Kolad Tourism, India 2019 (50 Tours & Activities)

If you’ve ever dreamt about backpacking off to green pastures and cascading waterfalls among the lush mountains, you don’t have to travel all the way up north to experience setting like that anymore. Kolad – a humble village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra – is home to some of the most imposing valleys and natural beauty that were hidden away from the rest of the world until recent times. Nature enthusiasts and hikers already know of this gem in the Sahyadris that has been gaining impetus by day as a popular destination for adventure sports, but there’s more to this quaint settlement than just that. The primary tourist places in Kolad shout out loud white water rafting and trekking into the wild.

Fondly referred to as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad has been lately getting attention as one of the best white water rafting spots in Maharashtra. In fact, the stunning landscaping valleys of Kolad have a charm of their own during the monsoons in Maharashtra. The village is located alongside the banks of the magnificent River Kundalika, the fastest flowing river of the South. This provides varying degrees of difficulty levels for those fascinated by water sports. Apart from that, the rugged topography of this village makes it a great hiking destination among those eager to explore the thriving faunal side of Kolad.

Kolad’s scenic locale makes it a popular hotspot during the monsoons. Apart from the daunting sports, you can experience the true spectacle of nature. In fact, courtesy the varied climatic conditions in Kolad, every season gives you a chance to unwind in several ways. There are numerous hotels, resorts, farmhouses and peaceful home-stays tucked away into this tranquil village for those who wish for a peaceful time away from the city.

So, round up a group of friends, or simply hang out with your loved ones, Kolad is perfect for those looking forward to a delightful picnic in a land not so far away. Don’t forget to visit tourist places in Kolad which include Tahmini Ghat Waterfalls, Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort and Tala Fort amongst others.

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11 January 2016
Excellent
An amazing experience. For the first time, I got the chance of river rafting and I loved it alot. Thanks you my lovely friends for insisting me to go on this trip.
10 July 2018
Excellent
In spite of the heavy rains and floods, there wasn’t any lack of hospitality. Rahul, Vaibhav, Gitanjali, Sadu and team took good care of us. We were provided with the suite which was quite spacious and well maintained. Toilets were clean. Overall the entire area was very well maintained. The food here is delicious. Loved the bhaaji served during snacks, chicken curry during dinner and the amazing missal pav in the morning. Coming to the activities- Kayaking - Enjoyed a lot. Though it wasn’t in the river (the river was flooded when we went), we enjoyed the experience in the backwaters. The river crossing is not actually in the river. It was also in the backwaters (small pond). Maybe because of the flooding. We didn’t try it. Whitewater rafting - Really worth it. The rapids were good. Especially Johnny Walker (name of a rapid). Had a great time swimming in the river at the end. Our guide Suraj was pretty calm and chilled out. Jet skiing - This was more like a formality as you get just one round and only get to sit in the front and not operate the jet ski yourself. The speed and thrill during the rains are however quite good. I wouldn’t have done it had it not been included in the package. Overall, we had a great time and will definitely come back again. Thanks & Regards, Suraj
12 January 2016
Excellent
amazing rafting experience. The flow in the river was so fast and sometimes we really felt that we will fall of the boat, but the instructors and guide were so good in managing it during the rough flows.
16 December 2018
Excellent
Due to my fear of water I have always refrained from river rafting however attractive it sounds. But this time my friends encouraged me to give it a shot and accompanied me on this experience. I'm thankful to my friends and even more thankful to the instructor who made me feel safe while I was shaking with fear. Looking forward to trying rafting with Thrillophilia once again soon.
01 October 2018
Excellent
The river rafting experience was awesome . You will enjoy the beauty of river Kundalika .The guides for rafting are well experienced and takes care that you completely enjoy the ride . The time for rafting is more than 2.5 hrs and the distance is about 12 km. Talking about the place camp it was not that great.There was a bit of mismanagement . But the activities , food and stay in camp was awesome. Go early and you can very well enjoy the coolness of the river and enjoy yourself with water sports and swim in the river. The camp site is way too far from the rafting location and travel to the rafting site and from there back to camp site is very tiring . And it’s preferable to travel to rafting site with their vehicle and not yours cause the end point of rafting is far away from the start point and it’s very difficult to come back to start point if you go with your own vehicle. Overall a good experience .
"It was a great stay. Neat and clean rooms. Rafting experience was excellet. Food was good."

