Panvel is a city in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is situated in the Konkan Division of the state. It is a highly populated city since it is close to Mumbai. Panvel falls within the territorial boundary of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Panvel creek borders the city on one side and there are mountains on the other sides of the city. Panvel is surrounded by some major industrial hubs housing the units of companies such as Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Reliance, ONGC, Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd., IPCL, etc., providing mass employment to the residents of Panvel. The JNPT port is situated near Panvel. A new SEZ is being set up by the government around Panvel. The places worth visiting in Panvel are Karnala fort, Karnala bird sanctuary, Gadeshwar dam, Matheran, Ballaleshwar Pal, Bet El Synagogue, Varadvinayak, etc. The city is very well connected to neighboring areas via roads and railway.
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