A Beautiful pleasant one-day trek Karnala fort On Sunday June 26, 2016
A Trek, Wild Life Sanctuary, Fort, Caves, History .. 360 Degree View of the region from Summit..
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 trail 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 @ 7:30 a.m.
Trek Fees: INR 450/- ( for first 15 Participants )
*Trek Fees would be INR 550/- (Per Participants’) for rest
To book one has to transfer non-refundable amount of 250/-
• Limited seats, entry on first come first served basis.
A/c Name : Raj Singh
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Whats Included in Fees :
Tea/Breakfast, Veg. Lunch, Evening Tea on Sunday
Forest Fees, expertise Etc..
Whats NOT included in Fees
Mineral water or soft drinks
Dinner on Sunday night
Anything not mentioned in the included list
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING DURING MONSOON TREK
• Bag: Carry a light, water-proof bag so that your things stay dry. It is also wise to purchase a plastic case for your phone and wallet and ensure that electronic goods are kept securely dry in your bag.
• Clothes: Wear light cotton clothes or comfortable partially synthetic clothes that can dry off quickly if you happen to get wet. Shorts or three-quarter pants are always better than full length clothes which usually get muddied in puddles or by splash-back. Avoid light colors which are prone to becoming stained. A jacket is a must have item particularly if you plan to walk a lot outside or trek. A windcheater is useful to keep you warm during the rains, one without lining is better than one with as most parts of India are quite warm once it stops raining. If you plan to go to a hill-station which is cooler and where it rains quite heavily, a jacket with a warm lining would also be useful.
• Umbrella: Generally to just walk around cities, an umbrella should work just fine to keep you relatively dry. Convenient folding umbrellas are easy to carry and do not take up much space.
• Shoes: Closed water-proof shoes are essential to keep your feet clean. Avoid wearing open rubber slippers or sandals that will only dirty your feet. Wearing sneakers or canvas shoes is also a bad idea as they take a long time to dry when they get wet.
• Mosquito Repellant or Nets: The monsoon attracts plenty of mosquitoes and it is best to prevent yourself from being bitten so that you don’t get sick. Mosquito borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are very dangerous, particularly during monsoon. It is therefore important to keep repelling mosquitoes using tropical strength repellant. If you are able to set one up easily, a mosquito net is also worthwhile for when you sleep.
• Food and Water: Food tends to spoil or get moist easily in the monsoons, so it is worthwhile carrying small airtight containers if you want to pack food.
• Mats or Newspapers: If you plan to have picnics whilst on the road, it is useful to carry dry mats or plastic sheets to spread out on wet surfaces. These may also be useful if you have long waits at train or bus stations.
• Sunblock: You can still get sunburnt so make sure you always use sunblock even if it is raining
• Personal medicines. Extra Pair of clothes, Torch, avoid wearing Gold and other valuable ornaments
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
organizer 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, organizers 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 physicians’ advice before coming.
Note: Organizers reserve the right to make changes to their programs at any point of time
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