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Last Updated: 15 May 2021
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Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Wearing masks is compulsory for all in public areas.
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  • Hotels and lodges can function at 100% capacity
  • Lockdown in the state has been extended till 30th September
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The nearest airport to Kolad is the Mumbai airport. Flights are functional to Mumbai from Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and 10+ other destinations.

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Inter-state travel open in Maharashtra with certain restrictions. Updated: 15 May 2021

Travellers can now travel to different districts of Maharashtra without much restrictions. However, tourists are required to present a negative RT-PCR report on arrival.

All famous landmarks and tourist attractions closed Updated: 03 May 2021

All famous landmarks and tourist attractions closed till further notice to curb the rising cases of covid-19

Maharashtra government allows hotels to reopen with 100% capacity Updated: 08 Feb 2021

Hotels in Maharashtra are now allowed to reopen and function with 100% capacity.

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The arriving passengers will have to fill a self-declaratory form and undergo screening at the Mumbai airport. Passengers who are found to be symptomatic will be taken to the quarantine facility directly.

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

Located around 110 kilometres from Mumbai, Kolad is a small hamlet in the beautiful Raigad district of Maharashtra. Often called the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, the village boasts of numerous scenic valleys, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mist-laden hills and dense evergreen forests. The verdant greenery, clear streams and a peaceful ambience add to the beauty of this quaint hamlet.

Kolad is a treasure trove of sightseeing attractions, and caters to all kinds of tourists. Some of the best attractions in Kolad City include the Kundalika River, which is the hub of white water rafting in the region. You can also visit the serene Tamhini Ghat, and soak in picturesque views of the surrounding hills. Or you can enjoy a fun-filled and memorable picnic at the Bhira Dam, while enjoying views of the gorgeous Devkund Waterfalls. Other famous attractions of Kolad include the ancient Ghosala Fort and the Kuda Caves. You can also enjoy camping and bird watching at the tranquil Sutarwadi Lake, or enjoy the history at the Talgad Fort. For adventure sports lovers, you can go trekking at the Plus Valley, or hike to the Devkund Waterfalls.

From water sports like white water rafting and boating, to adventure activities like hiking, camping, nature walks and trekking, Kolad has a lot of thrilling activities for travellers. Due to its advantageous location, you can also enjoy paragliding in Kolad when the day is clear.

Kolad experiences a typical tropical climate, with pleasant weather throughout the year. While the summers here are a little humid as compared to the other seasons, the monsoons are the best time to enjoy a river rafting experience in Kolad. Furthermore, the rains during this time make the entire region come to life, with the waterfalls and rivers flowing at their full speed, the forests and valleys experiencing the blooming of flowers and plants and an overall soothing and calm atmosphere. The months from November to February make up the cold winter season in Kolad, when the village transforms into a winter wonderland with dipping temperatures and beautiful sceneries. This is also a great time for sightseeing, hiking and other activities.

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11 November 2015
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.
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
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.
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.
15 February 2021
Excellent
I really liked the experience of Kayaking, Definitely gonna try again. The most important thing I liked the Experienced and the Super Cool Crew members who really managed the event well and make the Visitors acclimate with the environment.
08 January 2021
Superb
it was an fantastic experience with rafting and water sportes. location very good and takes you deep inside Nature. food was good, hospitality superb. enjoyed my stay and looking forward to visit again with friends 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.

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  1. What are the famous places to see in Kolad?

    1. Kundalika River: Famous for being the spot of the thrilling white water rafting experience in Kolad, the Kundalika River is a small river that originates from a town called Bhira and flows from the Sahyadri mountains to this small village in the Raigad district. The river is known for its crystal-clear waters, with a circulation that is great for a river rafting experience. In addition to that, there are also many picnic spots, lodges and resorts located along the banks of the river, for a peaceful and tranquil holiday experience.

    - Location: Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra
    - Price: INR 800 to 1200 per person (for rafting)

    2. Tamhini Ghat: Offering some of the most beautiful views of the magnificent Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, the surrounding forests, rivers and verdant meadows in the Western Ghats, the Tamhini Ghat exudes a unique, yet somehow calming and peaceful ambience. It is actually a small mountain passage situated between Tamhini and Mulshi, and is home to several waterfalls, lakes and dense woods. It is from here that you can soak in the beauty of the region, while staying at one of the many lodges available here, or enjoying a picnic in the woods.

    - Location: Tamhini Ghat Road, Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra

    3. Bhira Dam: Situated on the Kundalika River and popularly known as the Tata Powerhouse Dam, the Bhira Dam is one of the most famous vacation and picnic spots in Kolad. Established in the early 1900s, the dam is one of the main sources of electricity for the people of the village, and is a great spot to indulge in water activities, such as rafting, boating and others. You can also get views of the beautiful Devkund Waterfalls from here, or enjoy a camping experience with your friends and family.

