Karnala Bird Sanctuary lies on the Mumbai-Pune highway. It is small in size and covers an area of 4.8 square km. The sanctuary houses as many as 150 species of resident birds and 37 types of avian migrants. There are small cages for the birds where the wounded ones can get healed and also for the people to be able to come for bird watching. It is a beautiful place with greenery all around and lies away from the noise and pollution of the city. This is the finest sightseeing for the bird lovers.
Karnala fort is also known as the Funnel Hill is a hill fort in Raigad district at panvel, about 10 km from Panvel city and 65 km from Mumbai. The fort is a protected property which is situated within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and offers a great opportunity to enjoy a refreshing, easy trek. Karnala fort consists of two forts out of which one is at a higher level and other is at a lower level.
The Fort is spectacular and has good angle points of the Highway as well as the nearby hills and small gaons in and around Karnala.
In the midst of a mix of rapid urbanization and village economics, in the centrally located Tapalnaka on Mahatma Gandhi Road nestles a small bit of Israel.
The Beth El Synagogue is home to about 20 Bene-Israeli families in Navi Mumbai and the nearby Raigad district combined. It has been around since 1849, and is the only Jewish temple to have been so. Prayer services are held thrice a day, the first being the Arbith (Evening prayer) held after sunset. The Torah/ Sacred book is read every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday or on Sabbath (The Jewish believe God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, so Sabbath is the day of rest). Though females are allowed entry into the Synagogue, they have a separate enclosure, entry to which is from the outside. The Rabbi leads the prayers on a raised platform facing west towards Jerusalem. Prayer services, held in Hebrew, involve reading from the Torah for which a quorum of 10 witnesses are required.
The Ballaleshwar temple of Panvel is part of the Ashtavinayak (Ashta, meaning 8 pilgrimage places of Lord Ganesha or Vinayak, the Hindu deity of letters and learning).
The temple, which is in the midst of a busy junction in Panvel has stood the tests of time and development, and turns 400 in 2014. The blue and yellow structure made primarily of wood and stone hardly resemble a temple, but is considered by Ganesha devotees and residents alike as the oldest, most special place of worship in Panvel. The temple houses many more deities, the most popular among others being Lord Shiva and Lord Ram.
Manikgad Fort is located on a hill in Manikgad village of Maharashtra. The fort is about 1,878 feet high and is impregnable from three sides. The upper part can be reached only from the south.
Presently the fort is ruinous and the village has been deserted. Trekkers are advised to travel in groups. It was not a fort in its true sense, but more of a checkpost sort of thing. Within the fortifications are the crumbled remains of a large stone gate and a flour grinder of made of stone. There is a small Shiva linga at the top alongside a temple with no deity inside. There are cisterns of water and a prominent reservoir within the fort along with some storehouses. One can still see a somewhat decrepit gate with the carving of Ganesha at the top of it. The fort presents a very commanding view of the valley surrounding it, with Karnala pinnacle and Prabalgad fort visible prominently.
Located in the Matheran district of Maharashtra, the Chanderi Fort is a historical monument which can be reached by taking a short trek to the hilltop. This day-long trek in the Kalyan area is a breather for people from Mumbai, Pune and the nearby regions, and the fort is as famous as the trek that leads to it. From the top of this ancient fort, one can view the surrounding forts of Prabalgad, Nakind, Kalavantin, Irshalgad, Karnala, Vikatgad, Mhaismal, Matheran, Haji Malang, Tavli and Navra Navri, and also the Western Ghats far behind in all their glory.
This mighty fort is located near Thane in the Badlapur region, and interestingly, this structure is not really a fort! There are no fortifications at the site, but only water cisterns, rock cut steps and caves that denote that the historical site is indeed a fort. Chanderi Fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj from the Mughal Sultanate, and ultimately it went into the hands of the British later on. This fortress is often used as a military base, or a hideout since the path that leads up to it is challenging and tiresome.
The fort offers the best of both worlds and appeals to both history lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts since it provides visitors with breathtaking views, excellent historical information, as well as an adrenaline rush.
Yusuf Meherally Centre is a voluntary organization, which is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950.-
It is an organization working for rural development of the people of the villages of the neighboring areas. One can find beautiful pottery to buy, handicrafts, hand made soaps and more. Address :Yusuf Meherally Centre Tara, Karnala Panchayat, Mumbai Goa Road, Taluka Panvel, Dist.: Raigad.Pin-410207 (02143) 226026/226043 Fax : (02143) 26026 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com