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  • As we know river rafting is one of the most sought of activities these days, most of the adventure seekers love to spend some time playing with the water. With a number of places for river rafting near Pune, this destination is a hit among the people around Maharashtra. 

    Pune, which is near the Western Ghats, offers incalculable adventure activities and is home to a plenty of authentic spots of stunning magnificence with a distinctive assortment of widely varied vegetation. 

    Life doesn't get more energizing than this, plunging down a drawing waterway in an inflatable pontoon, arranging the drops, turns and chutes and punching through the sheets of water rafting on board, it's 100% immaculate water fun. Stream boating is done in Kundalika river along the banks of this little stream are found towns like Salav, Kolad, Chaul, Roha and Korlai. This water body is nourished by the surplus water from the Mulshi Dam Project.

    There lies a recorded exchange course from Tamhini Ghat Road that plunges towards the Kundalika Valley. The adrenaline surge of riding on a pontoon over speedy rapids here is something that gives a considerable measure of energy and joy and is unquestionably an absolute necessity strives for bold individuals. The city of Pune is a part of the Western Ghats and besides the serendipitous weather; the city is blessed with a myriad of serene attractions in close proximity. 

    Among the numerous places satiating the adventurous palates of Punekars, white water rafting is steadily gaining traction among the adrenaline-seeking fraternity. Get ready for that perfect adventure you have been always looking for while you head out for this thrilling activity. Whether you are with your friends or your corporate group you will have the best of time here. Get splashed by the water as you take that twist and turns, it’s definitely the adventure you have been long waiting for.

    Check out these popular places for river rafting near Pune:

  • 01Kundalika River Rafting at Kolad

    Kundalika River Rafting at Kolad
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    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 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 in Kolad is a treasured one and is open for adventure activities near Pune 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 quickens. 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 whitewater rafting destination in Maharashtra.

    Check here: Where to stay near Pune.

  • 02White Water Rafting in Dandeli

    White Water Rafting in Dandeli

    Following the Western Ghats trails southwards, the virgin forests get thicker at Dandeli in Karnataka. A speck under 440 kilometres away from Pune, Dandeli is an overnight journey away into one of the most stirring water rafting experiences around. 

    Kali is one of the many pristine rivers that take birth in the Western Ghats, and a certain 13-kilometre stretch is filled with bewitching rapids. One of the only two places offering whitewater river rafting near Pune, adventure enthusiasts swear by the stirring experience.

    Treks, cycling, kayaking, canoeing and nature walks spotting crocodiles are a few many things you can indulge in during your stay at Dandeli. The months from October to June are tailor-made for some serious white water rafting, even as rapids up to grade IV and V take you on an aquatic roller-coaster ride!

    Well-connected by road, the nearest railheads are Londa, Dharwad and Hubli; while Goa airport which is 125 kilometres away is the nearest airport. So, if you’re craving for an experience that’ll remain etched for long, choose one of these two picks for river rafting near Pune.

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  • 03Kundalika Rafting Camp With Adventure Activities Flat 20% Off

    Kundalika Rafting Camp With Adventure Activities Flat 20% Off
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    About the Activity:

    The Kundalika rafting camp is the perfect choice for anyone looking to indulge in adventure in the green escapes of nature! Located at just a couple of hours drive from Mumbai, it is the preferred hotspot for all those eager to escape the mad rush of the city.

    The Kundalika rafting camp gives you a rare opportunity to engage yourself in a multitude of adventure activities in the engaging company of nature. As you take a quiet drive down to the campsite, you can check-in and indulge in the beauty of nature while munching on some yummy snacks and refreshing tea. Fortify yourself and embark on a vast range of activities like kayaking, jet skii and archery! Get your tired but excited selves back to the campsite and relish a delicious dinner before calling it a night. Next day indulge in rafting and other activities post breakfast.

    Available in 2 packages :

    • Camping with Rafting
    • Camping with Rafting and Activities

    Timings:Check-in: 3:00 PM (Day 01) ; Check-out: 3:00 PM (Day 02)

  • 04Water Adventure Activities and Rafting in Kolad

    Water Adventure Activities and Rafting in Kolad
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    About the Activity:

    • The most exciting of water adventures awaits you at Kolad, situated over the Kundalika River, just about 121 Km from Mumbai. Flowing over the mountains of the Sahyadris, it indeed makes up for a stunning getaway adventure!
    • Post your arrival at the rafting campsite at around 08:30AM, you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of water sports in Kolad. Post this, by 09:00 in the morning, get you rafting gears, hop into the enthralling waters of Kundalika.
    • Employ your adventure spirit and  witness the rapids crushing against the raft and increasing the thrill of the day. Continue On completion of this vigorous journey, return to the campsite by around 02:00 PM for a delicious lunch.
    • Post  lunch, you can also embark on various other adventures such as  kayaking, jet skiing and dart games.
    • After such an exciting day beside the Kundalika River and adventures like river rafting in Kolad, check-out from the campsite around 06:00 PM.


