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  • 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.

    Adventurous rafting on the Kundalika River

    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 12 km 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).

    Types of rapids on Kundalika River

    The flow of the Kundalika River is controlled by a dam, hence the rafting sessions are conducted when the dam releases the water every morning and afternoon. This thrilling experience takes you through different levels of rapids, from Grade II to Grade III rapids. Grade II rapids are moderate, with slightly stronger waves and are a great way to perfect your manoeuvring skills. Grade II rapids are more challenging, with strong eddies, high waves and sudden falls. You need to be alert while entering these rapids and follow the instructor's instructions.

    Things to do in Kolad – a short adventure weekend getaway near Mumbai or Pune

    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 a Kolad river rafting package with rafting 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.

    If you're looking for weekend getaways near you, here's a complete List of Adventure Activities near Mumbai or Pune for your next trip

    One day Kolad rafting package

    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 Kolad river rafting 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 rafting package with overnight stay

    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.

    Best time to go

    River rafting packages in Kolad are available throughout the year, but the best time to go is during the monsoons. During this season, the Kundalika river is wild and rafting on it is an exhilarating experience. The surrounding landscape too is flourishing and turns into a green paradise. Winter is also a great season for rafting as the mornings are misty and the nights cool.

    How to reach Kolad

    Kolad is located at a distance of 120 km from Mumbai and 145 km from Pune and is well connected to the two cities by road and rail. You can reach Kolad by train as there are daily trains connecting to Kolad from Mumbai and Pune. You can also catch a state or privately run bus to reach Kolad. However, if you prefer to drive your own car, then you can reach Kolad by either of the two routes, one via Khapoli on the Mumbai-Goa road, and second from Khapoli Exit on the Mumbai-Pune expressway.

    You can also reach Kolad on your motorcycle as the route is quite scenic and makes for a great ride. And since motorcycles are not allowed on the expressway, you need to take the old Mumbai-Goa road to reach Kolad.

    Things to keep in mind while Kolad rafting

    While rafting in Kolad, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost is safety, so never remove your helmet or life jacket while on the raft and always follow the instructor's directions. Next, do not carry expensive gadgets, jewellery, phone, etc. while rafting as you might lose it in the river. Also, wear clothes that are comfortable and non-restrictive along with sandals or light shoes which won't fall off. Remember to carry some spare cash so you can have vadapav and water at the rafting endpoint.

    There are other rafting destinations that you can choose for your next rafting trip Click here to explore other rafting destinations in India.

    River Rafting in Kolad Trip Summary

    • State: Maharashtra
    • Nearest city: Mumbai
    • Total days: 1-2 days
    • Grade: Easy
    • Max altitude:
    • Total trekking distance: 13 km
    • Season: Monsoon
    • Avg temperature: 12 to 37 degree Celsius
  • Single-Day Rafting Trip in Kolad

    Sketch itinerary:

    Day 1: Rafting in Kolad

    • Rafting distance: 12 km
    • Rafting time: 3 hours
    • Grade of rapids: II, III and III+
    • Meals provided: Lunch
    Detailed itinerary:

    Report to the campsite by 08:00 hrs where you can keep your bags and freshen up. You'll then head to the rafting start point and board the rafts. After an invigorating session of rafting on Kundalika, you'll head back to the campsite, have lunch and check-out of the campsite. The trip ends here.

    Inclusions:

    Your package includes one 12-km session of rafting. You will be provided with all rafting equipment required such as life jackets, helmets, paddles, inflatable rafts etc. Services of experienced rafting instructors are included. Meals and refreshments will be provided based on the packages selected.  You will have access to changing rooms at the campsite. All applicable taxes are included.

    Exclusions:

    Travel arrangements between your home city and the campsite are not included and will have to be made by yourself. Travel arrangements between the campsite and the rafting start/endpoint are not included in the cost of the package. It will be arranged at an additional cost of approximately INR 800-1,000, round-trip, for a tum-tum to be shared between 8-10 people. 

    Adventure activities package - kayaking, river crossing, zip lining at an additional cost of INR 500 per person. Adventure activities package - jet ski, banana boat ride, bumper ride for an additional cost of INR 500 per person. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. are not included. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

    Single-Day Rafting Trip in Kolad with Adventure Activities

    Kolad Rafting Trip with Stay

  • Best time to go/Weather

    For river rafting in Kolad, monsoon is the best time to go. During this season, the region transforms into a green paradise with Kundalika River gushing through it. During summer, the river is not that wild but bathing in the river is cooling, and in winter, the atmosphere is misty and cold.

  • Kolad Rafting - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Kolad Rafting - Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the best time to go rafting in Kolad?

    The monsoon is one of the best times for river rafting in Kolad. The entire region turns into a lush green paradise, and the river is full and wild. However, other times of the year are fun too. In the summers, the river is not as full, but swimming in the river is cooling and delightful. In winter, you'll love the campfire evenings and misty mornings.

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  • Reviews

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Thank you team TGN and specially Venkat for planning, coordinating and being attentive to our needs and making good recommendations (like renting bike etc). 3 days trip from Dehradun to Rishikesh was really satisfactory. Guidance given by him from the start to end was very helpful. During the trip, staying in tent was too good. The staff was very supportive and humble. One should definitely try the thrilling experiences of rafting and bungee in Rishikesh at least once in life. The tent in camp was so much spacious for all 3 of us. Overall it was a very good and chilling experience. Looking forward for more such outings with TGN :) Cheers guys

  • Getting There

    Kolad is located quite close to Mumbai and Pune and is well connected by road and rail. To reach Kolad, you can either hire a cab or drive your own car. There are two routes to reach Kolad, one via Khapoli Pali on the Mumbai-Goa road, and second from Khapoli Exit on Mumbai-Pune expressway. You can even reach Kolad by train which connects it to most major cities of Maharashtra. There are daily trains connecting Mumbai and Pune to Kolad. There are also many state-run buses operating between Mumbai and Pune.

    What To Wear

    While rafting, wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict your movement, paired with sandals. When you're not rafting, you can wear comfortable clothes but try to cover your legs and hands with full pants and full sleeve t-shirts respectively to avoid mosquito bites.

    What To Carry

    All Kolad river rafting packages include all the rafting equipment which are provided by the operator, so you only need to carry your personal essentials. Remember to carry extra pairs of clothes, sunscreen, raincoat, and mosquito repellent.

    Preparation/Fitness

    While rafting, life jackets are provided so there's no need to worry if you don't know how to swim. Apart from this, there is usually a weight limit of 120 kg for rafting.