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Karnala city is located in the Raigad district  of  Indian  State  Maharashtra. The city is about 65 km from the  city centre  of Mumbai and about 16 km from Panvel. The city has also got very good connectivity with the nearby metropolis. You will on no occasion face any kind of difficulties reaching your favorite place of interest. Karnala is loaded with bountiful natural beauty in terms of both flora and fauna. Coming over to this place especially in the monsoon time would be the best to spot alluring lush greenery all around.

Karnala city is very well known for its bird sanctuary which is home to more than 150 species of birds and many other wild animals like rhesus monkeys, wild boars, etc. Karnala is  also widely popular among the history and architecture lovers because of its ancient fort that was constructed under the Devagiri Yadavas and Tughluqs in 1400 BCE. In the course of  your stay in Karnala, you can also visit Prabalgad Fort, Adai Waterfall, Khandala, Ambarnath Shiva Temple, and Elephanta Caves. Karnala is not  only visited by nature lovers and architecture lovers, but it is  also visited by avid adventure lovers. Karnala is a popular trekking paradise from a considerable time in the past.

Apart from trekking to the Karnala Fort, you can also indulge in hiking to Kalavantin Durg, visit the Smart Eco-park, spend some relaxing time at Sagar Vihar Garden, view the sunset from Little Chowk Point, explore the beauty of the Kharghar Hills, and take a boat ride to the Khanderi Fort. Karnala has got a moderate climatic condition all through the year. The monsoons are bit severe and it is at times suggested to be very careful  while carrying out outdoor activities in this phase of the year. The best time to come over to Karnala to enjoy its pleasant weather would be from the month of October to the month of April.

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This place won't bore you for sure, the activities there was fun and adventurous, the place is the well-kept, friendly environment, a nice package from Thrillophilia with affordable price and lots are included in the package. wonderful day-outing with family.
Great place for a great day out with family and friends, the place is well-maintained and super clean, nice seating arrangement for meals and as well served on time with good and healthy foods, the activities were just amazing we participate it all without missing anything in this park. Superb service and the staff were helpful and friendly. Must-visit Once.
Everything was on-time, the trek there was very easy and as well along the way, the place would surprise you with the colourful birds, and the fort gave a good view too, in short, the tour was well-planned and well-managed
Birds watching and sightseeing through trekking was super cool, I love this trip like anything I will definitely come back
It is our second visit, we all like it so much, not so much crowd like the other park...Worth Recommending.
Perfect tour for families with kids and friends, the trip was amazingly organized, Everything was just great, would recommend others.
Excellent trekking experienced! the place worth the effort... the staff was welcoming and helpful... greatly organized tour and affordable price from Thrillophilia
Smooth tour, we get pick-up on-time in a very comfortable car, trekking and sightseeing both were amazing... Worth every penny
An unforgettable experience, I and my family had a great time and felt so relaxes in the lap of nature.
The place really has many birds, the walked through the bird's sanctuary and the fort was truly unbelievable which we took many pictures for memory... The transport and the foods were good, the tour guide was knowledgable and informative... THANKS.

People Also Ask About Karnala

  1. What are the famous places to see in Karnala?

    1. Karnala Fort: At an elevation of 1500 ft above sea level, the remnant of the 13th-century Karnala fort overlooks the dense green forests of the  Bor Pass of the Sahyadri. The 3 hrs long Karnala Fort trek through the winding trails hidden amidst trees, shrubs and small rocky stairs, is perfect for beginners. Basalt Pillars of the fort atop the hill is a very unique medieval era architectural design only visible in Karnala Fort.

    2. Karnala Bird Sanctuary: An hour drive from the crowded city of Mumbai, is a heavenly paradise filled with green trails, chirping birds, occasional waterfalls, and much more explore-worthy sights. Currently protected by the Wildlife  Protection Act, it is home to some of the most beautiful and rare migrating birds as well as rare Indian resident species of birds. Covering a vast expanse of 12 sq km, the Bird Sanctuary has 222 bird species, in addition to numerous wild animals like bison, deers, elephants, ferrets, foxes, hare, and much more. The trail to the iconic Karnala Fort is through the bird sanctuary and takes approximately 90 minutes to reach.

