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

Itinerary

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

Includes:

  • Return Non AC Transport Panvel to Karnala
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entry fees for Sanctuary
  • First Aid Kit
  • Naturalist from Tern Travellers team

Excludes:

  • 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

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
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%

Things to Carry:

  • A Hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • A dust protection mask
  • Personal Bottle (To avoid plastic use – 1LtrsX2)
  • Small backpack (10Ltrs)
  • Bird books
  • Sun screen
  • Only dull coloured clothes (Green, brown, Beige, Camouflage)
  • Camera (At owners risk) with proper equipment for photography (As per need)
  • Fleece/Jacket (temperatures drop in the forest to below 10 degree Celsius)
  • Binoculars
  • Energy bars

Important Note:

  • Wildlife safaris/Bird watching is a matter of luck and opportunity. No guarantee of any sighting is made. Neither of our associates will quote that, although we try our best to spot and show you as much as nature allows us to.
  • Birdwatching is a hobby and not a race, hence request all birders to maintain discipline at all times.
  • Bird watching is an art of silence and key observation.
  • Avoid Pointing out directly to a bird that might flush the bird away.
  • Do not get too close to a bird for a photograph that you flush it away.
  • Birdwatching should be enjoyed by binoculars and the fun is to spot them, identify them and if you still have some time with the bird photograph them.
  • Never enter the forest with an intention of spotting a single species, it will only disappoint you. The forest is a gift packet with a lot to surprise with. Listen to our naturalist for more wonderful experience.
  • Our walks are not target species specific (Unless specified)
  • We explore everything we find uncommon and need to be explained.
  • Any demand for spotting a single species in any jeep will not be entertained by the guide or the tour leader as there are other travellers who would want to see the birds etc.
  • Respect & honour everything that is in the forest and it has to offer you.
  • Enjoy being in the forest and you will feel much happier away from the concrete chaos.
  • Respect the local, tribes, guards, guides, drivers, officers and all animals.
  • Front seat of the Gypsy is always reserved for the Guide or Guard.
  • No extra room will be made for photographers, respecting other travellers. (For photographers it is recommended to opt for higher options)
  • No littering in the forest strictly. (what goes comes back the same way)
  • Camera fees & guide tips to be paid separately & directly.
  • Kindly follow the instructions given by the tour leader and the guide for your own safety.

Departure dates: TBA

 

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