About Karnala Fort
Karnala Fort is a hill fort located in Raigad district of Maharashtra. This fort was of strategic importance then as it overlooked the Bor pass. It was the main trade route between Bor pass and Konkan coast.
History of Karnala Fort
The fort was constructed before 1400. It was under the Devagiri Yadavs and Tuhlaq rulers. Karnala was the capital of the north Konkan districts of their respective empires during that time. Later it was passed on to the Portuguese. Shivaji conquered the fort from Portuguese in the year 1670. After his death, the fort was taken under control by Aurangzeb. After the Mughal rule over this fort for some time, the Peshwas of Pune took control over it. Prother, the British colonel gained the fort and established the rule of the British East India Company there in the year 1818.
How to reach Karnala Fort?
From Panvel regular buses are available towards Pen that will drop you to Karnala. From Pune one has to reach Panvel and then Karnala.
Difficulty level: Easy
Distance: 120 km
Things to do at Karnala Fort:
Karnala Fort lies inside what is today known as the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. This is a good place for trekking and hiking. The Pandu’s tower is quite famous on the fort. It was used as a watch tower. There is a water cistern which provides water throughout the year. From the top of Karnala fort, Prabalgad, Manikgad, Chanderi fort, Rajmachi are clearly visible. There is a Bhavani temple at the bottom of the fort. Monsoon is the perfect time to visit this fort as it turns lush green. Winter is also a time when trekking can be done on Karnala fort.
Also See: Prabalgad Fort | Sudhagad Fort | Korigad Fort | Purandar Fort | Pratapgad Fort | Raigad Fort | Vasota Fort | Tung Fort | Tikona Fort | Visapur Fort | Shivneri Fort | Lohagad Fort | Torna Fort | Rajgad Fort | Sinhagad Fort | Harishchandragad Fort | Rajmachi Fort