Kolad is to Maharashtra, what Rishikesh is to Uttarakhand, Ladakh to Jammu and Kashmir and Coorg to Karnataka. The place is among the best white water rafting destinations in Maharashtra. The place is renowned for its cascading waterfalls and also for its adventure activities. Kolad is located in the Western Ghats in the Raigad district of Maharashtra.
Famed for its rugged topography, the trekking trails in Kolad offer varying degrees of difficulty levels. Trekking here during the monsoon season is a must do, as it gives a brilliant sight of the entire landscape wrapped up in hues of green.
How To Reach Kolad
By Train: The major railway station is the Kolad Station which is well connected to all the major towns and cities across the country. The station is also the first station on the Konkan railway line.
By Road: One of the best ways to reach Kolad is by road. The town is well connected by roads and there are regular buses which operate from major cities to Kolad.
Best Time To Visit Kolad: Kolad is a year round destination.
The total driving distance from Mumbai to Kolad is around 105 km. There are two routes that can be taken, which are as follows:
Route 1: Mumbai - Navi Mumbai - Rasyani - Durshet - Pali - Kolad via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway and SH 92
Route 2: Mumbai - Chembur East - Bori - Pen - Nagothane - Sukeli - Kolad via NH 66
Those who want to opt for Route 1, it would take you approximately around 3 h to reach Kolad, via the Bangalore-Mumbai Highway and SH 92. The route takes you through the well-known towns of Navi Mumbai, Durshet, etc.
The roads are well-maintained, which helps one to cover the distance at a good pace and the distance is about 122 km through this route.
If you opt for Route 2, it would take you approximately 4 h to cover a total distance of 112 km from Mumbai to Kolad, via NH 66.
Short Stop At Durshet
If you opt for Route 1, an early morning start from Mumbai is a must for two reasons, one to beat the city traffic and second to beat the highway traffic.
Once on the highway, there are plenty of options for one to have a filling breakfast. Durshet is a tiny hamlet, which is located on the banks of the river Amba. The place is filled with teak trees, flame of the forest and an occasional silver oak too.
Short Stop At Durshet
The village is located between two Ganesha temples of Pali and Mahad and is just off the highway near the village of Khopoli.
Sarasgad and Sudhagad are two forts here which were under the reign of Shivaji. Apart from its historical importance, the place is a very popular joint amongst trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.
Kolad is an example of paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Kundalika river's 14 km long stretch of exciting rapids provide an hour and a half 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.
Tamhini Falls, also known as Valse, is one of the important tourist attractions in Kolad. The place offers a breathtaking view of the valley and an opportunity to be in the lap of nature.
The fall is surrounded by green dense forests and is home to plenty of species of birds, which migrate from different parts of the world and visit this place.
The Bhira Dam
The Bhira Dam which is popularly known as Tata Powerhouse Dam was established in the year 1927 by the Tata Group. This dam is used for irrigation purpose and the electricity generated from this dam is useful for several industries of Mumbai and Pune. River rafting in Kundalika river is mainly dependent on the water released from this dam.