Karnala fort (also called Funnel Hill is a hill fort in Raigad district about 10 km from Panvel city. Currently, it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor pass which connected the Konkan coast to the interior of Maharashtra (Deccan Plateau) and was the main trade route between these areas.
Karnala fort actually consists of two forts one at a higher level and the other lower. At the center 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. The presence of beehives also makes it difficult to climb and has resulted in at least one casualty in recent times. 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.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary to get a glimpse of the bird reserve
Karnala Fort and the hilltop water reservoir
Trekking into the woods
Invoke in this exciting weekday trekking to the Karnala Fort and explore the ruins of this forts.
Start your tour after reaching theKarnala fort from Panvel and witness the diversifies flora and fauna in the Karnala Bird Sanctuary.
Hike through the steep rocks until you reach the top of the fort for bird watching.
Enjoy the panoramic view from the top of the hills and marvel at its sights.
End your trek with lost of activities with lots of memories.
· Day 1 -
Itinerary for all batches:
07:30 Assembly at Panvel Station
07:45 Reach Panvel state transport depot.
09:00 Reach Karnala base by ST bus / Tum-Tum and start the trek
11:00 Summit and explore
12:30 Start descend
17:30 Disperse at Panvel ST depot.
We would be getting back to Panvel Depot at approx 18:30 - subjective
The cost per head includes the following.
Travel from Panvel railway station to karnala base and return
Karnala Bird Sanctuary entry charges
Unlimited breakfast in the morning
Tea in the morning
First aid and first responder assistance in case required
MPA administration charges if any
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All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks, etc.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
Things to carry
Some ready to eat food like- plum cakes, fruits, chocolates, biscuits, etc
2 Liters of water must
Lunch for the day
Good trekking shoes
Extra pair of clothes, socks optional
Cap, Camera as Optional
1 packet of electrol, enerzal, glucon-D
Medications if required for individual
Avoid wearing precious ornaments on an event, if possible
And a haversack or backpack to put all the above things to be carried, so hands are free to help each other while trekking. Sling bags / jholas / trolley bags etc not allowed on the event. Please pack accordingly.