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Monsoon is one of the best times to visit Kolad, a sleepy hamlet in Maharashtra that is popular for its adventure sports, especially river rafting. Enthusiasts from both Mumbai and Pune flock here to experience the thrill of the gushing water in a raft. With several operators offering different levels of river rafting in Kolad, it has become synonymous with Rishikesh for the same sport. What’s more, you can easily experience it over a weekend due to its proximity. Here’s what you need to know. Also Read - Best Places to Visit in August 2017 in Maharashtra

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Kolad falls under Raigad district and is in the Sahyadri range. The Kundalika River is where all the action is but you can visit other attractions like the Kunda caves and Bhira dam.

If river rafting is what you are looking forward to, monsoon (June to September) is the best time to visit Kolad. This is the only place which is open for river rafting throughout the year and the charm doubles during the rains. From one-day packages to overnight stays, you have plenty of options to choose from depending on your budget and time.

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Some of the tour operators who conduct river rafting workshops include Mumbai Travellers (8692086927), Kolad Rafting (9821 45 44 34), Adventure Kolad (8657195551) and Blue Bulb (022 30770 185). They also offer accommodation as a package deal which most likely will be in a tent or a cottage. However, if you wish to stay in a resort, some of these include:

Doctor’s Farm: Address- 7, Purshottam Bhavan, Little Gibbs Road, Alibag. Contact- 022 2367 1643

The Lake Resort: Address- Sutarwadi, Kolad – Bhira Road, Kolad. Contact- book online

River & Forest: Address-  Banks of River Kundalika, Kamat Village, Kolad. Contact- 022 4223 1111

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