Karnala, a fort city in Raigad district of the Indian state, Maharashtra, is visited mainly for its beautiful natural environs and for enjoying a great trekking experience. Many of the adventure lovers stay in Karnala for a few days to explore some places that are ideal for treks. Among them is Kalavantin Durg, a fort that is believed to have been built for a queen named Kalavantin, in or around 500 BC. Unfortunately, there are no written records available to get more information about the fort. Rock-cut steps that lead to this fort are truly impressive, and never fail to amaze its visitors.
|Kalavantin Durg in Panvel|
The city of Panvel enjoys great connectivity by road, rail, and air. One can get to this city from distant places without any hassles. Panvel provides easy access to Karnala, which is considered to be one of the best weekend destination from Mumbai for people who love to go on adventure trips. From Panvel, tourists can hire an auto-rickshaw or take a bus in order to reach the Thakurwadi village. It is the base village from where one can take a walk to Prabal Machi Village and begin the trek to Kalavantin Durg. The uneven terrain and high steps make the trek quite thrilling for trekking enthusiasts.
|Hills at Panvel|
Best time to visit the fort is during the Holi festival, as tourists can witness traditional dance performances of locals from Prabal Machi Village on top of this huge structure. During their holiday spent in Karnala, tourists can visit other forts located close to Kalavantin Durg, such as, Prabalgad and Irshalgad. Accommodation in any of the popular resorts in Karnala would make it very convenient for travellers in getting to all these interesting spots. These resorts have all the modern facilities that are designed to provide memorable stays to their guests.