Kolad Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2020
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Last Updated: 23 Sep 2020
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Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Wearing masks is compulsory for all in public areas.
  • Adhering to social distancing is compulsory for all in public areas.
  • Hotels and lodges can function at 100% capacity
  • Lockdown in the state has been extended till 30th September
  • All essential and non essential shops are open
  • A health declaration form needs to be submitted on arrival.
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  • Travellers will have to quarantine for 14 days at home after arrival.

The nearest airport to Kolad is the Mumbai airport. Flights are functional to Mumbai from Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and 10+ other destinations.


Inter district buses within Maharashtra are running to Kolad.

Local Transport

Local transport in the city is functional including buses and taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines issued by the government to stay safe and practice good personal hygiene as you travel.

Lockdown in Kolad extended till September 30 Updated: 23 Sep 2020

Lockdown in the entire state of Maharashtra has been extended till the 30th of September. Although, inter-district travel restrictions have been eased under unlock 4.0

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 November 2015
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.
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
"Before starting any review I want to say a big thank you to the whole thrillophilia team for making this trip as my best trip. So now let's start .....if you want to have a weekend getaway but want a adventurous getaway then give it a chance to thrillophilia, you'll definitely remember.I booked this kundalika rafting camp for two people from Pune. You just have to reach the camp by your own and that is also not difficult. From Pune via train you can go panvel and from there you can reach Roha and from there you can have a taxi to camp. Now , let's talk about host and camp. The whole camp is at the best location and all around the nature and river. I am not telling you more then this ,let it be the surprise. The hosts there gave us whole information and gave us a very warm welcome. On that day we did some activities,had some conversation with different people and finally we had a very classy Indian thali dinner. Next day was D'Day , the river rafting . The photos and videos which we saw was not as good as what we actually saw there. It was much more beautiful then the photos and videos. If you're doing River rafting first time then this will be hell exciting for you. If I could have given more than 5 star if more stars were there. Go pack your packs and add a adventure to your trip. You can reach camp via bus also from Pune. Bus is there from Pune to Roha from shivaji nagar. \n#adventures=thrillophilia"
12 January 2016
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.
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.
One of the activities!!! I participate which gave me a shiver without a jump but when watching at the view from the station was breathtaking which make me forget that I was at a very thrill place. I was shiver like anything but expert of this activity inspire me that the safety gears would save me and I am gonna make a jump with the expert only. The jump was Wow with excitement at-last. I would try again next time.
The location was nice. This 45-minute experience was truly a fun and very special experience. The boat and the life-jacket provided to us were very good and nice. Kayaking process was not hard which I had an enjoyable ride paddling by myself. The whole journey was a very nice and very happy moment it was. People do remember to take the extra clothes because at the end of this activity you would definitely get wet. Everything went perfectly worth participating.
Zipline is really a fun activity that you must try it at least once, don't miss it when you around Kolad, the place really good for this activity, we really enjoyed alot, the staff was friendly and supportive, the price is not that expensive and the activity was safe and suits for everyone... Great experience with lifetime memory to cherished.
Fantastic kayaking in Kolad. Easy booking at a reasonable price. The operator provide us with good facilities. The river was stunning and exciting. The journey was amazing, I was able to cover a long distance. The staff was careful about the traveler. This is really fun activity for both beginners and experience. Best place to visit with family and friends.
I had a very thrilling experience and I was so glad that I took part in this. With full safety, this activity occurred, the staff helps me fitting the safety gears, I had The best adventurous in my life. Yes, definitely this place has a pretty view which I had leisure time later and explored the place to the fullest.

People Also Ask About Kolad

  1. 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:

    1. Tamhini Ghat: With meandering roads and lush thickets, Tamhini Ghat boast of relaxing hot springs and gurgling waterfalls.

    2. Bhira Dam: The tranquil Bhira Dam is a popular spot for picnics and some more adventure sports for lazy campers.

    3. Ghosala Fort: Recognised for its architecture and built, this fort is home to two stunning temples and a mosque situated within its complex.

    4. Sutarwadi Lake: The pristine lake is a hotspot for those wanting to spot migratory birds during the season.

    5. Kuda Mandad Caves: This group of 13 Buddhist caves located in Janjira Hills have beautiful sculptures, paintings and inscriptions to marvel at.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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. 

    4. 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. 

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

    6. 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.

    7. 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.
  5. What Will You Like There?

    1. 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.

    2. 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. 

    3. 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. 

    4. 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.

    5. 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. 

    6. 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.
  6. What are the adventure things to do in Kolad?

    A list of few adventurous things to try in Kolad are – 
    1. White water rafting: Unknown to many, Kolad is a popular site for enjoying white water adventures. The 14 km vastly stretched Kundalika river offers you an exciting opportunity to drive you crazy with its swirling waters. Monsoon is the perfect season to plan on a white water rafting adventure in Kolad. 
    2. Nature trail to Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls: The Tamhini Ghat waterfalls presents a great example of mesmerizing beauty. Unknown to many, these waterfalls are still untouched as very less people are aware of their presence. Kansai Waterfalls and Uddhar Hot Springs nearby are yet other wonders to add to your list. 
    3. Lakeside Walk: If the sight of delightful birds and wildlife enthusiasts you, then go for a lakeside walk around the Sutarwadi Lake. Surrounded all around by lush green beauty, the Sutarwadi Lakeside is a perfect fit for all the bird wanderers. 
  7. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

  8. Is Kolad worth visiting?

    Yes, Kolad is absolutely worthy to visit for your upcoming holidays. In addition to the scenic banks of Kundalika, the city of Kolad features a list of wondrous locations around. The Tamhini Ghat, Bhira Dam, Sutarwadi Lake, Kuda Mandad Caves, Gaimukh Temple, Tala Fort, are some of the important places to explore on the go. Apart from this, Kolad is a bliss of adventurous fun such as white-water rafting, Ghosala fort, Bhira Dam, Kuda Caves, Sutarwadi Lakes, etc. 
  9. 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.

  10. How many days are enough for Kolad?

    A total of two days and one night adventurous trip is sufficient to explore the magnificent beauty of the Kolad region. This place is a great pick for all those who are searching for a budgeted holidaying destination with exciting stay options, unlimited fun, food, and water adventures. 

  11. 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:

    White water rafting aboard the River Kundalika
    Take a leisurely walk till Tamhini falls
    Enjoy a picturesque picnic by Sutarwadi lake
    Go fishing by River Kundalika
    Unearth a piece of history at Talgad and Ghosalgad forts

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.