Best known as the gateway of Konkan coast, Panvel is the most crowded locality of Raigad District of Maharashtra. Located at a distance of 40kms from Mumbai metropolitan region, Panvel is highly populated. It is known for the forts in Raigad and Khopoli; and also the Karnala fort which is a popular trekking spot. Birds like Magpie Robin, the Malabar whistling thrush and Paradise flycatcher often migrate here making it the best spot for bird watching.
The city is situated on the banks of Panvel creek surrounded by the Matheran Hills. Panvel is also known for the two prominent Ganesha temples in Maharashtra - Ballaleshwar and Varadavinayak. With Hinduism being the major religion in the city, Panvel also has a mix of Agri smaaj, muslims and koli community in the region. The best time to visit Panvel is during winters as the city receives substantial rainfall during monsoons and scorching summers.
2 years ago
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- The area of Navi Mumbai, like most cities in and around Mumbai has rickshaws that follow the meter system, as well as those which don't. It's always better going by the metre system, but in some cases, there's not much of choice.
- Renting bikes or cars for oneself is always a better idea if you don't have your own transportation, so that you can travel freely. There may be difficulty in finding proper public transport near some of the forts. Karnala has its own parking system.
- As tempting as it is to camp at one of the forts at Panvel while you trek, it is advised not to. Cases of robberies are reported once in a while and it is always better to travel in large groups.
- Do not travel to the temples of Ballaleshwar and Varadavinayak on Tuesdays as you will find terrible amounts of crowd.
- If you are going to trek, make sure you have very good footwear. Also carry super glue with you because a lot of soles come off. Make sure you are carrying sugary items like chocolate, fruits and energy bars. They are light, but will give you more energy than any other foods.
2 years ago
Information given on this page needs correction. It is written as Prabalgad is also called as Kalavantin Durg. This is not correct, both are distinct and different forts near to each other.