Karnala Bird Sanctuary of Panvel is the abode of local and migratory birds of 147 species of birds. It is located at the distance of 12 kilometers from Panvel on the Mumbai-Goa national highway. This region comes under the Raigad district of Maharashtra state in India. The area is also well known for Karnala Fort. Karnala Bird Sanctuary was built in the small area of 12.155 square kilometers. The government of Maharashtra has declared this small forest as a reserve forest area and given the status of Bird Sanctuary.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary Timings
The Karnala Bird Sanctuary remains open on all weekdays between sunrise to sunset (ie. 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM). It takes 3 to 3:30 hours to explore all the places in the sanctuary. But festival days may affect the timings and visiting hours. During summers, try to avoid visiting in the afternoon.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary Entry Fees
- Adult: Rs. 30 per person
- Child (Age between 5 to 12 years): Rs. 15 per child
- Foreigners: Rs. 60 per person
- Foreigner Child (Age between 5 to 12 years): Rs. 30 per child
- Professional photo camera (For Indian): Rs. 100 per camera
- Professional photo camera (For Foreigners): Rs. 200 per camera
- Professional video camera (For Indian): Rs. 250 per camera
- Professional video camera (For Foreigners): Rs. 500 per camera
- Two Wheeler Vehicle: Rs. 25/vehicle
- Four Wheeler Vehicle Car/Taxi/Jeep: Rs. 100/vehicle
- Heavy Vehicle (Bus): Rs: 150/vehicle
Note: Entry fee is not applicable for child below 5 years.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary Information
If you are staying Mumbai and looking for a place to spend a day or planning for one day picnic then Karnala is the ultimate choice for you. This small park was established in the year 1968 by the state government of Maharashtra. Since 1968, it has been the great shelter for the birds of 147 species. out of those 147, 37 species of birds are of migratory birds. These migratory birds come from Central Asia, Europe, Uzbekistan and Siberia. Karnala Bird sanctuary is surrounded by the dense forests.
More than 642 species of plants have seen here which includes some rare herbal plants. Plastic bottles, cups, bags and other items are not allowed in the park. Nature conservation center is available at the entry gate.
There are two ways of jungle wanderings. One is known as “Green Nature Street”/ “Harit Nisarg Marg”. It is a neat, simple way, it creates a wonderful glimpse of the fascinating world of birds. There is another way for the people who want to enjoy the more enjoyment of the hikes and it is known as “Mortak Road”. This path is 6 km long straight from the sanctuary. A lot of different colors of butterflies can be seen on this path.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trekking
Apart from bird watching, the main attraction of this sanctuary is the historical Karnala Fort. Karnala Fort is at an elevation of 445 meters from the sea level. Due to difficult natural conditions, this fort became one of the most popular trekking locations available nearby Mumbai. This thumb shape fort always attracts tourists in large number. Great Maratha king “Shivaji Maharaj” captured this fort in the year 1657. This fort was given to Mughals as per Purandar agreement.
Best Time To Visit Karnala Bird Sanctuary
You can visit this sanctuary at any time during the year. But the best time to visit Karnala bird sanctuary is September To April. 37 types of Migratory birds can be seen during this period. Try to avoid visiting in the month of May.
How To Reach Karnala Bird Sanctuary?
By Road: You need to follow Mumbai-Goa national highway. After passing the Panvel, you can see the small village “Shirdhone”. Karnala region starts after the Shirdhone.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Panvel. You need to travel by road from Panvel railway station to Sanctuary.
By Air: The nearest airport is Mumbai.