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Monsoon getaways around Mumbai

While the city is experiencing its share of showers, it is the lush green cover of the rolling hills, ice-cold waterfalls and fresh air of the mountains that we long for. Here are eight interesting places to choose from:

Kolad

You need not travel all the way to the Himalayan states to experience the thrill of the rapids. For Maharashtra's very own Kundalika river in Kolad provides the luxury of river rafting, just three hours away from Mumbai.

One of the state's heavy rainfall areas, the waters of Kundalika river flow fast and free during the monsoons. Rafting is carried on a safe 10 km stretch of the river, which has rapids ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 4. Fitted with a helmet, a life jacket and armed with a paddle you feel the rush of adrenalin once the rapids get going.

Kolad is a sleepy little village in the Mahad region that has earned the title of being one of the most sought after adventure destinations in Maharashtra for city dwellers. The monsoon brings out the best in Kolad with several waterfalls arising in the hills in this season.

Besides river rafting, the rugged topography of the place offers quite a few trekking trails. And then there's kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling and river crossing.

From Kolad, the drive by the coast on the Murud-Kashid-Alibaug stretch via Roha is one of the prettiest in the country. The road snakes through luxuriant paddy fields before running parallel to the coast right up to Alibaug.

How to get there

Kolad is about 128 km south of Mumbai. Take NH 17 past Vadkhal Naka and Nagothane to Kolad.

Where to stay

The Revival
Hans Adventure Holidays
Suttarwadi Village
Kolad
Phones: (020) 26855965, 26855414, 9822875629
Web site: www.hansadventure.com

Empower Camp
263, Sutarwadi
Taluka Roha
Web site: http://www.empowercamp.com/index.html

Mercury Himalayan Explorations
Phones: (022) 22836770, 22049384, 2202563
E-mail: rahul@himalayanadventure.com

Sai Farm
Ainwahal Village
Kolad
Roha Taluka
Raigad District
Phone: Contact Gaby, 09869208251
Web site: www.saifarm.netfirms.com

Doctor's Farm
Kolad
Web site: www.doctorsfarm.com

Note: Most of these places organise river rafting tours as well.

Text: Suraj S
Photograph: Asmita Gada

Also see: Biking to Raigad
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