Perched in between the Sahyadri Ranges in the Raigad district of Maharashtra is the small village of Kolad. It is situated on the banks of river Kundalika. Among the top places in India for white river rafting, this little locale has plenty of thrilling activities to choose from.
How to reach Kolad from Mumbai:
- Kolad can be reached from Mumbai in 2.5 hours by road (Mumbai-Goa highway). State transport busses plying between Mumbai and Goa can drop you till Kolad.
- By rail, reaching Kolad is the same duration, ticket of general class being Rs.50. From the station/bus stand you can hire an auto till the main destination.
Best time to visit: June to March is a suitable time to visit Kolad. It has a pleasant climate all year round. Rafting, the main attraction, is open throughout the year depending on the release of water from the Kundalika dam.
What to do
- The rafting gets started at around 8 am as soon as the water is released from the dam.
- There are 3 slots : 9 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. You need to book your slots before hand so that there is no confusion later on. There are many websites offering you different packages to choose from depending on your stay, meals, activities. The minimum cost for only rafting is Rs. 600 on weekdays and Rs.1100 on weekends. This river on the international scale is rated as a grade IV river, making its rapids pose a challenging expedition. It takes approximately 3 hours for this activity.
Other activities which you can indulge in at an additional cost.
- Rock Climbing – Rs.350 per person
- Rapelling – Rs.350 per person
- Ladder Climbing – Rs.200 per person
- Kayaking – Rs.350 per person
- River Crossing – Rs.150 per person
- ZipLining – Rs.150 per person
- Mountant Bike – Rs.500 per person (6 km)
- Bike Trail – Rs.250 per person (6 km)
- ATV Ride – Rs.100 per person (1 round)
- Speed Boat Ride – Rs.150 per person (2 km)
- Archery – Rs.100 (10 shots)
- Paint Ball Shooting – Rs.100 (10 bullets)
Tala Fort, Kanal Avenue,Tamhini Falls, Ghosala Fort, Kuda caves are other sightseeing places to enjoy.
You can also camp along the river side in tents or stay in cottages. The following are a few websites to help you choose a convenient package for your trip :
What to Eat
Kolad has simple food options such as South Indian, Punjabi as well as Chinese Cuisine along with its very own local Maharashtrian cuisine. You can savor both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian preparations. To enjoy more of local Maharashtrian flavours and spice try staple snacks such as the Vada Pav, Bhajia Pav, Misal Pav and more.
- It’s very essential to pre-book the trip.
- There will be professional experts to guide you throughout so do follow their instructions carefully and it will be a safe ride.
- They provide you with life jackets. Towards the end of rafting you can just take a dip into the river and even if you can’t swim you can still enjoy floating on the water.
- Do not forget to carry extra pair of clothes and good shoes.
- If you wear spectacles make sure you carry a good bandstrap to use while rafting.
- Camera is allowed at your own risk while rafting. Cover it for water-proofing.
- There are professional photographers you can hire to click your photos which is a simpler option.
Hope this info will help you in taking one of the most adventurous trips of your life. So put your gears on and GET SET GO…