White Water Rafting – A Thrilling Experience to cherish for a Lifetime

This post describes about the enthralling experience of river rafting and all the places do so in the state of Karnataka which is aptly described as "One State Many World's"

White Water Rafting – A Thrilling Experience to cherish for a Lifetime
White water rafting in Bhadra river

As the rains lash western ghats, the rivers flow wild in the deep gorges and become ideal for river rafting activities. White water rafting is a popular adventure sport in Karnataka. Truly, it is an adventure lover’s paradise, with many destinations for this adrenaline activity.

It provides a good opportunity for those experimenting with the sport for the first time and is also excellent for families and small groups.

The experience of rafting in these rivers here, not just gives you a thrilling memory but is also a challenge to test your teamwork ability, Coordination, Crisis handling, decisionmaking, leadership, and foreseeing skills. It tests your patience and helps you to bring out the person you are!

Many of the river rafting destination places are just a few hour's drives from Bangalore and is an ideal weekend getaway.

So, if you are impressed and want to give a try this season. Then here is a complete guide for getting to know these rafting destinations along with other details.

Before we see the list of destinations, let us learn a bit about Rafting and some nuances associated with it.

White water rafting is a recreational outdoor activity that uses an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This is often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water. Based on the scale of difficulty, the white water is scored in terms of 'Grade', and the higher number increase in difficulty.

Now that we got to know, a basic understanding of white water rafting, let us see some of the questions below.

Can non-swimmers still go rafting?

Everyone who steps into a rafting boat goes with an approved life jacket which will keep you afloat if you fall into the river. So it is okay to go rafting even if you do not know how to swim. Professionally trained instructors will guide you beforehand on what to do if you fall into the river during the rafting session. So even without prior experience, you can do this adventure activity provided you respect your guide.

How safe is white water rafting?

Rafting is an adventurous sport that involves exciting, wet, wild, thrilling, and amazing fun. Yet, just like any other adventure sport would be, there is an inevitable risk involved.
If there was no risk in an adventure sport like rafting, there would be no thrill and the sport would not be as enjoyable and exciting. However, the guides and instructors would be with you during your rafting experience and are expertly trained to manage and minimize any risks that you may come across.

What is the best season for Rafting?

Rafting starts after the onset of monsoon. The path of the river is cleared by removing fallen trees by doing a river recce by experts. Normally rafting is done from June to March every year.

How is the grading of rapids done and categorized?

Grading is done accordingly to the water flow, flow of water, river path, Current, and river bed. Usually, it is termed from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Generally, the lower grades are for beginners and hence safe. However, Grade 5 and above are for professionals with expertise.

What would be the consequences of any injury that occurred during the rafting experience?

Your rafting instructor will give you a briefing on the do’s and don’ts of the boat ride as well as other safety techniques. Despite this, if an injury were to occur, you will be transported to a neighboring hospital immediately and all costs of treatment will be borne by you or your travel insurance.

What are the basic safety rules for white water rafting?

• No consumption of alcohol before the rafting session begins
• During the session, obey and abide by all rafting instructions given to you
• By disobeying safety rules and instructions, you are risking the lives of everyone on
your boat.
• Rafting agency insurance will not cover any damages caused

What is the probability of falling out of the boat?

The priority is to stay in your boat. But due to certain circumstances, you may end up falling out of your boat and in fact, this action of yours adds to the excitement of your rafting experience.
If you do fall into the water, beware of rocks and avoid swimming in rocky areas. Don’t hang on the boat either. Just relax, stay calm, and let yourself float with the flow of the
water. Once the rocky areas have passed you will be helped back onto the boat. Follow briefing instructions before the start of rafting trips or Heed to the instructions given by rafting instructor and follow it. Most importantly Don’t panic!

What is the grade of equipment used and safety?

Boats are of the highest quality like ZEBEC and their life jackets, Helmets are modern but meets international standard and checked frequently. Their staff is also highly experienced in handling boats and with the changing conditions of the river itself. The second is that their product here is the best available. The ride is longer as they stop en-route down to explore jungle trails and hidden rock pools which are suitable for swimming. A throw bag and dry bag are there for safety and an experienced kayaker for rescue during rafting is usually accompanied during the activity.

What is the arrangement for changing clothes after rafting?

