In the Raigad district of Maharashtra, there is the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The place is situated on the Mumbai Goa Highway, and is about 60 Km away from Mumbai and 12 kms away from Panvel. The Sanctuary also hosts a hill fort which shares its name with the sanctuary. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the state, and home to more than 150 species of birds. The forest consists of moist deciduous plants. There are also wild animals in the sanctuary, like rhesus monkeys, wild boars, etc. The fort inside is also called the funnel fort, and is a good place for sightseeing. The fort was probably constructed in 1400 BCE, under the Devagiri Yadavas and later by the Tughluqs. People generally stay at Panvel when they take a tour of Karnala Sanctuary and fort. However, there are two government circuit houses too, where the tourists can put up. There are a number of dhabas on the way to the sanctuary where you can eat. It is also advisable to carry some food and water with you.
What is included in the tour
- 1 Night Hotel stay at Mumbai
- Transportation and Sightseeing by personal car
- Check in & Check out as per Hotel Rule.
- 5 % GST Included
What is NOT included in the tour
Toll & parking Charges are to be Born By Client Directly.
Personal Expenses like Telephone, Fax, Internet, Laundry, etc.
· Any tips, room service, insurance, wine, boating charge
· Guide / Entrance fees, porters, Pony Rides
· Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).
· Any increase in taxes or fuel, leading to increase in surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
· Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
· Food & refreshment during journey
· Extra Hotel services
· Hill Station Entry Tax. ( Rs.**/- Per Person )
· Breakfast of check-in or check-out day. ( As per Hotel )
In Early Morning Pickup From Mumbai and Proceed towards Karnala Bird Sanctuary. (Approximately 60 KM 1 Hours 30 Min.)
Reach at Karnala Bird Sancturary.
The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Panvel Taluka of Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is one of the picnic spots near Mumbai city.
Karnala was declared a bird sanctuary in 1968 as the first one of its kind in Maharashtra. During its initial phase, the sanctuary covered an area of 4.45 sq. km and in 2003 this was increased so that it now spreads across 12.11 sq. km. This bird sanctuary is situated below the Karnala Fort. The bird sanctuary is a popular destination for bird-watchers and hikers in the Mumbai area.
The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds. In the monsoon season, travellers can spot a vivid collection of bird species such as the racket-tailed drongo, golden backed woodpecker and heart-spotted woodpecker. Three rare birds, the ashy minivet, three-toed kingfisher and Malabar trogon have been sighted here. In the winter season, many migratory birds can be seen in addition to the resident birds. The migrant birds include a variety of birds such as the blackbird, blue-headed rock-thrush, blue throat, red breasted flycatcher and black headed cuckoo-shrike, to name a few.
The sanctuary itself comprises moist deciduous forest and the forest department has made efforts to educate the visitors by tagging several trees inside the forest. While it is a bird sanctuary, it also provides shelter to wildlife animals. Wild boars, langur and rhesus monkeys are common wildlife found here.
After that Start Trekking towards Karnala Fort.
Karnala Fort, also known as Funnel Hill, is located within the protected region of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The fort stands at a height of 445 m and was built during the 12th century. The fort witnessed the control of many rulers like Devgiri Yadavas, Muslim rulers from Daulatabad, Gujarat Sultanate and then Portuguese. Shivaji Maharaj conquered it from the Portuguese in 1670 CE and after his death in 1680 it was taken over by Aurangzeb. Finally in 1818 AD, the fort fell into the hands of British.
The Karnala Fort has two small towers, one at higher level while the other is located at the lower area of the fort. The basalt pillar located at the center region of the tower is about 125 feet high and the tower is also known by the name of Pandu Tower. The trail leading to Karnala fort is most popular. 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 stretch near the entrance of the fort is made safe by iron railing. The nearby regions of Rajmachi and Prabalgad are clearly visible from the fort.
After Trekking Return back to Karnala Bird Sanctuary at bottom of Mountain. Pickup you From Entrance Gate and Drop to Mumbai at your Home or Airport/ Railway Station.
Tour Ends with Sweet Memories.
Points to be Known :
Entry Fee: Rs.20 per Adults, Rs. 15 per Child, Rs. 15 per Two Wheeler and Rs. 50 per Four Wheeler.
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM