Free On The Weekend? This Karnala Camp Is Available For BBQ, Trekking And More

    What Is It?

    A lush green campground, tents pitched high in the colours of the rainbow and a fully lit BBQ dinner round a bonfire – this and more is waiting for you at the Karnala campground organised by travel company Big Red Tent.

    How Do I Get There?

    The Karnala campground is only about 1.5-2 hours from Mumbai. Grab a few friends and make a road trip of it – turn on google maps for best possible, although sometimes absurd directions or else just drive along the Mumbai-Pune expressway.

    It’s also just a train ride away to Panvel. From the Panvel station, the organisers can arrange transport for you at an additional cost.

    What Is Unique About It?

    The monsoon clouds are setting closer, and while there’s much we’re already mentally dreading, we’re happy to think about all the lush campsites that we can pitch our tents on. The Karnala campsite is very beautiful, especially in the rainy season as a 5-minute trek will lead you to a private natural waterfall.

    The checkin time is about 4pm post which there are activities in which you can participate in such as tent-pitching, BBQ grilling, a night trail through the forest nearby and even a visit to the fisherman’s village nearby the following morning.

    The food served is barbecued mushrooms, jacket potatoes, veggies, chicken and more. There is also dal roti for options.

    Don't Leave Home Without...

    Some of the obvious necessities such as trekking shoes, mosquito repellant, towels, meds and extra clothes.

    And non-obvious ones like marshmallows to roast, books to flip, musical instruments to strum to pass the while away.

    For extra info and answers to FAQs, we’re linking you to their camping 101 prep kit to keep in mind.

    Anything Else?

    The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a 5-minute drive from where the group will be, and through it you can also reach the famous Karnal Fort.

    The cost for a person is INR 1,800 {and that includes camping and breakfast}, the BBQ cost is INR 400. You can go any time of the year whether solo or in a group, just contact them between 10am to 9pm on 9930582878 or email them at

    Their Facebook page has details about other camps as well here.