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Nomadic Journeys >> The Weekend Nomad >> Hike to Karnala

Grade: Medium                                                                            

 

Activity: Hiking

 

Best Season: June to February



 
Day 1 : One day hike to Karnala fort

Tentative Schedule:

 

06:45 Hrs Assemble at Dadar T.T circle. (Outside Metro Shoe Shop)            

 

07:00 Hrs Depart for Karnala (B/fast en-route)

 

09:00 Hrs Reach the base and start the hike to the fort.

 

11:30 Hrs Approx time to reach the fort

                  

                  Lunch

 

13:00 Hrs Explore the fort.

 

13:30 Hrs Hike back to base

 

15:30 Hrs Reach the base & depart for Mumbai

 

17:30 Hrs Approx time of arrival at Dadar.

 
Coordinates    18°52`54"N 73°07`05"E

Type    Hill fort

Controlled by - Ahmednagar sultanate, Portuguese, Marathas, British East India Company

Condition    Ruins

Materials    Stone

Height    439 m (1,440 ft) ASL

Karnala fort (also called Funnel Hill is a hill fort in Raigad district about 10 km from Panvel city. Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor pass which connected the Konkan coast to the interior of Maharashtra (Vidharba) and was
the main trade route between these areas.

Its exact date of formation is not known but likely it predates 1400 AD as under the Devagiri Yadavs (1248–1318) and under the Tughlaq rulers (1318–1347), Karnala was the capital of the north Konkan districts of their respective empires. It later fell under the command of the Gujarat Sultanate but in 1540 was taken over by Nizam Shah of Ahmednagar. The Gujarat sultans then requested the help of the Dom Francisco de Menenzes the commanding officer of the Portuguese at Bassien (modern day Vasai) to win it back. He ordered 500 of his soldiers to Karnala fort and they were able to capture it. The fort was left in charge of the Gujarat Sultanate but with Portuguese garrisons. The loss of Karnala enraged the Nizam Shah and he took back the fort and the surrounding countryside by sending 5,000 of his men. The Gujarat sultans fled to Vasai in panic and gave up any claims of the fort to the Portuguese. In the subsequent battle between the Nizam Shah and the Portuguese, the latter were victorious in repulsing further attacks of the Nizam Shahi army and the fort remained with the Portuguese. However the Portuguese viceroy determined that the forts of Sangli and Karnala were of little value to them and decided to give them to the Nizam Shah for an annual payment of Rs. 17,500(or 5,000 gold pardoas)
to further their friendship.

Shivaji conquered it from the Portuguese in 1670 by building breastworks as he advanced. After his death in 1680 it was taken over by Aurangzeb. After this the Mughals occupied it for some time after which it in 1740 with the rise of the Peshwas of Pune it went to them. It remained under the command of killedar (garrison commander) Anantrao until a Colonel Prother won the fort and established the rule of the British East India Company there in 1818.

Karnala fort actually consists of two forts one at a higher level and other lower. At the centre of the higher level is a 125 feet high basalt pillar. It is also called Pandu's tower. This structure was used as watchtower when the fort was occupied however now it is in a ruined condition. The presence of bee hives also makes it difficult to climb and have resulted in at least one casualty in recent times. There is a water cistern which provides fresh water all year long. From the top the forts of Prabalgad and Rajmachi are clearly visible. The fort has two inscriptions one in Marathi and the other in Persian. The Marathi inscription which has no date is seen on the lower gate
on the inner side. Its words are indecipherable. The Persian writing is on upper gate reads "Syed Nuruddin Muhammad Khan, Hijri, 1147 AH (1735 CE) and probably dates from the Mughal occupation of the fort.

 
1)   Road
Mumbai To Mumbai
 
 
Note : Contact us for trip cost.
 
- Valid Indian visa is required for all foreigners visiting India.
 
Inclusion
  • Transport by private Non-A/C vehicle.
  • All veg packed meals ( Breakfast / Lunch / Snacks )
  • Entry fees into Sanctuary
  • Hike to Karnala (near Panvel)
  • Services of ‘The Nomadic Quest’ & our Instructors for the trip.
Exclusion
  • Any kind of Extra Meals / Insurance, Tips, Porters, Phone calls, bottled water, aerated drinks etc.
  • Camera charges.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like Road blocks, bad weather.
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the Cost Includes column above.
Other

Basic points to keep in mind for an enjoyable trip

 

  • Nature is fun to explore but not a toy to exploit. Respect its harmony and please do not disrupt the balance needed to retain the beauty and treasures of nature. There will be specific guidelines we will share in order to enable this. Please abide by these.
  • The trip is not a regular excursion exercise with friends and family. It really unlocks the wonderful world of nature and brings alive its magic. Do choose the trip to be nature’s special guest.
  • Like all outdoor trips, even this one requires basic fitness. Also, no one else but you yourself will be responsible for taking care of your personal belongings.
  • Your experience from the trip will depend on a lot of factors such as climatic conditions, your health conditions and the physical terrain.

Disclosures on medical conditions

 

  • It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip so that best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval.
  • As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves.

Payment, refund and cancellation terms

 

  • Eligibility for this Outdoor trip is 12 years & above.
  • We do not have a child rate for our trips unless mentioned.
  • We will try our best to stick to the itinerary of the trip shared with you but bear in mind that factors out of our control may change the schedule.
  • You will be required to make the full payment at the moment you confirm your enrolment for the trip.
  • In case you opt for cancellation, no requests for transfer or postponement will be considered.
  • Cancellation charges will be 100% after confirmation.
  • Please note that ‘The Nomadic Quest’ reserves the right of refusal and the right to cancel any booking (for example when the basic feasible quote of people required to travel has not been met). In such an event, as a participant you will be entitled to a refund.
  • In the event of uncontrollable factors like landslides, avalanche, civil strife, war, transportation delays, etc, it will not be possible to issue refunds but will surely take all necessary steps to co-operate with you in the situation.
  • The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens. Foreigners / NRIs will need to pay extra if and as applicable.

Kindly contact us for any further details and enrolment procedure.

 
Kit List

Essentials:

  • Wear comfortable full cotton casual top and full cotton trouser.
  • Wear lightweight rubber-soled shoes.

Don’t forget to carry your backpack with:

  • Sunhat or cap.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen lotion.
  • Chocolates and dry fruits as pocket snacks
  • Water bottle with water (minimum 3 lts per person) 
  • Toilet Paper
  • Personal Identity ( Compulsory )
  • Personal Medication (if any)
  • Extra Pair of Clothes
  • Rain Protection Gear ( Jacket / Dry Bag or Thick Polythene Bag )
  • Camera with sufficient batteries and film (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Mosquito Repellent.
  • Floaters (Footwear – to wear after the hike)

All services as mentioned in the Inclusion.

 

 
Tours can be arranged according to the dates convinient to you
 
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