Karnala Fort is located in the district of Raigad about 10 km from Panvel city. It is also known as Funnel Hill. There are two forts in Karnala Fort, one at the top and the other at the lower end. In the middle of the higher level is a 125 feet-high basalt column and is also known as the tower of Pandu’s. The fort was used as a watchtower for occupation, but it is now in ruins. There is a water tank that supplies fresh water all year round. This fort was built 1400 years ago during the reign of Devagiri Yadavs (1248-1318) and Tughlaq rulers (1318-1347). And, Karnala was the capital of the northern Konkan districts of their respective empires. Later came under the rule of the Gujarat Sultanate, but in 1540 was taken over by the Nizam Shah of Ahmednagar.
The Sultan of Gujarat then requested the assistance of Dom Francisco de Menzies, commanding officer of the Portuguese Bassien, to win it back. He ordered 500 of his soldiers to go to the Karnala fort and they were able to capture it. The Karnala Fort was ruled by the Gujarat Sultanate but was in the control of the Portuguese army. The Sultan of Gujarat, who was under Portuguese control, fled to Vasai. Nizam Shah was outraged by the loss of the Karnala, which sent 5000 men to retrieve the fort and the surrounding area. And their efforts were unsuccessful, & the Portuguese retained the fort. Determining that the child’s remuneration for the Sangli and Karnala forts was low, the Portuguese Viceroy agreed to pay them back to Nizam Shah for an annual payment of Rs. 17,500. In 1670, Shivaji Maharaj conquered the Mughals by making breastworks. After his death in 1680, Aurangzeb took control. After this, the Mughals occupied it for some time, in 1740, with the rise of the Peshwas of Pune, they went to him. The remained under the control of Anantrao until Colonel Prother conquered the Karnala fort in 1818 and established the British East India Company. Currently, it is a protected place in Karnala Bird Sanctuary.
Height: 1500 feet
Visiting Time: 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Time Duration: 2 Hours
Entry Fees: Indian Kids (5-12 Years): Rs. 15 per person & Foreign Kids: Rs. 30 per person
Indian Adult: Rs. 30 per person & Foreign Adult: Rs. 60 per person
Still Camera Charges: Rs. 100 for Indians and Rs. 200 for Foreigners
Video Camera Charges: Rs. 250 for Indians and Rs. 500 for Foreigners
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