• Trip introduction

    Escape into the lush green landscapes of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and embark on a trekking adventure that will take you to one of the most ancient forts of Maharashtra. As you scale the mountain and approach the Karnala fort, you’ll climb uphill on hill slopes layered with dense forests. With a rich history, and even richer mountain views, the Karnala fort offers a relatively easy 2-hr trek to the top where you can admire uninterrupted views of Matheran and surrounding peaks.

    Perfect for nature lovers, bird watchers and adventure enthusiasts, the trek to Karnala fort offers an ideal getaway for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.


    A major hill fort built in the 14th century, the Karnala Fort is located at an elevation of 1,440 feet in the protected reserves of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. From the Marathas to the Portuguese, the Karnala fort has seen a fair bit of history after being controlled by several dynasties and regimes. The trek to Karnala fort is a popular route for its easy accessibility from Mumbai and beautiful monsoon-fed greenery. This is a relatively easy and short trek on a well-defined trail surrounded by refreshing views of nature and native wildlife.

    Destination highlights

    Get away from the city life and trek to Karnala Fort. | Catch stunning views of surrounding mountains. | Trek through the monsoon-fed terrain of countryside Maharashtra.

    Activity Details




    4 km

    4 hrs

    4 km

    Trip details
  • Trek to Karnala Fort!

    Arrive at the Panvel railway station by 07:30 hrs. Here, you'll be taken to the Karnala Bird Sanctuary by tum-tum or similar shared, public transport. En route, you'll make a pit stop for some breakfast. Once you reach the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, you'll undergo a quick briefing session before beginning the trek. Hiking uphill on narrow nature trails, you'll trek through lush green forests and mountain slopes. After an exhausting 2-hr trek, you'll reach the top of the fort and spend some time admiring the scenic views of surrounding hills including the forts of Prabalgad, Rajmachi and several others. Make your way down and travel back to Panvel. You'll arrive at the Panvel railway station by evening. Your trip ends here.

    Your trip ends before nightfall.

    Your trip begins as you arrive at the Panvel railway station by 07:30 hrs. Travel to Karnala will be arranged in tum-tums or similar shared, public transport. Today's meal package includes breakfast and evening snacks. Breakfast will be served en route to Karnala and evening snacks will be served as you return back to Panvel. Lunch is not included in today's meal package. However, you may bring a packed lunch to eat at Karnala Fort. The trip ends as you arrive back at Panvel by evening.

    Day 1 Milestone



    06:00 AM


    Breakfast | Snacks

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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 21 days or more before departure of the Karnala Fort trek: 100% refund.

    For cancellations made 16-21 days before departure of the Karnala Fort trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 8-15 days before departure of the Karnala trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made 0-7 days before departure of the Karnala Fort trek: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction costs.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during this 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 alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

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

    Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Includes / Excludes


    • Travel arrangements from Panvel-Panvel in tum-tum or similar shared, public transport

    • Any technical equipment required for the trek
    • Meals consisting of breakfast and evening snacks
    • Services of an experienced trek guide
    • Basic first aid kit
    • All applicable taxes


    • Travel between base city and Panvel

    • Lunch
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Adventure travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Trekking shoes
    • Windcheater or jacket
    • Shirt/t-shirt and track pants/shorts
    • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Flip-flops/slippers

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Any technical equipment required for the trek
    • Basic first aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack
    • Packed lunch
    • ID proof
    • Water bottle (2 litres)
    • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
    • Electral or Glucon D
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Insect repellent
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific or prescribed medicines and medical kit.