In September last weekend we decide to go for some adventure sports, so decided for Kolad River rafting. This time we were 14 people so we hired a tempo traveler Kolad is around 135 Kms from Mumbai. We started off our journey at 6 30 am and reached in about 5 hrs(had a short breakfast break at Mcdonalds) :(. Kolad is on Mumbai Goa highway.
The Kundalika river in Raigad district near Kolad is the only place in Maharashtra where you can do river rafting on a 12KM stretch. It depends on the schedule of water release from the upstream Bhira Dam.
Kundalika being a dam controlled river, rafting is done in the rapids which are generated by the water released from the dam in the morning. The total rafting distance is 12 kms., which takes approx. 3hrs
We have to book the rafting package before hand. We did it through 360degrees, you can find many agents when you search through Google. This one we found was the cheapest as we wanted only river rafting.They have packages where you can stay in tents overnight.
It was really very hot and humid that weekend. When we reached the rafting point , there were many more groups waiting for their chance. Let me tell you that at rafting point there is no washrooms, no shades to sit.It was very sunny that day and we reached the point and started looking for our life jackets and other life guards.We had to wait for 45 min in that scorching sun .
At last our turn came and we were divide into two rafts and our journey started. We had first some sessions by our guide regarding the instructions he will be giving to us .We all were exited as we started in our raft and the first splash of chilled water made us feel so refreshing as we were roasted in sun. There are around 3 to 4 rapids in which we have to really raft hard. After the rapids are over, a large distance of still water comes where we can swim easily, do body surfing and enjoy. But the river is very muddy and little dirty too.
It took us 2 and half hour to reach our destination point.After completing our rafting we were very hungry and directly ran towards the Hot vada pao's , which were really delicious. After eating and changing our clothes we started our journey back to Mumbai !!