Who doesn’t want to experience the adrenaline rush of rafting once? This challenging water sport involves navigating through the wild rivers in a raft, bearing the high & speedy gush of the river and is done on frothy water bodies of unstable currents.
Welcome to Kolad…
Well-known for its greenery, waterfalls and beautiful sceneries, Kolad is a wonderful place to visit. Owing to the presence of a dam and its perpetual impact on the increased gushes of the water, the Kundalika River provides an enthusiast with 12.5 km of eternal rafting joy.
How to Reach Kolad?
- By Air:
The nearest airport is Lohegaon (71km away), from where a can will take visitors to Kolad. Moreover, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is approximately 125km away.
- By Train:
One can reach Kolad from all the major cities of India via railways including the golden quadrilateral.
- By Road:
Kolad provides connection to all major metropolitans and towns of this subcontinent by bus via bus routes. In this respect, a 115 km drive from Mumbai or Matheran will bring tourists to this hotspot while Pune will require a half an hour’s drive more.
Things to keep in mind before rafting
- Ideal weather
Rafting is available throughout the year but people prefer the Monsoon season (June-September). If you are not so comfortable with heavy rainfall then you may prefer the winters (October to March). However, for people looking to bask in the summer heat combined with colder splashes may deem summers (March to June) as their ideal time frame.
- Roughness Level
Grade I: This level ensures a relatively easy cruise over the Kundalika River where tourists will be greeted by minor waves and frothy water.
Grade II: The journey will become rough from here. Get ready with all safety gears and try to apply all your rowing talents. Water splashing on bodies begins at this stage.
Grade III: The roughness doubles at this stage. This level is the real thrill. Raging water gushes will attack the rafters. Sudden high waves and speedy current will be tough to control.
The whole rafting journey may last for 3-4 hours according to one’s preference. The reporting time starts from 8:30AM. A safety guide will be given to each rafter about the do’s and don’ts of rafting. At 9:00AM, rafting gears will be provided to jump in the wild waters. The journey ends at around 2:00PM.
- Rafting Techniques
Rafting for the first time, needs some basic knowledge about the techniques like ‘pillow-ride’, ‘surfing’, ‘drop-surfing’, ‘nose dunks’, ‘back pivot’ etc. Even if these may not be performed accurately, at least having a basic idea about rafting will definitely help. But not to worry, a basic guideline is given to all rafters at the Kolad‘s reporting post.
So here is a chance for all to fulfil the dream of going to a highly adventurous trip and experiencing a thrilling moment. Get ultimate joy at a reasonable price. So what is the delay for? Plan a trip in this vacation, pack your bags and don’t forget to take your swimwear along.
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