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iXiGOers May 28 2013

Which are the popular places for rafting in India?

Sonia Wigh May 29 2013
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Check out the hand-picked list of 12 popular places for rafting in India. White water river rafting has been a long held attraction for anyone who is looking for an exhilarating rafting and kayaking expedition. Most of these rafting destinations use a combination of easy accessibility, beautiful locale and varied level of rapids from which one can choose; to attract a lot of diverse crowd, from first timers, non-swimmers to serious adventure junkies.

Photo of rafting in Rishikesh (by Siddharth Nagi)

1. Tons River, Uttarakhand

The Tons River drains the Har Ki Doon valley and apparently the largest tributary of the Yamuna. The ideal season for rafting in Tons is between April and July. The standard 2 night and 3 day tour costs around INR 5,150 to 5,900 per person.The 'Class 4' river rapids offer an excellent adrenaline rush. For those keen rafters and kayakers, who want to try out something different, some companies even offer a multi-day expedition style river rafting trip on the Tons River till the dam at Icchhari.

Rafting at Tons River (by isabisa)

2. River Barapole, Coorg

Unlike the other river rafting sites which are non operational in June, Coorg lies in the Western Ghats which catches best of the South-West monsoon during the months of June till September, turning the landscape with many streams joining in to mighty rivers. River Barapole Rafting in Coorg has a run that stretches around 3 km and covers five creatively named rapids ‑ The Morning Coffee, the Grasshopper, the Ramba Samba, The Wicked Witch, and the Big Bang, ranging from level 2 to 4. The tariff for a single day trip ranges from INR 1,200 to 1,500.

Rafting in Coorg (by SRitwik)

3. Zanskar River, Ladakh

Zanskar Valley, the ‘land of white copper will enthrall you. While rafting down the Zanskar, one is treated to the spectacular landscape with towering snow-capped peaks, hillside villages,deep gorges, hilltop monasteries, and glimpses of the unique wildlife. It merges with the Indus river and Indus has rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade III to even V rapids. The popular rafting points are from Phey to Nimo and also from Upshi to Kharu.

Zanskar River, Ladakh (by sandeepachetan.com)

4. Rishikesh

Gliding on the crashing waves of the Ganga can provide a primordial rush which makes white water river rafting in Rishikesh an irresistible treat for anyone. The season for rafting spans almost the year barring May, June, July and August.

Rafting in Rishikesh (by Mundus Gregorius)

5. Kali River, Dandeli

In the recent years many tour and camp organizing companies have popped up in Dandeli which facilitate the amateurs to do rafting,kayaking and canoeing and rafting veterans to negotiate the stimulating big rapids like, 'Adi's Beard' and 'The Stitch' respectively. The other rapids located at Kali River are the Smugglers' Trove, the Stanley's Squeeze, etc.The ideal season for rafting in Dandeli is from late October to June.

Rafting at Kali River, Dandeli (by Raksh1tha)

6. Mahakali River, Uttarakhand

The quaint little villages of Kumaon rush past you while rafting down the scenic Mahakali River also known as Sharda River that originates in Uttarakhand. The main months conducive for rafting are February, March, September, October, November but the main seasonal attraction is the The Kali Smash: a shorter trip possible during high flows - September & October. The most frequented rapids are the ‘Chuka’, ‘Dimberghat’ and ‘The Creek’. A trip to Uttarakhand is incomplete without a round of this adventure sport.

Camps at Mahakali River (by Rimoriverexpeditions.com)

7. Kundalika River, Kolad

Set against the magnificent Sahyadris, the Kundalika rafting site in Kolad is located in the beautiful and virgin forests below the Mulshi and Bhira Dams.The ideal a season for rafting is July to December, depending on the water tide. Generally rafting is carried on a safe 13 km stretch of the river, which has rapids ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 4. While a day river rafting trip will cost you INR 1,360 to 1,500; an overnight trip would be approximately INR 1,900 to 2,000.

Kundalika River Rafting (by Himanshu Sarpotdar)

8. Brahmaputra River

Rafting on the inaccessible Brahmaputra river can provide the adrenaline rush that makes your knees wobbly and your heart pound. The stretch usually starts from Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh on Subhansari River and ends at Pasighat. Perilous rapids such as the ‘Pulsating Palsi’, ‘Tooth Fairy’ at Cherring will give you more than enough stories to enthrall folks back home. The rapids vary from class 2 to the more treacherous class 6. The optimal season to visit this area is between November to February.

Brahmaputra River Rafting Stretch (by Great Indian Outdoors)

9. Sita River, Agumbe

The hilly retreat of Agumbe known as the ‘Cherrapunji of the South’ is one of the best places to go for rafting in the beautiful Western Ghats region. The boisterous Sita River has many rapids varying from a class 1 to 4. There are several waterfalls here like Barkana Falls which is the 10th largest fall in India or Onake Abbi Falls which add to the scenic beauty of the rafting stretch. One can also try hiking in the Agumbe rain forest and explore nature at it's wild best.

Sita River, Agumbe (by thegnuer)

10. River Cauvery, Bheemeshwari

White waters of River Cauvery in Bheemeshwari is one of the best rafting destination in Karnataka. The rapids vary usually between a Class 1 to 2 which make these bubbling rapids an ideal and inviting option for the beginners. The 8 km rafting stretch is extremely beautiful and scenic with lush green surroundings and misty weather. There are many chances of spotting an elephant or deer while you are rafting. With a tour package to Karnataka, you can explore many treasures of this city!

Cauvery River Rafting (by Siddharth Sen)

11. Teesta River, Sikkim

Teesta River Rafting
in Sikkim from October to April. The rapids at a Grade 4 makes it an ideal spot for the experienced rafters. Teesta confluences with other ferocious Rangit river in the rafting stretch. Rangit, the boisterous tributary of River Teesta has multi-dimensional rapids giving you the perfect adrenaline rush. For the beginners, Teesta River provide you with the options of Paddle Rafting and Oar Rafting.

Rafting at the confluence of Teesta & Rangit River (by International Rivers)

12. Alaknanada River

One of the most sought after rafting tour is on the Alaknanda River. The exhilarating feeling of rafting down to the scenic town of Devprayag where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi converge to form the Ganga as we know it in the northern belt of India. Return to Sender, Double Trouble, Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Golf Course and Tee Off are some of the 13 curiously named rapids in this region.

Alaknanda & Bhagirathi River Convergance (by Shande)

Now that you know the 12 popular places to go rafting in India, head to these rafting destinations and challenge 'Mother Nature' at her furious best. So keep your ears attuned to the river guide’s battlecry of “Hard Forward”, as you paddle through a series of adrenaline pumping rapids down the mighty rivers!

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju May 29 2013
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Denise Richy Dec 09 2013
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