Trekking to Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Maharashtra is a wonderful experience for nature lovers, birdwatchers, and adventure enthusiasts. It is located near Panvel, which is about 60 km from Mumbai. The sanctuary is home to several species of birds, animals, and plants. The trek is a moderate level and can be completed in a day. Here is a detailed itinerary for the Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trek along with essential information.

Trek Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • 6:00 AM – Reach Panvel Railway Station
  • 6:30 AM – Hire a taxi to Karnala Bird Sanctuary (8 km)
  • 7:00 AM – Start the trek
  • 8:30 AM – Reach the Karnala Fort
  • 9:00 AM – Explore the fort and take a rest
  • 10:00 AM – Start trekking down to the sanctuary
  • 11:30 AM – Reach the base and have lunch
  • 12:30 PM – Explore the bird sanctuary
  • 2:30 PM – Leave for Panvel
  • 3:00 PM – Reach Panvel Railway Station and depart for home

Trekking Information:

  • Trekking Distance: 5 km (approx.)
  • Trekking Level: Moderate
  • Trekking Time: 3-4 hours (approx.)
  • Best Time to Trek: Monsoon (June – September) and Winter (November – February)
  • Entry Fees: Rs. 50 per person for Indians and Rs. 200 per person for foreigners
  • Timings: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Karnala Bird Sanctuary Trek

Things to Carry:

  • Comfortable trekking shoes with good grip
  • Water bottle (at least 2 liters)
  • Snacks like energy bars, dry fruits, and chocolates
  • A raincoat or windcheater (depending on the season)
  • Cap or hat to protect from the sun
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion
  • Personal medication (if any)
  • Backpack to carry all these essentials

Training and Fitness Tips:

  • Start preparing for the trek at least a month before the actual trek.
  • Include cardio exercises like running, cycling, or swimming in your daily routine.
  • Build your stamina by taking long walks or short hikes.
  • Practice climbing stairs or hills to improve leg strength.
  • Do not skip warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after the trek.

Safety Tips:

  • Follow the instructions of the guide or local authorities.
  • Do not stray away from the designated trekking route.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid consuming alcohol or smoking during the trek.
  • Do not litter the place and maintain cleanliness.
  • In case of any emergency, inform the guide or local authorities immediately.

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