Karnala

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The Western Ghats lured the celebrated Maratha warrior Shivaji. And it continues to lure people from the cities of Mumbai and Pune and other places to this day. Karnala, which is less than 150 kilometers from the metropolitan city of Mumbai, is a secluded hill resort. It is an ideal getaway for the weary and […]


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The hill station and fort at Karnala can be visited on any weekend. For the greenery though, it is best that you come in the monsoon.

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The Western Ghats lured the celebrated Maratha warrior Shivaji. And it continues to lure people from the cities of Mumbai and Pune and other places to this day. Karnala, which is less than 150 kilometers from the metropolitan city of Mumbai, is a secluded hill resort. It is an ideal getaway for the weary and exhausted city dwellers. Karnala is like a breath of fresh air.

 

Situated at a height of 475 meters above the sea level in the Raigad district and surrounded by evergreen forests, Karnala is known for its tranquility and pleasant climate. It also boasts of a bird sanctuary that is located at the base of the mountain range. The sanctuary is home to many rare species of birds such as the peregrine falcon, crested serpent eagle, king vulture and many more. Additionally, if you make your visit in season, you can’t miss the migratory birds that congregate at the sanctuary, flying in from far and away places. There are other animals too in the deciduous forest here. The trees comprise of kulu, teak, koshimb, mango, asana and kalam.

 

This is a very good place for trekking as well. You can stretch those city legs of yours as you go about exploring the many nature trails in Karnala. The cool and misty ambience is sure to give you a lot of joy. It’s certainly a refreshing change from the hot and humid climate of the city.

 

There is another option for your daylong excursion. You can visit the fort where the legendary Maratha leader had spent many of his victorious days. Obviously, he was in love with Karnala as well.

 

How to reach: There are many trains on the Central Railway route from the Mumbai VT station to the nearest railhead at Panvel. Hop on to an auto rickshaw to reach Karnala from the station. There are state transport and private buses too. And of course, you can drive to reach Karnala as well.

 

There are some places to stay at Karnala. You will find resorts in Karnala, hotels in Karnala and cottages in Karnala. Some people come here on a day trip from Mumbai as well as it is very close to the city.

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