Trek to Karnala fort near Mumbai 2017
About Karnala Fort: Karnala fort 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. Today, the ruins of the fort are a popular destination for hiking and tourism.It is a wonderful trek of 1 hour from the bottom of the hill. There are 5 resting places on the pathway made by forest department. The final climbing steps near the entrance of the fort are made safe by iron railings. It is not advisable to cook food at the base of the pinnacle, as the smell of smoke irritates the Honey Bees. The water from the southernmost rock cut water cistern is portable. First aid is available at the Forest guest house.Trekking during the monsoon is really an exhilarating experience.
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. There is a water cistern which 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.
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 back.
Bhavani Temple - There is a temple deddicated to goddess Bhavani located at the bottom of the fort. It is said that the goddess gave a sword to king Shivaji, which he then used to conquer a vast area of land for the establishment of a Hindu nation.
Height: 1500 ft
Type: Hill Fort
Endurance Level: Simple
Minimum: 05 participants
Maximum: 25 participants
Base Village: Shirdhon
Region: Near Panvel - Navi Mumbai
Route from Pune: Pune - Lonavala - Panvel - Karnala
Route from Mumbai - Mumbai - Sion - Vashi - Panvel - Karnala
Distance from Mumbai: 75 km approx
Distance from Pune: 125 km approx
Total time to climb: 75 minutes
Total Km while climbing: 5Km approx one way.
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 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
AVOID USING PERFUMES AND DEO ESPECIALLY FOR THIS TREK.
1 Veg breakfast, Travel from Panvel ST depot – to Karnala fort base – and back to Panvel ST depot by tumtum / ST, Sanctuary entry fee, TreksandTrails, India charges if any.
Emergency Medical evacuations if any required, Insurance and any item/event not mentioned in the inclusion list. Camera fees and Lunch.
How to Register
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.
Things to Carry
TreksandTrails recommends things to carry:
Haversack to keep hands free, water bottle 3lts. Ready to eat food, like plum cakes, chocolate bar, some snacks & biscuits etc.
Camera (Optional), Electoral Powder or Glucon D powder. Personal medicines.Carry one time meal (Lunch) for the trek.
Treks and Trails Event Rules
- Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
- Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
- TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
- Telephonic confirmation is mandatory, if unable to contact us, please send us a text message.
- Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed.
- Please do not carry handbags or jolas or sling bags.
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.
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