History of Karnala

Surrounded by beautiful natural features and a historical fort, Karnala is a popular tourist attraction for trekkers and bird-watchers. Other individuals keen to enjoy its natural environment also visit this region as it has several places that serve as great tourist spots. Developed infrastructure has greatly increased the number of people visiting modern Karnala and its surroundings. But, there are certain places that offer a glimpse of its glorious past. The Karnala fort stands testimony to a fact that there have been numerous power struggles in this region. But, even after being left mostly in ruins, certain parts of this great monument have still managed to survive winds of change.

This fort was of strategic importance for its rulers as it controlled an important trade route. It is believed to have been under Devagiri Yadavs between the years 1248 and 1318 and was later controlled by Tuglaqs. Several rulers gained their control over Karnala before independence of India. Now, it lies as a protected area within a bird sanctuary that has numerous species of birds. Excellent craftsmanship of a bygone era can be seen in the form of carvings on Karnala fort's doorway. A steep climb offered by this fort and its surroundings attracts many adventure seekers every year.

Many other attractions in this region offer evidences that this place had a special significance much before the fort was built. Surroundings of Bhavani temple located at Devale have ancient tanks and Buddhist caves, which show that the history of Karnala can be traced back to Buddhist era. Few of such remains are pointers to a glorious period that this region enjoyed at a particular point of time in history. This would always remind future generations that a place which is now famous as a trekking spot was once a pride of its rulers.