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near Āpta, Mahārāshtra (India)
Karnala fort is built around a 125 feet basalt pillar called Pandu’s pillar. This lone basalt pillar sticks out from a ridge, resembles a person making a rude gesture with his finger when viewed from a distance. Karnala bird sanctuary, 13.6 kilometres from Panvel town on NH66 encloses the fort. The fort is accessible via two easy to moderate trails from inside the bird sanctuary. The trail winds its way through the sanctuary forest floor and then on to a 400 meter ridge. Two routes, namely the Fort route and the Nature Trail lead through the sanctuary to the fort. The fort trail is a wider trail, an easier climb and a more scenic route. However, it is longer than the nature trail route which is a shorter yet a steeper climb. Nevertheless, both routes are well defined and the fort trail makes an excellent trail for those new to trekking and for children.
This is the shorter yet steeper Nature Trail