Karnala Fort Trek


Karnala Fort Trek

About Karnala Fort Trek

Karnala fort also called Funnel Hill is a hill fort in Raigad District about 10 km from Panvel city, 65km from Mumbai city, situated along the Mumbai-Goa highway. Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The fort of Karnala is famous for its strange pinnacle and the bird sanctuary that is setup amidst the forest. Today, the ruins of the fort are a popular destination for hiking and tourism.This Fort is at a height of approx 1500 ft. It is a great trek for beginners and for parents who want to introduce their children to trekking and Mother Nature.

 

History Karnala Fort 

This stunning quaint fort is one of the best specimens of the 13th century constructions. It is likely to be constructed under the rule of Yadavs and Tuglaq before the 14th century. This fort was of great strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor Pass which connected Konkan to the Vidharba region of Maharashtra. This pass was the main trade route of these areas and a person who controlled Karnala had an ‘eye’ on the trade. Till 15th century the fort was under Nizamshahi rule.

When Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, wanted to capture the fort, his army initially surrounded the fort. They built temporary obstructions and continued to attack. After a few days, they captured the fort. After that the Mughal Empire, the Angres and Peshwas ruled the fort. In 1818, colonel Prother of the British captured it. Finally the tricolour was furled here. However the cisterns here show that the fort is ancient and dates back to 12th century.

 

Best time for Fort Karnala Trek 

During the monsoons, you can see songbirds like the paradise flycatcher, magpie robin and the malabar whistling thrush. There is also the racket-tailed drongo that can be seen. The best time to see migratory birds at the Karnala is between the months of October and April.

A variety of colorful birds such as the ashy minivet, red-breasted flycatcher, blackbird, black-headed cuckoo-shrike, blue-throat, Green bee eater, chestnut headed green bee eater, blue tailed bee eater, Purple Rumped Sunbird, Coppersmith barbet, Tailor Bird, White Spotted Fantail, Golden Oriole, Red Vented Bulbul, Red Whiskered Bulbul, White-throated Kingfisher, Cattle Egret and the blue-headed rock thrush can be spotted. The surrounding landscapes are hauntingly beautiful as the pinnacle is draped by the clouds and mist during monsoon.

 

Karnala Trek Details 

It is a wonderful trek of 2 hour from the bottom of the hill. Once you enter the bird sanctuary there are essentially two routes that wind through the forest and lead to the trail up the mountain. The main route is a well-defined trail and goes straight through the center of the forest. The alternate route is a crude track that encircles the sanctuary before rejoining the main trail.The final climbing steps near the entrance of the fort are made safe by iron railings

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. The presence of bee hives also makes it difficult to climb and have resulted in at least one casualty in recent times.It is not advisable to cook food at the base of the pinnacle, as the smell of smoke irritates the Honey Bees.

There is a water cistern which provides fresh water all year long. There is a temple dedicated to goddess Bhavani located at the bottom of the fort. Bhavani Temple.

 

 

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Event Details

Event Details - Trek Karnala 

  • Trek Difficulty - Easy to Medium
  • Trek Distance - 3 km
  • Washroom Available at base village 
  • Location: Near Panvel 
  • Karnala Fort Trek Transport - Sharing Jeep
  • Karnala Fort Height -  1500 ft
  • Karnala Fort - Hill Fort
  • Minimum - 5 participants required to conduct the event
  • Base Village: Shirdhon
  • District: Raigad

 

Fascinating things to see - Karnala Fort and Karnala Bird Sanctuary 

The fort has two inscriptions one in Marathi and the other in Persian. The Marathi inscription which has no date is seen on the lower gate on the inner side. Its words are indecipherable. The Persian writing is on upper gate reads "Syed Nuruddin Muhammad Khan, Hijri, 1147 AH (1735 CE) and probably dates from the Mughal occupation of the fort. This rock cut inscription has been removed by some miscreants long backFrom the top the forts of Prabalgad, Kalavantin Durg, Matheran, Irshalgad, Manikgad, Haji Malang, Chanderi fort, Matheran,Dhak, Sankshi fort, Dronagiri fort, and Rajmachi are clearly visible.

Event Itinerary

 

Karnala Fort Trek Itinerary

07:45 Reach Panvel state transport depot.

08:00 Assembly at Panvel Station near ticket counter

09:00 Reach Karnala Fort Trek base by ST Bus / Tum-Tum Rickshaw

11:00 Summit and explore - Lunch

12:30 Start descending from Karnala Fort

15:30 Travel back to Panvel Station 

16:30 Karnala Fort Trek End at Panvel Railway Station 

Cost Includes

  • 1 Veg Breakfast

  • Travel from Panvel ST depot – to Karnala fort base – and back to Panvel ST depot by tumtum / ST

  • Karnala Wildlife Sanctuary Entry fee

Cost Excludes 

  • Emergency Medical evacuations if any required

  • Insurance and any item/event not mentioned in the inclusion list.

  • Camera fees and Lunch

  • Please carry lunch or snacks for this trek

How to Register

For registration and confirmation transfer Rs. 800.00 per person.

 

Account Name: Treks and Trails 

Bank Name: Axis Bank 

Account Number: 917020047534079

Branch: Churchgate - Mumbai

IfSC Code:  UTIB0000695 

Account Type: Current Account

 

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UPI ID - 9619095743@axisbank

 

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Cancellation Policy:

  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 3 days prior to the event date
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days. No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation

Event Rules

 

Treks and Trails Event Rules

  1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  2. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
  3. TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
  4. Telephonic confirmation is mandatory, if unable to contact us, please send us a text message.
  5. Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed.
  6. Please do not carry handbags or jolas or sling bags. 

Things to Carry

Treks and Trails India recommends things to carry:

  1. Haversack to keep hands free
  2. Water bottle 3lts.
  3. Ready to eat food, like plum cakes, chocolate bar, some snacks & biscuits etc.
  4. Camera (Optional) 
  5. Electoral Powder or Glucon D powder.
  6. Personal medicines.
  7. Carry one time meal (Lunch) for the trek.

Medical Disclosures

Disclosures on medical conditions and Event Risk Profile

It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip so that best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval. As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves. The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens ONLY payable in Indian Rupees.

We recommend you to please take care while walking / climbing / trekking. Wearing of any valuables, ornaments, jewellery etc. is prohibited. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner. We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside. Do not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR. We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition. Note, this trek route does not have any fixed/proper/appropriate washrooms or bathrooms.

 

FAQ

How to Reach Karnala Fort or Karnala Bird Sanctuary ? 

For Participant Travelling from Mumbai or Pune for Karnala Trek 

  • Need to reach Panvel Railway Station or Panvel Bus Depot 
  • We will board local bus to Karnala Bird Sanctuary or Hire Rickshaw 
  • You can also drive to Karnala Bird Sanctuary using Google maps gps. 
  • Any bus travelling on the Mumbai-Goa highway can take you there.

 

 

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