Karnala National Park

Just a short drive outside Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune Highway to Goa, is the densely forested Karnala Bird Sanctuary, a pleasant surprise away from Mumbai's concrete jungle.Between Pen and Panvel lies Karnala bird sanctuary. Karnala is 120 k.m. away from Pune and 13 k.m. away from Panvel.

The whole area is lush green and rich with natural habitation of various birds like Red Vented, Bulbul, Horn Bill, Myna, Owl, Robin McPie and many others. Best time to visit for bird watching is from October to April. However if one wants to enjoy the greenery, it has to be during the monsoons. Karnala forest was declared a Bird Sanctuary in 1962.

The latest wildlife census proved the sanctuary to be a refuge for more than 140 species of resident and over 40 migratory bird species.

How to get there

From Panvel regular buses and autorickshaws(6 sitters) going towards Pen will drop you at Karnala, but the frequency is very less after 6.00-7.00 PM. The fare is around Rs.10.00.

From Vashi (New Mumbai) - 32km. (one Way)
State Transport buses run from Mumbai Central to Karnala. You can hire an Taxi from Mumbai or Pune and shouldn't be very expensive.