We often visualize that perfect spot, away from the city sounds, by a river and dimly mood-lit with hurricane lamps. You want to call this private spot then, for the evening. You notice that there's a hammock to chill in and some firewood for a campfire and you're ready to call this home.
Add a high adrenaline white water rafting adventure or a lazy boating ride. Or an evening walk where you may occasionally spot an owl, but you will definitely find yourself.
Come Camping at Kolad with hosts Shyam and Sarita
Big Red Tent kolad is the idyllic raft and camp location. The campground is set in a lovely forested clearing which surprisingly has amenities to boot.
This is an experience you would love to enjoy for a romantic evening by yourself or with a group of likeminded friends. We're in the business of creating happy campers!
Mornings at the campground mean a 4-5 hour rafting activity. Some halting enroute Goa will head off in at dawn to make good time.
The rest will find ample stimulus in a short walk in just about any direction from the campground.
Evenings are made of pitching tents, campfires, barbecues and treks but also sunsets, silhouettes and sounds of nature.
Our campground has just a few private sites. It is a cozy atmosphere where campers meet, interact and share camping stories. Each site is equipped with picnic tables and lanterns to light your space.
Our common areas have games and puzzles, and the thrill of playing "Jenga", "Taboo" or "Scrabble" in the outdoors is a must-experience. Plan some reading, sketching or other do it yourself activity ideas to and enrich your experience.
Showers and WCs are common to campers. These are maintained to high standards with designated changing space.
There is no cellphone connectivity or electricity at this location. Please leave the number: 02194-205074 with your friends/family so that they may reach you. Making too many outgoing calls engages the phone which should be left available for incoming calls.
The Kundalika egged on by waters of the Bhira Dam is the ONLY ALL-YEAR white water rafting location in India. With Grade II & III rapids, it is a terrific introduction to White Water Rafting and the only option in the viscinity of Mumbai and Pune.
The Rafting starts with gearing-up followed by instructions by your Raft - Guide . Then ensues loading and a 12km stretch of white water rafting and body surfing. You will laugh, scream or lose yourself in the madness from which you emerge 3 hours later. The rafting ends as you pull the raft onto land
Light clothing preferably lycra, something that is easy to dry and not heavy when wet. Wear Strap-on floaters (footwear). They will get wet in the river so they should be able to take it.
Do not wear jewelery or danglers around neck, ears or wrists. Avoid rings on fingers as far as possible.
You need to know that
Rafting is only permissible to patrons over 14yrs of age
Rafting happens ONLY ONCE every day at 8:30am, except in the monsoons when it is more frequent.
Rafting MUST be booked in ADVANCE and no cancellations are possible
Our Kolad campground is located just where the rafting ends. You will need transport to get to the rafting location from camp which is 17km away. Please let us know in advance so that we may make arrangements
Due to dam schedules, rafting may not be possible on rare occasion. This is beyond our control and you will be refunded rafting charges in this case
Our Kolad campground is a private space which encourages you to get out there and do some activity. Yet the approaching evening beckons you to settle down by the campfire, skim stones in the river or just reflect on how life got so busy!
The river is accessible for boating or swimming but most of all RAFTING. Morning afternoon or night, there's nothing like a dip in the river to regain your perspective on everything that's good!
It is possible to engage in a night trek and seasonal waterfalls. There are also Rappelling, River Crossing and Quad Biking possible through operators around the campground. Please book these activities in advance.
Mornings have pleasant ambling and a rizing buzz as our guests emerge from their tents. You will also hear the hectic activity of those leaving for rafting that day.
If you're still at camp, You can attempt some yoga or meditation with the rising sun.
A walk down to the river is beautiful at this time. It is a 2 minute walk but with no cellphone connectivity at the spot, it is quality time to lose yourself.
You can of course dig into the board games or puzzles or continue reading that novel that you put down at sunset.
There is ample shaded space to even battle the afternoon sun.
Evenings are spectacular as the campground is bathed in a golden glow.
You have a few hours of light in which to play some football or just toss around a frizbee
The evening is also time to pitch tents. Do this before its too dark. Don't worry we will remind you.
Dusk by the lake is also beautiful and you should probably head there with your evening cup of tea
Pitch in to get the campfire going or spend those last few hours of light with a novel in a hammock Nights are the the most exciting time at the campground. As it gets a little chilly, sitting by a campfire is a pleasure
If you have prepared a barbecue, this is where you test your skills. Regardless you will probably enjoying a grilled meal in the evening
You will probably meet other campers around the campfire and maybe exchage a story
Nights are restful and sky gazing, or a night stroll or even a night hike are possible.