  • 05Rafting in Kundalika River

    Rafting in Kundalika River
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    • lKolad
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    About the activity:

    • Delight in an adrenaline pumping experience along the rapids that are a located at Saje, a small village on the banks of River Kundalika. 
    • The remote hamlet is a short drive from Mumbai just 120km away and 100 km from Pune. Located in the virgin forests below Mulshi and Bhira Dams.
    • Spend two hours in this unique rafting site with multiple rides to beat the rapids as you get to body-surf, swim and have a great time.
    • Report at raft start point at around 08:15 AM. Have a short briefing session with the river guide. Collect your gear and equipment and head to the river. 
    • You can then embark on the incredible experience of navigating these rapids that stretch for almost 11km. Thrill yourself with this delightful experience.
    • This activity does not require any swimming experience and anyone above the age of 14 can indulge in the activity.
    • The site can be accessed by any local transport by road to take back the incredible memories as you embark this activity.


  • 06Kundalika River Rafting from Mumbai

    Kundalika River Rafting from Mumbai
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      Nilesh Patil

    About the Activity:

    • Embark on this adventurous river rafting activity this monsoon in Kolad, Maharashtra.
    • Start your journey from Mumbai from the Pritam Hotel in Dadar East at around 5 AM or you can get picked up from Yogi Hotel in Chembur at around 5.30 AM, Vashi Plaza at around 5.50 AM, and from Mc Donalds at Kalamboli at around 6.10 AM and continue your journey to Kolad. 
    • On the way to Kolad, enjoy a delicious breakfast and reach the rafting site at around 8.30 AM. 
    • Meet your guide and listen to the safety instructions carefully and gear up for the rafting activity.
    • Start your rafting at around 9 AM, which will last for 2 to 3 hours through various rapids of Kundalika river.
    • After the rafting activity, have your lunch and relax for sometime. 
    • Start your journey back to Mumbai at around 2 PM and reach your destination by 7 PM, depending on the traffic. 
  • 07River Rafting Adventure from Pune

    River Rafting Adventure from Pune
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      Vinayak S

    About the Activity:

    • The Kundalika River is the ideal destination for anybody hoping to enjoy the company of the green getaways of nature. 
    • Situated at only short drive from Mumbai, it is the favourite hotspot for anyone enthusiastic to escape the crowds of the city.
    • Witness the rush of energizing rapids, get invigorated by the shower of cooling water and let out the skill in you! 
    •  Enjoy an escape of a lifetime at the stunning Kundalika River and revel in the union with nature!
    • Covering a large stretch of 14km, river rafting near Pune will take you around 3.5 hours to complete. Get exhilarated by the jaw dropping, exciting rapids and challenge yourself to an adventure unlike any other!
  • 08Monsoon Stay and Rafting in Kolad

    Monsoon Stay and Rafting in Kolad
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      Sumit

    About the Activity:

    • Charge yourself and get ready for some thrilling monsoon rafting in Kolad. This tiny weekend getaway destination in Maharshtra is well known for its wide variety of water adventure sports. 
    • Reach Kolad in the evening at around 4 PM in the evening and relax and stroll around the area amidst the green surroundings.
    • Enjoy your dinner and go for a good night sleep because a day awaits you with full of adventure.
    • Next day, enjoy your breakfast and report at the rafting start point, where you will meet your guide. Until you gear up for the activity, listen to your guide carefully explaining all the important safety procedures.
    • Start your rafting activity and pass through some really tough and challenging rapids and get your adrenaline pumped up. 
    • Finish your rafting activity and head to your stay where a delicious lunch awaits you.
    • Check out from the stay at around 3.30 PM and end your tour with lots of adventurous memories.
  • 09Rafting in Kundalika River at Kolad

    Rafting in Kundalika River at Kolad
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    • Ravi Kumar Nayak
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      Ravi Kumar Nayak

    About the Activity:

    • Enjoy the fascinating rapids of Kundalika River which flows with a mesmerizing view from the Bhira Dam, the added inflow of high density of water from the Mulshi Dam Project makes Kolad River rafting package an ideal destination for white water rafting. 
    • This adventure quest will begin with your arrival at the rafting camp by around 08:30 in the morning and will take you through some of the strenuous rapids in the Kundalika River.
    • Following your arrival, you will be briefed about the safety measures for Kolad river rafting package and then will be provided with the required gears and equipment for Kundalika rafting. Post this, embark on a 10km rafting trail and challenge the roaring rapids! 
    • Upon completion; after covering 10km, get back to the shores and start advancing towards your onward destination. You can also avail other adventure activities like kayaking, river crossing, flying fox, rappelling and scuba diving at an additional cost.


