Karmala - A Green Canopy near the Concrete Jungles..
Karnala is a beautiful canopy of green just around Pune that you knew about but never cared to get intimate with. Do take the trouble, you'll find the air here refreshing the walks energizing and the getaway completely revitalising. Karnala is a great place for a weekend break with friends and family. Just over an hour away from Pune and Mumbai Karnala is also a great one day trip destination.
Karnala is a great destnation for the ones who want to be close to nature. Karnala bird sanctuary is the primary attraction of Karnala along with the Karnala fort ideal for trekking which is a trek of moderate difficulty. Karnala Thums up a sheer rock face at a height if 1538 ft is a rock climbing destination which requires expertise of technical climbing. The best time to visit Karnala is just after monsoons and early winters when it would be all green all around Karnala.
Rock Climbing in Karnala
If you have the expertise and the equipment you can scale the Karnala Thums Up. From one side the Karnala Thums Up is a sheer rock face with a couple of overhangs, but on the other side its an obvious and clear route. This is a technical climb and you must have the necessary proficiency and safety gear to make it successfully.
While driving down the Mumbai-Goa Highway, stop when you see Hotel Ekvira or a board in marathi that indicates that you have reached the Karnala Bird sanctuary , just opposite the Karnala range forest office. There is no entry fee at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary however if you want to bring your car upto the main open area where the forest rest houses are located you have to pay Rs 30.
The intriguing hill fort of Karnala has always attracted trekkers from Pune and Mumbai because of its proximity and the great views of the mumbai harbour. The peak itself is crested by a thumb shaped pinnacle - The famous Karnala Thumbs Up. The trek to Karnala fort will take an hour and atop the fort there is a small Bhavani temple. At the base of the pinnacle are some buddhist rock cut caves.
Karnala Bird Sactuary..
Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a permanent home to about 150 species of avians and is also temporarily visited by another 40 species of migratory birds. Bird watching here is a seosonal affair. The best time to visit the Karnala Bird Sanctuary is from November to February.