The Financial Capital of India, Mumbai is known for its buzzing nightlife, beautiful beaches, fascinating monuments, revered temples, and as the home of Bollywood. There is a lot to do here; that is why, it is among the most thronged and densely populated cities in the country. However, at times, life in this metropolis can get boring, when you are stuck in the home-to-work and work-to-home cycle. You can add thrill to your life by taking an exciting trip to the various adventure tour destinations located nearby. One such destination, you can plan a trip to, is the famous Karnala Bird Sanctuary. At 50 km from the centre of Mumbai, this protected territory is home to about 200 species of migratory and resident birds. The thrill will surely grow manifold when you accompany this trip with an adventure sport like trekking. Over the past few years, Karnala Bird Sanctuary has become a prominent trekking destination for the people of Maharashtra. Know more about other Popular Adventure Trips in Maharashtra
While trekking to Karnala Fort, you will enjoy amazing vistas of nature. The hike to the top will take you to an altitude of about 1500 feet, from where you will be able to capture uninterrupted views of the surrounding lush landscape. You will also get the opportunity to stroll in the jungle of the sanctuary to discover the gems it is hiding. Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trek itinerary also gives you rafting opportunities on the journey. As you travel to the small village of Kolad, you will get a chance to ride the strong rapids of the Kundalika River. White-water rafting on the rapids will unleash adrenaline in your veins. River rafting in Kolad will become an everlasting memory for you. Whether planning a short, adventurous trip with your family or friends, this itinerary is a great option to spend quality time with them. This Karnala Fort Trek will bring you closer to nature and add adventure to your life.
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Day 01: Arrival at Dadar | Dadar to Karnala Bird Sanctuary | Trekking to Karnala Fort | Karnala Bird Sanctuary to Kolad
Upon arrival in Dadar, hop on to the air-conditioned bus and proceed to Karnala Bird Sanctuary to begin Karnala Fort Trek. Around 12 km from Panvel, outside Mumbai, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a hot spot for birdwatchers. It is home to diverse flora and fauna and almost 200 migratory and resident bird species have been recorded here. The protected territory is also a preferred trekking destination. On reaching here, enjoy breakfast before you embark on the Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trek. As you begin your journey to the fortress, situated at a height of approximately 1500 feet above sea level, mesmerising vistas of the surroundings treat your eyes. The 12th-century fort in itself is a vantage point which helped govern the trade route from Bhor Ghat to Mumbai. On your way up, you might spot fascinating birds like Malabar whistling thrush, Oriental magpie-robin and paradise flycatcher.
Enjoy lunch here, and later begin your journey downhill. As you reach the base of the hill, stroll around to see what other fascinating things this protected territory is hiding in its dense jungles.As the sun sets on the horizon, this trekking to Karnala Fort adventure takes you from Karnala to Kolad. A small village, Kolad has emerged as a popular adventure tourism destination in the past few years. On the banks of the Kundalika River, it is a hub for many adventurous activities, including river rafting. Enjoy dinner, and overnight stay in your comfortable tents at Z-BAC in Kolad.
Day 02: River Rafting | Departure from Kolad
Open your eyes to a beautiful view, and then enjoy a nutritious breakfast before heading for river rafting in Kolad. Hop on to your boat and battle those strong rapids as they try to throw you in the water. As you ride on the gushing river, a stream of adrenaline will be flowing through your veins. After enjoying rafting for about 2 hours, have your lunch. Post the flavoursome meal, pack your bags and depart for home.
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