Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

Like other states in India known for attracting tourism, Maharashtra is also one of the names that have attracted tourists with its serene valleys, hill stations, Arabian Sea, and metropolitans. With its vastness, it might be possible to skip some of the hidden gems of this Indian state. One offbeat example is Kolad. It is the best place to have a river rafting experience other than Rishikesh in Himachal Pradesh. 

The Kolad River rafting season is from June to October. Many people visiting Maharastra might not be fully aware of this state due to fewer visits or not being aware of it entirely. Mumbai, Pune, Lonavala, Nashik, Shirdi, Karnal, and Khandala grab most of the tourist attention. This is why Kolad has become an unexplored gem in Maharashtra that deserves your attention to visit once in a lifetime.

Although there is nothing wrong with showing interest in the tourist attraction cities of the latter Indian state, still, it seems exciting to explore the unexplored. Visiting the places you have been through earlier can be visited only sometimes as it can be too repetitive. Hence, it’s time to take a break from Pune, Mumbai, or any other popular tourist destination in Maharashtra; this time, you must plan your visit to Kolad and discover its unexplored beauty. 

Forget Rishikesh when you can enjoy river rafting in Kolad

Kolad is a small village in Maharashtra in the Raigad district. It is 117 kilometres from Mumbai and lies on the Kundalika River. All those who love river rafting need not have to make a usual visit to Rishikesh when they can experience it in Kolad. The best time to enjoy river rafting is during the morning hour, which is at 9:00 AM. 

This is the time when you will see the dam waters open. A lot depends on the dam water capacity, according to which multiple timing slots are expected to be opened during the rainy season. The rafting in Kolad takes place on the Kundalika River. Kolad river rafting price during the weekdays is around INR 800. INR 1200 is applicable (per head) on visiting during the weekends. 

Those who will be experiencing river rafting for the first time in Kolad would like to know whether it is safe to do rafting here. Even though there are rapid river streams, a beginner must not worry about them as safety equipment is provided here. Also, with the support of those having expertise in swimming and rafting will remain at your aid. Rafting lasts up to 2.5 – 3 hours. Kolad river rafting distance from Mumbai covers 12 kilometres in 2 hours. 

Where to stay in Kolad?

For a convenient staycation in this Rishikesh of Maharashtra, refer to jüSTa Rudra Resort & Spa, Kolad. It has all the modern amenities to provide to its staying guests ranging from numerous indoor and outdoor banqueting options, a swimming pool, a Brahamasthan spa, and a multi-purpose court to indulge in any playful sports activity. Including more other facilities are a gym, steam sauna, salon, and an open yoga & meditation practice.

Besides these, you can also dine out at its BIRDS restaurant to experience the delicious Maharashtrian cuisines, and for some more enjoyment, there is a POOL BAR where you can sip fresh juices, mocktails, cocktails, and chilled beer. You can also hang out with your partner for bonfire barbeques.


Kolad is a hidden gem of Maharashtra that must be explored. Apart from Rishikesh in Himachal, this small town in the Raigad district is also best for adventure lovers, especially for river rafting. However, other exciting top attractions besides river rafting must also be explored. 

These include Tamhini Ghat waterfall and Ghosala Fort, which depict the rule of the Maratha legend Chattrapati Shivaji. Moreover, Kolad awaits its travellers to explore Kuda Caves, a peaceful hub for Buddhists to practice peace, experience greenery at Plus Valley and enjoy the spectacular Devkund Waterfall. 

Having all these attractions on your travel bucket list, you must plan your stay at a nearby hotel, juSTa Rudra Resort & Spa, Kolad. It is a newly launched hotel in Maharashtra equipped with all the luxuries to comfort its guests. You can cover your river rafting distance from here. 

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