Karnala Fort, Panvel

Karnala fort is a hill fort in Raigad district about 10 km from Panvel city. Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor pass which connected the Konkan coast to the interior of Maharashtra and was the main trade route between these areas.HistoryThe fort was likely constructed before 1400, under Devagiri Yadavs(1248–1318) and the Tughlaq rulers (1318–1347), Karnala was the capital of the north Konkan districts of their respective empires. It later fell under the command of the Gujarat Sultanate but in 1540 was taken over by Nizam Shah of Ahmednagar. The Gujarat sultans then requested the help of the Dom Francisco de Menenzes the commanding officer of the Portuguese at Bassien (modern day Vasai) to win it back. He ordered 500 of his soldiers to Karnala fort and they were able to capture it. The fort was left in charge of the Gujarat Sultanate but with Portuguese garrisons.The Gujarat sultans fled to Vasai, surrendering the fort to the Portuguese. The loss of Karnala enraged Nizam Shah, who sent 5,000 men to reclaim the fort and the surrounding countryside. The attempt was unsuccessful, and the Portuguese continued to hold the fort. Deciding that the forts of Sangli and Karnala were of little strategic value, however, the Portuguese viceroy agreed to return them to Nizam Shah for an annual payment of Rs. 17,500 (or 5,000 gold Pardoas).
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  • Had a great experience celebrating our daughters bday with her friends and parents from the time we reached till we left. Open clean space, activities, close to nature and no devices had the kids on t...  more »
  • Reach there at the morning if you want to visit fort and bird park. We reached at the afternoon so not able to reach at top for Karnala fort it get closed at 6 pm. Birds, turtles and few animals are k...  more »
  • This is an old fort, which needs to be climbed. This fort is not well maintained. But, ride can be enjoyable with friends & families.  more »
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  • Best place for trekkers! You need to purchase tickets from the concerned authority. Rather easy to trek, however, take proper care while trekking. Most important, bring your cooked food and water as needed. Few spots are really risky avoid if do not have guts.
  • If you're a nature lover, you must visit this fort in rainy season. Best place for tracking, it's approx 2-4 km track. At the peak there are no restaurants or any hawkers so you must carry some refreshment along with you. It's very economic to reach there. From Panvel you can reach through bus(27 per person) & auto (50-70 per person).
  • Awesome place to trek... Greenery... Landscapes... Reach there from Panvel railway station. Have your own vehicle or by auto. Buses are rare. No fooding options there... Do carry by your own. Also avoid heavy weights extra on your trekking backpack.
  • Nice Place For starters (trekkers).. Natureholic Place.. Best time Visit Is From June- February...as they are charging entry fees they must follow Cleanliness Rules.. Washroom are Yucckk! Dirty and Drinking Water Facility is not so good... Rest everything was Best I must say....
  • Great place to visit during monsoon. They take 100 rupees for Camera Also 25 rupees for entry And 200 deposit and it is refundable if you show the receipt and return before 5 pm.

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