Karnala fort, as the name suggests, is located inside the Karnala Bird Sanctuary near Panvel in Mumbai. The fort is also known as funnel fort. It is a small bird sanctuary comparatively; however one of the few sanctuaries closer to the city of Mumbai.
Karnala Fort trek is considered an ‘Easy to Medium-Grade’ trek and is a famous trek, especially during July – September because of the monsoons.
Located at 1,500 feet, it is a good trek for beginners as you can hike and witness the different species of birds in the fort region.
Located only 12 kms from Panvel, getting to the fort is very easy compared to other forts around Mumbai.
One can board a train on the harbour line of Mumbai from Wadala/CST and get down at Panvel.
You can take a sharing or a private rickshaw from Panvel station to Karnala bird sanctuary. It will cost you anywhere between INR 150-300. (depending on your negotiation skills)
However, the best option is to take an ST bus, which takes approximately 20-30 mins to reach and will cost you INR 15.
You can also reach via your private vehicle; the distance from Mumbai is around 50 kms and will take around 90 mins to reach. Get Directions.
Note: There is a parking fee:
Karnala Fort is a relatively simple trek because the trail is appropriately marked.
If the weather is sunny, it can get a bit tiring, and one might need to take breaks at regular intervals to finish the trek without any difficulties.
During rainfall, the trails tend to get slippery. You must wear good trekking shoes with a good grip.
The distance is 3-3.5 kms one way and can take anywhere between 2-2.5 hours one way depending on the fitness levels. You will come across 5 pit stops during the trek.
There is one more trail to reach the fort from the base, which is a bit difficult and is not marked; hence, One must take the regular trail, which is on the left side of the entrance and passes through a water pumphouse.
People of all ages can do this trek. You can do this on your own if you have an experience of trekking in the Sahyadris. Others must either go in groups or with a trekking group.
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