    - Location: Patnus, Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra 402308
    - Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

    4. Ghosala Fort: One of the few places in Kolad with a rich historical significance, the Ghosala Fort is situated around 8 kilometres south of the town of Roha, between the Salav and Revdanda Creeks. To reach this fort, one has to take a short trek through the verdant forests and hills on Kolad. Dating back to the reign of Shivaji, the fort has an incredible historical past, and has served as a place to keep an eye on enemies, in addition to being a commercial route. From rock-cut water cisterns and caves, to a stunning design and architecture, the fort is a haven for history buffs.

    - Location: Ghosale, Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra 402109

    5. Kuda Caves: Known as one of the finest and most beautiful sightseeing and historical attractions in Kolad and located in Janjira Hills, the Kuda Caves are home to 26 Buddhist rock-cut caves that date back to the 1st century B.C. A great place for archaeology and history lovers, the caves have a rich historical past and one can find numerous inscriptions and reliefs here, in addition to a stupa and two statues of guardian elephants from that time at the entrance of the caves. You can also study primary Buddhist teachings at Kuda Caves.

    - Location: Janjeera Hills, Rahatad, Raigad, Maharashtra 402111

    6. Sutarwadi Lake: This lake, and its surroundings are the perfect reflection of what serenity and peace is. Amongst the most verdant natural places in Kolad, the Sutarwadi Lake is surrounded by quaint hills that are home to rare and exotic flora and fauna, and is a great place to spend some time in solace. In addition to enjoying stunning views of the sunrise and sunset, you can also arrange for a camping experience here, or take photographs and catch glimpses of various birds.

    - Location: Sutarwadi Lake, Raigad, Maharashtra

    7. Plus Valley: Another hidden gem in Kolad, the Plus Valley is a great vacation spot if you are looking to get some respite from your busy monotonous and strenuous routine in your daily lives. Surrounded on all sides by mist-laden hills, green forests and huge rocks, the valley is also a great place to enjoy hiking and trekking. The nearby waterfalls and canyons simply add to the beauty of the valley and your trek.

    - Location: Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra 412108

    8. Talgad Fort: Situated at an elevation of around 1,000 feet above the sea level, the Talgad Fort was built in tandem with the famous Ghosala or Ghosalgad Fort in Kolad. It used to serve as a place to keep an eye on the enemies and to safeguard the commercial routes. Today, you can reach the fort by trekking for around 45 minutes through hills and forests. Once you reach here, you can enjoy great views of the surrounding natural landscapes.

    - Location: Tala, Raigad, Maharashtra 402111

    9. Devkund Waterfall: One of the few plunge waterfalls in the district, the Devkund Waterfall is a stunning waterfall that cascades deep into the rocky floors of the pristine Kundalika River in Kolad. Offering breath-taking views of the crystal-clear waters, the surrounding mountains and forests, the waterfall is also a great place for hiking and fun-filled picnics, in addition to nature walks and camping. It is here where you can avail the famous Bhira-Devkund Trek. The waterfall is also commonly regarded as the “Pond of Gods” by the locals here.

    - Location: Mangaon, Maharashtra

    10. Kolad Museum: This is a great place for lovers of arts, crafts and history. Home to numerous sculptures of birds, animals, humans as well as showcasing traditional bamboo and wood crafts, the museum is a great place to learn about the culture of Kolad. The museum is also commonly known as Kolad’s Kashta Shilpa.

    - Location: Ratwad, Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra 402112
  2. What are the best things to do in Kolad?

    1. River Rafting: Also commonly known as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad City is the main hub of white water and river rafting in the entire region. One of the best things to do in Kolad is to enjoy a fun-filled and thrilling river rafting experience in the cool rapids of the Kundalika River. With rapids ranging between Grade 2 and Grade 3, great curves, sudden falls and more, the river is excellent for river rafting.

    - Location: Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra
    - Timings: 05:15 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.
    - Price: INR 2,700 per person

    2. Trekking: Owing to its convenient and scenic location in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, with the rest of the Western Ghats surrounding it, Kolad is a great place to indulge in adventurous activities such as trekking. There are numerous places in the village for a good trekking experience, that takes you through several small forests, meadows, across streams and waterfalls and offer scenic views of nature. From the trek to Bhira Dam to the one that takes you to Talgad Fort, every trek in Kolad is different and offers something unique for you to experience.

    - Location: Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra

    3. Camping: Enjoy a serene riverside camping experience during your trip to this offbeat holiday destination. You can stay at a luxurious tent along the shores of the Kundalika river and enjoy various activities, from indoor and outdoor games, to bonfire, barbeque, nature walks and more. At night, you can lay underneath the starry sky while listening to the calming sounds of the river.