Frequently Asked Questions About Kolad

  1. Travel Advice

    • Kolad is a small village with not much rush. Still, you need to protect yourself from different threats such as theft.

    • You should carry snacks and water with you as there are not many stores in Kolad.

    • Along with food and water, you should take your medicines and a first aid box too. You never know when you will be requiring them.

    • While rafting, take utmost care of yourself. There are experts to help you out but you need to protect yourself too. Know the rules of the sport very well before getting in the water.

    • Keep the contact information of a doctor in Kolad with you. You won’t find many doctors in the village, so get prepared before- hand.

  2. Drinking Laws

    The liquor consumption age in Maharashtra has been raise to 25 years. If you are younger, you are not allowed to take hard drinks. In some districts, a special liquor licence is required to consume alcohol legally.


  3. Our Recommendations- Things You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    White Water Rafting 
    Are you looking for the best of your adventure experiences? You should definitely visit Kolad and go for white water rafting in Kundalika River. The 14 km stretch with ups and downs will drive you crazy during rafting. Monsoon is the best time to go for this wonderful sport.

    Ghosala Fort
    Maharashtra is famous for forts. You get to see so many forts across the state, Kolad is not an exception. There are few temples and a dargah too inside the fort. The architectural design is mesmerizing.

    Bhira Dam
    This is a dam on Kundalika River built by Tata Power. The water of the dam is used for power generation and irrigation purposes. This dam is also known as Tata Power House Dam. 

    Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls
    These waterfalls are a great example of nature’s beauty. These are no less than the Western Ghats during monsoon. These places are almost untouched and unexplored as none knows much about them. Nearby, there are Kansai Waterfalls and Uddhar Hot Springs. Tamhini Waterfalls is also known as Valse. The falls are generally visited in the monsoon months as the amount of water increases. 

    Kuda Caves
    These Buddhist caves are in the Janjira Hills. There are fifteen caves, inside which you can see ancient paintings and inscriptions.

    Tala Fort
    This is a place which is not explored much till date. This fort was built to use it as a watch tower. Its height is almost 1000 ft. above the sea level.

    Sutarwadi Lake
    If birds and wildlife fascinates you, you must visit Sutarwadi Lake. This beautiful place surrounded by greenery all around is a home to a varied species of birds. 

    Other places near Kolad
    There are some divine places to visit, not much far away from Kolad. 31 km away from Kolad, there is Raigad Fort. This fort at 2700 ft. above the sea level, was made the capital by Shivaji. To reach the fort, you need to climb up 1700 steps approximately. If you are fond of beaches, you can visit Kashid which is around 30 km away from Kolad and consist of beautiful beaches on the shores of Arabian sea. Overall, Kolad is a complete tour package.

  4. What Will You Like There?

    Greenery: Kolad is all about lush greens and picturesque landscapes wherever you look. It’s one of the best gifts of nature to Maharashtra. This place is still unexplored to some extent which keeps it untouched and pure.

    The river:
    Kolad is mainly known due to its waterfalls and the river Kundalika. It is one of the few whitewater rivers in India which offers you great rafting experiences in Kolad. 

    Silence all around:
    As Kolad is just a small village between the Sahyadri mountain range, not many tourists visit the place which helps it to maintain its purity. Unlike the famous tourist spots, you won’t find much chaos here which will give you a peaceful holiday. 

    Adventure:
    As mentioned earlier, Kolad is famous for white water rafting. But there are a lot more options you can choose from to experience adventure such as rappelling, rock climbing, trekking and forest camping.

