Kolad

A white water rafting hotspot, Kolad is to Maharashtra what Rishikesh is to Uttarakhand, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and Coorg in Karnataka. Kolad is among the top five rating places in India.

Known for its waterfalls, adventure activities, Kolad is situated on the Sahyadri mountain range in Raigad district of Maharashtra. A sleepy hamlet, Kolad gained prominence after it was discovered by trekkers and for the rafting experience on the Kundalika River.

Famed for its rugged topography, the trekking trails in Kolad offer varying degrees of difficulty from medium to extremely difficult. Trekking in Kolad during the monsoon season adds a special charm as the landscape remains covered under a green carpet.

The Kundalika River is the main attraction of Kolad. One of the fastest flowing rivers, the Kundalika’s 14 km stretch is full of rapids which are perfect for white water rafting. The best time for white water rafting in Kundalika River is the monsoon season.

Besides river rafting, there are lots of other adventure activities. River zip line crossing, kayaking and canoeing are some of the other activities. Riding ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles), paragliding, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking and waterfall rappelling are some of the activities that you can do on the land. The scenic route along the bank of the Kundalika River is a great for picnics.

The best time to visit Kolad is between the months of October to March.

Tips

Tips to enhance your experience if you plan to do white water rafting in Kolad:

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Carry towel, change of clothes and sun screen
  • Leave all belongings in your car or hotel

Where to stay

There are resorts and cottages available in Kolad that offers decent service and value for money. Tents, camps and caravans are also available for rent. Homestay with the locals is also an option.

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Where to eat

Most hotels have restaurants that serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The restaurants serve Chinese, Maharashtrian, South Indian and Punjabi cuisine.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kolad is between the months of October to March.

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