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The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located in Panvel Taluka of Raigad District, outside Mumbai, India near Matheran and Karjat. The sanctuary is quite small with an area of 12.11 square kilometres but along with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Tungareshwar sanctuary is one of the few sanctuaries to be within reach of the city of Mumbai.
The sanctuary is centered on the historic Karnala Fort and lies just off the Mumbai-Pune national highway to Goa. It is located 12 km from Panvel. The nearest rail head is Panvel. Regular buses at an interval of 30 minutes are available from Panvel Bus Stand from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm. The sanctuary is open for visitors from sunrise to sunset. There are many hotels and resorts located near the sanctuary. There are two government rest houses inside the sanctuary area.
The bird sanctuary is a popular destination for bird-watchers and hikers in the Mumbai area. The sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds which visit the sanctuary during winter. Three rare birds, the ashy minivet, three-toed kingfisher and Malabar trogon have been sighted here. The Karnala fort is located on the top of the hill in the sanctuary. It is about 1hr. medium hard trek to Karnala fort.
There was a sighting of a leopard at Karnala.
Hotels are available in panvel.
How to reach Karnala Bird Sanctuary :
Central Railway trains from VT Station stop at Panvel, 12 km from the sanctuary; from here you can catch autorickshaws, taxis and buses. State Transport buses run from Mumbai Central to Karnala. You can hire a Taxi from Mumbai or Pune and shouldn't be very expensive.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is the nearest airport to Karnala bird sanctuary. The airport is at a distance of around 60kms from Karnala bird sanctuary. One can hire a taxis or an auto-rickshaw to reach the bird sanctuary.
By Rail :
Panvel, the nearest railhead, is a major station on the busy line between Mumbai and Roha and also on the Mumbai suburban line. Auto-rickshaws and taxis can be hired from the station to reach the sanctuary, 12 km away.
By Road :
Buses ply between Mumbai and Panvel and taxis and autos are available from Panvel.
Places to visit in Karnala Bird Sanctuary :
While going on the Mumbai-Goa highway we might have noticed a thumb like rock resting on a mountain.
Shiva Temple :
The Shiva temple is situated near to Karnala bird sanctuary is a popular Shiva temple worshipped by the devotees on a large.
Map : Karnala Bird Sanctuary