    Weather:
    Kolad has a very appealing weather. You must visit Kolad in the monsoons to witness the best of nature. River rafting during the monsoon is so much fun. Winters are also very comforting with not much cold like rest of the state. 

    Birds:
    The small village is also known for a number of waterfalls and few lakes which are the dwelling places of large varieties of birds. Kingfishers, eagles and hornbills are so common in River Kundalika. If you love bird-watching, you should definitely plan a trip to Kolad. 

  5. Recommended Reads For Destination

    Websites : Kolad Tourism

  6. When is the best time to visit Kolad?

    Kolad is blessed with a pleasant climatic conditions all year round. While most people prefer making a trip during the monsoons, you can experience the beauty of this endearing village in almost all seasons.

    • March to June

     

    Summers in Kolad can be hot and humid. The temperature during this time of the year can vary from 28 to 40 degree Celsius. A lot many tourists are seen flocking to this destination to enjoy the cooling water sports and escape the heat.

    • July to September

    Kolad is prone to heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. The temperature can range from anywhere between 24 degrees to 29 degrees during this season. However, don’t let this stop you from making your trip to Kolad, as this is the right time to visit the village and the river in all its glory.

     

     

    • November to February

    Although not very cold, Maharashtra winters can get chilly by evening if you’re anywhere near the forested areas. During the winter season, the temperature in Kolad ranges from 12 degrees to 33 degrees. While this may seem extreme to some, this is considered as the ideal time to visit Kolad.

  7. How to reach Kolad?

    Luckily, it isn’t much of a hassle to reach Kolad. Situated hardly three hours away from Mumbai and Pune, it is easily accessible with a short road journey. Here are a few favourable modes of transport you can choose from:

    • By Bus

    State transport buses going from Mumbai to Ratnagiri can take you via Kolad. These are ideally swift and take you through in little to no time. There are several AC Volvo and Seater buses available for those who don’t mind spending a pretty penny on the travel.

    • By Train

    Kolad lies under the Konkan railways in India, and there are several shuttles you can pick for your journey. Kolad station is also connected with some of the major cities of Maharashtra. And of course, you don’t want to miss out on the scenic journey that Konkan railway takes you through!

    • By Car

    The most preferred mode of transport is a car ride from Mumbai or Pune. A short ride of two and half hours, this mode is ideal if you’re travelling in a group of four to six people. The route to Kolad is a sight to behold and is full of verdant sceneries and waterfalls during the monsoons.

  8. What are the different things to do in Kolad?

    There are a host of activities in Kolad that you can do. Here are a couple of them:

  9. Which are the best resorts to stay in Kolad?

    Resorts in Kolad go hand-in-hand with peace and quiet. In fact, every window you look out from will promise you a view to remember. Here are a few popular resorts around Kolad that offer you the best of everything under one roof:

    • Adventure activities and stay: Experience Kolad in its raw and rugged form at Adventure Activity and stay resort. They have numerous packages which allow you to experience enthralling activities and adventures such as wall climbing, kayaking, rappelling and flying fox to name some.
    • Pooja’s Farm: Want to experience the splendour of nature like never before? Pooja’s Farm is a getaway packed with placid moments by the river that helps you rejuvenate before you head back to your busy life. What’s more? You can stay in a quaint cottage looking over at the frondescence up close.
    • Doctor’s Farm: Doctor’s Farm is a 15 acres sprawling resort looking out at the River Kundalika. Guarded by the lush, evergreen thicket, this retreat is ideal for nature enthusiasts who are willing to explore the thriving wildlife in Kolad.

  10. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kolad?

    Getting around in Kolad is easier if you have your own vehicle. Since it is a small settlement, the village doesn’t have a public transport system of its own. However, you may find smaller shops renting bikes for the day if you wish to get around on your own. Kolad is also connected with state transport buses that can help you get from town to town in no time.

