambling on the Trek, smoking, entry to the area set aside for use by the opposite sex, offensive behavior which may lead to expulsion from the Trek
organisers have reserves the right to withdraw and or make any alterations that they may deem advisable for the convenience and the best interests of tour.
Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into planning of this tour for your safety. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, organisers cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.
It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for tour. While planning your trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc. should seek their physician’s advice before coming.
1) If any natural calamity happens or any accident, death, illness occurred, organisers’ are not responsible for any loss of thing or of human being.
2) Avoid bringing valuable things like gold or any jewelry or High value mobile phones Etc.
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4) Organisers reserve the right to make changes or cancelled to their programs at any point of time without prior notification
5) This Trek is not a leisure trip so participants needs to be prepare themselves accordingly.
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