Carmel convent high school, kalamboli, students went on an adventurous trekking to Karnala fort on 24th February,2018
Karnala fort is a hill fort in Raigad district about 10km from Panvel city. Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor pass which connected the konkan coast to the interior of Maharashtra and was the main trade route between these areas. There were 230 from IV to IX STD students. 5 teachers and 5 supporting staff who had a wonderful trek.
It took around 2 hours from the bottom of the hill. There were 5 resting places on the the hill. There were 5 resting places on the pathway made by the forest department. The final climbing steps near the entrance of the fort were made safe by iron railings. At the centre of the fort there was a high basalt pillar. It is called the Pandu’s tower. There was also a water cistern which provides fresh water all year long.
There was temple dedicated to goddess Bharani located at the bottom of the fort. It is said that the goddess gave a sword to king Shivaji, which he then used to conquer a vast area of land for the establishment of a Hindu nation.
The climate was cool as there were many green trees in the forest. We all had a gala time on the fort also our children could acquire knowledge about this fort. After having our lunch we started our journey down hill and it took 2 hours to reach the bottom.
It was an exciting, yet a safe trekking experience for all of us.