  • 10Kundalika River Rafting and Adventure Activities, Kolad

    Kundalika River Rafting and Adventure Activities, Kolad
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      Ashwini

    About the Activity:

    • Your exciting Kundalika River rafting adventure begins as you arrive at the beautiful campsite on the shores of Kundalika River. 
    • Check-in at about 07:45 AM and rejoice the beautiful feel of a quiet morning.
    • As soon you arrive, you will be commencing the Kundalika rafting experience, where you will encounter thundering rapids and undulating flow of water that will give you the much needed rush of adrenaline. 
    • Challenge yourself and rise up to meet the high point of excitement and head back to the campsite!
    • As you return, a delicious spread of lunch awaits you; relax your tired bodies and embark on the stimulating activities like river crossing, kayaking and ziplining. Your amazing session adventure activities and Kundalika rafting draws to a stunning close with a high tea, as you bid goodbye to the campsite and your experience.



  • 11White Water Rafting Adventure at Kolad

    White Water Rafting Adventure at Kolad
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    About the activity :

    • Gear up for the adventure of a lifetime at the white water rafting camp in Kolad, over the Kundalika River. Located at an easy distance of approximately 121km from Mumbai, it is the perfect weekend getaway and adventure destination.
    • The rapids over the river stretch over 12km and are mainly of Grade 3 and Grade 4  variety, which require immense precision in the presence of safety equipment and expert.
    • The hills and forests nearby make up for a stunning scenery where alonwith rafting, you can engage in nature hikes and treks.
    • Kundalika is the only rafting site where rafting happens for the entire year but the best season is from June to October. So, grab your oars and gear up for an exciting ride!
  • 12Thrilling River Rafting Experience at Kolad

    Thrilling River Rafting Experience at Kolad
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      Code: 1684582

    About the Activity :

    It is time for adventure!Head for a thrilling river rafting experience at Kolad on the Kundalika River with your friends and family! Revel in adventure and excitement to the maximum! The exciting rafting experience at Kolad started a few years ago and now it is a year round activity for all those who love the water and any adventure associated with it. This is the only rafting facility in India to be operational all-round the year. River Rafting at Kundalika River in Kolad is about 4hrs drive from Pune and Mumbai. White Water Rafting in Kundalika River, Kolad is controlled by the release of the dam water on the Kundalika River and offers Grade II and Grade III rapids. If the high adrenaline adventurer in you is craving for some hard core adventure, then head for an exciting river rafting experience in Kundalika in Kolad with your friends now!


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Lohagad

Situated close to the famous hill station of Lonavala, Lohagad is one of the most magnificent places to visit in Pune. Located on a beautiful hillock near Malavali, this place is one of the favourite destinations for trekking enthusiasts in Pune. Dating back to the 18th century, this place is an interesting visit to appreciate the charm of ancient architecture nestled in the midst of natural beauty.

Lohagad Fort offers an exciting trek where people can look forward to an adrenaline filled day. Surrounded by beautiful green hills, it also offers various delightful opportunities for photographers and nature lovers to appreciate the panoramic views all around.


  • Location: Lohagad Fort, Lohagad Trek Rd, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Lohagad Fort is during Monsoon season when the surroundings are most spectacular due to the rains and presence of dark clouds without the scorching sun.  

  • Entry fee: There is no entry fee to visit Lohagad Fort

  • Timings: One can visit the Lohagad Fort from 9 am to 6 pm

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Pawna Lake

Enjoy the wonder of nature by paying a visit to the exquisite Pawna Lake when you are in Pune. Its paradise location is something that you will not be able to forget anytime soon. The setting at Pawna Lake is made beautiful with the presence of various tourist attractions like Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort and Visapur Fort. Its refreshing ambience makes this place a beautiful destination near Lonavala and Khandala to enjoy an idyllic weekend.

It was created as an artificial water reservoir and offers a soothing time to relax with nature. People keep flocking to Pawna Lake for its postcard-perfect landscape. The place is known for its wonderful climate and offers a serene retreat away from the noise of usual city life. Pawna Lake is also known to attract nature lovers due to the number of flora and fauna which can be seen around the lake. Some of the activities which you can look forward to enjoying at Pawna Lake are camping, paragliding, sightseeing etc.


