Bhira dam, popularly known as Tata Power house dam, is located in a small picturesque village with a marvelous waterfall nearby Kolad. The Dam, installed in 1927 by the Tata Power Company, is one among the biggest hydroelectric projects in India and the water from this dam is highly useful in irrigation purposes in the nearby villages. The power generated from this dam is the backbone of the many industrial activities in Mumbai Pune region. Water rafting of the kundalika river mainly depends on the water released from this dam. The Bhira dam, surrounded by lush greenery, is an amazing picnic spot worth for a visit to spend holidaying in a cool environment.
A small village Kuda, famous for the Buddhist caves, is placed at the fabulous Janjeera hills near Kolad at a height of 150 to 200 feet above the sea level. These rock cut caves are classic example of Buddhist cave art and amazing for their architectural excellence. These caves have two levels and the individual blocks are smaller and are on the upper levels. The inscriptions on the caves are the preaching of Buddha and his disciples. The interiors of the caves are carved with stupas and a rock carved image of an elephant as the janitor is inscribed on the front gate of the caves. In many of the caves in Kuda hills, there are evidences to testify that monks used them as dwelling places. The inscriptions, letters and paintings in the Kuda hills shows that these caves are built in during first to sixth centuary B.C. Set up on a hilly terrain, the Kuda caves give a magnificent view of the valley below. This is a recommended place for those who are having a keen interest in historical monuments and archeology.
A fortified monument on the southern bank of Malti creek, the Tala fort lies east west at a height of 1000 feet above the sea level in Tara town in Maharashtra. The fort is separated from the rest of the hill by a wide gap. This protected monument of 4th century was built during the reign of Bhoja Raja and was used as a watch on the beautiful Rajpuri stream. Tala fort is a very good example for the artistic talents of the then generation. The bottom of the hill in which the fort situates is surrounded by thick woody forest. The historic importance and the fabulous look of Tala fort attract a large number of people throughout the year. Once a center of prime importance, this marvelous construction stands as the relic of its past glory.
Tamhini ghat waterfalls, also known as Valse, are a pretty attractive tourist destination near to Kolad in Maharashtra. Tamhini ghat bears many waterfalls through its hilly rocky terrains. Apart from the majestic waterfalls, the place offers breathtaking views and a peace, calm environment. The surroundings are imposing with lush green dense forests and grassy valleys. The nearby forest is rich in bird species and bird watchers can spend hours together here enjoying the variety of birds. Monsoon is a good season to visit her, during which the waterfalls take a mighty look and the mesmerizing beauty of the nature will bring any tourist back here for another visit. Swimming is advisable. No Water sports are present here.
Dholwal Dam, a high utility Dam for irrigation purposes of the surrounding regions, is nested in the lap of the beautiful mountain range of Sahyadris in Kolad. The gushing water in the dam site is a nice view to be remembered for a lifetime. Dholwal dam’s majestic appearance has a breathtaking effect on the visitor. Dholwal dam is positioned itself in the backdrop of lusting green dense forests. The Dam is well maintained by the Irrigation Department of Maharashtra.
Situated in the backdrop of the majestic Sahyadris, the beautiful Sutarwadi Lake in Kolad is a bird watchers delight. In the pristine and calm ambiance of this lovely lake, one can feel the call of the Mother Nature. Views of the sunrise and sunset are magnificent from the shore of the lake. Sutarwadi Lake is a nice destination for those who wish to be in the luxury of solitude. Being a haven of migratory birds, this place is to be best visited during monsoon season. The fog, mist, and rain add a special charm to the scenery. A panoramic view of the high hills of Sahyadri peak in the vicinity is an additional attraction. This picturesque spot is a recommended place for spending a weekend holiday.
An architectural splendor of yester years, Ghosala fort situates in between the Revdanda and Salav creeks. Situated on the isolated Roha Hills, this fort can be ascended from the northern side without much difficulty. Bounded by so many tiny creeks, the Ghosala fort looks marvelous when viewed from the northern side. Presence of two temples and a Darga in the fort evoke the curiosity of any visitor. The popular belief is that this monument is constructed during the 16th century for coordinating defense activities. Various structures of the Ghosala fort include prison, chambers, parapets and stores. Ghosala fort is a remarkable example for the planning and architectural excellence of the people of ancient India.