    - Location: NH 66, Karnala, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 410206

    3. Prabalgad Fort: The Prabalgad Fort is the proud example of the defeat of the Bahmani Sultanate in the hands of the mighty  Maratha Regime. Creating a natural boundary between Panvel and Matheran, the fort is over 2000 ft above sea level. Green forests, zigzag steps naturally curved on the rocks leads to the top of the hill where the fort is located. The Irshalgad Fort and the Kalyan Fort can be seen from Prabalgad. Surrounded by clouds, mist, and fog, the Prabalgad Fort is best explored between October and April.

    - Location: Raigarh district, Maharashtra

    4. Bot Lake: The Bot Lake is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes in Karnala Region because of its wonderful scenic beauty that is just remarkable to behold. Coming over to this place, you will be welcomed by the sounds of the chirping birds, and tranquilising silence of the forests. It is one of the best places in Karnala for photography. You can visit this place with your loved ones during the weekends to have fun and spend some quality time. The best time to visit this place is in the course of the monsoon season as the overall beauty is amplified by the drizzles.

    5. Ambarnath Shiva Temple: Located on the bank of Vedavati river, 50 km from Karnala is the ancient 11th-century. Probably built by King Chittaraja, the temple of Ambernath Shiva is a stone-built architectural beauty not worth missing out on. Protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the Hemadpanti style temple is believed to have great relevance to the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata era. Accessible through roads and rails alike, the temple authorities serve prasadam between noon and 2 pm every day for the devotees and tourists who visit the temple complex.

    6. Bhavani Temple: The Bhavani Temple is yet another beautiful place of tourist interest in Karnala that you can visit to seek blessings of the almighty. The temple holds a beautiful idol of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is located on top of the hill and in the middle of alluring natural beauty. You will come across a number of water tanks which are believed to be existing since ages.
  2. What are the best things to do in Karnala?

    1. Take a trek to the Kalavantin Durg: The trek to reach the top of the cliff on which the beautiful ruins of Kalavantin Fort remains is regarded as one of the most treacherous treks in Maharashtra. Overlooking the Prabalgad fort on one side and the Irsalgod on the other side, the fort offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama unlike any other.

    Certainly not for the faint-hearted, the narrow steep 3km long climb through a huge number of stone stairs engraved on the side of the mountain is an adventure unlike any other.

    - Location: Prabalmanchi, Panvel, Maharashtra 410206

    2. Visit the Smart Eco-park: Created as an initiative to make people aware of the current environmental degradation, the Smart Eco Park in Panvel is a true learning experience for children and adults alike. Spread over acres of lush green undulating terrain, the Smart Eco Park is an experimental approach to what the next 50 yrs hold for us as we move towards a dystopian future.

    The park is modeled around the experimental idea as to how to survive the upcoming years when scarcity of provisions like water, fuel, etc becomes an integral part of life. The Park is accessible on a prior booking basis for a large group of over 20 people. Best enjoyed during winter months, the Smart Eco Park is often referred to as an unforgettable learning experience all.

    - Location: 18/1, Usarli Budruk, Panvel Dundra Road, New Panvel, 410206

    3. View the sunset from Little Chowk Point: A splendidly beautiful and breathtaking viewpoint overlooking the Sahyadri Range and the Karnala Fort, the Little Chowk Point in Matheran is one of the most visited hotspots to explore near Karnal. The beautiful and tall Ganesha Idol perched atop the viewpoint is an additional attraction here one cannot miss out on.

    A short half a day is enough time to dedicate to visit the beautiful and verdant sunset spot located in the southernmost tip of Matheran in Maharashtra.

