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Karnala Sanctuary, which is located in Panvel Taluka of Raigad District, outside Mumbai, India, near Matheran and Karjat. As the first bird sanctuary in Maharashtra, it holds significant importance. Despite its small area of 12.11 square kilometers, it is one the few sanctuaries that can be easily accessed from the city of Mumbai, along with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Tungareshwar  Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a popular weekend destination for families and trekking enthusiasts, and Gagangiri Tours and Travels provides hotel and car rental services for visitors. Additionally, its location on the way to Alibaug beaches makes it a convenient stop for travelers.




Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and bird watchers. Located off the Mumbai-Pune national highway to Goa, the sanctuary is centered on the historic Karnala Fort. It is easily accessible by road and rail, with Pan being the nearest railhead. Regular buses are available from Panvel Bus Stand, and the sanctuary is open for visitors from 7am to 3pm. There are many hotels and resorts located near the sanctuary, and two government rest houses inside the sanctuary area.

About Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a must-visit destination for bird enthusiasts and hikers in Mumbai. With over 222 species of birds, including eight endemic to the Western Ghats, visitors can spot rare birds such as the ashy minivet, three-toed kingfisher, and Rufous-bellied Eagle. The sanctuary is also an Important Bird Area, making it a significant location for bird conservation..

Best Time to Visit Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Best time: July- August, and October- February. Timings: Every day 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Entry Fee Charged at Karnala Bird Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset. The ticket costs are Rs. 35 per person and Rs. 100 are charged for a professional camera.

Are there leopards in Karnala Bird Sanctuary?

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.

Karnala Trek Difficulty

Ranges from very easy to tool level. Trek Distance: Approximately 3 kilometers. Washroom facilities are available at the base village. Location: Situated near Panvel.


RiverRock Villa By Anavrinstays

Address-Kalle Rd, Karnala, Kalle, Maharashtra 410221

Visava Amusement Park & Resort Panvel

Address-Mumbai-Goa Highway, Near Karnala Bird Sanctuary Kalhe Gaon, Panvel, Karnala, Maharashtra 410221

NB Nature Stay

Address-H.No - 480, Panvel, Masore, Patnoli, Maharashtra 410206

Rs 2229/-

S.K Resort & Holiday Home

Address-Near Yusuf Meherali Centre Panvel-Goa Highway Bandhanwadi, Karnala, Maharashtra 410221

Rs 3440/-

Sangram Lodge

Address-Mumbai - Goa Hwy, Panvel, Shirdhon, Maharashtra 410221

Rs 783/-

Jai Malhar Residency - Panvel

Address-Survey No. 92/1, Mumbai - Goa Hwy, Palaspa, Panvel, Maharashtra 410206

Rs 1926/-


Address-Shop No 278, 6B, Uran - Panvel Rd, opposite LAXMI EYE INSTITUTE, Old Panvel, Panvel, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 402107

Rs 2174/-

Kings Hotel and Resorts

Address-Bandhanwadi, Panvel Goa Road, Karnala, Navi Mumbai - 410221 (Beside Yusuf Meherali Centre)

My Nest Agro Farm Resort

Address-Kadam Farm, Lahuchi Wadi Kalhe Gaon, Panvel Pen Raod, Karnala, Navi Mumbai - 410221 (Near Visava Resort)

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