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Kolad is quite a beautiful place with lush greenery around it, with the majestic Sahyadri Hills working as its backdrop and many waterfalls scattered here and there. It is very popular in Maharashtra due to its water sports based approach towards tourism. Kolad is a vibrant yet peaceful location that caters to the needs of the thrill seekers in the form of rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rappelling, zip lining, river crossing and many other activities. Mind blowing and beautiful forts, waterfalls, and dams are also there for when you don’t want to be adventurous. It presents the tourists with utmost satisfaction and happiness. Some of the best things to do in Kolad are -
Kolad is most popular for its plethora of adventure activities on offer. The Sahyadri hills, which are majestic and scintillating, the beautiful and serene Kundalika river, one of the fastest flowing rivers in the South and the various waterfalls around Kolad provide an array of options for several adventure activities. Some of the best adventure activities to do in Kolad are-
Almost all of Kolad’s entire tourism is dependent on water sports. The Kundalika river provides an array of water sports opportunities in the area which has made Kolad the second most popular rafting spot after Rishikesh. The dam controlled, fast flowing Kundalika is perfect for many water sports like-
Kolad, the tiny village in Raigad district of Maharashtra is known as “Maharashtra’s Home for White Water Rafting”. The Kundalika river, flowing beside it, is one of the fastest flowing rivers in the South which gives it a perfect location for river rafting. The Kundalika’s fourteen kilometre stretch of Group 2 and Group 3 rapids provide a scope for both experts and novices to try their hand in white water rafting. It is an exciting and thrilling experience for someone which is one of a kind.
Rafting in Kolad can be done any time of the year, but the monsoons are the best i.e. from June to September. The monsoons bring another dynamics to the rapids that make it even more challenging and exciting for the rafters.
The cost for rafting in Kolad is dependent on the route was was chosen, a number of hours, season and number of people in the group. An estimated cost would be INR 800 per person on the weekdays and INR 1200 per person on the weekends and this may change or increase anytime. Rafting must be done with proper safety measures. There must be an instructor for the novices, and everyone must wear life jackets and necessary protection gears before jumping on to the raft.
The river crossing is a thrill-filled adventure activity where one is harnessed on a safety rope and they have to hang from the rope while crossing the river with the help of the rope. It is a great adrenaline boost for the adventure junkies. River crossing will boost one’s motor abilities, along with providing thrill and excitement. The Kundalika provides the perfect scope for river crossing in Kolad, where it is done. The river crossing costs INR 150 per person. It must be done with proper precautions by wearing safety gears and only with the help of an instructor.
Zip lining is the adventure activity where someone rides a zip line. A zip line is a setup that consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, generally made out of stainless steel which is mounted on a slope, i.e from a higher altitude to a lower. One has to travel from one end to the other, propelled by gravity, by holding on to the pulley. This is a thrilling and fun-filled activity that is popular all around the world with thrill seekers. Zip lining must be done under the expert guidance and by taking all sorts of safety measures. The most popular place for ziplining in Kolad is the Kundalika river, where many local operators have set up zip lining facilities. Along with that, many resorts and adventure institutes provide zip lining facilities too. Some of them are-
Corporates often send out their teams for team outings to create a bonding of trust between them, to let them know each other better so that they can work better as colleagues. This strategy immensely helps the work rate and growth of the company. Thus it becomes really important for corporates to send out their teams in such activities at least once a year. These sort of adventure trips organized for the teams also help them develop team working skills, something which is immensely important. Kolad’s adventure sports culture is very popular with corporate team outings. There are many adventure institutes and resorts in Kolad which hosts corporate teams for their outings. Some of the best places for a corporate team outing in Kolad are-
Kolad is the equivalent of heaven for the adventure, especially rafting enthusiasts. It is known as “Maharashtra’s Home for White Water Rafting”. The Kundalika river provides a fourteen kilometre stretch of Group 2 and Group 3 rapids that are excellent for rafting activities. The nerve-racking white water rafting on Kundalika is done across two dams along a 12 kilometre stretch. Rafting in the water while admiring the raw beauty of nature around is a really out of the world experience for the tourists. It is also a chance for them to let their fear flies out.
It is a crime to come to Kolad and not experience rafting. The best time for rafting in Kolad is during the monsoons that are from June to September. The cost of rafting starts from INR 1500 per person and increases as per duration.
Rappelling is a form of rock climbing that is a mix of rock climbing and mountaineering. It has become widely popular everywhere very recently. Kolad, being located very near to the Sahyadri Hills provide a perfect opportunity for tourists to experience some rappelling. The Sahyadri Hills are a great location to rappel, both for novices and provide a challenge to the experts as well. In Kolad, there are many resorts and adventure centres where one can do rappelling. The best destinations for rappelling in Kolad are-
Rappelling is perfectly safe to do as long as one uses all sorts of safety measure by using strong and durable ropes and safety gear. Rappelling must also be done under the guidance of an expert.