You will be provided with a makeshift tent at the end of the journey where you can change over clothes and sip a cup of hot tea. In some cases, they even provide you with lunch at the end of the activity(check with the organizer for this)

What is the ideal way to plan a rafting activity?

It is always recommended to plan rafting activity with your sightseeing tour or combined with a weekend trek like Kudremukh peak, Netravati peak, Kurunji Kal peak, Bandage falls in Chikmagalur, Tadiyandamol Trek, Nishane motte Trek or Brahma Giri Trek in Coorg or Narsimha Parvatha Trek. Else, you can also do this while your visit to Dandeli on a weekend.

River Rafting Destinations in Karnataka

Distance: 350 km:

Drive Duration: 06 hrs

Bhadra white water rafting experience in Chikmagalur’s most magnificent river, Bhadra river, is just off near one of the top 8 dense forests of the world, 30 kilometers of Kudremukh National Park and 10 km from Magundi. A river that vibrates with frothy white rapids at the onset of the monsoon. This is monsoon rafting only which is ideal for rafting from June till October hence when all rivers are flooded, this river is ideal for rafting
otherwise during summer it's merely a stream one can walkthrough. Bhadra river rafting is considered as one of the best and scenic whitewater rafting sections of south India.

 Grade: 3 – 4 with Rapids
 Activity: Seasonal
 Duration of activity: 1 Hour

Driving Directions:
Bangalore –  Nelamangala - NH 48 Hassan – Belur - Kottigehara – Balur – Balehole - Magundi – Bhadra Whitewater Rafting

Distance: 400 km:

Drive Duration: 07 hrs

Sita river rafting has been ranked among the world’s best rain forest white water rafting. River rafting in Sitanadi has been a famous Rafting destination to national and
international tourists and adventure lovers. River Sita forgoes it's a course of over 70 km, to, offer one of the most exciting and thrilling white water rafting experiences of southern
India. Hebri is at the foot of Agumbe in the Western Ghats, with the scenic beauty of evergreen forests which gets the highest rainfall across the year. Sita river flows through Someshwara wildlife sanctuary in Hebri and is home for some of the endangered species like King Cobra

 Grade: 3 – 4 with Rapids
 Activity: Seasonal
 Duration of activity: 1 Hour
Driving Directions

Bangalore – Nelamangala – NH 48 Hassan – Sakleshpur– Belthangadi– Karkala –Hebri - Someshwara - Sitanadi Whitewater Rafting

Distance: 470 km:

Drive Duration: 11 hrs

Dandeli located at the Northern tip of Karnataka is bestowed with the lush green forests and lies on the banks of the Kali river. Known for its scenic tourist spots and, many fantastic adventure opportunities, water sports especially for white water rafting. The periodic release of water from the Supa dam hydroelectric project makes rafting still thrilling and enjoyable. White Water Rafting can be done until the end of October to May.

 Grade: 3 – 4 with Rapids
 Activity: Seasonal
 Duration of activity: 1 Hour
Driving Directions

Bangalore – NH4 Tumkur – Dharwad - Haliyal - Dandeli - Kali Water Rafting.

Distance: 250 km:

Drive Duration: 05 hrs 

Rafting experience is one heck of experience if you are planning for a trip in Kodagu. Water rafting undertaken by Barapole creates a longlasting experience for family, groups, and friends which happen to last long. The best time to visit is in monsoon from June to October.
Every time we take on Barapole rafting, we proud ourselves in creating an environment that is adventures and exciting each time. The memories you create on Barapole water rafting will last for a lifetime. Each trip you undertake on this water rafting is affordable and mainly it is built for ultimate fun.

 Grade: 3 – 4 with Rapids
 Activity: Seasonal
 Duration of activity: 1 Hour

Driving Directions
1) Bangalore – Mysore – Hunsur - Nagarhole Forest (Reserve Forest Route opens from 6am to
6pm, otherwise head to Gonikoppal) – Kutta – Srimangala - T. Shettigeri - Tata Tea Estate - KKR Junction – Barapole Water Rafting -

2) Bangalore - Mysore - Madikeri - Virajpet (or Siddapura) - Gonikoppal - Ponnampet - Hudikere -T. Shettigeri -Tata
Tea Estate - KKR Junction – Barapole Rafting Base.

Equipment and Accessories for White Water Rafting at a Glance