Karnala Fort is located in Raigad district and about 10 km from Panvel city (Navi Mumbai). Currently the fort is a protected property which is located within the area of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. And thus, Karanla offers a great environment and atmosphere that is not only refreshing and soothing, but also filed with breathtaking view and wonderful trekking experience.
Karnala Fort has distinctive architectural features. Karnala fort consists of two mid-sized forts - one at the higher level and another one at the lower level. The centre of the higher level fort includes a 125 ft tall basalt pillar, fondly called Pandu’s tower. Pandu’s tower was the watchtower when it was in operation, now it is in ruin. There is a water cistern which gives fresh water throughout the year. Barring that, there is also a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani, which is positioned right at the bottom of the fort. It is said that Bhavani Devi bestowed a sword to Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj, which he used to conquer the entire era of Karnala to establish a Hindu nation.