While going on the Mumbai – Goa road, one will easily notice Karnala fort – A thumb like rock resting on a mountain. The fort is famous for its strange thumb shaped pinnacle and the bird sanctuary that is setup in the forest below. Karnala fort actually consists of two forts one at a higher level and other lower. At the centre of the higher level is a 125 feet high basalt pillar. It is also called Pandu's tower. This structure was used as watchtower when the fort was occupied however now it is in a ruined condition.
Karnala was the capital of the north Konkan districts under the rule of the Devagiri Yadavs 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.
A fort. A sanctuary. Monsoon greenery. It's got all!
Grade : Easy(Roughly 2hrs to reach the top)
Location : 10km from Panvel (Old Mumbai Goa Highway)
Height : approx 1500 ft
14th June, Sunday
Catch Panvel Slow Local from Respective Stations
05.47 am : CST
06:05 am: Wadala
06.15 am : Kurla
06.20 am : Chembur
06.34 am : Vashi
06.43 am : Nerul
06.49 am : Belapur
07.04 am : Panvel
07.30 am: Meet at Panvel Depot
07.40 am: Breakfast
08.15 am: Move to Karnala by local transport
09.15 am: Reach Karnala base
09.30 am: After introduction and briefing, start the trek
12.00 pm: Reach the top. Rest and explore.
01:00 pm: Start the descend
04:00 pm: Move towards Mumbai
Cost: Rs. 300/-
Transport from Panvel to Panvel
Karnala Entry Fees
Meals during travel
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Name: Ankita Phalle
Account No. 107401505442
IFSC Code: ICIC0001074
Branch: Thakur Complex Branch
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