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Karnala - A Holiday In Nature's Lap


A renowned fort city, Karnala is set in the Raigad district within the state of Maharashtra. It is located at an escalation of about 439 m above sea level and is surrounded by dense green forests and lofty mountain ranges on either side.

Karnala - A Historic Background

During the rule of the Tughlaqs, Karnala served as a capital to the Konkan districts post which it was taken over by Nizam Shah – the founder of Ahmednagar. The Karnala Fort is a gift to the Nizami ruler in view of the friendship he enjoyed with the Portuguese then. Not long after, the East India Company established British rule in this region, as they realized the strategic importance of Karnala’s geographical placement.

Karnala – Set In Nature’s Lap

The Bird Sanctuary at Karnala makes it a hit amongst nature lovers and bird watchers. This sanctuary is home to around 150 resident species and 37 migratory species of birds. There are several trekking activities too provided at this tourist hotspot.

Karnala Weather

The perfect weather that a vacationer seeks for to enjoy a hill station can be experienced here all year long. So come rain, come shine, the climate here is extremely salubrious and inviting. The monsoons provide with a fantastic and memorable glimpse into this natural beauty, while the winter season is a good time to catch view of some migratory birds.

How To Reach Karnala

Karnala proves to be an ideal city to spend your vacation or take a quick weekend retreat. The hill station is very easily accessible by road, rail and air. It is merely 52 km away from Mumbai, while it is just at a distance of 14 km from Panvel wherefrom you can decide to hike a bus, travel by train or simply drive down.

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How to Reach Karnala

  • By Road
    Karnala is easily accessible by road. It is just 52 km away from Mumbai and merely 14 km away from Panvel. Once you reach Panvel, opt for the Goa Highway to reach Karnala. There are several state owned and private buses that link Karnala to other cities and towns in and outside Maharashtra.
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  • By Train
    Panvel is the closest railway station to Karnala at a distance of just 10 km. Panvel is a major station under the Mumbai Local Railway Division and is connected to all the major cities within and outside Maharashtra via regular trains. The road journey from the station to Karnala costs about Rs. 200 on an average.
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  • By Air
    The Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest major airport to Karnala, merely 54 km away. The airport is very well connected to all major cities within and outside India. There are taxi services available from the airport to directly reach you to Karnala. The average taxi fare comes to around Rs. 1200. The Lohegaon Airport in Pune is the second nearest airport to Karnala, about a hundred km away.
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