And finally sleeping in tents is an experience in itself.
You are camping, and its your own time in the outdoors. Plan it to enjoy it.
There are at least three meals that you need to plan for your stay at Big Red Tent Khopoli. While a simple breakfast fare is offered, you will want to plan lunch, dinner and an evening snack.
If you don't want to do your own meals, This is what we offer:
Barbeques are offered on most evenings Veg barbeque We have jacket potatoes, sweet potatoes (on availability), corn (on availability), mushrooms (on availability), paneer and assorted vegetables. With dal, rice and chutney this makes for a sumptuous meal. Additionally for a Non-veg barbeque we have 300g of tandoori chicken per person
A sumptuous cooked meal can be arranged for you (especially when you're super hungry after rafting) at Rs.300 per. head.
A simple breakfast is included with your camping charges. Available from 9:00am through 10:30 am.
Tea will be available on the house in the morning with breakfast and evening at 5:00pm
What you should do for a more fulfilling camping experience:
Your own barbecue meal. Recipes are here Veg BBQ Ideas & Non-Veg BBQ Ideas. We have bbq grills and ice boxes so you can store your BBQ for an evening barbecue
Cookout. Guests have made great meals at the campground. With a little effort this can be the highlight of your trip! Ask us for a stove (Rs.100 for a meal) if you want to cook. We will help you however we can!
Sandwich lunch. A light sandwich lunch with dry ingredients and cheeses is a great idea! You can carry this to a late afternoon snack with tea as well! Baked beans work very well too!
Carry snacks to munch through the day between meals You will tend to get hungry and fruit is always a refresher Snack Ideas
This winter Big Red Tent Kolad promises to deliver the camping experience with just a little added amenity. You can enjoy a close connect with the outdoors with us the winter with campfires, barbecues and an ambience that you have come to love!!
As an introduction to camp life we provide tents, a sleeping kit, access to our common areas and games, a site rental, a simple breakfast and an experience to cherish all packaged into one price.
New Years Eve (31st December) 2013 at Big Red Tent Kolad
Camping, Outdoor BBQs, Campfires, and a trek to catch the first sunrise of 2013!
Checkin - 4:00pm on 31st December 2012 | Checkout Noon on 1st January 2013
incl. BBQ on 31st Night, breakfast on 1st Morning, camping rentals, AM trek to the sunrise of 2013
Adults Rs. 3800
Kids (below 8) Rs. 2200
Christmas week (22nd December - 30th December) 2012 at Big Red Tent Kolad
Checkin - 4:00pm | Checkout Noon
incl. BBQ, breakfast and an AM trek every morning
Adults Rs. 2100
Kids (below 8) Rs. 1200
For other dates, the below tariff is applicable
Camping:Rs.1350* (per person) per
night. Rs.850 each* for children under 8 yrs
Overnight Camping: A night of camping has a check-in time of 3pm and a checkout time of 11:00am. You can request a late checkout and we will be very happy to oblige if we have room. We also include breakfast on the 2nd Day in our pricing.
Rafting and Activities: Rafting and other activities need to be booked and paid for well in advance. Please get in touch with us for prices on rafting, rapelling, quad biking and river crossings.
Food - What we offer:
A simple breakfast is included with your camping charges. Available 9:00am through 10:30 am.
Tea and coffee will be available on the house in the morning with breakfast and evening at 5:00pm
A sumptuous home cooked meal can be arranged for you at (Rs.300 for adults and Rs.150 for kids)
Barbeques are offered on most evenings(Rs. 350 for adults and Rs.150 for kids).Non-veg barbeque has 300g of chicken & Veg barbeque has paneer and assorted vegetables. With dal, chutney and roti this makes for a sumptuous meal. Further we have potatoes, sweet potatoes or corn as per availability to grill at the campfire.
For further options and recommendations look at our food section
Please call +91 99305 82878 for booking and queries.
We require prior booking and payment to help us plan to service you.
Our Rates on Special Days such as New Years Eve are different. We will put up these prices once finalized.
Cash at our Mumbai Office:
109 Unique Industrial Estate,
Opp Siddhivinayak Temple,
Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025   Direct Deposit or Bank Transfer to our HDFC account
Bank Name - HDFC Bank
Account Holder - Big Red Tent | Account No- 00122000008444
Branch- Prabhadevi (400025) | Bank/ branch code- 400240006
IFSC/ MIRC code (for RTGS/ NEFT transfer)- HDFC0000012
Please let us know once you make the payment, to confirm receipt and your booking at the campground.
