Karnala Fort Trek

The Karnala Fort is one that was of great importance to some of the biggest rulers of the time, from the Yadavs and the Tughlaqs to the Gujarat Sultanate, the Nizam Shah of Ahmednagar, the Portuguese, Shivaji Maharaj, Aurangzeb and the Mughals, the Peshwas of Pune and finally the British East India Company! An impressive clientele, don’t you think? But what made it so important to all of them? It overlooked the Bhor Pass, a trade route connecting the Konkan and Vidarbha regions. So, essentially, you’re going to be trekking to a fort that all these mighty rulers have fought to claim and hold on to, doesn’t that make you hit the Registration link already!

The fort is situated within the premises of the now Karnala Bird Sanctuary (keep an eye out, all you bird-watchers!), with plenty of greenery on the forest trail. The fort is at a height of 1440 ft., which translates into roughly a 1.5 hr ascent. It is an easy-level trek that is good for beginners while also interesting enough for the pros!


16 hours 06 Dec Panvel, Maharashtra

Day 1: Sunday

05:45 am : Meet Trikon team at SGNP, Borivali (E)
06:00 am : Leave for base village, Pick up on the way
06:20 am : Pickup Point, Andheri Bisleri Factory
06:40 am : Pickup Point, Pritam Hotel, Dadar (E)
06:50 am : Pickup Point, K Star Mall Chembur
07:15 am : Pickup Point, Vashi Bus Stop Sector 17
08:00 am : Have Tea / Breakfast
09:00 am : Reach Base Village and Intro Round
09:15 am : Start Ascending
11:00 am : Reach the top and explore
12:00 pm : Start Descending
01:30 pm : Reach Base and proceed for evening snacks
03:30 pm : Leave for Mumbai
05:30 pm : Reach Mumbai (Depending upon the traffic)

Things to Carry

  • Masks (Compulsary)
  • ID Card
  • 2 ltrs water
  • Lunch
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
  • Snacks & Biscuits
  • Extra Pair of Clothes (If Needed)
  • Clean napkin or small towel
  • Toileries
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap, sunglasses, scarf
  • Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
  • Please carry medicines if you need any
  • Hand Sanitizer

‘Pandu’s Tower’, a 125 ft. high basalt tower which was used as a watchtower and is in ruins now. Beware of the beehives here!

A water cisten that provides fresh water, all year long and caves

The top of the fort offers a panorama where you’ll spot Prabalgad, Manikgad, Haji Malang, Chanderi fort, Matheran, Sankshi fort, Dronagiri fort, Rajmachi and a hazy view of Bhimshankar.


Bhavani Temple at the bottom of the fort


What is included in the tour

  • Transportation from Mumbai - Mumbai by Pvt Non - AC bus
  • Food: Morning Tea / Breakfast and Evening Tea
  • Bird Sanctuary Fees
  • Trikon Trekking Expertise Charges
  • 5% GST

What is NOT included in the tour

  •  Camera Charges
  •  Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc.
  •  Anything other than the above mentioned inclusion
Pickup point
Panvel, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India View on Map