Karnala Fort Trek

The trek to Karnala Fort is an easy and delightful fort trek near Mumbai. As the fort lies within the Karnala bird sanctuary, you will see an incredible variety of birds which are endemic to the Western Ghats and migratory birds which find shelter in the sanctuary during winter. On this trek, you will be trekking along a thickly forested trail, walking over ridges overlooking the treetops and climbing over steep rocks to reach the pinnacle of Karnala Fort. 


Karnala is located just 10 km away from Panvel, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. The Karnala Fort is situated at the height of 1500 feet, and has become a popular trekking destination on account of its strange pinnacle and gorgeous location. From the top, you can see the thick jungle all around, as well as Prabalgad, Manikgad, and Chanderi fort. Karnala Fort lies within the Karnala bird sanctuary, which gives you the opportunity see over 200 species of colorful birds like, ashy minivet, three toed kingfisher, golden oriole, and many other exotic and migratory birds.

Destination highlights

Embark on an easy fort trek near Mumbai. | Watch a variety of colorful and exotic birds during the trek. | Trek through the jungle train to reach the Karnala fort. | Enjoy the view of green valley and other historic forts from the top.




6 km

4-5 hours

6 km

Panvel railway station

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Panvel railway station

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Base village of Karnala Fort

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Board the train departing from CST at 05:47 hours for Panvel. You will reach Panvel by 07:00 hours and meet the operator there. Transfers to the base village of Karnala Fort trek will be arranged by the trek operator. Have tea and breakfast in the base village and begin trekking to the Karnala fort. You will be ascending through the thick jungle, watching colorful birds and walking over ridges to reach the fort. Please carry packed lunch from home which you can savor at the hill-top. Post-lunch, start descending and reach the base village in the afternoon. The operator will make the arrangements for transfers to Panvel railway station. You will reach the station by 15:00 hours. Your trip ends here. 

Your trip ends by late afternoon.

Breakfast and tea will be provided to you in the base village of Karnala Fort trek. Please remember to carry packed lunch with you. You will return to Panvel railway station by 16:00 hours.




Day 1 Milestone

Panvel railway station

Panvel railway station

07:00 AM

Includes / Excludes


  • Panvel to Panvel transportation cost
  • Breakfast and tea
  • Karnala entry fee
  • Services of an experienced trek leader
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Lunch
  • Train tickets
  • Any personal expenses such as extra meals, cigarettes, etc.
  • Any additional costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks, etc.
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Warm jacket/Raincoat
  • Full-length trek pants
  • Comfortable t-shirt/shirt
  • Trekking shoes (preferably with ankle support)
  • Windcheater
  • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Panvel to Panvel transportation
  • First aid kit

You need to get

  • Government issued ID card
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle (2 litres)
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry snacks (chocolate bars, biscuits, energy bars, dry fruits, etc.)
  • Personal toiletries including wet wipes, tissue papers, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Light towel/napkins
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Sun-cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra pair of dry clothes
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Scarf
  • Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
  • Personal first aid kit

Medical Kit

  • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made 7 days or more before departure of the Karnala Fort trek: 85% refund.

For cancellations made less than 7 days before departure of the Karnala Fort trek: No refund.

No show: No refund.

All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

Rules on trip

Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Karnala Fort.

Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek to Karnala Fort.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

Travellers are requested to arrive at Panvel station by 07:00 hrs. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the trek.

The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the trek to Karnala Fort.

Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks, etc.

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