About the tour:

The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located in Panvel Taluka of Raigad District, outside Mumbai, India near Matheran and Karjat. The sanctuary is quite small with an area of 12.11 square kilometres but along with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Tungareshwar sanctuary is one of the few sanctuaries to be within reach of the city of Mumbai.


Even so, the Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds. Three rare birds — Ashy Minivet, Three-toed kingfisher and Malabar Trogon — have also been sighted at the park. The sanctuary itself comprises moist deciduous forest and the forest department has made efforts to educate the visitors by tagging several trees inside the forest.


While it is a bird sanctuary, other forms wildlife also exist. Wild boars, langurs and rhesus monkeys are common here. There are four nature trails in the sanctuary. The two distinct seasons for bird-watching are the monsoons (good for spotting the Malabar whistling thrush, the magpie robin and the paradise flycatcher) and winters (when you can spot the migratory birds) when the blue throat, the black headed cuckoo-shrike, the blue-headed rock-thrush, blackbird and the red breasted flycatcher flock to the sanctuary during winter.


Highlights of the trip:

  • Three toed Kingfisher
  • Malabar Trogon
  • Great Hornbill
  • Heart spotted woodpecker
  • Blue headed rock thrush
  • Red breasted flycatcher

Type:                     Birdwatching

No of days:         01

Grade:                  Easy

Region:                 Panvel
Range:                 Matheran

Trail time:            2 – 3Hrs

Meeting point:

Panvel ST Bus Stand, Nr. Market

Day/s Itinerary Meals Acco
Day 1 Panvel – Karnala – Panvel B,L

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1:

A day filled for birdwatching and wildlife photography. Dedicated to nature your day starts off by meeting our representative/Leader/ Naturalist at the given meeting point @ 0700Hrs and we start our drive to Karnala in PVT Local transport. Arrive and explore the beautiful forest of Hariyal trail for about 1.5Hrs and a break for breakfast. We resume after breakfast in search of Hornbill and Woodpecker in the upper trails until lunch. Apart from Birds we shall also focus on other forms of life of the monsoons. Malabar whistling thrush and Asian Paradise flycatcher will be our prime “focus”. We return to base for lunch. Start our drive back to Panvel by the same mode of transport and the trip ends with some exciting birding and photographs.

Trip officially ends.

Ex Panvel:           Adult Rs.900/-* per person

Group requisite: 12 pax


  • Return Non AC Transport Panvel to Karnala
  • Breakfast & lunch
  • Entry fees for Sanctuary
  • First Aid Kit
  • Naturalist from Tern Travellers team


  • Any other transport from origin of participant to meeting point.
  • Additional meals or services
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any other item specifically NOT mentioned in includes.

Payment policy

Advance (Non Refundable) Balance on or before 3 days
At the time of booking 50% 50%

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation period Cancellation Charges on Cost
21 – 35 days 25%
21 – 14 days 50%
14 – 07 days 75%
Less than 07 days or No show 100%

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