Kolad was once a peaceful fishing village along the Kundalika river. It is surrounded by paddy fields and lush forests, and remains cool and pleasant for most months of the year. However, with the growing popularity of camping and rafting in Kolad, it is now becoming one of the adventure hubs of Maharashtra. Travellers from Mumbai and Pune visit every weekend to enjoy the weather and the activities here.
The river is usually serene, and feeds the fields and greenery around. However, every morning, excess water from Bhira dam is released into the river, turning the river into a seething, churning beast for a couple of hours. This is when you’ll be river rafting in Kolad, enjoying a 13 kms stretch with rapids of Grade II and III. When you’re safely past the rapids, your guide will allow you to jump in the water for a swim (with life jackets on).
Kolad is located in the midst of the Western Ghats, surrounded by greenery. You’ll do your rafting in the morning, and will have the rest of the day to enjoy. Most campsites and resorts offer packages with rafting in Kolad as well as activities like kayaking, ziplining, and other fun outdoor activities. Meals are usually Maharashtrian cuisine, served at campsites, although you’ll have to pre-book. In the evening, a campfire and BBQ are the best way to enjoy the starry skies and the fresh air at your riverside campsite.
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A day picnic is one way to enjoy river rafting in Kolad. Leave early in the morning to make sure you arrive in Kolad by 8:30 or 9:00 a.m, so you’ll be in time for your rafting. The most economical package offers only rafting, but you can also book packages that include breakfast and lunch at a campsite nearby. This is a better option because you’ll be very hungry after your rafting session in Kolad, and there are not too many restaurants around. For those who want to stuff a lot of fun into one day, there are rafting packages that include adventure activities at the campsites.
Kolad has a few picturesque campsites, some as large as 50 acres, located in the middle of hills or alongside the river. You can choose from Swiss tents, cabins, caravans, rooms, cottages or dorms, depending on your group size. You’ll eat lavish buffet meals, go rafting in Kolad, try your hand at all kinds of adventure activity, and spend time in nature.