Important Guidelines During Coronavirus
  • It is mandatory to carry a Covid 19 negative report from an ICMR approved lab, which must be dated not more than Three Days before the date of travel.
  • Always carry a Hand sanitizer, Face mask, Hand gloves and practice social distancing. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes and mouth as much as possible.
  • People aged above 60 years, pregnant women and children younger than 12 years old have been advised to stay home.
  • Participants will have to adhere to strict health protocols, including temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times and maintaining social distance.

Hospitality Precautions

  • All our Hotels/Homestays follow the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
  • All supplies and materials used for cooking are sanitised before being admitted into restaurant premises.
  • All materials provided by us for trekking use are sanitised thoroughly.
  • Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and before a trip begins.
  • Hotel and Vehicle accommodations are dependent on groups and individuals. Individual trekkers may request for separate rooms*. (*Prices may vary.)
Overview

Karnala fort, also known as Funnel Hill, situated in the Panvel taluka of Raigad district, this protected fort lies within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is small with an area of 12.11 square kilometres, centred around the historic Karnala Fort and it lies just off the Mumbai-Goa highway. This place is approx. 50kms from Mumbai and around 10kms from Panvel city. After taking necessary permission, your actual trek starts from the Karnala Bird Sanctuary gate. The forest department opens the gate for visitors at 7 am until 6pm. This fort was built by the Devgiri Yadav dynasty in 1400 and was later used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as an observatory for trade between Kalyan and Alibaug sea routes.

The beauty of the fort and the surrounding is magnificent and you can absorb the breath-taking views and the zig-zag, narrow and uphill path that takes you to the top of the fort. From the entrance to Karnala fort is about 2.5km in distance through the forest. On the way, you cross the bird sanctuary. It is peaceful to walk along the narrow path and you come across some birds on the way up. The view from the top is beautiful and filled with greenery. The view offers Raigad district on one side and Lonavala, Khandala range on the other. In the centre of the fort is a 125ft tall basalt pillar also called Pandu’s tower. This structure was used as a watchtower when the fort was occupied. At the bottom of the fort is a small temple called Karnai Devi.

Whether you are a professional trekker or just a beginner, this is the one trek you should definitely try. It's an easy to moderate level trek, an ideal getaway during weekdays and weekends.

1 Day Available on request
Trek Details

Type: Hill Fort

Altitude; 1440ft

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Type: Mud and Rocky trail through forest

Trekking Distance: 5kms approx. (up and down)

Travel Distance= 50Km

Itinerary

05:45 am – Meeting point Sion railway station

06:00 am – Start journey towards Karnala

06:15am – Pick up from Chembur (near Maitri park)

06:45 am – Pick up from Kalamboli near McDonald’s

07:30 am – Stop for breakfast on the way

08:30 am – Reach Karnala

8.45 am – Entry process at gate

9.00 am – Briefing and Introduction

9:15 am – Start the trek

11:30 am – Reach the top and explore the fort.

12:30 pm – Start getting down to the base

02:00 pm – Reach the Check post

02:15 pm - Lunch near check post

03:00 pm – Start return journey to Mumbai

05:00 pm – Reach Mumbai (depending on the traffic situation)

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Private Non-AC Transportation
  • Entry fees and Toll
  • Breakfast & Tea
  • Lunch (Vegetarian)
  • Basic First Aid
  • Necessary equipment for trek
  • Instructor

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion
Things to carry
  • Id Proof compulsory
  • Water bottles (2 litres compulsory)
  • Trekking shoes are compulsory (good grip) 
  • Hat/Cap, Goggles, Sunscreen, odomos etc
  • Personal Medication
  • Rainwear (as per season)
  • Energy Bar, Dry fruits, Glucose
  • Rucksack (to carry all the things)
  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Camera (optional)
  • Masks, Gloves, Hand Sanitizers
Number of Days
1 to 5
Difficulty Level
Beginner
Activities
Trekking, Adventure Activities