A Walk in the Rain – Kolad
Last Sunday of August, we planned a trekking trip to Kolad. 130 kms from Mumbai on way to Pune on Mumbai-Goa highway at an approx. 3 hours drive, it’s a small place full of natural beauty. The place is famous for variety of trees planted, trekking, waterfalls and all-season Kundalika River.
One can do a river rafting when the water is rough during monsoon and quiet boating during summers. It is also a perfect spot for a day’s picnic and barbeque. Take a plunge in the River Kundalika and you are sure to feel rejuvenated. Our motto was only trek, the river thing was kept for next time.
One can also stay overnight in various night-houses or cottages available in mud finished village feel with only basics or dome-shaped cottages made of ferro-cement that keeps rooms warm in winters and cold in summers with all modern amenities. This is the place for those wanting to be in midst of nature with a lot of peace and tranquility.
But it had started raining very heavily since the previous day and at one time it looked as if we would not be able to make it. But since we were looking forward to this for quite sometime, the rains could not deter us to change/ postpone our decision.
The start itself was late since one person coming from Borivali could not reach us on time. So, around 8 in the morning we started off from our place amidst heavy rains and black clouds and reached Roha around 11:30. After that it was a very slow drive in the hills as roads were slippery due to continuous heavy rains.
(Click on the above picture & you can see a line of goats along with their owner going to the top. We took the same root.) We, five of us, had booked a Qualis to take us to at least some point of the hill from where we could start our trekking. After another 45 minutes of drive we reached at a place from where it was just not possible to go further by vehicle though it was very much motorable road. We pushed, pulled tried every tactic in that heavy rains to move the vehicle up a steep turn on the road but to no avail. Too much of mud made it slip & skid. So, we left the vehicle and started moving.
The whole day it was raining, I could hardly take out my camera, hence very few pictures. the height of the hill was not very steep with plenty of plains in between; even somebody with joint pains could go till the top. The pictures will give you an idea of the place.
The surroundings were amazingly green.
This whole stretch we had to cover on foot.
Last picture, the hill top, is taken from a cell-camera since in that rain it was difficult to take out a normal one. The top of the hill is quite flat and huge like a golf course. Well before we reached the top, we were all very drenched so when we reached there, we played some golf with our umbrellas.
Time taken approx. 2 hours to reach the top & just an hour to come down to reach our vehicle.
Points to note-
1. There is not a single shop/kiosk in the whole stretch starting from where we generally have to leave the vehicles near a school, so keep yourselves well stocked with snacks and water. Needless to say you won’t find any trash cans or dustbins there, better carry a throwaway bag to collect all the trash. Come back and throw the bag in proper place. Don’t spoil the pure & serene natural beauty of the place.
2. Mobile network is not available once you are on foot, so keep your dear ones informed in advance about your adventurous walk.
3. Wrap nicely all your important papers, credit cards, mobile etc in some waterproof bag or leave them in the vehicle.
4. Don’t go in very large group, you might scare away the locals (people as well as animals).
5. Try to take either a person who understands Marathi, the local language or remember the route back ! We did both !!
All in all, it was a good walk in the rain. I have some more pictures which I’ll upload to Web picasa in a week’s time.