1. Approach the Bombay-Goa Highway (NH17) via Panvel
2. Pass Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Pen, Nagothane to reach Kolad
3. Turn left on to SH-60 (Murud-Pune Highway) and Travel 9 Kms up to milestone “109 Pune” and look for a board that says "Durtoli" in hindi. Turn left on this road.
4. Travel 4 Kms to Kamath Village
5. Turn right and reach the campground within 1 Km.
1. From Pune via Chandni Chowk approach SH 60 (Pune Murud Highway)
2. Pass Mulshi Ghat, Tamhini Ghat-Ville. Here take fork going to Sutarwadi
3. Turn right at milestone “109 Pune” (Durtoli Phata)
4. Travel 4 Kms to Kamath Village
5. Turn right and reach within 1 Km.
In case you need assistance call Shyam and Sarita - your camp hosts on: 02194 - 205032 / 02194 - 205074 / 9833863432 / 9322294211 for directions.
Big Red Tent (Booking Office)
109 Unique Industrial Estate,Opp Siddhivinayak Temple,Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025
Rahil - 9930582878 | firstname.lastname@example.org
TENT ETIQUETTE 1. No Shoes in the Tent 2. No cooking or Smoking in the Tent 3. Please pitch a tent only with a ground sheet below it 4. Pitch the Tent at a safe distance from the campfire
CAMPGROUND RULES 1. Please respect silent hours (11:00pm to 7:00am) 2. Please drive at max 5km/hr in the campground premises. 3. Our timings are: Check-in between 3am and 8pm & Check-out by 10:30am the next day for a night of camping. We enjoy your company at the campground and we don't have very strict check-out timing rules. All the same, if we need to allot the site to guests coming post checkout time we will request you to vacate. 4. Please respect others privacy and do not tresspass on other people's sites 5. Playing music at the campground is not permissible. 6. Pets are not allowed at the campground. 7. Swimming in the River is dangerous and strictly forbidden. Any person entering the river does so at their own risk. 8. We need to know in advance in order to arrange meals. Please let us know while booking 9. Meal Timings are 8-9:30am, 12:30-2pm & 8-9:30pm 10. Please leave the Tents pitched and the sleeping bags in the tents for our checkout procedure. Please ensure that you return all rental items before leaving the campground and leave your campsite neat & tidy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What exactly do i get when i rent a campsite?
You get a space furnished with a picnic table. You will also get a tent based on the number of people and sleeping kits for each person. Further this gives you access to all our amenities and common areas as well as service in the outdoors!
What if i have my own tent and sleeping bags?
You are most welcome to bring your own equipment. We want to encourage experienced campers!.
You will get a per person discount of Rs.200 for your tent and Rs.150 for your sleeping bags.
What is the weather like? Do we need to carry any special kind of clothing?
Be prepared for the outdoors. The evenings can get chilly in winter. A single sweater should do the trick. The afternoons can get warm through the year, so carry some light clothing too! Refer to our PREP KIT pdf for details on what to carry.
Is swimming in the river permitted??
Swimming in the river is a monitored activity. We welcome the thought, just ask your camp hosts and you can take a dip
Are there a lot of bugs, snakes and creepy crawlies around?
You will encounter sounds and creatures of nature. They respect our presence. Watch your step in the dark and use mosquito repellant and you should be fine. Your tent is sealed to not allow any insects in. Ensure that you close the door, and you will have a pleasant night's stay
Are there electrical plug points available?
No - our kolad site is naturally powered. We have no electrical points on site.
Is there cell phone signal?
There is very little cellphone signal only at a certain place at the campground. You cannot depend on this. We have a phone on site that you can use for short calls/emergencies. Please leave the number: 02194-205074 with your friends/family so that they may reach you. Making too many outgoing calls engages the phone which should be left available for incoming calls.
What about drinking water?Can we buy some basic supplies at the campground in case we've
Drinking water is available at the campground. A camp store with basic camping supplies is available.
Do you accept credit/debit cards?
Not at the moment. We will be offering this facility soon in Mumbai. At the site payment will be in cash only.
Do you have sites so a group can camp together?Do you offer any discounts for booking the entire campground?
Contact us about group camping for 20 adults or more. We will work something out!
Do you allow dogs?/pets? What's Petiquette?
We do not allow pets at present. We will experiment with pet days. Do leave your contact details with us.
We have some board games, books, toys etc that we dont use any more. Can we donate them to BRT?
I have a beautiful 5 acre plot of land not too far from mumbai - do you have any franchisee options available for Big Red Tent?
We are on the lookout for people to take the camping idea forward. Do contact us if you would like to talk about a business opportunity.