Forts, Lakes And The Long Drive: How To Have An Amazing One-Day Trip To Kolad

Nupur posted on 01 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

Have you ever just wanted to be on the road, taking in all the views and making small yet amazing stops in between? That’s exactly what doing a day in Kolad is like. If monsoon stops you from exploring river rafting there, do these things instead.

Start Early {6AM}

Get a head start on traffic and drive down through Navi Mumbai. Stop at 70 Beans for a cosy cup of coffee and some breakfast. It opens at 7AM. Right after you’ve fuelled up, head towards Panvel.

Cafes

Vasundhara Height, 8/9, Plot 5, Sector 11, Opp. Juinagar Railway Station, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

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Start High {8AM}

By high we mean the view. You can visit Karnala fort, a spot famous for bird watching and a breathtaking view.

Monument

Karnala, Distt. Raigad, Maharashtra

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The Journey Is The Destination {10:30 AM}

Khopoli is a stop that you should make while getting to Kolad. It’s laden with green, streams, waterfalls and well, a water park. Make a fun stop out of Imagica of you want, but mind you, keeping the time factor in mind, you might want to keep a tab.

Other

Khopoli, Maharashtra

    Lunch Time {1PM-2PM}

    Lunch will lead you to your destination – Kolad, a village, in Raigad district. Shreekar – The Dhaba is a good choice if you want your plate greasy with tasty Indian fare. The eatery is favourite with most people taking this route, so one can expect fairly good hospitality, good food and decent toilets {very important}.

    Dhabhas

    Pugaon, Mumbai-Goa National Highway, Kolad, Maharashtra

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    Take A Stroll {4PM - 7PM}

    Sutarwadi lake is pristine and offers a spectacular view of the valley. You can sit by and watch time pass by slowly. There’s also Ghosala fort and Bhira Dam to visit.

    Head Back {7PM-11PM}

    Stop by Red Tomato in New Panvel for a quick drink and dinner. Drivers do not get to drink, obviously. With a dinner thrown in, you’ll be back by 11PM.

    Casual Dining

    101-105, Plot 19-20, Riddhi CHS, Sector 13, Khanda Colony, New Panvel, Mumbai

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