The Travel bug bites again. We need this bug to break away from the chaotic city life we live in. So fortunately i got my weekend planned for an adventurous road trip from Pune - Mulshi - Tamhini ghats - Kolad - Lonavala - Pune. It's around 250 Kms trip.
So off to details about Kolad : Located 117km from Mumbai & 105 km from Pune on National Highway 17, Kolad is a village on the banks of the Kundalika river. Known for its waterfalls, adventure activities, Kolad is situated on the Sahyadri mountain range in Raigad district of Maharashtra. A sleepy hamlet, Kolad gained prominence after it was discovered by trekkers and for the rafting experience on the Kundalika River. A white water rafting hotspot, Kolad is to Maharashtra what Rishikesh is to Uttarakhand, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and Coorg in Karnataka.
We contacted ‘Wilder west adventures’, a beautiful scenic resort off Kolad for a day package.
- Kolad River Rafting is open throughout the year depending on the release of dam water every morning.
- Call a couple of agents for a good deal.
- It is advised to book at least a day prior. I even chose the option of 50% advance payment. Don’t forget to carry a copy of the invoice.
- On booking, you are given the contact number of the river rafting operator with whom you can co-ordinate for route and directions. You will need his help
- Carry spare clothes, obviously! There are decent mobile shower rooms with changing facility.
- Each raft accommodating eight people are sent in batches of 3 and 4 at a single time. Depending upon the flow of the river, there are 3 batch timings – 8:30am, 11:30am and 1pm.
- You may be asked to wear comfortable closed shoes. Although, we went bare feet. Do the latter
- You can add kayaking and river crossing to your trip for a dirt cheap price of Rs 100 and Rs. 200 respectively. We did not add these to our trip as it would result in too much exertion. Besides, these activities were at a different point in Kolad near the market area.
- Monsoons are the best time to visit for a scenic drive while the river brims with waters.
More pics of the road trip :)