While it was certainly heartening as parents to see children do what children should - some time off from their intricate digital worlds.There is a nominal entry fee for the Fort, the entry is a controlled one through a proper road and there is a ticket counter, where one needs to pay Parking Fees and tickets for both Adults and Children, I paid a total of Rs410 for 2 full tickets and 2 halves along with Parking.Sorry I forgot to check the details - don't be like me, always check your tickets!You will see the climb starts almost after the canteen next to the river, there are washrooms at regular intervals from the main gate to the last one just before the trail starts.Remember to travel light, wear nice and easy clothing, shoes with good grip. The trail is medium to difficult for first timers and has a constant gradient as well. But then this is just the beginning and things get really interesting while on top.https://www.instagram.com/tv/CUfIgWyKok_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Karnala Bird Sanctuary (Raigad)Take a short break and move towards Panvel, it is a great weekend place especially for kids to experience the wilderness, karnala bird sanctuary is just 12 km from Panvel. It is specifically a bird sanctuary. Dense forest, twisting vines, wild ferns, chirping birds, squirrels, lizards and geckos, flapping butterflies, monkey, and jungle fowl.There are State Transport buses running regularly from Mumbai Central to Karnala.Auto rickshaws and taxis going from Panvel to Pen also drop visitors off at Karnala.
Conservation Site No 4 - Karnala Bird Sanctuary, MaharashtraKarnala is beautiful trail that leads to a peaceful fort a short distance away from Mumbai. Karnala Bird Sanctuary is near Panvel on the old Mumbai - Pune Highway. The sanctuary is divided into two parts, the first is the trail that leads to the Karnala Fort and the second is on the other side of the road which is a dense forest. Both parts are home to beautiful and rare birds as well as wildlife. Make sure you go with a good camera and a lot of patience to spot these birds and run after them to get a good shot. On slightly rarer occasions, spotting of jackals, deer, jungle cats and leopards have been reported. How To Reach- Drive from Mumbai is around 1.5 Hours to 2 Hours. There is no public transport that can take you there.How Many Days - A one day trip is good but it is recommended to go early in the morning or late afternoon to spot birdsWhere To Stay- Stay is not required as such but there are small guests houses around if you like to do an overnight trip and wake up early in the morning for bird photography.