Kolad is to Maharashtra, what Rishikesh is to Uttarakhand, Ladakh to Jammu and Kashmir and Coorg to Karnataka. The place is among the best white water rafting destinations in Maharashtra. Known for its waterfalls and adventure activities, Kolad is situated in the Sahyadri mountain range in Raigad district of Maharashtra. A sleepy hamlet, Kolad gained prominence after it was discovered by trekkers and the folks in Maharashtra discovered the joy of rafting in their own backyard.
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Famed for its rugged topography, the trekking trails in Kolad offer varying degrees of difficulty levels. Trekking in Kolad during the monsoon season adds a special charm as the landscape remains covered under a green carpet.
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Kundalika river is one of the main attractions of Kolad. The Kuda caves, Tamhini falls and Bhira dam are some more places to visit. Besides river rafting, there are lots of other adventure activities like river zip line crossing, kayaking and canoeing. Riding ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles), paragliding, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking and waterfall rappelling are some of the activities that only extremely passionate adventure seekers opt for.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KOLAD
There are resorts and cottages available in Kolad that offer decent service and value for money. Tents, camps and caravans are also available for rent. Homestays with the locals is an option, though, less explored.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN KOLAD
Kolad is famous for its typical Maharashtrian food. Other cuisines like Chinese, Punjabi and south Indian are also served at several restaurants.
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The average minimum and maximum temperature of Kolad is as given below. The best time to visit Kolad is also specified.