  11. Which are the best places for shopping in Kolad?

    Kolad is a small settlement, and there aren’t any places to shop as such. But if you’re in need of every day essentials, there are smaller shops within the village that you can look out for.

  12. What is the best local cuisine here? Where can I get to try these out?

    Tucked away into the interiors of Maharashtra, Kolad is the best place to try some mouth-watering Maharashtrian cuisine. In fact, sea food lovers are in for a surprise as the destination is famous for its seasonal catch, which changes from time to time on their menu. If you’re a vegetarian, don’t miss out on the delicious missal pav, which is a specialty of the region, during your trip to this riverside village!

  13. Which are the best destinations in Kolad to enjoy adventure activities?

    You can check into several resorts in Kolad that can provide you with the thrill of activities such as zip lining, rappelling as well as other adventure sports held within their premises. Apart from that, the natural foliage surrounding this destination is perfect for those who wish to rough it out.

  14. Where can one enjoy Rafting in Kolad? And how much does it costs?

    Well known for rafting, one can enjoy the thrills of sailing aboard River Kundalika within the 12 kilometre stretch of. The river provides levels of difficulty in different regions. On weekdays, the cost for river rafting can typically cost you around Rs. 750. This can shoot up to Rs. 1,200 on weekends and holidays when the village is buzzing with tourists.

  15. Where can I enjoy Kayaking in Kolad?

    You can indulge in adrenaline pumping activities in Kolad including kayaking within the 12 kilometres stretch of River Kundalika. Check with your accommodation owners/manager for exciting packages along with your stay in Kolad.

  16. What are the famous places to enjoy biking in Kolad?

    Due to its rugged landscapes and forested areas, the topography in Kolad is preferred by many who wish to try their hand at mountain biking. Since the village is at a close proximity with locations such as Tamhini Ghat and Mulshi Lake, bikers have the privilege to enjoy the scenic environs of Kolad with an action packed adventure.

  17. Which are famous places for sightseeing in Kolad?

    Even if you’re in the adventure capital of Maharashtra, you don’t have to hold back from sightseeing in and around Kolad during your stay. Apart from the scenic banks of River Kundalika, there are plenty of wondrous locations to check within the vicinity. Here are a few that we recommend:

    • Tamhini Ghat: With meandering roads and lush thickets, Tamhini Ghat boast of relaxing hot springs and gurgling waterfalls.
    • Bhira Dam: The tranquil Bhira Dam is a popular spot for picnics and some more adventure sports for lazy campers.
    • Ghosala Fort: Recognised for its architecture and built, this fort is home to two stunning temples and a mosque situated within its complex.
    • Sutarwadi Lake: The pristine lake is a hotspot for those wanting to spot migratory birds during the season.
    • Kuda Mandad Caves: This group of 13 Buddhist caves located in Janjira Hills have beautiful sculptures, paintings and inscriptions to marvel at.
    • Galmukh temple: This tiny temple that comes to limelight during Mahashivratri every year is home to Lord Shiva and is considered as a famous pilgrim centre.
    • Tala Fort: Situated 1,000 feet above sea level, this fort is now famous for its breathtaking views. However, built in the 4th century, the fort has tales of its valiant battles engraved within its walls.

  18. Where can one enjoy rock climbing in Kolad?

    Right opposite the magnificent River Kundalika, you can indulge in exhilarating rock climbing activity at minimal cost. The rock formations here are a great challenge for thrill-seekers who wish to test their skills. After arriving at the base, you will be provided with the right gears and will be guided onto the activity, with the help of skilled instructors.

  19. Where can one enjoy canoeing in Kolad?

    Apart from activities such as river rafting and kayaking, another sport slowly gaining impetus is canoeing. Check with your accommodation provider for a package that includes canoeing. You can even head down to the banks of river Kundalika to enrol yourself into canoeing. If you’re travelling with children, it is essential to make sure that anyone under the age of fourteen is not allowed on a water sport in Kolad.