The climate in Kolad is of a tropical type and being in the midst of the Sahyadri mountain range the weather is generally pleasant throughout the year so, one can visit Kolad ANY time of the year.
So let’s have a look at the climatic conditions during the major seasons so you can plan your visit accordingly.
Monsoons (June to October):
The entire Konkan belt is blessed with heavy rain during the monsoons and this is the best time to visit Kolad for white water river rafting as the water levels in the river are high and the currents get stronger which makes rafting even more exciting and enjoyable.
Also during this time the entire Sahaydri range comes alive and the entire region is full of waterfalls and one can enjoy trekking through the waterfalls and lush greenery, for more adventure seekers they can indulge in adventurous activities like rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing etc.
Monsoon is also an ideal time in Kolad to admire a wide variety of flora and fauna; hear the shrill of the birds chirping or see colourful butterflies at work.
Winters (November to February):
These are also extremely good months to visit Kolad as the weather during this time is pleasantly cool and comfortable.
Tourist can enjoy rafting, other adventure activities or spend time relaxing and visiting attractions in and around Kolad.
As night falls it gets a bit chilly this is the perfect time to enjoy a barbeque or light a campfire and have a great time with your buddies.
Summers (March to May):
During summer the climate is hotter during the day, but this still does not affect white water rafting activity because rafting takes place in the morning at around 8:30 a.m. and ends by 12:00 p.m. So in no way are tourist affected by the summer heat and this is ideal for tourist who are on a one day trip. But this is an ideal time also for tourists who prefer lesser crowds and would like to relax, enjoy and experience Kolad all by themselves or with their buddies.
Important details for tourist on white water rafting in Kolad
River Rafting in Kolad started a few years ago and now has become a year round activity.
This is the only rafting facility in India that is operational all round the year the reason being water is released and controlled from the nearby Bhira dam on a daily basis the water is released at around 8:00 a.m. and the rapids that are formed are of grade 2 and grade 3 which is ideal for amateurs and experts alike.
Rafting trips start around 8:30 a.m. as the water is controlled by the Bhira dam, tourist must reach on time and start their rafting trip on schedule else they will face a possibility of a cancellation if late, due to the lack of water flow.
So tourist should reach the start point of the rafting at least 30 minutes before start time i.e. 8:30 a.m. After reaching the spot you will be given a few instructions of the do’s and don’ts by the instructor.
The rafting stretch is about 12km long full of exciting rapids which will provide an exciting experience for about 2 hours in the Kundalika River.