Whenever some public holiday starts approaching nearer, we start searching for a suitable getaway near our city for spending a few days in a peaceful and entertaining manner. Mumbai residents have many options of visiting places located on its boundaries. Karnala is one of the convenient locations selected by many weekenders and picnickers for spending a day or two in a serene ambience.
|Picnic Spots in Karnala Near Mumbai and Panvel|
Karnala with its popular landmark of thumb shaped pinnacle and the ancient fort attracts variety of people from trekkers, backpackers, bird watchers to one day picnickers coming here to have fun and entertainment along with their friends or families. Major attraction of the place which is nothing else than the incredible Karnala bird sanctuary is a vast expanse of land located on the Mumbai Goa road blessed by mountains covered with forests of kalam, mango, koshimb, nana, umbar an teak. It turns into a heaven during winters when migratory birds like rock thrush, red breasted flycatcher and many more are seen in this area of the bird sanctuary. A trek to the ancient Karnala fort can be joined from the sanctuary, in which you can spot many more varieties of beautiful birds in their natural grandeur. Once you reach the top of the fort you can get superb views of the surrounding region. Viewing the pinnacle from a close distance is one of the ultimate experiences of this short trek.
Karnala is blessed by many places which are popular as one day picnic spots near Mumbai including two ancient temples of Bhavani and Shiva. Located at Devale village in Karnala the Bhavani khadageshwar temple is located on the top of the hillock. There are many places to visit near the temple like ancient water tanks and rocky caves. The idol of Bhavani or goddess Laxmi is among some of the oldest and rare masterpieces of art. Shiva temple near Karnala is the only temple in India where Shivaites and Vaishnavites the two different sects are seen offering prayers together. Exterior of the temple is beautifully decorated with scenes and stories from Shaiva and Vaishnav puranas.