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Panvel

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"Gateway of Konkan Coast"

Panvel Tourism

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.

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A Trekking Paradise near Mumbai

Panvel is a charming hill station of its own class, situated in Raigad district of the state of Maharashtra. Known as the gateway to Konkan region, Panvel is one of the numerous hill station are ideal picnic spots for enthusiastic backpackers and adventurers hailing from places like Mumbai and Pune. Apart from the scenic beauty that some of the sites in the hilly terrain of Panvel offer, the hill station has also some unexplored elements of the hospitality that India provides. Be it Bet el Synagogue, or Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Panvel has a distinct charm of its own in each site that it proudly represents as the ultimate travelling destination. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Panvel

Panvel, from the very time it started developing into a proper city has never had much of sit-down restaurants. There are, and have been a lot of stalls and Udipis everywhere around the area. With the rapid industrialization of Navi Mumbai, a lot of fine dining restaurants too, have found themselves a place in the town. One can find a large variety of cuisines here, ranging from traditional Malvani, to Punjabi, South Indian, and even Chinese.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Start your day at 8:00 AM, and visit the Beth-el synagogue, a symbol of Jewish devotion and architecture in Panvel. Next, you should visit Karnala Bird Sanctuary, which is a popular tourist destination in Panvel, and a 27-minute drive from the Synagogue. Apart from the beautiful flora and fauna, the site is also very close to the high Karnala fort, which is a mute witness to some of the glorious days of the Maratha Empire.
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the scenic beauties of Panvel. The first one on your list should be Kalavantin Durg, which is almost a 40-minute drive from the city of Panvel and is another custodian of the Maratha history. Or if you prefer, take blessings from the Ballaleshwar temple, which is a 1 and a half hour drive from the city of Panvel. Do take care that it is not a Tuesday or Thursday, otherwise, the crowd there might be too much to handle. By the time you have packed your bags, the adventures of Panvel won't leave your mind so easily.

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What's Great?

The ideal trekking hotspot near Mumbai. Well connected by rail and road.

What's Not So Great?

Risky without trained guides. Congested in peak seasons.

For Whom?

Ideal for trekkers and adventurers. Suitable for backpackers from nearby metros like Mumbai, Pune etc.

How To Reach Panvel

Panvel is well connected by rail and road. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro the city of Panvel. There is, however, no direct flight connectivity to Panvel; the nearest airport being the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. There are various commute available for travelling from Pune to Panvel. You can hire a private cab service or take the local train from Pune which will take approximately three hours to reach Panvel. 

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Aashimi Bhatia 1 year ago
- Applications like m-indicator by Mobogenie are extremely helpful for accurate timings on everything from trains, buses and fares of taxis and auto rickshaws. The railway section displays all stations depending on which line you select, and this keeps you well informed about where you are heading and prevents you from getting lost as travel in Mumbai can be confusing for first timers.
- 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.
Mahesh Pathak 1 year 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.
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