Kolad is a small village in the Raigad district in Maharashtra. Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, and Kayaking. Kolad flaunts its natural beauty that blooms during the monsoon season. It is known as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra. It holds the majestic valleys and serene places to witness.
What is Kolad famous for?
The stunning Kolad is renowned for its cascading waterfalls, green rich meadows, and tranquil backdrop of Sahyadris. The river Kundalika is one of the major attraction here.
Places to visit
Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls
Tamhini Ghat waterfalls or Valse is the major attraction of Kolad. The peaks and lush greenery that it holds make it one of the loved tourist spot. Visit the Kansai waterfall and hot springs at Uddhar that are located near this waterfall.
Ghosala fort is loved for its pretty architecture and design. There are two temples inside this fort complex. One can even witness the parapets, stores and chambers inside Ghosala fort.
Kuda Mandad Caves
Kuda Mandad Caves are the part of the Janjira Hills. It is a group of 13 Buddhist caves, pretty sculptures, beautiful paintings, and inscriptions that are found here.
Things to do
Get ready to explore the serene places in Kolad. Head towards the Kundalika river that provides one the14km stretch of thrilling rapids. Water rafting can also be enjoyed at Bhira Dam that is the major source of water for the Kundalika river. It is also known for boating, photography and picnic. Visit the pristine Sutarwadi lake that has a beautiful surrounding and offers a quaint atmosphere and is the perfect location for the bird watcher. Trekkers can head towards the Plus valley, the aptest destination for trekking. mandir that beautifully flaunts its pretty architecture, flawless design and its awe-striking grandeur. Visit the Maharaja Sayajirao University that is the premium institution in the city of Vadodara. Apart from being an educational institution, it is also a heritage site.
Witness an awesome grove of banyan trees, Kabirvad that is on the banks of river Narmada. It is believed that it has sprouted from a measly Datoon and now it spreads over mort than 3 km. This amazing banyan grove holds religious significance and is worshipped by the locals. There are other places too that truly needs to be explored on your trip to Vadodara.
Explore the Devkund Waterfalls, located near Kollad in Bhira, 70 km from Pune. This stunning waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and high cliffs. It is one of the popular places to explore in beautiful Kolad.
There is not any option for shopping here in Kolad except for the handful of local markets that carry the everyday items.
Where to stay
Kolad is the aptest destination to escape for a rejuvenating vacation. One visiting can book hotels, resorts, and homestays on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
How to reach
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport. This airport enjoys a good connection with the prominent cities of India.
The Kolad railway station is connected to the Mumbai CST station and with all the prominent cities of Maharashtra.
The State transport buses are available for Kolad from Pune and tourist can board these buses that move towards Raigad district. Tourist can also opt to travel on private owned buses between Pune to Kolad.
Distance from Major cities
Distance from Delhi- 1520.2km
Distance from Mumbai- 122.0km
Distance from Maharashtra- 405.4km
Distance from Raigad- 18.6km
Best time to visit
The best time to explore Kolad is from June to October, monsoon season. During this season Kolad looks extremely awesome with lush greenery and misty mountains. as the weather is quite salubrious and very apt for sightseeing. One can even attend the Navratri festival that takes place in the city.
The months from March to June are the summer months with the temperature going up to 40°C. The weather remains very hot. Avoid this season for sightseeing.
July till September is witnessed with the monsoon season. The monsoon season makes Kolad come alive. It is also an ideal time to take part in white water river rafting as well as trekking through the magnificent natural beauty of Kolad.
The months from November to February are considered to be the winter months with the temperature reaching up to 33°C. Kolad transforms into a wonderland with its chilly temperature. This season is welcoming and most visitors prefer to visit Kolad in this season.