Kolad is a prosperous hamlet in the Mahad region. Lofty Sahyadri range backdrops the glorious valleys and eye-catching marshlands. The popular attraction here is “Kundalika River”, it is one of the quickest flowing rivers in South India.
Brave-hearts can try their hand on white water rafting, which is one of the prime adventure activities in the 14km stretch of the roaring Kundalika River. Monsoon is the best season to enjoy the rafting as the river will be filled upto the brim. Boating, paragliding and river crossing can be enjoyed. Passionate trekkers can enjoy the best during monsoons. Best time to visit is from October to March.
It is a wonderful place with the perfect combination of beauty, solitude and activity.
PLACES TO VISIT
Bhira Dam : In 1927 the Tata Company set up a power house here and hence it is also famous as the Tata Power House Dam. Many industries in Mumbai and Pune use the power generated by this dam. This dam is fringed by magnificent landscapes.
Gaimukh : Gaimukh means cow’s mouth. It is a place of historical importance and has an ancient temple where Lord Shiva is the main diety. 15 day fair is held during Shivarathri which is famous as the Gaimukh mela. The Pali Ganesh Mandir , Birla Salao Temple and spring are other places of attraction.
Ghosala Fort : It is an ancient fort with historical importance which is about 17kms from Kolad. It is majestically placed amidst the Revdanda and Salav creeks. It was built in the 16th century to safeguard Kolad. The two temples and a dargah within the fort arouse eagerness and curiosity in the visitor.
Kudal Caves : These caves are about 150-200feet above the sea level. They were constructed between 1st and 6th century. These are famous as the Buddhist caves which are located in the Janjeeral hills. The cave has two levels and Buddhist teachings written on the walls. It is speculated that these caves were important during Mahabharatha period.
Tala Fort : The fort which was constructed during Bhoja Raja’s rule is of great significance. It stands at a height of 1000 feet on the malti creek. It was constructed in the 4th century.
Tamhini Waterfalls : Tamhini waterfalls is at its zenith during the rainy season. It is located on the Pune road. Its dense woods, green forest, deep valleys and avian flock spring up the sense of excitement in the bird and nature lovers. Hot springs and Kansai waterfalls at Uddhar are worth visiting.
Dholwal Dam : It is encompassed by huge trees. The water from this dam is mainly used for irrigation.
THINGS TO DO
Kolad is famous for river rafting, paragliding, nature trails, trekking, hiking etc. Sarasgad and Sudhagad are two thrilling trekking spots near Kolad.
Long drive along the shore is rejuvenating.
HOW TO REACH
By Air : Mumbai International Airport is about 125 kms.
By Train : It has trains to the major cities.
By Road : Many private buses run between Kolad-Mumbai. And also state transport facility is available.