Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located near Panvel with an area of 12.11 km. It is centered around historic karnala fort and home to about 150 species of bird including three rare birds i.e. Ashy Minivet, three-toed Kingfisher and Malabar Trogon. Trek to the karnala fort 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 to introduce beginners to trekking and nature. 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 center of the peak. It is clearly visible from far away on all sides.
#Saturday 20:00 - Gather at Panvel Railway Station 20:15 - Start traveling to Karnala Bird Sanctuary in a local vehicle 21:30 - Reach Karnala base and have dinner. We will stay in a simple dormitory 23:00 - Short trail in the nearby jungle. We can play team games at night or just listen to some interesting stories.
#Sunday 06:00 - Start trekking to Karnala fort. Early morning is good for trekking and also believed to be the best time for bird-watching. Packed breakfast on the way. 09:00 - Reach fort and explore 09:30 - Start descending 11:00 - Reach base and start traveling to Panvel in local vehicle 12:00 - Reach Panvel Station and take your return train
Inclusions: - Travel from Panvel to Karnala base and back - Accommodation charges at Karnala base - Karnala entry charges - Breakfast and refreshments - Dinner - Trekking Guidance
Exclusions: - Train tickets to Panvel - Camera charges at Karnala - Bottled water and beverages - Anything not mentioned in ‘Inclusions’
Things to carry: - At least 2-liter water (preferably in personal reusable bottles) - Good trekking shoes or sport shoes - A double strap bag. Sling bag not allowed in #trek - We appreciate people carrying healthy foods like fruits, dry fruits, energy bars, etc.