Fort Karnalal. At the bottom of the fort is the bird sanctuary. Karnala is 120 k.m. away from Pune and 13 k.m. away from Panvel. The sanctuary is around 25 meters high from the sea level , while the fort itself is 370 meters from the sea level.
Maharashtra Government in 1968-69 declared this 4.5 Sq.Km. region as the bird sanctuary. Rich with natural habitats for various kinds of birds, in the sanctuary one can find around 150 species of birds. Specially, you can watch for Red Vented Bulbul, Horn Bill, Myna, Owl, Ashy Rain War Blur, Paradise Fly Catcher, RobinMcPie.
On the east of the fort, on the bank of the river Patalganga, is village Apte, on the west is Ransai, while on the north is Vhichwan. The whole area is full of greenery. The fort of Karnala and its famous steep rock always has been challenge for trackers. Bird watchers are advised to bring powerful binoculars to avoid disappointment. Karnala is worth visiting all year round except between March and June.
Jul 6, 2008