    - Location: Dist Raigad, Matheran, Maharashtra 410102

    4. Take a boat ride to the Khanderi Fort: Located on the Kanhoji Angre Island 5 km off the coast of Maharashtra is the ethereally beautiful Khanderi Fort. The uninhabited island on which the fort is located also has another fort on the opposite end known as Underi Fort.

    Critical to the Maratha Empire as guard posts, these forts have their underground freshwater source which makes them self-reliant despite the isolated location. The 22 ft tall lighthouse in the fort can be seen from as far as 12 miles out in the sea.

    - Location: Khandheri Island, Maharashtra

    5. Explore the beauty of the Kharghar Hills: The 27 km long winding roads leading to the lush green Kharghar Hills is a beautiful drive worth exploring. A non-alcoholic zone, Kharghar Hills is the perfect explore worthy spot for families despite its secluded and densely forested location.

    The green hillocks surrounding the area is surrounded by numerous creeks, waterfalls, and hiking trails that make it an enchanting yet perfect getaway for a weekend adventure. Most famous of all the small hotspots in Kharghar Hills is the stunning and cascading Pandavkada waterfall that plunges into the rocky terrain, thus creating a natural turquoise blue water pool.

    - Location: Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 410210

    6. Spend some relaxing time at Sagar Vihar Garden: Offering a spectacular view of the vasi skyline and facing the natural forested area of the Panvel Creek, Sagar Vihar Garden is just 30 kms from Karnala. Beautiful flower gardens and shrubberies covering the acres of garden area offers travellers a chance to spend some time amidst greenery and pollution free zones.

    Half a day tour of Sagar Vihar Garden does not need one to spend much money or tiring hours of uphill climb. Perfect for a quick break from the monotony of urban life, the garden is also one of the best picnic spots.

    - Location: Sagar Vihar, Vashi, Maharashtra 400703
  3. How to reach Karnala?

    Karnala is located about 65 km from Mumbai, close to Panvel on the way to Lonavala. You can reach this place by taking cabs from Mumbai or else taking a train to Panvel from Mumbai and then covering the rest distance by road.
  4. What is the best time to visit Karnala?

    The best time to visit Karnala would be from the month of October to the month of May. In this phase of the year, the climatic conditions remain pleasant making it easy for tourists to enjoy sightseeing at various places.
  5. How do I get to Karnala bird sanctuary?

    The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located at a distance of 17 km from the  city centre of  Karnala. It takes about 20 minutes to cover the distance by road via NH 66.
  6. Is karnala trek easy?

    The trek can be considered as easy as there are only 2 - 3 patches of rocky climb. Karnala Trek takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete from the bottom of the hill to the top. The trek is located at an altitude of about 1500 ft above  the sea level.
  7. How do I get from Panvel to karnala?

    The distance between Panvel and Karnala is about 16 kms and it can be covered within 20 mins via NH66. Once you arrive at Panvel, you can hire an auto rickshaw to take you to Karnala.
  8. How can I go to karnala fort?

    Karnala Fort is located at a distance of 17.5 km from the city centre and it can be reached within 25 mins by NH 66. You can take rental cabs or hire an  auto rickshaw to reach the fort from the city.
  9. Which are the famous treks in and around Karnala?

    1. Karnala Fort Trek: Karnala Fort Trek is one of the most sought after trekking expeditions in Karnala which starts from the famous Karnala Bird Sanctuary and ends uphill. It is considered to be a bit challenging but it is truly enjoyable and comfortable.

    2. Manikgad Fort Trek: Manikgad Fort Trek takes to the famous fort that was established in the year 1718 to guard and command the commerce route. The total distance covered in this trek is about 5 km and you will get to climb up to 1734 feet above the ground. You can however complete this trek in a single day.

    3. Prabalgad Trek: Prabalgad Trek is one of the best treks in Karnala for those who wish to indulge in an offbeat adventure. The fort was constructed at a height of 2300 feet above the sea level on a plateau. Coming over to this place, you will be able to enjoy majestic views of the alluring nature and also witness a number of majestic waterfalls.