Mumbai and Pune are some of the major cities in Maharashtra. Both towns are crowded with locals and professionals from outside the state and from all over the country. So on the weekend, people search for some places where they can rejuvenate themselves from the hectic routine of the weekdays. Kolad is such a kind of place where you can find your lost soul and one of the best weekend gateways.
The Kolad is just like the adventure capital of Maharashtra, where you can feel the serenity while camping and thrill during the adventure sports like kayaking, river rafting, and jungle trekking at Kolad. Kolad is quite a peaceful destination in comparison to other weekend destinations like Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Khandala. These places remain overcrowded on the weekends, so in place of going there, Kolad will be the best.
The distance from Pune and Mumbai to Kolad is equal, which is 116 kilometers. It is the small village located in Raigarh district of Maharashtra. This village is settled amidst in Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO. It is one of the significant hot-spot of biodiversity among eight locations throughout the world. The marvellous views of Sahyadri Ranges in the backdrop make Kolad such a serene place.
The river rafting takes place at the Kundalika River. It is the river flowed in Sahyadri Range and originated from Bhira, where a dam is also situated called Bhira Dam. The Kundalika River flows till the Arabian Sea. The flowing current is so suitable for performing water sports like river rafting, kayaking. The rafting activity starts from Bhira Dam and ends at Dholwal Dam. The entire route is of 12 Kilometre length. It is 2 hours of fun-filled activity.
The Places to Visit In and Around Kolad
There are several places to visit in and around Kolad, which you can visit after experiencing adventure activities. All the places are also excellent and worth to visit in this region. The sites are the following :
- Devi Kedar Janani Hill
- Kolad Dam
- Bhira Dam
- Dholwal Dam
- Sutarwadi Lake
- Tala Fort
- Kanal Avenue
- Tamhini Falls
- Ghosala Fort
- Kuda Caves
- Kundalika River Banks
- Kundalika River Rafting
Activities To Do at Kolad
Other than sightseeing it is the best place for experiencing the following adventure activities:
- River Rafting
- Forest Camping
- Para Sailing
- Forest Trails Trekking
Best Time to Visit Kolad
As the place, Kolad is located in the Western Ghat region, so climatic conditions are the same for it as the other places in this region. During the summers, the temperature remains hot – humid & dry, which is not suitable for any activity. The best time to visit Kolad for camping and rafting is monsoon season till February. From July to February, you can consider the best time to experience the Kolad Camping and river rafting at Kundalika.
During the monsoon, the whole place becomes green land where you can feel the cool breeze with microdroplets of rain. At some high spots, clouds will touch your feet, which gives you the best feeling to be at a naturally enriched place. The temperature remains suitable for experiencing the river rafting, camping, jungle trekking, rappelling, kayaking, and many more available activities. This can be said the best weekend getaway from the crowded life of Mumbai and Pune.
The flora remains on bloom, and several waterfalls will welcome you throughout the route to reach Kolad and even at the place also. The river is filled with fresh water. So in the monsoon, it will be true white water rafting at Kundalika rafting spots.
How to Reach Kolad
There are various modes of transportation available to reach Kolad from Mumbai and Pune in which the best is by road, and another option is by train.
From Mumbai to Kolad
The distance between Kolad and Mumbai is approximately 120 kilometers so, from Mumbai, it will hardly take 2-3 hrs to reach. The one way to reach Kolad is Kodambakkam- Mumbai Highway, then Khapoli – Pali road, and the other routes are gone through MH state highway 104 and national highway 66. The NH 66 route is the long route which is suitable to experience the monsoon beauty where you will experience the waterfalls enroute.
From Pune to Kolad
The distance between Kolad to Pune is the same as the distance between Kolad to Mumbai. So you can take Mumbai – Pune Expressway or via Tamhini Ghat road to reach Kolad from Pune.
It is all about Kolad Camping, which is the best place for the weekend.