Karnala fort (also called Funnel Hill) 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 (Vidharba) and was the main trade route between these areas. Its exact date of formation is not know but likely it predates 1400 CE as under the Devagiri Yadavs(1248–1318) and under 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.
Grade : Easy
0545 hrs : Assembly at Balgandharva/Aundh/Wakad HIghway
0615 hrs : Departure for Karnala by private bus
1000 hrs : Reach Bird Santuary & sightseeing
1100 hrs : Trek to Karnala Fort
1230 hrs : Reach the fort and sightseeing
1330 hrs : Lunch
1600 hrs : Descend & Journey back
Cost : INR 400 (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, travel)
Interested? For queries and registrations please contact the following Point of Contacts –
1. Phase – I Sai Upalekar – 9922219402
2. Crossword Ganesh Wakchaure – 9673994828
3. Pantaloons Tanmay Takawale – 9881008163
4. Phase – III Kishor Wagh – 9766138989
5. Other than above locations Kishor Wagh – 9766138989
Kindly Note :
1. Entries limited to 30 only. Hence rush to confirm your nomination latest by Thursday July 4, 2013 – EoD.
2. Persons with any medical condition which might affect them while doing this activity are NOT allowed. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to ensure he/she is medically fit to participate.
3. Participants need to note that any adventure sport carries an inherent risk which may turn fatal. By agreeing to participate in the trek the participant confirms he/she understands these risks.