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 Available on request Panvel, Maharashtra

Day 1: Sunday

07:30 am : Meet Trikon team at Panvel station Near Ticket Counter
08:00 am : Leave for base village
08;30 am : Reach Base village and have breakfast
09:30 am : Introduction round and Start the trek towards Fort
11:30 am : Have lunch at the top and explore the fort area
02:00 pm : Start descend from the fort
03:30 pm : Reach the base village and have tea/coffee
04:00 pm : Leave for the base village, reach station and catch the next tain.

Train Timings

06:00 CSMT
06:18 Vadala Road
06:29 Kurla
06:49 Vashi
06:58 Nerul
07:20 Panvel

From Thane
06:20 Thane
06:37 Koparkhairane
06:49 Nerul
07:12 Panvel

07:30 Assembly at Panvel Station near the ticket counter.

Things to Carry

  • 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

  • Panvel to Panvel Travel by Local Transport
  • Food: Breakfast and Evening Tea
  • Bird Sanctuary Fees
  • Trikon Trekking Expertise Charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Train Tickets from CSTM/Thane - Panvel and Return
  •  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