About Kolad

Known for its cascading waterfalls, green meadows and picturesque backdrop of Sahyadris, Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc. Famous for white water rafting, Kolad is a thriving tiny village in the Raigad district in Maharashtra. It boasts of natural beauty which blooms during the monsoons. The majestic valleys and picturesque backdrops makes Kolad a treat for nature lovers as well as shutter bugs. The scenery is a treat to the eyes. The river Kundalika is a big attraction here especially for people who interested in white water rafting. The Kundalika river is one of the fastest flowing rivers of the South which makes it ideal for water rafting and other adventure activities. Along with that, there are a couple of forts, dams and waterfalls which Kolad a good holiday destination with something to offer to everyone.

Place to must visit in Kolad


Places to Visit in Kolad

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Experience Time: 2-3 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Kolad River Rafting

Kolad is an instance of paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Kundalika river's 14 kilometer stretch of exciting rapids provide one, 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 adventurous streak. Offering a nerve pumping rafting expedition on Kundalika River, the activity takes place across two dams covering an approximate stretch of 12 kms. Bundled with 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.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 21 Kms

Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls

Tamhini ghat is famous for its waterfalls and endless greenery during monsoons. (See this post for photos). Some of the waterfalls are very tall that you may not even be able to see the top of the fall. The one above is not so tall, but very grand in everything else. This waterfall is actually beyond the tamhini ghat stretch. Once you cross tamhini ghat, you will come to a fork where the road on the left goes towards Mangaon & Raigad, whereas the one on the right will take you to Kolad. take the one towards kolad (right) and keep going until you reach the village of Sutarwadi. A small right in this village will take you to Hans adventure resorts. Park your vehicle near the resort and you have to go behind the resort. Then, you have to cross the river (may not be possible when the river is in full flow – ask for any local to guide you) then climb down a narrow path and you will see the view in the photos. I went with a local – paid him 50 Rs. the river crossing is tricky as the water may be more than knee-high and the path down to the fall is very narrow and the slope is steep on either side. It seems that there is waterfall rapelling arranged here in the post-monsoon months when the water flow reduces. if you keep going along the road , it ultimately reaches to a dead-end at a small village. From this village, you can have a jungle-walk down to the Kundalika river (We did this!). if you have Google earth (any wanderer worth his salt should be using this), use this kmz file to see the exact location of the waterfall on Google Earth. I spent a lot of time near the waterfall enjoying its force and trying out various shutter speeds for the photos.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 20 kms

Bhira dam

The Bhira dam which is popularly known as Tata powerhouse dam was established in the year 1927 by Tata group. Located in a village near Kolad, the dam offers a perfect spot for a picnic. You can also enjoy a boat ride at the reservoir. This dam is used for irrigation purpose and the electricity generated from this dam is useful to several industries of Mumbai and Pune. River rafting in Kundalika River is mainly dependent on the water released from this dam.

Experience Time: 2-3 Hours

Distance: 11 kms

Ghosala fort

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.

Experience Time: 1-2 Days

Distance: 22 kms

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. One has the option of setting up camp at the bed of the valley, alongside the clear ponds. That place can easily hold up to 15 camps. Also, one can set up camp in the plateau of Dongarwadi. Or there are some small inns in the neighboring villages of Mangaon or Kolad. Because of the shape of the valley, the mystical 'plus' sign, the terrain of the trek becomes arduous and pretty strenuous. The steep ascent into the valley and all the boulders that you have to cross at such an angel takes some serious skill and concentration. In such a trek, even a single miss-step can be deadly. This is a reverse trek, as in you dissent into a valley first and then climb on back to the plateau. The way to the valley is adorned with beautiful waterfalls which become heavenly in monsoons, and you can see various exotic animals and birds on your trek. There is cluster of clear ponds here on the bed of the valley, the area where the campsite is situated. This place offers a mesmerizing view and is an ideal location for some rest and rejuvenation. The trek back up towards Dongarwadi plateau is equally as challenging, if not more, but the scene that awaits you when you reach it absolutely worth every ache in your body.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 47 kms

Sutarwadi Lake

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.

Experience Time: 2 Hour

Distance: 15 kms

Tala Fort

Tala fort is a fortified monument on the southern bank of Malti creek which lies in east west direction at a height of 1000 feet above the sea level. This fort is separated from the rest of the hill by a wide gap. The bottom of the hill on which the fort located is surrounded by thick woody forest. The strategic location of the Tala fort gives a beautiful view of Rajpuri River. Tala fort is one of the protected monuments which was built during the reign of Bhoja Raja and was used as a watch on the beautiful Rajpuri stream. This fort is a very good example for the artistic talents of that generation. Being surrounded by hilly terrains and green forests adds to the charm of the place. The historic importance and the fabulous look of Tala fort attract a large number of people throughout the year. Once a center of prime importance, now this marvelous construction stands as the relic of its past glory.

Experience Time: 1 Hour

Distance: 102 kms

Gaimukh

Literally translated as 'the mouth of the cow', this is a small village located in Thane West and is also a famous pilgrim centre. 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.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 20 kms

Kuda Mandad Caves

Located in Janjeera hills around 200 ft above sea level, Kuda caves are a group of 15 rock cut Buddhist caves near the village of Kuda in Raigad District. The caves are said to be built during the period between the first and the sixth century. Sculptures of two elephants at the entrance and the elegantly carved idol of Buddha is the main attraction of Kuda caves. There are several inscriptions and paintings on the walls of the caves. You can also see stupas inside the caves.

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