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.

These girls were extremely camera shy and the moment they saw me taking out camera, they used to run away.

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.

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37 thoughts on “A Walk in the Rain – Kolad

  1. Great post… I don’t remember, but have you been to Lohagad-Visapur? It is also on Express way, near Kamshet.

    I might have mentioned, but Monsoons is the season to visit Sahyadri. 😀

  2. Those different shades of green…..cant believe they are for real….and thats one thing which I love about rains..the way they change the colors of everything around you !!

    River rafting…oh yeah do let us know how that goes…! So did you stay in those mud houses which you mentioned…or came back same day …???

  3. Cuckoo, for a diluvium day, the pictures are quite nice… Hope you’ll have some better weather next time. If you want to catch up with some sun, I’ve just finished my posts on Bali at Blogtrotter. Enjoy, and have a great week!

  4. Fleiger,
    Thank you. You are always no.1 here. 🙂

    No, haven’t been to Lohagad-Visapur. Not even heard of it.

    Ah Sahyadri. 🙂 I wanted to visit at least 2-3 places more before the rainy season gets over but it is almost over. Though Mumbai facing heavy downpour since last 5 days.

  5. BTR,
    Oh BTR, you have to believe it ! Yes, that’s one of the reasons why I like rains so much. 🙂

    No, we all were too busy to take out 2 days. Came out the same day. 🙁

    Gil,
    Thanks. Gil, this was better weather !! I wanted to go there during rains only. Next time we’ll go there for other things.

  6. What do you mean by “here”? 😉

    Lohgad-Visapur are twin forts, situated very near expressway. The route to the forts goes near a beautiful waterfall, and some leni (I forgot the name of the place)

    And told you, Mumbai is not the great place it is trumped up to be.

  7. Hi Cuckoo,
    I enjoy my time being here. Genarally I like walking during the rain. These photos remind me my country Poland. In my country there are many beautiful places with this kind of nature. Very good for real relax.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Hmmmm … interesting experience. Glad you could manage to reach the destination despite the heavy rains. From my recent experience, they can mean muc more trouble than being drenched 🙂

  9. Fleiger,
    Here means this blog. 🙂
    Leni ??? What is that ?

    Ok, will remember Lohgad-Visapur. What’s the best time to go there ? October to December ?

    Krystyna,
    Welcome to my blog.
    Glad that you too like walk in the rain. India is full of these beautiful green places.

    Thanks for that nice gesture. I have displayed it on both the blogs.

    Thanks for your visit. Keep coming.

  10. Sigma,
    Yes, we were determined to reach there. It was a joyful experience. You know how much I love rains. Enjoyed it a lot. 🙂

    Mike,
    Welcome again ! Where have you been all this time ?
    Yes, during monsoons India becomes a very different place. Full of greens.

  11. Niki,
    Thank you. It was taken from a cell-camera. I could not take out my camera b’coz of rains.

    Kalyan,
    Yes it is !! Thank you.

    Celia,
    Welcome aboard !! Thank you for your kind words.

  12. Wonderful shots!And the last one is mindblowing even if taken with a mobile camera 🙂

    I love learning about new places though I don’t get to travel as much as I would like to.Blogrolling you,will come back for more!

  13. I was there in last september, its realy good and nice place. But I stayed in camp, How were you stayed there?

  14. Rushikesh,
    Welcome to my blog.
    Well, as we went there only for trekking, didn’t have to stay in any place. Came back same evening.

    Next time sure we are going to stay there for a longer period and then probably you’ll become my guide. 🙂

    Thanks for your visit, keep coming.

  15. I really appreciates your work very much. I visited kolad many times but I saw kolad from your blog with a new point of view. Really great, regards. shanibb

  16. Well, this is an amazing place and I would like to visit Kolad some day in future. I really love nature. Even when I visit my native place in West Bengal I always try to be with nature since it is plenty at my grandma’s place. You have really provided some good informations which would be helpful for travelling. Thanks anyways.

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