River rafting being a major attraction here, Kolad is also famous for its natural beauty & pristine nature
By: HBI Desk
Kolad is a village in Raigad district, Maharashtra State, India. It is 117 kms from Mumbai on the National Highway no 17 (Mumbai-Goa). It lies on the banks of River Kundalika. Kolad has a varied climate; spring (March to May) is hot and sultry, while the monsoon season (June to September) is accompanied by heavy rainfalls. Winters are during November and February and are characterised by a medium level of humidity and cool weather.
White water river rafting is a popular adventure water sport for people travelling here. The Kundalika River in Kolad is the best option for white water rafting in Maharashtra. The huge amount of water released from a local dam each morning creates good opportunities for rafting.
Below are some activities that can be undertaken in this tourist spot.
Kolad River Rafting
Kolad is an instance of a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Kundalika river’s 14 kilometer stretch of exciting rapids provides one and a half hours of white-water rafting. The monsoon season tends to be the best for the adventure sport, though at times rafting pauses due to weather conditions.
Nestled in the lap of Sahyadri Ranges, the small village called Kolad is known for attracting people with an adventurous streak. Offering a nerve pumping rafting expedition on the Kundalika River, the activity takes place across two dams covering an approximate stretch of 12 kms. Bundled with the raw beauty of nature, the activity is a perfect opportunity to let your fear fly off. The adventure over the easy flowing and abundant water is not only about fun but about a passion. Maneuver your rafts and get ready for an adventurous ride on Kundalika River invading through a tiny and rustic hamlet of Kolad adding punch to the ride.
Tamhini Ghat waterfalls
The most popular attraction of Tamhini Ghat is the enchanting Tamhini Waterfalls. Also known as the Valse, these waterfalls cascade down a significant height and form a pool at the base. Other than trekking, sightseeing and picnicking, tourists also enjoy swimming in the water or simply an occasional dip.
Standing between the Revdanda and the Salav Creeks, is a fort known for its architecture and design. There are two temples and a dargarh in the fort complex as well. Prisons, parapets, stores and chambers can be seen inside the fort.
This pristine lake with beautiful surroundings and a quaint atmosphere is a perfect destination for bird watchers. Watching the sun get reflected on the calm waters is a beautiful sight to behold while here.
Plus Valley trek
The Plus Valley is such a unique place that nobody can resist the call to explore and enjoy it. Exactly like the name of the place, the valley is in the shape of a plus sign, which adds to the intrigue and excitement of this amazing destination. Challenging terrains, exotic fauna, and awe-inspiring scenery will keep you coming back for more.
Also known as the Tata Power house Dam, it was built by Tata Power Company in the year 1927. The water of this dam is used for irrigational purposes and power generation. It is the major source of water for the Kundalika River, which is popular for water rafting.
Situated 1000 feet above the sea level, this fort primarily acts as a view point. Built in the 4th Century, this fort is set in the midst of lush greenery on hilly terrains. The River Rajpuri can be viewed from here.
Kuda Mandad Caves
These caves are a part of the Janjira Hills. A group of 13 Buddhist caves, many sculptures, paintings and inscriptions can be found here. Stupas of the Lord can also be seen.
Literally translated as ‘the mouth of the cow’, it houses a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which comes in the limelight every Mahashivratri – the festival of Shiva. During the festival, a 15 days Gaimukh Mela is organized in the village. Along with this temple, there is also a cave temple (a unique experience in itself) dedicated to Kuramvars. There are a couple of other temples in and around this village as well
Devkund Waterfalls Trek
Located in Bhira, Devkund Waterfalls are a popular tourist attraction and a beautiful picnic spot. The Devkund waterfalls, in fact, lie at the confluence of three waterfalls and it is believed that they originate from the river Kundalika. Enveloped by a forest of the same name, ‘Devkund’, you can reach the peak by taking a three-hour-long trek from the base village of Bhira.
How to reach?
The minimum time a train takes to reach Kolad from Mumbai is 2h 35m. This is also the cheapest way to reach Kolad. You can take train number 50103 from Mumbai. You can also travel by road; from Mumbai, it takes 2h 22m, if you take a taxi or your own car.
Kundalika river’s 14 kilometer stretch of exciting rapids provide one and a half hours of white-water rafting