A sleepy little village by the river, Kolad is fast rising as an
adventure destination. A mere 113 kilometres away from the city, Kolad houses
the one of the fastest-flowing rivers in Western India—the resplendent
Kundalika River. Originating in a small town called Bhira, it traverses many
curves before draining into the Arabian Sea near a creek at Roha. The river
swells as the superfluous water from the hydroelectric plants at Bhira and
Ravalje is released into it every morning. The resulting opportunity created
for river rafting near Pune (and Mumbai) is a treasured one, and is open for
adventure throughout the year.
A 14 kilometre stretch of the river is ridden with exhilarating
rapids, and is a blessing for those seeking to experience the rush of glazing
over a few quick ‘uns. The presence of grade II to III rapids during summer
make it ideal for beginners. However, come monsoon, the rafting experience
rises a notch above than usual with grade IV rapids providing the ultimate
blitz of adrenaline.
As rafting in the Kundalika River is dependent on the outflow from the nearby
Mulshi Dam, it is usually started at around 8.15 A.M. and being there on
schedule becomes paramount. The best months to visit are from June to October.
The hilly and rocky terrain of Kolad offers other adventure
activities like waterfall rappelling, parasailing and kayaking. The weather is
fairly pleasant throughout the year, and the air can be a touch nippy in the
evenings. A couple of forts, lakes and a waterfall add to the magic of Kolad,
and can be reached from both Pune and Mumbai to the only white water rafting
destination in Maharashtra.