    - Location: Kolad, Raigad, Maharashtra
    - Timings: 04:00 p.m. to 02:30 p.m.
    - Price: Starts from INR 3,000 per person

    4. River Crossing: Indulge in an adrenaline filled river crossing experience when visiting Kolad. Cross the gurgling Kundalika River while being attached to a rope and harness as the river flows below you. For a first-timer, do not worry, as there will be professionals who will train and help you during the activity. This is one of the most thrilling and adventurous things to do in Kolad.

    - Location: Kundalika River, Kolad, Maharashtra
    - Price: INR 150 per person

    5. Ziplining: If you are not that much into adventure sports, but would like to experience something similar, then a ziplining adventure in Kolad is the best option for you. Awaken the adventurer in you by getting yourself attached to a safety harness as you zipline smoothly across the Kundalika River, while soaking in the surrounding natural beauty.

    - Location: Kundalika River, Kolad, Maharashtra
    - Price: INR 250 per person

    6. ATV Rides: Owing to the varied terrains in Kolad, ranging from mountainous routes and muddy paths to streams flowing across the roads and more, the place is great for a nice ATV ride. Book an ATV ride on your visit to Kolad, and escape from the typical sightseeing activity for a more adventurous route near the Kundalika River. You can also visit numerus offbeat trails during your exhilarating ride here.

    - Location: Kolad, Maharashtra
    - Price: INR 150 per person

    7. Jet Skiing: Another great thing to do in the village of Kolad during your holiday is enjoy an adrenaline-filled ride on a jet ski. Owing to the varied flows and currents of the water, the Kundalika River is one of the best places to indulge in jet skiing, with experienced trainers and instructors helping you throughout the ride. You can either ride solo, or choose to ride with an instructor or your near and dear one.

    - Location: Kundalika River, Kolad, Maharashtra
    - Price: INR 500 per person

    8. Rock Climbing: Kolad is a treasure trove of adventure activities for all kinds of tourists. One such thing to do when in Kolad is enjoy rock climbing near the famous Kundalika River. There are many natural rock formations near the river, which are great for a rock-climbing experience to give you your adrenaline dose for the day. Great for children as well as adults, you can test your balance, skills and strength while conquering these rock formations.

    - Location: Kundalika River, Kolad, Maharashtra
    - Price: INR 350 per adult
  3. What are the adventure things to do in Kolad?

    1. River Rafting: Known as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad is the hub for white water rafting in the region. Rafting in the Kundalika River is one of the best adventure activities to do when in Kolad, since the river has a lot of rafting trails and rapids of various grades.

    2. Trekking: Owing to its location in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, Kolad is a great place to enjoy trekking. You can trek through dense forests and nature walks, or across waterfalls and streams for a memorable trekking experience in the wilderness.

    3. Bungee Jumping: Known for its unspoilt scenic beauty and verdant greenery, Kolad is also famous for offering tourists with a bungee jumping experience. Here, you can experience a thrilling bungee jump from a height of 40 metres with the help of an experienced and professional crew and enjoy the adrenaline that runs through you.

    4. Paragliding: On a clear day, you can experience flying like a bird over the Kundalika River in Kolad, and catch a glimpse of the verdant natural beauty of this land. With the help of experienced paragliders and trainers, you can soar high up in the air and look down at the beautiful village.
  4. Which are the best places to stay in Kolad?

    1. The Waterfront Kolad: One of the best affordable places to stay in Kolad, this resort is located a few hundred metres near a lake in the Dugarwadi town. Home to five wooden houses offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and the Sahyadris, this budget resort also has a beautiful lawn where you can sit and relax.

    2. Kamath Residency Resort: This luxury resort is located in the heart of the village, and boasts of picturesque greenery all around. From indoor and outdoor games, garden spaces, wilderness trek and delectable food amidst nature, the resort is one of the best places to stay at during your holiday in Kolad.

    3. Gaachee Resort: A haven for those seeking adventure, this resort offers activities like water boating, rock climbing and cycling, along with trekking, hiking and more. Offering great views of the lake, hills and the lush greenery, this resort also boasts of a private gallery, porch and numerous indoor games.

    4. Nature Trails Resort: Amongst the best resorts in Kolad, this resort is great if you are looking to spend some time alone with your near and dear ones in the lap of nature. Situated along the banks of the Kundalika River, the resort is tucked amidst dense forests, and has 20 spacious tents, along with many amenities. In addition to camping and barbeque, you can also enjoy boating, kayaking, nature trails and trekking here, along with mountain biking and zip lining.
  5. 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.

  6. 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. 
  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. 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. 

  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:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.