  • Location: Pawna Lake, Pune

  • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season

  • Entry fee: There is no entry fee for visiting Pawna Lake

  • Timings: This place can be visited from morning till evening.

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Sinhagad Fort

Literally meaning the Lion Fort, Sinhagad Fort is one of the most famous historical places to visit in Pune. It was earlier named Kondana and believed to have been built about 2000 years ago. Sinhagad Fort occupies an important place in the history of Pune as there were many important battles like the famous Battle of Sinhagad fought here. It boasts of a strategic location and is protected by natural frontiers.

The fort makes a mesmerising scenery with the Sahyadri mountains and serves an as popular place for outings in Pune. Many trekking lovers also flock the place for an enterprising day to complete a one day trek from the village to the fort. Some notable attractions which you can see inside the fort are Tanaji memorial, the tomb of Rajaram Chhatrapati, a Kali temple, some military stables and a brewery.


  • Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Pune, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit: The months of winter and monsoon season from July to February are the most preferred time to visit this fort

  • Entry fee: N/A

  • Timings:  Tourists can visit here between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

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Raigad Fort

Raigad Fort is a majestic fort in Maharashtra which you can see in Sahyadri mountain ranges of Western Ghats. The fort is a symbol of Maratha pride and one of the great reminders of the history of Marathas. It was named as Gibraltar of the East by the British due to its strategic location and one of the most important landmarks in the city of Pune.

Some main attractions of Raigad Fort are the Hirakani Buruj, Maha Darwaja, the King’s Durbar, Takmak Tok, Jagdishwar Mandir etc. The fort has become a major tourist spot for its trekking opportunities where one needs to climb up to 1737 steps and enjoy a breath-taking view of the landscape. For those who wish to give trekking a miss, there is a splendid ropeway ride to give you goosebumps as you move through the winds with an exquisite aerial view of the landscape. The place has been dubbed as one of the most exciting Pune tourist destinations for history lovers and adventure freaks.


  • Location: Raigad Fort, Raigad, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Raigad Fort is from November to March

  • Entry fee: The cost of an entry ticket for Indians is INR 10 / USD 0.15 and for foreigners, it is INR 100/ USD 1.54

  • Timings: Tourists can visit Raigad Fort from 10 am to 6 pm every day

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Panshet Dam

Also famous as Tanaji Sagar Dam, Panshet Dam is one of the top places to visit in Pune for adventure enthusiasts.  Perched beautifully in the Sahyadri Ranges, Panshet Dam is a visual delight with a surreal landscape that offers a soothing retreat. Panshet Dam is encompassed by luxuriant hills and a number of thundering waterfalls that makes it a perfect place for nature lovers too.

Tourists here can look forward to savouring an adrenaline rush by partaking in a number of water sports. Some of the popular water sports enjoyed here are kayaking, boating and few rides like the banana ride and water scooters. Other activities which you can enjoy here are trekking and camping in the midst of nature.


  • Location: Panshet Dam, Ambi River, Pune District, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit:  The best time to make a visit to Panshet Dam is during the monsoon days or in the evenings of the winter season

  • Entry fee: During the weekdays the entry fees for an adult is INR 250/USD 3.75 and for a child is INR 170/ USD 2.62. For the weekends the entry fees for a child in INR 230/ USD 3.54 and for an adult is INR 300/ USD 4.62

  • Timings: Tourists can visit here from 10:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.

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Mulshi Lake and Dam

Originally a dam used for irrigation and hydroelectricity generation, Mulshi Lake and Dam is now one of the most notable attractions in Pune. The place attracts a number of visitors who wish to relax in the serene ambience of nature and rejuvenate their soul away from all the hubbub of city life. Mul shi Lake and Dam gets its picturesque landscape as it is nestled beautifully between two hills and verdant forests. One can’t help but appreciate the natural beauty of this place which is replete with various flora and fauna along the dam and lake. Some popular activities for the tourists Mulshi Lake and Dam are hiking the hills, picnicking with your loved ones or enjoy boating in the lake. Although the place is located at a short distance away from the main city, it offers a perfect escape for the nature lovers in Pune.


  • Location:  It is located in the Mulshi taluka administrative division of the Pune district of Maharashtra State.

  • Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit Mulshi Lake and Dam is during the monsoon months.

  • Entry fee:  There are no entrance fees to visit this place in Pune

  • Timings: It can be visited during the day from 9 am to 6 pm.

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