My review of the Kundalika Rafting, a Nature Trails Resort in Kolad, Maharashtra

11 Dec

For our recent trip to Kolad, I was researching for accommodation options when I came across Kundalika Rafting – a Nature Trails Resort, an eco-tourism resort with a focus on nature and generating local employment. The online pics and reviews were good, so we booked a one-night stay in a superior deluxe tent. They had multiple options and packages (for meals and activities) available and I booked our stay to include dinner and breakfast (there didn’t seem to be any other options close to the resort). We didn’t book any adventure sports / activities in advance and chose to decide on them after arriving at the resort.

Our camp, Kolad, Maharashtra, India

The booking slip had a Google Map link for the camp location, and we used it to drive to the camp. The camp is in a small village of Kamath and at least a 30 – 45 minutes’ drive from the main town of Kolad. Due to the distance from the main town, it is advisable to have your own transport to reach this place. For the last 30 minutes of the drive, there was absolutely nothing around (no signage either) and for a while we were not sure if we were going in the right direction. But Google Maps showed the correct location and we finally reached the camp.

Superior Deluxe Tent, Kundalika Rafting, Nature Trails Resort, Kolad, Maharashtra

The booking slip also mentioned the check in time as 5.00 pm; so we reached the camp around that time and immediately loved the quiet tranquility of the place. The camp is surrounded by a small jungle and hills in the background. There are 20 tents and a big common dining hall (I loved the posters in this hall!) and a large playground. Our superior deluxe tent was spacious, clean and cozy with a good air conditioner and all working facilities in the bathroom. There were enough charging points in the room, though Wi-Fi was only accessible in the dining hall. Our room did not have a river view and we were ok with it. Due to the remote location, there was patchy or no phone network, no shops around and apart from the basic toiletries in the bathroom and drinking water, everything had to be ordered. So I suggest carrying everything you need with you such as cold drinks, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

The dining hall, Kundalika Rafting, Nature Trails, Kolad, Maharashtra

When we checked in they informed us that we have an option to try any of the following adventure activities such as Zipline, Burma Bridge, Tarzan Swing, Kayaking, Laddering, and Treasure Hunt but after our long drive we just wanted to relax. The timing for most of these activities is from 5.00-6.30 pm and with the late check-in time and the long drive, I just felt a bit rushed. If, at the time of booking, the property can inform their guests of the timings / options for these activities, I think it would give people like us an opportunity to plan accordingly and try some of these on the first day of arriving itself. We decided to just try river rafting and after booking our rafting trip for the next morning, we just walked to the river and enjoyed a beautiful sunset all by ourselves.

Sunset in Kolad, Maharashtra, India

We had dinner and breakfast at the camp, both served 20-30 minutes later than the scheduled time, but the spread was good –  food was local (All Maharashtrian fare), fresh and tasty. I especially loved the rice rotis and the ussal. People all around were really helpful, honest and polite and helped us whenever we asked for anything. While rafting, we couldn’t carry anything with us and left our wallets, phones etc. in our room. Since our lock was defective, we couldn’t lock the room and when we got back everything was just as we had left it.

Our dinner spread, Kundalika Rafting, Nature Trails Resort, Kolad, Maharashtra

The only issue I had here was lack of proper information dissemination. People are very polite and helpful but the attitude is extremely laid back. You need to ask for everything and only then get the required information.

Overall, if you are looking to visit Kolad for a quick rejuvenating weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune, this camp is a good option to enjoy some quiet time with nature and a hand at river rafting. Apart from some minor hiccups, we had a good stay and enjoyed our time here.

This is not a sponsored post and these views are personal and based on our own experience. We paid for the stay and the river rafting trip.

25 Responses to “My review of the Kundalika Rafting, a Nature Trails Resort in Kolad, Maharashtra”

  1. Usha Kankaria December 11, 2019 at 12:35 #

    Good info about the place. How is the rafting. Is it safe. I m always looking out for weekend trips.

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  2. Bon Repos Gites December 11, 2019 at 15:12 #

    A good and balanced review. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Passport Overused December 11, 2019 at 17:20 #

    Great post 🙂

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  4. Rujuta December 11, 2019 at 17:24 #

    That’s a really nice review! 🙂 Would like to visit the place..

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  5. Sajda Afifi December 15, 2019 at 22:12 #

    Hahaha some parts was really funny..specially when you arrived the camp and found nothing around you…it reminds me a lot from my own adventures..but whatever bad happened to you,I.guess the sunset on river was the best what the life could brought you..so incredibly beautiful..i wish to be there with you 🙂

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    • getsetandgo December 16, 2019 at 10:30 #

      Thanks Sajda… Experiences like these make all the effort around travel worthwhile 🙂 Happy travels

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  6. nupurpradhan December 19, 2019 at 16:30 #

    I have been to Kundalika for rafting but never knew about this place. Thanks!
    Also, I understand when you wrote about the laid back attitude 😀 Most rural set-ups are that way. At times it gets annoying but that’s the way it is!

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    • getsetandgo December 19, 2019 at 21:11 #

      I know…Normally I don’t mind it but this time I ended up waking very early per their instructions and not finding anyone around for close to an hour after that… Could have done with sleeping that extra hour 🙂

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  7. Chris Karas December 20, 2019 at 11:39 #

    Great info. Not sure I would be in love with the remoteness however.

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    • getsetandgo December 20, 2019 at 18:06 #

      Thank you… You can check on this with a quick weekend trip to a remote place 🙂

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  8. Angelilie December 24, 2019 at 04:38 #

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    • getsetandgo January 1, 2020 at 10:19 #

      Thanks so much for the kind words and hope you enjoy the posts 🙂

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  9. ashok December 30, 2019 at 13:14 #

    Looks interesting

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  10. Bharat Taxi December 30, 2019 at 14:05 #

    Thanks for sharing image site list.I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us.

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  11. Somali K Chakrabarti December 31, 2019 at 13:30 #

    Am tempted to try this out. Thanks for pointing out the timings and the things that need to be packed.

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