About Karnala Bird Sanctuary

The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located in Panvel Taluka of Raigad district, outside Mumbai, The sanctuary is centered on the historic Karnala Fort and lies just off the Mumbai-Pune national highway to Goa around 61 kms from Mumbai. The sanctuary is a home to over 150 species as residents and 37 species of migratory birds who visits the sanctuary during the winter season

This sanctuary is a paradise for small birds like Flycatchers, Munias, Leafbirds, Minivets, orioles, woodpeckers and many others. Also some resident raptors like serpent eagle, changeable hawk eagle can be seen here frequently.

Some rarities like Ashy Minivets have also been recorded here couple of years back.

The best time to visit this place is from Oct-Mar, as its autumn and most of the trees are flowering / without leaves which gives a great view. The presence of many migratory birds increases the bird density.

Although Karnala is primarily a bird sanctuary, it is a home to many other forms of wildlife like Wild Boar, Barking Deer, The Four-Horned Antelope, and Common Langur.

January 2017
  • 15th Sunday 6:15 am

Meeting Point: Outside Gateway School of Mumbai, Chembur (can be changed)

Trip duration: Around 6 hours (Including Travelling time)


  • Meet Wildnest Team members and our naturalist at the meeting point.
  • Packed Breakfast en route
  • Reach Karnala between 7:30-8:00 am
  • Visit Karnala Bird Sanctuary
  • Depart From Karnala around 10:30 am

Charges: INR 1500/- per person (This trip is for people aged 10 years above)

Includes: Park fees, Services of Wildnest naturalist, Transportation, Packed Breakfast, Binoculars/ Spotting Scope (to be shared among participants)

Suggested items to carry: Camera and/or Binocular, Water bottle/ Flask

Note: Rs. 200 needs to be deposited at the entrance of the park gate if carrying disposable plastic bottles), we recommend to carry your own flasks.

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