Kolad is situated on the backdrop of the beautiful Sahyadri Hills in Maharashtra. The Sahyadri Hills provide some excellent scope for rock climbing activities and tourists often visit here for rock climbing and other related activities like rappelling. Other than that, there are many adventure resorts that have opened up in Kolad which provide rock climbing facilities to its tourists. Rock climbing is an absolutely wild and thrilling adventure sport that provides great exercise to the body. Some of the places where one can do rock climbing in Kolad are-
It's very important that one takes adequate precautions before trying rock climbing. The safety gears and ropes must be checked before using. Proper safety equipment must be used by the participants and they must only do this under the guidance of a trained expert.
Canyoning is a daring and thrilling experience. Canyoning involves exploring caves and climbing canyons or waterfalls, just the perfect thing for someone wanting an adrenaline rush. Kolad-Roha waterfalls are the perfect place in Kolad for canyoning. Another fantabulous place for canyoning is the Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls, picturesque waterfalls whose view will leave anyone star-struck. The best time to go canyoning in Kolad is from June to March.
One must take adequate precautions like using the right safety gear and checking the ropes and harnesses properly before using them, along with canyoning only under the instructions of a trained expert. Canyoning costs around INR 400 per person in Kolad.
A banana boat is an inflatable boat that can hold three to ten members. It has to be towed by a speedboat or a motorboat. The banana boat ride is a fun and thrilling experience for someone. The banana boat ride can keep someone engrossed throughout the day. As with all the other water sports activities in Kolad, the banana boat ride is also done on the Kundalika river. It costs INR 350 per person and the boat rides are available throughout the day till the sun goes down, although timings are dependent on the local operators.
Kayaking is the activity where you use a kayak, a small narrow boat that works by double paddling, to move through the water. Kolad is located just beside the Kundalika river, which is a fourteen kilometre stretch of group 2 and group 3 rapids that provide an excellent location for kayaking. Kayaking is a very popular activity in Kolad for the tourists, along with rafting. The Kundalika provides a great experience for both novice and expert kayakers. A kayak ride costs INR 350 for one person for half an hour. One must ensure they are wearing all sorts of safety gear like life jackets for protection.
Mountain Biking is an activity that does wonders for the muscles. It stimulates and tests our nerves. The thrill of a downhill ride on a rough mountain track is immeasurable. Near Kolad is the Sahyadri Hills, from which the Kundalika river originates. The Sahyadri hills provide a perfect backdrop for mountain biking in Kolad. Sahyadri Hills is a great route for mountain biking, following the trail of the Kundalika river till reaching Kolad. Many local operators conduct mountain biking trips that are generally three to four hour long with proper safety measures and trainers for an experience of a lifetime. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will most definitely enjoy this mountain biking ride.
Kolad is an under the radar tourism gem that offers a premium experience for the adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers. The Kundalika river provides an immense scope for different adventure activities like rafting, rappelling, canoeing, bumper boat rides, ziplining and many others. One can experience Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids in the river. Kolad also has several camping options for the tourists who want to explore this wonderful village. Here are some of the best campsites in Kolad-
The Kundalika river flows beside Kolad, which originates from the Sahyadri Hills. The bumper boat rides are very popular in Kolad along with white water rafting.
One can do the bumper boat ride on the Kundalika River in Kolad. The cost for this is INR 500. There are many local operators and adventure resorts that arrange for bumper boat rides. Expecting mothers and people with not adequate fitness are advised to not try this.
The food that is found in Kolad is the typical Maharashtrian cuisine. Maharashtra is famous for its vada pav, pav bhaji, batata pav, pooranpoli, aamti among many other dishes. Other than Maharashtrian cuisine, one can also find Chinese, Italian and other Indian cuisines due to popping up of multi-cuisine restaurants in the area
Some places in Kolad to try out the best foods are-
Traveller Tales From Kolad
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.
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.
10 December 2015
Though we all had a doubt about the arrangements as we booked the package only a few days before the commencing date, we were really delighted after arriving the site. Whatever was promised, was there. The activities were too fun-filled. Especially rafting in Kundalika stole all the limelight. Thanks to all the group members and the organisers for such a nice experience.
11 January 2016
It was a perfect day in Kolad and while rafting we got to witness the magical beauty of the region too. It was somewhere like a full proof package of fun, thrill and adventure.
12 December 2015
I went with my family and friends and Had an awesome experience with them. Although we did all the activities available there but everything was just overshadowed by the white water rafting. It is a great river with large tides and waves and gave us a memory for life!
06 January 2016
i am a water sports lover and have tried almost all the water sports. frankly telling you guys, this was the best river rafting experience i have ever had. go for it without giving it a single thought.
31 December 2015
it was so amazing...never thought would ever get a chance of river drafting in India...but this trip made it possible..really thank you so much people...
06 January 2016
gud 1. lvd the boat ride. the stream were so powerful. will definitely recommend that you carry extra clothes with you, because you are gonna get too wet there.
28 October 2015
White water rafting with stay at Kundalika River was suggested by the office boss, he had been for this trip last month and was praising about it, I just wanted to try it out and I went over along with my colleagues. Initially to start with, I should say that the plan was well organized and well executed, next the guides were helpful, and about the rafting trip – fullest safety norms were followed and all the essentials were provided. Not only that I ended up making loads of friends as the co-tourists became friendly with us and we enjoyed their company. I should say that I learnt a lot from this rafting tour, I am thankful to my boss for showing me this kind of pleasure.
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