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.
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